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MEDIA RELEASE — September 19, 2011

Canadian Mathematical Society

September 19, 2011


David Rodgers to Receive 2011 CMS Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service

David Rodgers

OTTAWA, Ontario — The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce that David Rodgers is the recipient of the 2011 Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service.

The Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service recognizes individuals who have made sustained and significant contributions to the Canadian mathematical community and, in particular, to the Canadian Mathematical Society. The award is named in honour of Dr. Graham Wright of the University of Ottawa, who served as Executive Director and Secretary of the CMS for over 30 years.

"David Rodgers is neither a Canadian nor a mathematician, yet he has shown incredible dedication to the CMS and its mission to promote the advancement, discovery, learning and application of mathematics in Canada," noted Jacques Hurtubise, President of the CMS. "The CMS is grateful for his many contributions to the Society and the Canadian mathematical community, and he is truly deserving of this award."

David's involvement in the CMS began in 1997 when he was invited to sit on the Electronic Services Committee due to his expertise in electronic publishing. His experience included serving as Director of Electronic Products and Services for the American Mathematical Society, where he helped to develop the website that has evolved into, and System Manager for Mathematical Reviews where he developed the publication database that evolved into MathSciNet.

From this initial invitation, David quickly became an active CMS member. He served as a member of the Electronic Services Committee from 1997 to 2002 and chair of the committee from 2003 to 2007. He also served on the CMS Board of Directors for 2001 and 2002, and has acted as CMS treasurer since 2006.

David's contributions to the CMS have played a significant role in the advancement of the Society. His expertise in the publishing field has contributed to many positive developments for CMS journals, including the adoption of an online editing system, the introduction of subscription agent and electronic-only pricing models, and the negotiation of a contract with Google to make back issues of the Canadian Journal of Mathematics and the Canadian Mathematical Bulletin from 1945-1996 freely available through Google Scholar.

As chair of the Electronic Services Committee, David oversaw many changes that positively impacted electronic services to CMS members as well as the Society as a whole, including the development of a meeting database and online registration system, the redesign of the CMS website, the linking of CMS journals through MathSciNet, and significant restructuring of the electronic services workflow, allowing projects to be completed more efficiently.

David has also been instrumental in CMS fundraising initiatives. He helped to steer the 2007 fundraising efforts of the Society, developed a CMS fundraising database, and incorporated the U.S. non-profit Friends of the CMS, which allows US citizens to claim donations to the CMS on their income tax.

"His friendship extended to all of us - committee and executive members, CMS staff, and all CMS members – and his relentless efforts and enthusiasm to participate in the inner workings of the CMS have been very precious to all of us," said Yvan Saint-Aubin and Christiane Rousseau (Université de Montréal) in their nomination of David for the award.

David Rodgers received his M.S. in physical chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1972. David was Director of Enterprise Information Systems and IT Director for Professional Fee Billing for the University of Michigan Health System where he developed one of the first web-based systems for patient information and financial reporting. He was co-founder and first President for Arbortext and Executive Vice-President for Argus Associates, a web services company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was Director of Academic Information Services and Member of the Administrative Board for the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts at the University of Michigan, where he developed a College-wide delivery system for academic information and a new model for College publications. He has been Adjunct Faculty for the School of Information at the University of Michigan and the Chemistry Department at the Florida Institute of Technology.

For more information, contact:

Laura Alyea
Communications and Special Projects Officer
Canadian Mathematical Society
(613) 733-2662 ext. 728

About the Canadian Mathematical Society

The CMS is the national mathematics organization whose goal is to promote the advancement, discovery, learning, and application of mathematics. The Society's activities cover the whole spectrum of mathematics including: scientific meetings, research publications, and the promotion of excellence in mathematics education at all levels. The CMS annually sponsors mathematics awards and prizes that recognize outstanding achievements.

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