Friday, 21 March 2014

Florence Nightingale Day celebrates women in maths and statistics.

Florence Nightingale,
nurse and statistician
1820 - 1910
The Florence Nightingale Day, showcasing women in maths ans statistics will take place on Thursday 3 April 2014, 9:30am - 3:30pm, at Lancaster University Management School.

Florence Nightingale, best remembered for her work as a nurse during the Crimean War, was also a pioneer in statistics, especially in the use of visualisation of statistical data and her work was profoundly influential in demonstrating the correlation between fatal infection rates and insanitary conditions and overcrowding over a range of situations. She is the chosen icon for Lancaster University’s continuing efforts to promote mathematics and statistics.

Aimed particularly at female students in year 12, but open to all students, the Florence Nightingale Day is part of Lancaster University’s continuing efforts to promote mathematics and statistics and the participation of women in those subjects.

The event, the second of its kind, is organised by Dr Nadia Mazza (n.mazza@lancaster.ac.uk), a lecturer at Lancaster University's Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

More than 60 students from the Morecambe Bay area and beyond are expected to attend, together with expert speakers from all over the country,

“The event will showcase women in mathematics, hear from men supportive of women mathematicians, display information about the possibilities offered by a degree in mathematics or statistics and give an opportunity for participants to compare their mathematical skills with their peers in other schools via a quiz,” said Dr Mazza.

These activities will take place in a lively atmosphere in which students and experienced mathematicians will be encouraged to mix with each other.

Further details and full programme are available from the website:
http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fas/maths/events/?event_id=1312

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