Her passion, energy and a commitment to making the world a better place for everyone has earned professor emeritus Pauline van den Driessche UVic’s top research award for 2013, the David H. Turpin Gold Medal for Career Achievement in Research.
The Faculty of Science hosted its annual Honours Fest in the Bob Wright lobby on February 28. The format was a poster session, which provided honours students an opportunity to gain experience presenting their research in a conference style setting to a broad group of students and faculty in the Faculty of Science.
A panel of faculty adjudicated the posters, and the following prizes were awarded:
- 1st prize: $2,000; 2nd and 3rd prize: $1,000
- Top presentation for each Department/School: 1 year membership in a professional organization.
Our very own, Carolyn Tsao (supervised by Mary Lesperance) won the SECOND PRIZE and Lucy Gao (supervised by Julie Zhou) won the TOP presentation in Mathematics & Statistics.
Congratulations Carolyn and Lucy!
Their posters are on display on the bulletin board opposite the main stairwell on the fifth floor.
Dr. Peter Dukes has been awarded the 2014 Craigdarroch Silver Medal for Excellence in Research. He will be honoured with other Craigdarroch Research Award recipients at an evening ceremony on May 1.
It was surely a sign of exceptional things to come when Peter Dukes completed his BSc at UVic with three published academic papers already under his belt—in two different fields of mathematics. That was in 1997. Since then, he has continued his meteoric rise and is now considered a world authority in a branch of math known as algebraic combinatorics. But his expertise is diverse. The 40 peer-reviewed papers he has published so far in his young career cover areas such as astrophysics, statistics and engineering. In 2007, he won the Kirkman Medal for outstanding achievement from the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications.
Contributions of Mathematical Modelling to Controlling Infectious Diseases
Dr. Pauline van den Driessche | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
7 p.m. in UVic's Hickman Building room 105
The University of Victoria Retirees Association and the Centre on Aging—with support from the university—presents Masterminds 2014, a free lecture series running each Wednesday evening from April 9 to April 30.
Ever wonder how public health officials determine their response to infectious diseases? During her career at UVic Dr. Pauline van den Driessche has applied new mathematical methods to study the dynamics of epidemics. In her presentation she’ll explain how mathematical models are used to predict and monitor the spread of infectious diseases such as influenza, measles and malaria, and to estimate the percentage of the population requiring vaccination.
Van den Driessche is an internationally recognized mathematician for her work in mathematical biology and linear algebra. Her major impact in mathematical biology is the application of new mathematical methods to study the dynamics of epidemics. She has developed tools to analyze disease outcomes and the impact of vaccination methods on influenza, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and West Nile Virus. She joined UVic’s Department of Mathematics in 1965 and retired in 2006. She has published more than 200 papers and has earned national and international prizes, including the Krieger-Nelson Prize from the Canadian Mathematical Society (2007) and the inaugural Olga Taussky Todd Award by the International Congress of Industrial and Applied Mathematical Society.
Text and picture from the Masterminds 2014 lecture series website.
Dr. Farouk Nathoo has been announced as one of the newest Canada Research Chairs, a designation that brings reputational and funding benefits. Nathoo is internationally recognized as a rising star in the field of spatial, environmental and medical statistics. He applies his work within a wide range of disciplines, including neuroscience, ecology, epidemiology, geography and environmental science. “Being able to apply statistics to all of these areas is very satisfying,” he says.The full article, including a video, is available in a March 2014 article in The Ring
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Victoria invites applications for a Tier II, Canada Research Chair in Biostatistics to commence between May 2015 and July 2015.
Congratulations to Christopher van Bommel for being awarded the master’s level NSERC 2013 André Hamer Postgraduate Prize!
Congratulations to Jason Siefken for being awarded this year's Andy Farquharson Graduate Teaching Award! Past winners of this award from our department include Jill Simmons (2003), Jacobus Swartz (2004), Mark Schurch (2005), Chedo Barone (2006), and Dan Pollock (2007).
The Combinatorial Potlatch is an irregularly scheduled, floating, one-day conference. It has been held for many years at various locations around Puget Sound and southern British Columbia, and is an opportunity for combinatorialists in the region to gather informally for a day of invited talks and conversation. While most who attend work in, or near, the Puget Sound basin, all are welcome. Typically there are three talks given by speakers who are visiting or new to the area, along with breaks for coffee and lunch. Many participants remain for dinner at a local restaurant or pub.
PIMS Distinguished Speaker Mary Lou Zeeman will give a talk on Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points with Applications to Climate and Biology on Thursday 24 Oct 2013, 3:30pm - 4:30pm in Harry Hickman Building Room 110. Everyone is welcome to attend.
at Hermann's Jazz Club on 753 View St at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 10. This is a public talk but space is limited. Please reserve your seat at http://cafescisep10.eventbrite.ca/. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
This year's annual UVic math competition takes place Sept. 24th, 4:30 - 6:30 pm in the David Strong Building C112.
