July issue of the Gazette is published

The July issue of the Gazette is online now at http://www.austms.org.au/Gazette+Volume+36+Number+3+July+2009 .

In the Classroom Notes, Jerry Koliha and two of his third-year students, Sam
Chow and Gus Schrader, describe how they approached a challenging problem
in a special practice class in Linear Analysis. It is very encouraging to receive a
contribution from undergraduate students, and we hope that both Sam and Gus
and all their peers will send us many more articles in the future.

Also in this issue, Jon Borwein talks about exploratory experimentation in Maths
Matters, a topic close to his heart. We also continue our new series Mathematical
Minds with an interview with Rob McIntosh from Telstra’s Chief Technology Office.
And Nalini Joshi, Hyam Rubenstein and Philip Broadbridge all ponder the
issues of funding for Australian mathematics.

Congratulations to Ivan Guo for winning the latest Puzzle Corner book voucher.
And on behalf of all our readers, congratulations to Dr Norman Do for completing
his PhD while contributing the regular Puzzle Corner.

Happy reading from the Gazette team.

Vacancy: Editors for the AustMS Gazette

The present Editors of the Gazette, Birgit Loch and
Rachel Thomas, are, sadly, stepping down from their
position on 31 December 2009.  So the Society is
looking for new Editors for the Gazette. An overlap
in the position of a few months, from about October
2009, is envisaged, to enable a smooth transition
to the new editors.

Anyone interested in the position of Editor is
invited to send (via e-mail) a brief resume and
covering letter to both the President and the
Secretary, at President@austms.org.au and
Secretary@austms.org.au .

The current Production Editor, Eileen Dallwitz, is
expected to continue, so there is no need for the
incoming Editors to know any TeX although such
knowledge would still be an advantage.  There will
be some financial assistance provided towards
teaching relief and/or AustMS conference
registration and expenses.

For further information about what the position
entails, please contact the present Editors at
gazette@austms.org.au .

[Via Elizabeth Billington.]

Two gold medals in Bremen

The Australian team for the 2009 International Mathematical Olympiad did quite well this year, scoring two gold medals, one silver, and two bronze.  Unofficially, the Australian team placed 23rd out of 102 countries.

I myself was at the event, giving a talk at the celebratory event for the 50th anniversary of the Olympiad.