"When Numbers Fail Justice"

The figures presented in legal cases are sometimes based on a misleading or ill-conceived use of mathematics. CNRS News asked the mathematician Leila Schneps (IMJ-PRG laboratory in Paris, France) to explain the phenomenon. "There are many ways to misuse mathematics, and not only through calculation errors. Very often, it is a matter of failing to understand the meaning of perfectly accurate mathematical results"... Read the full article on the CNRS News website.

"Soccer: What are the Chances?"

R. Chetrite, R. Diel, and M. Lerasle, researchers at LJAD laboratory in Nice (France), just published "The Number of Potential Winners in Bradley-Terry Model in Random Environment" in Annals of Applied Probability. CNRS News explains how the mathematicians dealt with probabilities to help explain—and predict—why weaker teams sometimes come out on top.

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Call for applications for the Gabriel Lamé Chair

Gabriel LameThe Gabriel Lamé Chair (visiting professorship) is a joint initiative of the French Embassy in the Russian Federation and the Saint-Petersburg State University. Its aim is to reinforce the scientific relations between the French and Russian mathematical communities. The chair is held by a mathematician employed by a French public institution.

UNESCO/L’OREAL Fellowships for Young Women in Life Sciences

 

L'Oréal Foundation, together with the UNESCO and the French Academy of Sciences, launches the call for proposals for the 2017 UNESCO/L’OREAL Fellowships for Young Women in Life Sciences. This project aims to encourage the development of women’s role in science. Since this programme was initiated in 2007, 170 young women received this fellowship.