Professor David Steinsaltz co-authors paper on the human sex ratio from conception to birth
Professor David Steinsaltz has co-authored a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the human sex ratio from conception to birth. The paper challenges the prevailing belief that the higher proportion of male babies born in the general population results from a higher proportion of males being conceived.Female embryos more likely to die in pregnancy than males. An equal number of male and female embryos are conceived, but higher female mortality in the first half of pregnancy leads to a higher percentage of males born.
Oxford Statistical Genetics researchers map People of the British Isles
An international team, led by researchers from the University of Oxford, University College London and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Australia, and including our own Professor Peter Donnelly and Professor Simon Myers, used DNA samples collected from more than 2,000 people to create the first fine-scale genetic map of any country in the world. Their findings, published in Nature, show that prior to the mass migrations of the 20th century there was a striking pattern of rich but subtle genetic variation across the UK, with distinct groups of genetically similar individuals clustered together geographically.
Oxford named a key founder of Alan Turing Institute
Oxford University will play a key role in the creation of the Alan Turing Institute. The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, announced that the Institute will be led by Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick.
The Institute, which will build on the UK's existing academic strengths and help position the country as a world leader in the analysis and application of big data and algorithm research, is to have its headquarters close to the British Library in London.
Oxford’s involvement in the Institute will be led by five departments: The Mathematical Institute, Department of Computer Science, Department of Statistics, Department of Engineering Science, and the Oxford Internet Institute. The new Institute will tap into world-leading strengths and achievements across these scientific disciplines.
The Department of Statistics expects to make new appointments in Data Science linked to the Alan Turing Institute. Watch this space!
Research Excellence Framework - Oxford Mathematical Sciences ranked first in the UK
Oxford University's Mathematical Sciences submission to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, covering research from the Mathematical Institute and the Department of Statistics, has been ranked overall best in the UK. The outcomes gave Oxford Mathematical Sciences the top ranking for research publications and for the impact of our research outside academia, and the equal top ranking for our research environment.
Athena SWAN Bronze Award
The Department of Statistics has achieved an Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN bronze award.
The Athena SWAN Charter was developed to encourage and recognise commitment to combating under-representation and advancing the careers of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine research and academia.