Covid modellers win University of Canterbury research medal
Two University of Canterbury mathematicians who helped develop world-leading modelling to guide New Zealand’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic have won a prestigious award.
Since early March 2020, the pair have been key members of the national team of scientists at award-winning research centre Te Pūnaha Matatini, which provided a series of mathematical models informing the Government’s efforts to combat Covid-19.
Associate Professor James and Professor Plank provided valuable information that contributed to Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid-19 planning and response, including use of the four-tier alert level system, testing regimes and digital contact tracing. Their modelling has also been used to understand the potential impact of the disease on Aotearoa’s at-risk communities.
They have also been highly active in national print and broadcast media, writing multiple articles commenting on aspects of the pandemic, and appearing in interviews on television, radio and in print both here and for international news outlets.
Associate Professor James says she feels honoured to receive the award and lucky to have worked alongside some fantastic researchers and students.