University of Ottawa, December 6 - 9, 2013
CMS Town Hall Meeting
Sunday, December 8, 12:30 - 13:30
The CMS Executive is inviting all CMS members and meeting participants to join them at an informal luncheon to learn what CMS has planned for 2014 and to discuss any interests or concerns that members of our community may have. Unlike the AGM that focuses on what was achieved last year, this meeting focuses on what lies ahead. There will be a short presentation followed by questions and answers. This is an opportunity for participants to get together with the CMS Executive and discuss emerging issues as well as directly voice their opinions, concerns and interests.
The Canadian Mathematical Society invites you to their awards banquet to highlight exceptional performance in the area of mathematical research and education. Prizes will be awarded during the event. During the dinner you will be entertained by Daniel Richer dit Lafleche, The official town crier of the national capital region, on a short history of the Outaouais.
Daniel Richer is a member of the First Nations; to be more precise of the Abenakis tribe. Dressed in one of his many period uniforms or in one of his traditional garbs; this actor, storyteller, Crier and Master of ceremonies knows how to bring the rich history of Ottawa-Gatineau to life.
You will be captivated by the character, the thespian; he uses gestures and distinctive tones of voice to illustrate the complex relationship between Aboriginal peoples and Canadian society. He paints the history of our region in a unique way under the sign of spirituality, poetry and humor, all with realism.
Daniel Richer has worked all over the world; winning many awards during his career over 30 years, one of the most elegant town crier in the world, Daniel Richer loves to share his knowledge of our culture and leaves no one indifferent!
STUDC Student Workshops
Friday, December 6, 11:30 - 14:30
Rideau Room, Ottawa Marriott
STUDC will host two student workshops on Friday, Dec 6th. The first session would be on Intermediate/Advanced LaTeX run by Aaron Berk on Friday from 11:30-12:30pm followed by a break. The next session will be Academic CV Writing by Amanda Malloch from 1-2:30 pm. There will be another session on
Intermediate LaTeX Tutorial
The workshop is designed to help participants improve the quality and readability of their LaTeX documents. Topics will include advanced mathematical formating, the (better) use of equations, environments and packages, referencing and indexing, the mathtools and tikZ packages. Attendees should be familiar with basic LaTeX (for example, be capable of typesetting an assignment, article or small set of notes).
Hands-on workshop consisting of a short presentation, followed by a discussion and peer-review of CVs. Participants are encouraged to submit their CVs ahead of time to help the workshop coordinators zero-in on common problem areas and to get better constructive feedback (do not fret, your anonymity shall be preserved).
Space is limited and pre-registration is required for this event, so register early!
Click here to register.
McGraw-Hill Education - www.mcgrawhill.ca
Monday, December 9, 13:00 - 13:45
Victoria North Room
McGraw-Hill Education presents ALEKS(Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) This Web-based tool, increases student performance and retention with individualized assessment and learning. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics he/she is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS products range from Basic Mathematics to more advanced Math courses such as Calculus, from Math Prep to Assessment, Learning, and Placement. Learn more about ALEKS by coming b the McGraw-Hill booth or joining the presentation on Monday, December 9.
Visit the ALEKS web site - www.aleks.com
The CMS Women in Mathematics Committee and the NSERC/Pratt & Whitney Canada Chair for Women
in Science and Engineering for Ontario invite you to enjoy lunch together with other women mathematicians
and participate in a discussion on issues of importance to you. Students, postdoctoral fellows,
faculty and non-academic professionals are all welcome! There is no charge and no preregistration
Pattern Resonance: The Morphology of the Amorphous
“Why is geometry often described as “cold” and “dry?” One reason lies in its inability to describe the shape of a cloud, a mountain, a coastline, or a tree. Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.
More generally, I claim that many patterns in Nature are so irregular and fragmented, that, compared with Euclid ─ a term used in this work to denote all of standard geometry ─ Nature exhibits not simply a higher degree but an altogether different level of complexity. The number of distinct scales of length of natural patterns is for all practical purposes infinite. The existence of these patterns challenges us to study those forms that Euclid leaves aside as being ‘formless,’ to investigate the morphology of the ‘amorphous.’ Mathematicians have disdained this challenge, however, and have increasingly chosen to flee from nature by devising theories unrelated to anything we can see or feel.”
Benoit B. Mandelbrot, The Fractal Geometry of Nature (1983)
The exhibition and lecture will presents the work and research produced through an on-going architectural project entitled The Phenomenological Garden. The project seeks to investigate the morphological and integrative versatility of fundamental processes that exist throughout Nature. Works by Manuel A. Báez will be exhibited as well as those produced by students in workshops incorporating educational methods and procedures derived from this research. This evolving project is a systematic investigation of the versatile and generative potential of the complex processes found throughout systems in Nature, biology, mathematics and music. As part of the De-Formation Studies Unit at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University, the work seeks to investigate how complex structures and forms are generated from initially random processes that evolve into morphologically rich integrated relationships. The morphological diversity revealed by this working and teaching method offers new insights into the complexity lurking within nature’s processes as revealed by such modern theories of Chaos, Complexity and Emergence. The implications of these developments are relevant to the study of morphology, architecture and other disciplines at a time when the ideas emerging out of our deeper understanding of complex phenomena are being embraced for conceptual inspiration.
Manuel A. Báez, Architect/Artist, B. Arch., M. Arch., MRAIC
Director: De-Formation Studies Unit
Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6 Canada
1-613-520-2600 ext. 2879