Lesley Ward is a Professor of Mathematics at UniSA. She is a Fellow of the US Association for Women in Mathematics, and a Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society, and was recently a Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge. She earned degrees from ANU and Yale University, then held positions at Rice University, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), and Harvey Mudd College. Her research is in harmonic analysis and complex analysis. She also works in industrial applications of mathematics, as Director of the UniSA Mathematics Clinic. She was the Conference Director of the WIMSIG Conference 2017: Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical Sciences. She has given plenary... Read more
About me
Lesley Ward is a Professor of Mathematics at UniSA. She is a Fellow of the US Association for Women in Mathematics, and a Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society, and was recently a Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge. She earned degrees from ANU and Yale University, then held positions at Rice University, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), and Harvey Mudd College. Her research is in harmonic analysis and complex analysis. She also works in industrial applications of mathematics, as Director of the UniSA Mathematics Clinic. She was the Conference Director of the WIMSIG Conference 2017: Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical Sciences. She has given plenary lectures at the annual conferences of the AustMS (2016) and NZMS (2018). Her book “Harmonic Analysis: From Fourier to Wavelets”, coauthored with M. Cristina Pereyra, was published by the American Mathematical Society in 2012. Lesley Ward was Chair of the Women in Mathematics Group (WIMSIG) (20152016) of the AustMS, and has worked on gender equity issues in STEM disciplines at five institutions over many years. She has won several teaching awards, notably the Mathematical Association of America’s Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching.
2020present: Professor of Mathematics, School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, UniSA.
20152019: Associate Professor of Mathematics, School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, UniSA.
20062014: Senior Lecturer, School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences (until 2012 the School of Mathematics and Statistics), UniSA.
20032006: Associate Professor, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California, USA.
19972003: Assistant Professor, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California, USA.
1995: Postdoctoral Fellow, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), Berkeley, California, USA. Spring semester.
19941997: G.C. Evans Instructor of Mathematics, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA.
Selected awards and distinctions
2017: Conference Director, WIMSIG Conference 2017: Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematical Sciences, http://www.austms.org.au/WIMSIGconference2017 , University of South Australia, 2426 Sep 2017.
2017: Coorganiser, The AMSI/AustMS 2017 Workshop in Harmonic Analysis and PDE, http://www.mq.edu.au/about/abouttheuniversity/facultiesanddepartments/facultyofscienceandengineering/departmentsandcentres/departmentofmathematics/newsandevents/2017harmonicanalysisandpdeworkshop , Macquarie University, 1721 Jul 2017.
2015: Coorganiser, http://www.unisa.edu.au/ices Indigenous Content in Education Symposium (ICES '15), University of South Australia, 21 Sep 2015.
2014: Coorganiser, Special Session in Harmonic Analysis and PDEs, http://www.austms2014.ms.unimelb.edu.au/ 8th AustraliaNew Zealand Mathematics Convention, incorporating the 58th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society and the 2014 New Zealand Mathematics Colloquium, University of Melbourne, 812 Dec.
2014: Coorganiser, http://unisa.edu.au/mathssymposium Indigenous Content in STEM Symposium, Division of ITEE, UniSA, 26 Aug 2014.
2014: Coorganiser, http://rutherglen.science.mq.edu.au/ha2014/ The AMSI/AustMS 2014 Workshop in Harmonic Analysis and its Applications, Macquarie University, 2125 Jul 2014.
2013: Senior Visiting Fellow, IPAM, UCLA, Program on Interactions between Analysis and Geometry. March.
2009: Visiting Researcher, Department of Mathematics, Brown University, USA. OctDec.
2009: Visiting Researcher, Departamento de Matematica, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUCRIO), Brazil. AugOct.
20082009: Chair of Local Organising Committee, Member of Programme Committee, and Treasurer, http://w3.unisa.edu.au/austms2009/ 53rd Annual Conference of the Australian Mathematical Society, held 28 Sep1 Oct 2009, UniSA. Jan 2008June 2009
2006: Mathematical Association of America (MAA) http://www.maa.org/Awards/alder.html Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member. One of three awarded in the US and Canada.
2006: My department (http://www.math.hmc.edu/ Department of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College) was awarded the inaugural http://www.ams.org/ams/press/mudd05.html American Mathematical Society (AMS) Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. All departments of mathematical sciences in the US and Canada that offer at least a bachelor's degree in mathematical sciences are eligible.
2004: http://nieis.anu.edu.au/programs/NIEIS_programs_weis.html WEIS Visiting Fellowship for a Senior Academic Woman in Engineering and Information Sciences, National Institute of Engineering and Information Sciences (NIEIS), Australian National University.
2004: Taught short course with Cristina Pereyra on Harmonic Analysis: From Fourier to Haar, http://www.math.ias.edu/womensprogram/ IAS/Princeton Program for Women in Mathematics, Analysis and Nonlinear PDEs, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey. May.
2003: Taught short course on Wavelets, http://pcmi.ias.edu/ IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute, Harmonic Analysis and Partial Differential Equations, Park City, Utah. July.
1995: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), Berkeley, California, Program in Complex Dynamics and Hyperbolic Geometry.
19911992: Yale Prize Teaching Fellowship. Awarded for `excellence in performance as a Teaching Fellow', to eight PhD students chosen from all departments at Yale University.
1986: Tillyard Prize, Australian National University. Awarded to the student whose personal qualities and contribution to University life have been outstanding and who in the year of the award has completed a Degree of Bachelor with Honours.
1986: Hanna Neumann Prize for Mathematics IV (Honours), Australian National University.
About me
Leadership in the mathematics profession
Membership of professional assocations
About me
Date  Title 

