The Oxford University SIAM Student Chapter Conference 2011

Being one of the organisers, I wouldn’t miss this opportunity to advertise our student chapter conference here as well. If you’re interested in applied mathematics, do come!

We are pleased to announce the 4th Annual Oxford University SIAM Student Conference (, which will take place on Wednesday 9th February 2011 at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. The day consists of two plenary sessions, student talks and poster presentations. Our external plenary speaker is Alan Champneys, Professor of Applied Non-linear Mathematics at Bristol University, and our internal plenary speaker is Alain Goriely, Professor of Mathematical Modelling. Students working in applied mathematics all over the UK are strongly encouraged to attend, and limited TRAVEL GRANTS are available on request. The day will culminate with a conference dinner at St. Anne’s College. We are limited to 50 places for the dinner so it will be first-come first-served. Last year’s event was very successful and this year’s looks set to be even better.

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“Write about something you’ve never told” … Seriously?

As support for the Post A Day/Week challenges that I’m participating in, The Daily Post offers topics everyday for bloggers to write about. Since I’m not planning to post daily and hence haven’t run out of topics yet, I usually ignore them. However, the one on 11 January did catch my attention:
Write about one thing you’ve never told anyone and explain why.

Are you serious? Wouldn’t that be stupid? Just maybe?

First of all, I can’t even think of anything that I have never told anyone before. Not out of the top of my head, at least. But even if I could come up with something, there would likely be a reason for not having done so. Such as: It’s a random detail of my life, so boring that even I forgot it already. Or: It’s private.

And then I’m supposed to post that out into the world for everyone to see? Especially after I recently stumbled upon this advice on Wisdom from Mom Bloggers:

Be aware that anyone and everyone can read your words. The last person you would ever want reading your website will eventually find and read your website. Write knowing this beforehand.

So, nope. Sorry, there won’t be any juicy secrets appearing here.

How does biology explain the low numbers of women in computer science? Hint: it doesn’t.

When going through my google reader subscriptions that had piled up over the holidays, I found this presentation by Terri Oda on how (or how not) biology explains the low numbers of women in computer sciences, (re)posted on the Geek Feminism Blog. Being a mathematician, I particularly like slide 14. 😉


Post A Week 2011

Should I really? Really really? has started two challenges for 2011, “Post A Day 2011” and “Post A Week 2011”, together with the blog The DailyPost, providing tips and ideas for topics. I’ll certainly only go for the latter. The year only has 52 weeks, that’s 52 blog posts. That seems just about doable to me. And this one already counts as the first one. Ha! 😛

I guess I’ll give it a try. If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Oh and: Have a Happy New Year 2011!