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Brigitte Stenhouse

Brigitte Stenhouse is a Lecturer in the History of Mathematics at the Open University. Her first degree was in mathematics, which she studied at Somerville College, Oxford. While searching for a topic for her final-year thesis, she was informed by the Librarian that in fact the college was itself named after a mathematician, Mary Somerville (1780-1870). Somerville’s autobiography, and the thousands of letters in her archive, were so compelling that Stenhouse has spent the last eight years researching and writing on Somerville, especially her mathematical work. In 2021 she was awarded a PhD from the OU for her research, which she has shared in Antiques Road Trip, BBC Radio, podcasts, magazine articles, and lectures. Her research was awarded prizes by the International Commissions on both History of Mathematics and History of Science and Technology. More recently, Stenhouse’s research has expanded to consider how marriage and the ways in which mathematicians construct their homelife affects, and is affected by, a mathematical career.   

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Mura Yakerson

Mura Yakerson is an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford and a fellow at St Peter's College. Mura's research is in motivic homotopy theory, which uses powerful methods from algebraic topology to shed light on algebraic geometry. She completed her PhD at Duisburg-Essen University, followed by postdoctoral positions at Osnabrück, Regensburg and ETH Zürich, and a position as a CNRS researcher at IMJ-PRG, before coming to Oxford in 2023. As well as Maths, Mura also runs a Youtube Channel `Math-Life Balance' which features interviews with professional mathematicians as well as talks about mathematical research.

Tacey O'Neil

Tacey O'Neil is a Senior Lecturer in Analysis at the Open University. They did a PhD in Geometric Measure Theory at UCL and after both a postdoc at St Andrews and a temporary lectureship at the University of Edinburgh, they moved to the Open University in 1999 and have been there ever since. Their research is in geometric measure theory and fractals. They are a keen (but amateur) ukulele player and singer and if they bring their ukulele to the meeting, you may wish to avoid them in case they decide to demonstrate their (lack of) skill...

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Melanie Rupflin

Melanie Rupflin is an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford and a fellow at Trinity College. She holds a degree and PhD in Mathematics from ETH Zürich. Previously, she held postdoctoral positions at the University of Warwick, the MPI in Gravitational Physics, and the University of Leipzig. Her research is at the interface of Geometry and Analysis, and she is particularly interested in the study of minimal surfaces and of so-called geometric flows, which deform geometric objects towards an optimal state.

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Christl Donnelly

Christl Donnelly is a statistician and epidemiologist studying the spread and control of infectious diseases, with a particular interest in outbreaks. She studied mathematics (BA) at Oberlin College and biostatistics (MSc, ScD) at Harvard School of Public Health, graduating in 1992. Following a lecturer position at University of Edinburgh (1992-95), she joined the Wellcome Trust Centre for the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at University of Oxford (1995-00). From 2000 to 2023, she worked at Imperial College London (part time since 2018). She joined the Department of Statistics at University of Oxford in 2018 and is now Head of Department. Christl has studied many diseases including COVID-19, Zika virus, Ebola, MERS, influenza, SARS, bovine TB, foot-and-mouth disease, rabies, cholera, dengue, BSE/vCJD, malaria and HIV/AIDS. In addition to epidemiology and disease control, she is interested in conservation and animal welfare. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.  In 2018 she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) “for services to Epidemiology and the Control of Infectious Diseases” and in 2020 she received the ZSL Frink Award for Outstanding Contributions to Zoology from the Zoological Society of London. 

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