20/05/2016 
The Wire: Womenonly Math Jobs Offered by University of Melbourne, http://thewire.org.au/story/70717/ 
19/05/2016 
The Age: Melbourne Uni offers women'sonly maths jobs, http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourneuniofferswomensonlymathsjobs20160519goytqb.html 
18/05/2016 
ABC PM: Melbourne University advertises femaleonly jobs in bid to remedy gender imbalance in maths, http://www.abc.net.au/news/20160518/melbourneuniversityopensupjobstowomenapplicantsonly/7426704 
About me
Doctor of Philosophy Yale University
Master of Science Yale University
Masters Philosophy in Mathematics Yale University
Bachelor of Science Australian National University
Research collaborators
Research
Excludes commercialinconfidence projects.
Multiparameter Harmonic Analysis: Weighted Estimates for Singular Integrals, ARC  Discovery Projects, 01/01/2016  30/06/2020
Harmonic analysis: Function spaces and singular integral operators, ARC  Discovery Projects, 31/10/2012  31/12/2017
Maths Clinic Industry Project: DSTO's Vehicle Fleet Mix Problem, Defence Science & Technology Organisation  Business & Commercialisation Office, 09/05/2014  01/12/2015
Research
Research outputs for the last seven years are shown below. Some longstanding staff members may have older outputs included. To see earlier years visit ORCID, ResearcherID or Scopus
Open access indicates that an output is open access.
Year  Output 

2022 
Open access
1
1

2021 
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2018 
Open access
33
30

2012 

2008 
24
21

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2012 

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2023 
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2022 
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2022 

2022 
Open access
1
1

2021 
1
1

2021 
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2

2021 
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2021 
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2020 
Open access
9
9

2019 
Open access
3
3

2018 
Open access
17
15

2018 
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33
30

2017 
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12
11

2017 
Open access
28
27
1

2017 
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31
22
78

2017 
Open access
3

2016 
Open access
11
9

2016 
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14
14

2016 
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2
2

2015 
Open access
16
14

2014 
Open access
2
1

2013 
Open access
7
7

2013 
Open access
13
13

2011 
Open access
9
9

2008 
24
21

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2015 
Open access

2008 

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2015 
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Under review:
Research
Research collaborators
Research
Details  Registry  Status 

Automatic threshold setting for quantitative polymerase chain reaction Ward, Lesley; Jensen, Adrian; Lyon, Justin; McLeman, Cameron; Tysinger, Bryan 
US  Granted 
Leadership in the mathematics profession
Membership of professional organisations
External engagement & recognition
Organisation  Country 

Auburn University  UNITED STATES 
AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company  UNITED STATES 
Brown University  UNITED STATES 
Catholic University of Córdoba  ARGENTINA 
Defence Science and Technology Organisation  AUSTRALIA 
Department for Energy and Mining  AUSTRALIA 
Georgia Institute of Technology  UNITED STATES 
Imperial College, London  UNITED KINGDOM 
Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics  CHINA 
Kenyon College  UNITED STATES 
Macquarie University  AUSTRALIA 
National Central University  TAIWAN 
National University Of Córdoba  ARGENTINA 
South China Normal University  CHINA 
Sun YatSen University  CHINA 
University of Helsinki  FINLAND 
University of Kansas  UNITED STATES 
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities  UNITED STATES 
University of New Mexico  Albuquerque  UNITED STATES 
University of South Australia  AUSTRALIA 
University of Western Australia  AUSTRALIA 
Washington University  UNITED STATES 
Western Washington University  UNITED STATES 
Wichita State University  UNITED STATES 
External engagement & recognition
Engagement/recognition  Year 

