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January/February 2012

 

PROFESSOR JOHN G. TAYLOR

18.08.1931 - 10.03.2012

The Department is very sorry to announce the death of Professor John G. Taylor (JGT) on 10th March. John Taylor was appointed to the established Chair in Applied Mathematics at King's College London in 1971. His research interests were wide, ranging over high energy physics, superstrings, quantum field theory and quantum gravity, neural computation, neural bases of behaviour and mathematical modelling in neurobiology. He was formidably energetic and remained actively engaged in research until his death.

 


King's College LondonKing’s student on Dean’s Honors List at Berkeley

Mathematics MSci undergraduate student, Iavor Bojinov, spent the first semester of his third year in an exchange programme at University of California, Berkeley, US. He earned a grade point average of 4.000 and was placed on the Letters and Science Dean’s Honors List in recognition of this remarkable achievement. Iavor was among the top 4% of around 18, 000 students within the College of Letters and Science.

Programme Director Dr Eytan Katzav commented that "This is a major achievement especially in view of the time and energy it takes to adjust to a new system, and shows our students are at an international level".

King's College LondonCumberland Lodge Student Weekend Conference

KCL's Math-Soc and the Mathematics Department have organised annual student weekend gatherings at Cumberland Lodge since the early 1950s.

They are an opportunity for our undergraduates to learn about and enjoy facets of Mathematics that they would not normally come across in their curriculum, and to meet, mingle and discuss with fellow students, staff, and speakers - all in the spectacular setting of a former Royal Hunting Lodge in Windsor Great Park.

Topics covered during these weekends have included fun and recreational Mathematics, themes of current societal relevance, the role of Mathematics in the work place, science in the media, History or Philosophy of Mathematics, and more.

This year's event took place from 24 – 26 February; it was attended by 43 undergraduates and several members of staff. The overall theme of the conference was "Mathematics and the Arts", and topics of talks ranged from the development of perspective in Renaissance painting, over similarities between Mathematics and the Arts concerning both structure and practice, and the tuning of keyboard instruments and musical temperament, to spectral theory underlying sound generation using string instruments or drums. 

Stephanie RiceStephanie Rice leaves Department of Mathematics

At the end of February the Department of Mathematics said goodbye to undergraduate Programme Administrator Stephanie Rice, who after more than four years at King’s has moved on to the Royal College of Arts to take up the role of School Administrator. Joining the Department in October 2007, Stephanie quickly became extremely popular with staff and students alike due to her friendly smile, infectious laugh and can-do attitude. During her farewell speech to Stephanie, Programmes Manager Saffron Hutt, described Stephanie as the admin office’s ‘ray of sunshine’.

During her time at King’s, Stephanie organised several very successful events such as the annual Teacher’s Conference, and recently took the lead on promoting an innovative careers programme for undergraduate students. She often went beyond the call of duty to help students out and worked very closely with MathSoc. As a token of thanks for all her hard work, MathSoc organised a surprise farewell bash and sent Stephanie off to the Royal College of Art with a King’s hoodie and lots of good luck wishes.

NOTE: The Department is currently recruiting for a new undergraduate programme administrator. It is hoped that the vacancy will be filled in the next month or so, but until then all undergraduate enquiries should be directed to Miss Joanne Cooke.  

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