
CONNECTING WOMEN IN
MATHEMATICS ACROSS CANADA
(CWiMAC 2008)
December 45, 2008 : University of Ottawa

The CMS Committee for Women in Mathematics, with support of the CMS and Fields Institute, is organizing the 4^{th} workshop of Connecting Women in Mathematics Across Canada (CWiMAC 2008). The purpose of the CWiMAC workshops is to support the career development of junior female academics in the Canadian mathematics community. CWiMAC 2008 will take place at the University of Ottawa on December 4 and 5, 2008. The workshop is just prior to the CMS Winter 2008 Meeting and participants are encouraged to stay in Ottawa to attend that meeting. All women in the mathematical sciences at Canadian universities are invited to apply.
Organizing Committee
 Lucy Campbell,
School of Mathematics and Statistics, Carleton University
 Gerda de Vries
(cochair), Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Alberta
 Ariane Masuda,
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Ottawa
 Monica Nevins,
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Ottawa
 Ping Zhou
(chair), Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, St. Francis Xavier University
Format
There will be presentations on careers in the mathematical sciences by senior women, research presentations by junior women, a panel discussion, small group discussions, and mentormentee pairing discussions. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows participating in the workshop are encouraged to give a presentation on their research interests, in the form of either a 20minute talk or a poster.
Tentative Schedule
All activities except the poster session and the associated coffee break are in DMS 1140 (or DMS 1150); the
poster session and that coffee break are in Terminus, 2nd floor university centre.
The dinner on Thursday night will take place at The House
restaurant (191 Somerset Street East, at the corner of King Edward ave).
Here is the campus map.
Thursday, December 4, 2008

Time 
Event 
4:00  5:00 pm. 
Registration and welcome reception


Location: 
DMS 1140, in the new Desmarais building on the main University of Ottawa campus (55 Laurier East)


5:00  6:00 pm. 
Public Talk 

Speaker: 
MargaretAnn Armour, University of Alberta 
Title: 
Connecting More Women to Mathematics Through Project Catalyst 
Abstract: 
In spite of implications in the media that women are taking over the world, we are still few in the mathematical sciences. Many studies have explored the reasons for this, and have suggested actions to bring about change. Why has this change been slow, and what can we do to catalyze it? Project Catalyst at the University of Alberta is implementing practices to increase the numbers of women faculty in math and science departments and is developing longer term strategies. Not only is this important to avoid faculty shortages but I believe that Mathematics needs women!


6:00  9:00 pm. 
Banquet dinner and small group discussion


Speaker:

Larissa VingilisJaremko,
Canadian Association for Girls In Science



Friday, December 5, 2008 
Time 
Event 
8:30  9:00 am. 
Coffee & muffins 
9:00  9:45 am. 
Professional Development: Featured talk and group discussion I


Speaker:

Gerda de Vries,
University of Alberta

Title:

Mathematicians Must Speak: The DOs and DON'Ts of Giving Effective Mathematical Presentations.


9:50  10:35 am. 
Professional Development: Featured talk and group discussion II

Speaker:

Malgorzata Dubiel, Simon Fraser University

Title:
 Teaching and Research: Finding a Balance

Abstract:

Academic appointments usually involve both research and teaching responsibilities. Some universities and colleges
even require both research and undergraduate teaching presentations as part of the interview process. How should
one prepare for the interview so you send the message that you are focussed on research, but, at the same time, taking
your undergraduate teaching seriously?
When you get the job you want, can you balance teaching and research and do a good job in both? How does one
find out what the departmental norms and expectations are? Where should one look for help and advice?
These questions are particularly important to women since most mathematics departments in Canada and US still
have relatively few women. This makes the line between fitting in and being taken for granted (whatever this may mean)
a very blurred one at times.


