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Michael Plank

Michael Plank

Professor in Mathematics, University of Canterbury
Michael Plank is a Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and Principal Investigator at Te Pūnaha Matatini, New Zealand's Centre of Research Excellence in Complex Systems and Data Analytics. He obtained his BSc(Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Bristol in 2000 and his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Leeds in 2003. He started at the University of Canterbury as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2004 and as a permanent academic staff member in 2006. Professor Plank's research lies at the interface of Applied Mathematics and Biology, spanning scales from intracellular signalling and collective cell behaviour, through to large ecosystem dynamics and ecological and social networks. His research is application-driven and focuses on mechanistic mathematical and stochastic models that capture emergent behaviour and offer qualitative insight into underlying mechanisms.

It's still too soon for NZ to relax COVID-19 border restrictions for travellers from low-risk countries

Feb 08, 2021 12:30 pm UTC| Health

Relaxing border restrictions for travellers from low COVID-19 risk countries would increase the risk of community cases in New Zealand by around 25%, says an article published today in the New Zealand Medical...

Why the COVID-19 variants are so dangerous and how to stop them spreading

Jan 22, 2021 07:26 am UTC| Health

With new, more infectious variants of COVID-19 detected around the world, and at New Zealands border, the risk of further level 3 or 4 lockdowns is increased if those viruses get into the community. These include a...

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Economy

Domino's, Papa John's lead way in boosting US pizza sales

US pizza sales were up 6 percent in 2020, to $27.5 billion, but much of that growth was concentrated among Dominos and Papa Johns, according to data from Technomic. Dominos is the best-selling pizza brand in the US with...

Marriott hopes to lure younger and wealthier travelers by launching NFT collection

Marriott International has partnered with three digital artists, TXREK, JVY, and Erick Nicolay, to launch a non-fungible token (NFT) collection in an effort to lure more young and wealthy travelers. The NFT collection...

New Balance inks 3-year apparel deal with Netball Australia

Netball Australia has signed a three-year apparel partnership with New Balance that would see the Australian national netball team be fitted with the US sports brands gear beginning next months Quad Series, The series...

Premier League may partner with crypto platform to sell NFTs

The Premier League is considering is about partnering with a cryptocurrency platform to sell NFTs, in a slow and cautious move into the sports NFT space. According to the Premier League, several of its clubs already...

Jack in the Box announces acquisition of Del Taco

Jack in the Box has acquired Del Taco Restaurants for $455.3 million. The deal is a strategic decision as the fast-food restaurant company is looking to expand its customer base and capitalize on the Mexican fast-food...

Politics

Kevin McCarthy facing 'a huge problem' as House Minority Leader struggles to control caucus

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has come under intense scrutiny over the past days regarding his ability to lead his caucus due to the recent scandals. An analyst claims that McCarthy may be facing a big problem as he...

Joe Biden to announce US diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics

This week, US President Joe Biden is expected to announce a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympics that will be held in Beijing. While athletes are still attending the games, there would not be any lawmakers or diplomats...

Afghanistan: Taliban bans forced marriage for women

One of the reforms being asked of the Taliban by the international community is equal rights for women and girls in Afghanistan. In a recent announcement, the insurgent group has declared a ban on forcing women to go into...

Nancy Pelosi to take action against Rep. Lauren Boebert, says Rep. Ilhan Omar

In light of recent events in Congress, House Democrats are calling for action to be taken against the latest scandal in the form of Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boeberts Islamophobic attacks against Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar....

Science

Suntory develops 100% plant-based PET bottle

The Suntory Group has created a prototype polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle made from 100 percent plant-based materials as a crucial step toward eliminating all petroleum-based virgin plastic from its bottles and...

New study shows drinking coffee, tea may reduce risk of dementia, stroke

Coffee and tea drinkers had lower risks of dementia and stroke, according to a study published in Plos Medicine in November 2021. This study involved 365,682 participants aged 50 to 74 years from the UK...

Doosan Robotics launches collaborative robot cafe

Doosan Robotics Co. has produced an unmanned modular robot cafe, which refers to a robot that can work with a human. The unmanned modular robot cafe is 1.8 meters wide, 1.59 meters long, and 1.85 meters high. Doosan...

Nissan to roll out unmanned vehicle for traversing the moon's surface

Nissan Motor Co. rolled out on Dec.2 an unmanned rover prototype to operate on the moon using its electric cars all-wheel-control technology to let it operate under harsh conditions. The Japan Aerospace Exploration...

S. Korean researchers find use for apple peel and crab apple as natural pigment

South Koreas Apple Use Research Institute has developed a reddish natural pigment extraction and recycling method using wasted apple peel and crab apples. Apple peel contains the reddish natural pigments called...

Technology

WhatsApp adds default disappearing message timer for all new chats

Before Facebook became Meta, the social media empire faced widespread backlash over policy changes earlier this year that raised concerns on how it handles user data and online privacy on WhatsApp. But Meta appears to be...

Pixel Buds A-Series firmware update to increase bass range and improve device switching

Firmware updates for wireless earbuds are usually uneventful, but that is not the case with the upcoming firmware version 282 for Pixel Buds A-Series. It is confirmed to deliver important new features for better audio...

‘The Matrix Awakens’ goes live at The Game Awards on December 9

Epic Games confirmed the release of an upcoming demo of its Unreal Engine 5 called The Matrix Awakens. However, video game fans who have been waiting for a new game should manage their expectations because the demo does...

‘Halo Infinite’ campaign level replays could be added post-launch

There are new things to explore once Halo Infinite launches this week, but there are also crucial features confirmed not available on day one, including the option to replay campaign story missions. However, developer 343...
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