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Carolyn Tsao and Lucy Gao win prizes at the 2014 Science Honours Fest.

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.

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Craigdarroch Silver Medal for Excellence in Research

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.

Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Dukes. Photo: UVic Photo Services
The full article is available in an April 2014 article in The Ring.

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Mathematical Modelling and Controlling Infectious Diseases

Contributions of Mathematical Modelling to Controlling Infectious Diseases

van den Driessche

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.

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New Canada Research Chairs announced

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

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Tier II, Canada Research Chair in Biostatistics

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.

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Assistant Teaching Professor

This position has now been filled: The Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Learning and Teaching Centre at the University of Victoria invite applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor position to commence on July 1, 2014.

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van Bommel wins postgraduate prize

Congratulations to Christopher van Bommel for being awarded the master’s level NSERC 2013 André Hamer Postgraduate Prize!  

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Siefken wins graduate teaching award

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).

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Mathematician recognized for career achievement

Pauline van den Driessche

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.

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SIGMAS exam sale Dec 2-4

SIGMAS is selling solved old exams to undergraduates Monday - Wednesday, Dec 2-4 from 10 am -1 pm outside the math and stats assistance centre DTB A202.

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Francis Zwiers - Are Climate Extremes Changing?

PIMS Distinguished Speaker Francis Zwiers will give a public lecture on Are Climate Extremes Changing? on Thursday, November 28 at 3:30 pm in Harry Hickman building 110.

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Combinatorial Potlatch 2013

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.

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PIMS lecture - Dennis K.J. Lin

PIMS Distinguished Speaker  Dennis K.J. Lin will give a talk on Dimensional Analysis and Its Applications in Statistics on Thursday 31 Oct 2013, 3:30pm - 4:30pm in Harry Hickman Building Room 110. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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PIMS lecture - Mary Lou Zeeman

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.

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Colloquium - Cubes in ergodic theory

Dr. Alejandro Maass, Centre for Mathematical Modeling, University of Chile will be giving a colloquium talk on Cubes in ergodic theory on Oct 8th, 2013, 2:30pm - 3:30pm in DSB C112. Everyone is welcome.

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MSFHR Internship at UVic

High school student Mica Grant Hagen from Frances Kelsey Secondary School (Mill Bay, BC) recently completed a four week internship with Dr. Laura Cowen of the University of Victoria, Mathematics and Statistics. The internship is sponsored by the Michael Smith Foundation in partnership with Shad Valley. To read more about Mica's internship at UVic as well as stories from other internship students see the MSFHR website.

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Cafe Scientifique public talk - Ian Putnam

Dr. Ian Putnam from the University of Victoria will be giving a Cafe Scientifique talk on the topic New geometric patterns which lie between boredom and confusion
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 pritchet@uvic.ca or azadehf@uvic.ca

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UVic Math Competition

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.

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Colloquium - Bang Jensen

Jørgen Bang-Jensen, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Southern Denmark will give a colloquium talk titled (Arc-) disjoint flows in networks on Wednesday, August 21 at 2:30 pm in Cornett B111. View the abstract. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

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West Coast Optimization Meeting

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.

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Math exam sales

SIGMAS will be holding exam sales on Wednesdays and Thursdays, August 7, 8, 14, 15 from 11am till 1pm outside DTB (formerly SSM) A202.

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Postdoc position on multiscale and stochastic modeling of convection

Monsoon Mission post doc on multiscale and stochastic modeling of convection

Applications 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. 

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Flipping the classroom

Our sessionals Louis-Philippe Saumier, Jason Siefken and others at UVic talk about their teaching experience using a method they call Flipping the Classroom in an article in the Martlet.

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PIMS lecture - Nader Masmoudi - Nonlinear Inviscid Damping for 2D Euler

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.

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van den Driessche receives medal for career achievement in research

The David H. Turpin Gold Medal for Career Achievement in Research was presented to Pauline van den Driessche at the 2013 Craigdarroch Research Awards reception on May 2.

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Pacific Northwest Theory Days

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.

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van den Driessche elected SIAM 2013 Fellow

Pauline van den Driessche has been elected SIAM Fellow, Class of 2013. She is  being recognized for contributions to linear algebra and mathematical biology. Dr. van den Driessche is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Victoria. She works on mathematical problems in biology, particularly deterministic models of populations and epidemics, dynamical systems and applications, matrix problems related to stability, combinatorial matrix analysis, and max algebra. Dr. van den Driessche currently serves on the editorial board of SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics.

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CEMAD-2013 workshop

CEMAD-2013 will take place at the University of Victoria from July 29 - August 2. A continuation of the workshop Few-Body Dynamics in Atoms, Molecules, and Planetary Systems, held between June 28 and July 1, 2010, at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany, CEMAD-2013 aims to bring together experts in celestial mechanics and semi-classical theory, as applied to the study of atoms and molecules, for the benefit of all those involved. The main emphasis is on the mathematical aspects of these research fields. This event is part of the initiative Mathematics of the Planet Earth (MPE-2013) as well as a satellite meeting of the Mathematical Congress of the Americas (MCA-2013). For more information and registration please visit the CEMAD-2013 website.

