Celebrating Women in Mathematics and Statistics

Date: Wednesday 19 May 2021, 12.30PM - 4.30PM
Location: Online
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The speakers will share their journeys through Maths and Statistics and discuss how their careers evolved and changed, what interested them when they started (e.g research interests then and now) and what their advice would be for women currently studying for Maths degrees and want to build their careers in the subject. Our aim is to highlight women in the Lancashire Area and celebrate each other.

Current speakers represent Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire.

The target audience includes but not limited to UG, PG, PHD, early career researchers and students. We especially welcome high school students* to join us!

Confirmed Speakers:

Dr Lucy Morgan
Dr Lucy E. Morgan is a Lecturer of Simulation and Stochastic Modelling in the Department of Management Science in Lancaster University Management School. Her research interests include developing new approaches to quantifying uncertainty in computer simulation, simulation analytics and simulation modelling for healthcare applications. She leads The OR Society Early Career Researcher Network and was recipient of The 2019 OR Society Doctoral Dissertation Prize.
 
Naseerah Akooji
Naseerah is a Senior Research Assistant in the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit and provides statistical support for projects run within the LCTU and has worked on projects within the School of Community Health and Midwifery and School of Social Work, Care and Community. Naseerah has a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Mathematics and a Masters in Statistics. Her research interests lie in medical and health statistics and statistical methodology. Naseerah is a GradStat member of the Royal Statistical Society and in 2021 became a committee member for the Young Statisticians Section of the RSS.
 
Dr Raquel Coelho Simoes
Dr Raquel Coelho Guardado Simoes studied for Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics at the University of Lisbon before moving to the University of Leeds to do a PhD in Mathematics, graduating in 2012. After that she went to Germany for some short-term postdoc positions before moving back to Lisbon on a Postdoctoral Fellowship for six years. Since January 2021 she is a Marie Curie Individual Research Fellow at Lancaster University. Raquel’s research interests lie in representation theory, homological algebra and combinatorics. Representation theory is the study of structures in mathematics via their “shadows" on simpler structures. It follows a long-standing mathematical tradition of studying complex problems by “linearisation”. Homological algebra is concerned with finding algebraic invariants which can detect when two mathematical objects are the same, and so it is useful for understanding when two mathematical structures have the same representation theory. Problems in representation theory and homological algebra can often be transformed into combinatorics, that is discrete mathematics, giving a discrete picture of complicated phenomena. 
 
Dr Svetlana Tishkovskaya
Dr Svetlana Tishkovskaya is a Senior Lecturer in Health Statistics and a Statistician at Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Her research interests are in the field of medical statistics, clinical trials methodology and Bayesian modelling driven by applications, mainly in medicine, health, clinical trials and ecological statistics. Svetlana is also interested in statistics education, innovations in teaching and learning statistics and promoting statistical literacy. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Svetlana represents UCLan on the RSS Lancashire and Cumbria local group. Svetlana’s background is in Applied Mathematics with a PhD in Statistics. She has joined UCLan in February 2012 as a lecturer in Health Statistics. Prior to moving to UCLan, she held Daphne Jackson Fellowship hosted by the University of Sheffield. During the fellowship she was responsible for developing the project in Bayesian modelling for movement ecology. She also worked on the research positions at the Postgraduate Statistics Centre and Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Lancaster University, on the projects in field of medical statistics and statistical pedagogy.
 
Dr Rebecca Killick
Dr Killick is Associate Professor of Statistics at Lancaster University and Head of the Lancaster University Women's network.  She sees her research as a feedback loop, being inspired by problems in real-world applications, creating solutions to those problems and then feeding those solutions back into the problem domain.  Her research interests lie in developing novel methodology for the analysis of univariate and multivariate nonstationary time series models, that can be used to tackle real-world challenges in areas such as health, environment and business.  Her research is sponsored by a range of small, medium-sized and large companies, as well as government organisations.  Dr Killick is the author of several R packages, co-Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Statistical Software and 2019 ENBIS "Young Statistician of the Year".
 
Professor Nadia Mazza
Nadia obtained her PhD in mathematics at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), in 2003; she was the first one in her family to study at university. She then spent 5 years as a postdoc, first at the University of Georgia in Athens (GA, USA) 2003-2006, and then in Aberdeen 2006-2008, with a brief interlude in Berkeley in 2008, before finally landing in Lancaster, where she started as a lecturer, progressing steadily to professor in 2020. Nadia lives in the countryside, and herhobbies are beekeeping and gardening: she loves Nature!

The event is sponsored by Lancaster University (LU) Women’s Network and RSS Lancashire and East Cumbria Group. For any queries related to the event please get in touch with Anastasia Ushakova.


* We welcome classes of under-18s, when they are accompanied by their teachers (the teacher will have to register on behalf of the class), we cannot accomodate those under 18s unaccompanied.
 
Confirmed Speakers:

Dr Lucy Morgan
Naseerah Akooji
Dr Raquel Coelho Simoes
Dr Svetlana Tishkovskaya
Dr Rebecca Killick
Professor Nadia Mazza


 
 
Lancaster University (LU) Women’s Network and RSS Lancashire and East Cumbria Group. For any queries related to the event please get in touch with Anastasia Ushakova.
 
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