Member, Research CommitteeAustralian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) 
2023 
Member, Research CommitteeAustralian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) 
2022 
Member, Research CommitteeAustralian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) 
2021 
Member, Scientific Advisory BoardAustralian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) 
2020 
FellowAustralian Mathematical Society (AustMS) 
2019 
Invited speakerThe Complex Analysis Toolbox: New Techniques and Perspectives Workshop, Isaac Newton Institute, University of Cambridge, UK 
2019 
Kirk Lecturer and Kirk Distinguished Visiting FellowIsaac Newton Institute, University of Cambridge, UK 
2019 
Member, Scientific Advisory CommitteeAustralian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) 
2019 
Plenary SpeakerModern Analysis and Geometry 2019: A conference to celebrate Gaven Martin's 60th birthday, Massey University, Albany, New Zealand 
2019 
FellowAssociation for Women in Mathematics (AWM) 
2018 
Invited chair of plenary talksWorld Meeting of Women in Mathematics (WM^2) conference, International Mathematical Union, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
2018 
Invited SpeakerHarmonic Analysis Program, Park City Mathematics Institute (IAS/PCMI), Utah 
2018 
Member, Scientific Advisory CommitteeAustralian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) 
2018 
Plenary SpeakerNew Zealand Mathematical Society Colloquium (annual conference), University of Otago 
2018 
Plenary SpeakerICM Satellite Conference in Harmonic Analysis, International Mathematical Union (IMU) 
2018 
Conference DirectorWIMSIG Conference: Celebration of Women in Australian Mathematics Sciences 
2017 
Invited SpeakerRecent Developments in Harmonic Analysis Workshop, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), Berkeley 
2017 
Invited SpeakerGeometry, Analysis and Probability Conference, Korean Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS), Seoul 
2017 
Member, Scientific Advisory CommitteeAustralian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) 
2017 
Past Chair, Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG)Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) 
2017 
Chair, Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG)Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) 
2016 
Invited SpeakerSecond International Applied and Computational Complex Analysis Japan/UK Workshop (ACCAJP/UK), Kyoto University 
2016 
Outgoing Chair, Fellowships CommitteeAustralian Mathematical Society (AustMS) 
2016 
Plenary speaker60th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society, Australian National University 
2016 
Chair, Fellowships CommitteeAustralian Mathematical Society (AustMS) 
2015 
Chair, Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG)Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) 
2015 
Invited SpeakerRoyal Mathematical Society of Spain (RSME) Conference, Granada 
2015 
Incoming Chair, Fellowships CommitteeAustralian Mathematical Society (AustMS) 
2014 
Member, Executive Committee, Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG)Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) 
2014 
Member, Medal CommitteeAustralian Mathematical Society (AustMS) 
2014 
Member, Executive Committee, Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG)Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) 
2013 
Chair, Local Organising CommitteeAustralian Mathematical Society's 53rd Annual Meeting, University of South Australia 
2009 
MemberAmerican Mathematical Society (AMS) 
2009 
MemberMathematical Association of America (MAA) 
2009 
MemberAssociation for Women in Mathematics (AWM) 
2009 
MemberAustMS Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG) 
2009 
MemberAustralian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Division of the AustMS (ANZIAM) 
2009 
MemberAustralian Mathematical Society (AustMS) 
2009 
MemberWomen in Science Enquiry Network (WISENET) 
2009 
International Teaching Award
2006 Mathematical Association of America Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching
Institutional Teaching Awards
2014 UniSA Indigenous Education Teaching Award, ITEE Indigenous Content Team
2012 UniSA Supported Teacher Award
2011 UniSA Supported Teacher Award
2008 UniSA Enhancing Learning Award, Division of ITEE First Year Experience Team
1993 Yale Prize Teaching Fellowship
Courses I teach
Teaching & student supervision
Teaching & student supervision
Supervisions from 2010 shown
Thesis title  Student status 

Functions of vanishing mean oscillation, weight functions and spaces of homogeneous type  Current 
Bounded mean oscillation, commutators, quasiconformal mappings, spaces of homogeneous type, and nonhomogeneous product T(1) theorems  Completed 
Harmonicmeasure distribution functions, and related functions, for simply connected and multiply connected twodimensional regions  Completed 
Mathematical tools for maximising renewable energy use in electricity supply  Completed 