These competitions are open to all undergraduate students at UVic, including first year students. In the past some prizes were won by first year students. There are monetary prizes. To participate, just show up.
To get an idea of the questions asked in the competition, have a look at some old exams.
The West Coast Optimization Meeting (WCOM) will be held on October 4-5, 2013, at the University of Victoria. All events will be held on the 6th floor lounge of the Department of Computer Science, located in the Engineering and Computer Science Building Room 660. For registration, schedule, abstracts and more information please see the WCOM website.
SIGMAS will be holding exam sales on Wednesdays and Thursdays, August 7, 8, 14, 15 from 11am till 1pm outside DTB (formerly SSM) A202.
Monsoon Mission post doc on multiscale and stochastic modeling of convectionApplications are invited for a post doc position at the University of Victoria. The position is for one year and is renewable for up to three years depending on performance. The project is sponsored by the National Monsoon Mission; an international effort launched by the Indian Government in order to improve the prediction skill of weather and climate of the Indian monsoon.
PIMS Distinguished Speaker Prof. Nader Masmoudi, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University will be giving a talk on Nonlinear Inviscid Damping for 2D Euler on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm in the David Strong Building, C108. Everyone is welcome.
We proudly invite you to attend the 3rd Pacific Northwest Theory Days in Victoria, BC on May 4-5, Saturday and Sunday, with a special focus on Theory of Algorithmic Networks and Randomization.
We have a fabulous list of distinguished invited speakers, from member institutions as well as guest speakers from IBM Almaden and 3(!) different research groups (theory, crypto, and systems) at Microsoft Research in Redmond, INRIA Rennes, University of Washington and ETH.
PIMS Distinguished speaker Mark Lewis from the University of Alberta will be giving two lectures in March.
The first is one is a mathematical biology seminar with the title Mathematics behind stream population dynamics on Tuesday, March 12 at 3:30 pm in DSB C118.
The second one is a public lecture with the title Mathematical Models for Territorial Interaction on Thursday, March 14 at 3:30 pm in the Bob Wright Centre SCI A104 (pre-lecture reception is at 3:00pm).
Dr. Ian Putnam has been named a Fellow of the American Math Society (AMS). The AMS is the world's largest and most influential society dedicated to research in the mathematical sciences. The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society are selected for their outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and application of mathematics.
The Fall 2012 issue of Science Matters is now out. You can read it online.
Speaker: PIMS Distinguished Speaker: Bryan L. Shader, University of Wyoming
Date and time: 25 Oct 2012, 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Location: DSB C128, University of Victoria
Event type: PIMS lectures
Speaker: PIM Distinguished Speaker: Branko Grünbaum, University of Washington
Date and time: 19 Oct 2012, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: ECS 660, University of Victoria
Event type: PIMS lectures
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Quas, Mathematics and Statistics, University of Victoria
Date and time: 09 Oct 2012, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Hermann's Jazz Club, 753 View Street
Event type: Education and outreach
Speaker: Leslie Valiant, Harvard University
Date and time: 10 Oct 2012, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: ECS 124
Event type: PIMS lectures
Date and time: 20 Oct 2012, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Clearihue A127, University of Victoria
Event type: Conferences and workshops
Date and time: 02 Oct 2012, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: ЌELSET Elementary School
Event type: Education and outreach
Title: A mechanical model for Fourier's law of heat conduction.
Speaker: Professor David Ruelle (Institute des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques Bures-sur-Yvette, France)
Date and time: 13 Sep 2012, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Cornett B112
Event type: Colloquia
J. Harley Weston, University of Regina will be giving a public presentation on Thursday, August 16, 2012 from 2:30 – 3:30pm in HHB 110.
An overview will be given of a bilingual Internet facility called Math Central, started in September 1995 by three faculty members in Mathematics and Mathematics Education at the University of Regina.
In honour of Mark's award, we are organizing a Math Biology Symposium, on Wednesday February 8th, 2012 in MacLaurin D116. Mark will deliver a lecture, followed by lunch and a number of short talks by graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Victoria is hosting their second annual CMS math camp on July 3-7th, 2012. The CMS math camps are designed to provide students in grades 9 through 11, who have demonstrated a talent for mathematics, with a variety of enrichment activities in a fun and rewarding environment. With last year's inaugural camp getting avery positive response, we are looking forward to making the 2012 edition a unique and rewarding experience for all the participants. While the camp's 2012 schedule is being finalized, as a sample please see last year's schedule and description of the sessions.