10:35  11:00 am. 
Coffee break 
11:00  12:30 pm. 
Poster Session
 Amy Cameron, Maryam Haghighi, University of Ottawa
Learning Mathematics in Public Schools: The Importance of a HandsOn Approach
 Danielle Cox, Dalhousie University
On Strongly Connected Reliability
 Jing He, Carleton University
Path Ideal and Its Properties
 Karyn McLellan, Dalhousie University
The Growth of Random Fibonacci Sequences
 Maryam Namazi, University of Victoria
The effect of the meridional barotropic shear on the equatorial Kelvin waves
 Sarah Plosker, University of Regina
Capacities of Completely Positive Maps
 Nancy Soontiens, University of Waterloo
Numerical Simulation of Supercritical Trapped Internal Waves over Topography

12:30  2:00 pm. 
Lunch

Speaker:

Wendy MacCaull,
St. Francis Xavier University

Title:

New Directions in Applying for Mathematical Research Funding

Abstract:

The research environment is changing providing many new funding opportunities and initiatives. There is more support for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and partnerships with industry and non profit organizations are encouraged. The talk focuses on strategies for, and lessons and professional and personal benefits resulting from embracing this new research milieu.


2:00  3:30 pm. 
Professional Development: Panel Discussion

Title:

The WorkLife Balance

Moderator:

Lucy Campbell, Carleton University

Panelists:

Margaret Beattie, Mt. Allison University
Lucia Moura, University of Ottawa
Mateja Sajna, University of Ottawa
Rebecca Tyson, University of British Columbia Okanagan


3:30  4:00 pm. 
Coffee break 
4:00  4:20 pm. 
Parallel Session I 

DMS 1140:
 Speaker: 
Elaine Beltaos, University of Alberta 
Title: 
Algebra and Conformal Field Theory 
Abstract: 
Conformal Field theory (CFT) has deeply influenced mathematics over the past 30 years. A CFT is a twodimensional quantum field theory that is invariant under the conformal (anglepreserving) transformations; hence it is very symmetric. In this talk we will discuss what CFT's are and some of the algebra involved in studying them.

DMS 1150:
 Speaker: 
Rebecca Hammond, Acadia University 
Title: 
Modeling Mites in Apple Trees 
Abstract: 
Various species of pest mites pose significant challenges for apple growers worldwide. In Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley, infestations of phytophagous mites, primarily the European red mite, Panonychus ulmi (Koch), can cause serious economic losses in apple orchards. The mites damage the leaves, which results in excessive fruit drop, thus causing lower yields and poorer fruit quality. A mathematical model of the population dynamics of the European red mite can provide insight into ways to control the mites. This talk shows the development of such a mathematical model. The model results show that spraying pesticides on the mites at certain times can be counterproductive which is consistent with observations in the field.


4:30  4:50 pm. 
Parallel Session II 

DMS 1140:
 Speaker: 
Hong Yue, Concordia University 
Title: 
A JohnNirenberg Type Inequality 
Abstract: 
The JohnNirenberg inequality characterizes functions in the space BMO in terms of the exponential decay of the distribution function of their oscillations over a cube. We study a JohnNirenberg type inequality for a space related to BMO.

DMS 1150:
 Speaker: 
Caroline Lambert, University of Montreal 
Title: 
Classification of linear differential systems 
Abstract: 
If we take two linear differential systems, we can ask ourselves if there exists a change of variables that links them, for example an analytic change of the form y(x)=T(x)z(x), with T(x) invertible and analytic. If so, we can say that they are equivalent and classify all the systems with this equivalence relation. I will talk about the classification of some type of linear differential systems having an irregular singularity at the origin, introducing the formal normal form and the Stokes phenomenon.


