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MEDIA RELEASE — August 30, 2013

Canadian Mathematical Society

August 30, 2013


Marc Ryser to receive CMS 2013 Doctoral Prize

Dr. Marc Ryser (Duke University)

OTTAWA, Ontario — The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce Marc Ryser as the recipient of the 2013 Doctoral Prize. Ryser will receive his award and present a lecture at the 2013 CMS Winter Meeting in Ottawa.

The CMS Doctoral Prize is an annually awarded prize that recognizes a Canadian doctoral student who has demonstrated exceptional performance in the area of mathematical research.

“The work of doctoral students is crucial to the advancement of mathematics in Canada,” said CMS President, Keith Taylor. “Marc Ryser’s findings in the areas of mathematical modeling in bone biology and nonlinear SPDEs make him truly deserving of this prestigious award.”

In the first part of Marc Ryser’s PhD thesis titled Of Bones and Noise, he explores the topic of bone remodeling, a subject which he began researching under the supervision of Prof. Komarova and Prof. Nigam.

“Marc is able to interpret the mathematical results in biological terms, and is also able to abstract a mathematical model from the biology. I credit him with identifying the key chemical factors among the several which are in play in the process,” said Prof. Paul Tupper (Simon Fraser). “Marc proved to be very self-motivated and scientifically rigorous, and made excellent progress in a short time.”

Ryser’s second major thesis topic investigated the stochastic Allen-Cahn equation and related models. Although commonly used in the physics literature, there has been controversy about the well-posedness of the equation in two and three dimensions.

“They are commonly asserted to be ill-posed by mathematicians. Marc was asked to study the well-posed nature of these equations and explain the apparent contradiction between the views of mathematicians and physicists,” said Prof. Tupper, who supervised the project together with Prof. Nigam.

The second chapter of Ryser’s thesis, which covered his work on bone remodeling, was published in the SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics, which is considered by many as one of the top journals in applied mathematics. Additionally, Ryser has received several awards throughout his academic career including the McGill Graduate Studies Fellowship for excellent academic standing, the ISM Scholarship for Graduate Studies, and most recently the Hydro-Québéc Doctoral Fellowship.

Ryser received his BSc and MSc from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland. He received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from McGill University in 2011 under the supervision of N. Nigam, P.F. Tupper, and S.V. Komarova. Ryser is currently a visiting assistant professor at Duke University, in Durham, NC.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Lia Bronsard
McMaster University
Chair, CMS Research Committee
Canadian Mathematical Society
905-525-9140 ext. 23418
or Jessica St-James
Communications and Special Projects Officer
Canadian Mathematical Society
(613) 722-2662 ext. 728

About the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS)

The CMS is the main national organization whose goal is to promote and advance the 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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