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March 31, 2009

Mathematical Firepower and Modern Science

Dr. Louise Ryan is a Harvard professor who was recently appointed Chief of Mathematical and Information Sciences at CSIRO, an Australian research organization. In her new role, Dr. Ryan will head up an organization which provides 'mathematical firepower' in support of all types of scientific research projects in Australia. She plans on using her new role to gain increased funding for mathematical education, since expertise in mathematics is essential for all areas of computer-based research.

One of the CSIRO research projects involves investigation into the human genome, analyzing complex genomic data to learn more about the nature of disease. According to Dr. Ryan, "The ability to transmit and gather information is just changing at an exponential rate. And so our statistical and mathematical fields have to evolve to be able to handle that data and that's where that very advanced computing comes in."

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at March 31, 2009 3:50 PM
category: Education


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