5:00  5:20 pm. 
Parallel Session III 

DMS 1140:
 Speaker: 
Asia Matthews, Queen's University 
Title: 
Postsecondary mathematics instruction: the change in enrollment and the lack of change in teaching methods 
Abstract: 
Why aren’t instructors of postsecondary students required to learn how to teach, when this is required of elementary and high school teachers? In this talk I will give a historical overview of the change in learning needs of students in postsecondary mathematics courses in Canada and the United States and make an argument for reform in the teaching of these courses. The number of students enrolled in postsecondary education has increased dramatically since the 1960’s, due, in part, to the baby boom. While elementary educational methods are aimed at the average student, traditional postsecondary instruction has focused on the “better” student. I will argue that this approach fails to properly educate a large number of university students today. Specifically, I will discuss the gender gap in enrollment in the natural sciences, and in particular in Mathematics, and possible reasons for this disparity.

DMS 1150:
 Speaker: 
Zahra Montazeri, University of Ottawa 
Title: 
Statistical Identiﬁcation of Regulatory Relationships Between Genes 
Abstract: 
Discovering causal relationships between genes on the basis of observed data is often of interest. The researcher has a number of gene expression measurements over time and wishes to predict which genes regulate genes of interest. For this task, I constructed a statistical model that can predict the regulating gene that dominates the expression dynamics of each regulated gene of interest. I will present a number of regression models and prior distribution used to infer the model parameters representing genegene inﬂuences. These models are modiﬁed to deal with missing data case that commonly occurs in microarray studies. The proposed methods are applied to a set of data from plant cell cultures and also to yeast data.


5:30  5:45 pm. 
Closing 
Participant List
Participant 
Affiliation 
Armour, MargaretAnn
 
University of Alberta

Beattie, Margaret
 
Mount Allison University

Beltaos, Elaine
 
University of Alberta

Benkart, Georgia
 
University of WisconsinMadison and AWM

Brimacombe, Bridget
 
Carleton University

Burgess, Andrea
 
University of Ottawa

Cameron, Amy
 
University of Ottawa

Campbell, Lucy
 
Carleton University

Campbell, Sue Ann
 
University of Waterloo

Cates, Stephanie
 
Carleton University

Cox, Danielle
 
Dalhousie University

de Vries, Gerda
 
University of Alberta

Dubiel, Malgorzata
 
Simon Fraser University

Haghighi, Maryam
 
University of Ottawa

Hammond, Rebecca
 
Acadia University

He, Jing
 
Carleton University

Lambert, Caroline
 
University of Montreal

MacCaull, Wendy
 
St. Francis Xavier University

Masuda, Ariane
 
University of Ottawa

Matthews, Asia
 
Queen's University

McLellan, Karyn
 
Dalhousie University

Montazeri, Zahra
 
University of Ottawa

Moura, Lucia
 
University of Ottawa

Mwangangi, Sadia
 
University of Regina

Namazi, Maryam
 
University of Victoria

Nevins, Monica
 
University of Ottawa

Nikitina, Lidia
 
Carleton University

Plosker, Sarah
 
University of Regina

Sajna, Mateja
 
University of Ottawa

Soontiens, Nancy
 
University of Waterloo

Tyson, Rebecca
 
University of British Columbia (Okanagan)

VingilisJaremko, Larissa
 
Canadian Association for Girls In Science

Yue, Hong
 
Concordia University

Zhou, Ping
 
St. Francis Xavier University

Registration
Online registration is now closed, but you can still participate in CWiMAC 2008. You can register onsite in Ottawa for $75. The registration and welcome reception begins at 4pm on December 4th in DMS 1140, in the new Desmarais building on the main University of Ottawa campus (55 Laurier East). It's in the northwest corner of the campus (view map).
Financial Support
The deadline for application for funding has passed. The committee
will consider all further applications for funds on a casebycase
basis until November 25th, or until the remaining funds have been exhausted.
Previous Events
 CWiMAC2006,
December 78, 2006, Fields Institute, Toronto, Ontario
 CWiMAC2005,
July 2123, 2005, Banff International Research Station, Alberta
 CWiMAC2003,
June 1213, 2003, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Contact the Organizers
cwimac08@cms.math.ca