31 Mar 2017: Alumni Research Symposium

The School of Mathematical Sciences is to hold its first Alumni Research Symposium. The Mathematical Sciences Research Group is proud to present a series of invited talks from recent graduates of the School on their latest research. It will take place on 31 March 2017 and will be an opportunity to welcome back to the School alumni of its postgraduate and research programmes.

The invited speakers are: Violeta Moloney (Swansea University); Georgi Grahovski (University of Essex); Carlos Argáez (University of Iceland); Tony Lyons (Waterford Institute of Technology).

Details and abstracts for the presentations are given on the seminar pages.

7 Mar 2017: Congratulations to the first graduates of MSc Applied Mathematics

The Spring graduation ceremony for students of the School of Mathematical Sciences took place in February in the magnificent surroundings of St Patrick's Cathedral.

The ceremony recognises the hard work, dedication, and achievements of all graduates and celebrates their success in the company of lecturers, friends and family.

The School warmly congratulates all its graduates on their excellent achievements.

The graduation ceremony was particularly notable for the first graduates of the programme MSc Applied Mathematics. The programme has been recently introduced to cater to learners from a variety of backgrounds who wish to develop an advanced level of mathematical knowledge and practical skills relevant to problem solving in diverse, real-world contexts and their careers. The programme is growing steadily and can be undertaken either full time over 3 semesters or part time over 6 semesters, allowing students to combine study with a career or family life. New entrants can start the programme either in September or January.

Graduates of the School of Mathematical Sciences receiving their awards at the Spring graduation ceremonyin St Patrick's cathedral.

10 Jan 2017: Researcher from School of Mathematical Sciences is lead author of study that challenges Autism brain respose theory

Dr John Butler, a lecturer and researcher in the School of Mathematical Sciences, in associatio with his collaborators have challenged the hypothesis that nerve cells in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders do not reliably and consistently respond to external stimuli in a new study in the journal Cerebral Cortex.

Working with colleagues from the University of Rochester, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, John has found that individuals with Autism do not demonstrate a measurable variation in how they respond to repeated visual and tactile stimuli. This casts doubt on the theory that the symptoms of Autism are due to unreliable brain activity in response to the senses.

As lead author, John observes that the work "...says in essence there is nothing to be found here. It is just as important to get information out there that questions a major theory in the field as it is to publish work that supports it." The full press release can be found here.

7 Mar 2017: School welcomes delegation from Hunan University of Commerce

The School of Mathematical Sciences welcomed members of a delegation from Hunan University of Commerce on a visit to Dublin Institute of Technology in February. Members of the School Executive met with Professor Xiao-liang Xie (Dean) and Professor Zhi-ming Luo (Associate Dean) of the School of Mathematics & Statistics at Hunan Univeristy of Commerce and Associate Professor Yin Bibo, Associate Dean of the Graduate School to exchange ideas and information and discuss opportunities for cooperation between the two institutions.

Meeting between members of the School of Mathematical Sciences and Hunan University of Commerce.

4 Jan 2017: School of Mathematical Sciences at DIT Open Day

DIT held two open days, Friday 2 December and Saturday 3 December, at its Aungier Street campus in the heart of Dublin. A very large number of prospective students and their families came to find out about DIT, the programmes on offer and meet staff and current students. The School of Mathematical Sciences was represented on both days and lecturers and mathematical science students were on hand to talk about our programmes, answer questions and give further information about the opportunities for study in the School and DIT itself. Prospective students were also able to attend presentations from the College of Sciences & Health and see some of the facilities available to students of DIT. In particular, the Mathematics Learning Support Centre was represented at the Open Day, explaining the support that exists for all students of DIT studying mathematics as part of their programmes.

In spring 2017, the College of Sciences & Health will hold an open day for CAO applicants that have included DIT in their list of preferred institutions. We look forward to seeing many future students there!