



News & Views item  October 2013 
The Australian Mathematical Society 2013 Medallist  Dr Craig Westerland. (October 1, 2013)
For the benefit of Liberal MP Jamie Briggs, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, and warrior against ARC support of "frivolous" research we quote here Dr Westerlands thumbnail memoir:
My research is in algebraic topology. I am particularly interested to connections with geometry, mathematical physics and number theory. My work has focused on the homotopy theory of function, configuration, and moduli spaces. If it were possible to reduce the last 8 or 10 years to buzzwords, they would be: string topology, equivariant homotopy theory, Hochschild and cyclic homology, operads, BatalinVilkovisky and gravity algebras, moduli and their compactifications, prospectra, stable splittings, BrownGitler spectra, Hurwitz spaces, homological stability and asymptotics, braid groups, and (topological) (conformal) field theories.