Ulla Dinger has been deeply involved in the department's undergraduate education during her long tenure at the Department of Mathematical Sciences. For several years, she was both the education officer and the programme manager for the Mathematics Programme and subsequently for the Basic Science Year.
Ulla has also been a driving force in course development. Many years ago, she developed the introductory course in the Mathematics programme into a problem-based format. The course is often highlighted by students as an important, motivating and fun course where the format strongly contributes to their early development as mathematicians.
She has also been an examiner for over twenty years on an advanced level analytics course which is a key course for advanced level study. Here she has built on the idea of the importance of students being trained to communicate mathematics. She has also done a great deal of work in developing the mathematics courses in the foundation year and pioneered the introduction of partially digital examinations.
In conclusion, no one can match Ulla in terms of commitment to the development of the content, form and quality of undergraduate education at the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
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Doctoral Thesis Award:
Barbara Schnitzer’s thesis contributes to a better understanding of ageing in unicellular organisms, moving the field toward large-scale models to investigate synergistic effects of multiple pathways on longevity and health span. In her thesis, Barbara developed the largest available mathematical model of yeast replicative ageing that connects three major ageing processes: damage accumulation, nutrient signalling and metabolism.
The model is also validated for many protein knockouts and suggests intervention strategies that lead to prolonged health span, laying a foundation for one of the key priorities of UN sustainability goals – finding equitable solutions to ensure that we are not only living longer but that we are staying healthier longer in life. Barbara has worked alongside molecular biologists, showing very good coordination and planning skills. She has also demonstrated a strong will to take a leading role and maturity to drive the work forward in the multidisciplinary team.
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