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27th February 2017, 10:02am
Young mathematicians demonstrate skills in annual challenge
Article title here... Young mathematicians from across the UK battled it out in the University of Lincoln’s annual mathematics challenge, which is designed to test the mathematical skills of GCSE and A Level pupils.

The Lincoln Mathematics Challenge 2017 was won by Melissa Quail, from Longsands Academy in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, who submitted perfect solutions to each of the problems presented. Melissa attended an awards ceremony at the University of Lincoln, where she was presented with a prize of £100 in Amazon vouchers.

Joint second and third prizes were awarded to John Bamford, of Bilborough College in Nottingham, and Ricky Li and Firry Yang, both from Harrow School in Middlesex.

The challenge invited pre-university school and college pupils to test their mathematical skills by considering six different problems. The challenge was led by Dr Evgeny Khukhro, Senior Lecturer in the University of Lincoln’s School of Mathematics & Physics.

Dr Khukhro said: “We were absolutely delighted with the response to our Mathematics Challenge 2017. It is an annual competition which encourages school pupils to consider inventive solutions to thought-provoking problems. We congratulate all of our winners and extend a big thank you to everyone who took the time to participate. The submissions we received this year were of an excellent standard.”

Dr Khukhro presented Melissa’s first place prize at a ceremony ahead of the School of Mathematics & Physics’ inaugural Charlotte Scott Lecture.

The lecture, named after the pioneer who became the first British woman to obtain a doctorate in mathematics, will be an annual event delivered by a leading international female mathematician.

This year’s talk was given by Professor Natasha Maurits from the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, who is renowned for her work in clinical neuro-engineering.

Professor Maurits’ talk, Patients in Numbers, offered insights into the relationship between mathematics and medicine. Professor Maurits explained why it is common for doctors to consider their patients in numbers and why this practice can be useful. Using examples of her own pioneering research in neurology, she demonstrated how this method can be supported and further improved with the help of mathematics.

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