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Colloquium - D. Rolfsen on Orderable groups and topology

Dale Rolfsen, University of Bristish Columbia, will be be giving a colloquium talk on Orderable groups and topology on Tuesday, April 2 3:30-4:30 pm in Clearihue A 202.

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Colloquium - G. Abrams on Leavitt path algebras

Gene Abrams, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, will be speaking on Leavitt path algebras - Something for everyone: algebra, analyis, graph theory, number theory on Thursday, 28 Mar 2013, 3:30pm - 4:30pm in Cornett B107.

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A. Holroyd lecture on random matching

PIMS distinguished speaker Alexander Holroyd from Microsoft Research will be giving a lecture titled Random Matching on Tuesday, March 19 at 3:30 pm in Maclaurin D116.

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One day seminar on dispersive PDEs

UVic is hosting a one day seminar on dispersive PDEs. There will be one talk on Friday, March 8 and a whole day of talks on Saturday, March 9. All talks will be in Human and Social Development Building room A250.

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Mark Lewis to give two math biology lectures

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).

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Multicloud models could boost long-term weather forecasting

Dr. Boualem Khouider (Math and Statistics) was recently featured in an online newspaper article, discussing his research on multicloud models.

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Putnam named Fellow of the AMS

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.

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SIGMAS exam sales

SIGMAS is holding exam sales every Wednesday and Thursday for three weeks (Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6, Dec. 12-13) between 1-3 pm outside SSM A202.

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Congratulations to our grads!

Department members are invited to a post convocation reception on Wednesday, November 14 at 4:00 - 5:30 pm in SSM A514 to celebrate the achievements of our fall graduates. Graduating at the convocation with  Master's of Science in Mathematics, Ross Churchley and John Benjamin Wilson; with Master's of Science in Statistics, Susan Kinniburgh; and with PhD in Mathematics and Statistics, Lorraine Dame.

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Fall 2012 issue of Science Matters

The Fall 2012 issue of Science Matters is now out.  You can read it online.

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PIMS Distinguished Speaker: Bryan L. Shader - Oct 25

Title: Construction of matrices with a given graph and prescribed interlaced spectral data
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

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PIMS Distinguished Speaker: Branko Grünbaum - Simplicial arrangements

Title: Simplicial arrangements
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

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Mark Lewis wins Killam Fellowship

UVic alumni Mark Lewis, now a mathematical biologist at the University of Alberta, has received a 2012 Killam Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts. The  Edmonton Journal has written a nice article about Lewis and the award.

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Now hiring teaching assistants for spring 2013

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Victoria invites applications for 2013 Spring Teaching Assistants, until Friday, November 16th, 2012.

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Cafe Scientifique - Fairness and voting systems

Title: Cafe Scientifique - Fairness and Voting Systems
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

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Leslie Valiant - Biological Evolution as a Form of Learning

Title: Alan Turing Celebration Lecture: Leslie Valiant - Biological Evolution as a Form of Learning
Speaker: Leslie Valiant, Harvard University
Date and time: 10 Oct 2012, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: ECS 124
Event type:  PIMS lectures

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7th Coast Combinatorics Conference and BC Combinatorics Day

Title: Seventeenth Coast Combinatorics Conference and BC Combinatorics Day
Date and time: 20 Oct 2012, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Clearihue A127, University of Victoria
Event type:  Conferences and workshops

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Math Mania at ЌELSET Elementary School

Title: Math Mania at ЌELSET Elementary School
Date and time: 02 Oct 2012, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: ЌELSET Elementary School
Event type:  Education and outreach

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Colloquium - A mechanical model for Fourier's law of heat conduction

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

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Lansdowne lecture - The philosophy of science is too serious a matter to be left to philosophers

Professor David Ruelle of the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques Bures-sur-Yvette, France will be giving a Lansdowne lecture on "The philosophy of science is too serious a matter to be left to philosophers" on Monday, September 10 at 3:30 pm in the Wright Centre, Room A104. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Public presentation on Math Central

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.

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Salimah Ismail wins 2012 SSC award

At the 2012 Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) annual meeting, Salimah Ismail received this year's SSC award for best research presentation made by a graduate student. The award, which consists of a certificate and a $500 cash prize, recognizes Salimah for her contributed talk "A Skew-t Space-Varying Regression Model for the Spectral Analysis of Resting State Brain Activity".

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Math biology symposium in honour of Mark Lewis

We are very pleased to announce that Mark Lewis has been chosen as UVic's Faculty of Science distinguished alumnus for 2012. Mark graduated from UVic in 1987 with a joint math/biology degree and now holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Math Biology at University of Alberta. Mark's research focuses on spatial ecology models, and he works on diverse problems including modeling population dynamics of polar bears, ecological succession on Mt. St. Helens, and dynamics of infectious disease. For more information on Mark's research, go to his website.

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.

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CMS Math Camp

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.

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UVic one day seminar on dispersive PDEs

We are pleased to invite you to the one day seminar at UVic on dispersive PDEs to be held at The University of Victoria, HSD A250 on February 25, 2012. The list of speakers includes H. Bahouri (Paris, France), S. Gustafson (UBC), S. Ibrahim (UVic), G. Perelman (Paris, France), T.-P. Tsai (UBC) and I. Zwiers (UBC). All faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students are very welcome to attend.

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