Ten remarkable mathematics students earned sixth place for Canada in the 27th Asian Pacific Mathematical Olympiad (APMO). Over 300 students from more than 30 countries wrote the four-hour APMO exam on March 9. “I am incredibly proud of our students,” said International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) Chair Dorette Pronk. “Placing sixth overall is a huge accomplishment and these students have worked very hard to compete at this level.”
The Canadian Mathematical Society took part in the 2015 Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME) Annual Conference at Humber College from May 7 to 8. CMS staff spoke with math teachers from across the province about math competitions, camps and educational resources. The CMS values its partnership with Ontario teachers, who are crucial in organizing and facilitating national programs such as the Sun Life Financial Canadian Open Mathematical Challenge (COMC) competition, CMS math camps and the recently launched and well-received math T-shirt design contest.
The top Canadian mathematical minds were revealed with the results of the 47th Sun Life Financial Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO), which was held on April 1, 2015. The top three students were Alexander Whatley (1st Prize), Kevin Sun (2nd Prize) and Bill Yan Huang (3rd Prize). Four students received honourable mention for their outstanding CMO results including: Caleb Ji, Michael Pang, Zhuoqun (Alex) Song and Kai Sun.
The CMS collaborates with universities across Canada to organize and host a series of math camps each year. Camps are designed to help students develop their mathematical knowledge in an engaging, challenging and -most importantly -fun atmosphere. In 2014, a total of 27 camps were held across the country with over 1,000 students participating.
Two outstanding mathematicians Yuval Filmus (University of Toronto) and Hector H. Pasten Vasquez (Queen’s University) have been awarded with the 2015 Doctoral Prize. Yuval’s research is predominately focused in the area of extremal combinatorics and Hector completed his doctorate focused on number theory and logic. This is the first time that the Canadian Mathematical Society has awarded the Doctoral Prize to two recipients.
Alejandro Adem (UBC), one of the world’s leading experts in group cohomology and the geometry of group actions, is the recipient of the 2015 CMS Jeffery-Williams Prize. Alejandro is fascinated by the deep mathematics and beauty associated to symmetry groups, which manifest themselves both in nature and across a variety of scientific disciplines. He has supervised numerous students and postdocs, including 20 at the PhD level and has delivered over 300 lectures around the world.
University of British Columbia Professor Dong Li is one of the leading young mathematicians in Canada and the recipient of the 2015 CMS Coxeter-James prize. Dong is described as, “one of the top young researchers working the broad area of Analysis and Partial Differential Equations,” by his colleagues. His main research field is mathematical fluid dynamics, nonlinear dispersive equations and mathematical physics.
University of Victoria professor Jane J. Ye is the recipient of the 2015 Krieger-Nelson Prize for her outstanding research contributions. Jane’s research includes optimization, optimal control theory and variational analysis, and its application in economics, engineering, management science, operations research and statistics. She has published over 70 articles and her work has been cited in almost 700 articles.
The Canadian Mathematical Society chose SeulBi Kim’s design as the winner of the first ever CMS Canada Math T-shirt Design Contest. SeulBi, a student at Fredericton High School, N.B., designed a T-shirt that featured a globe with equations and explained that, "The t-shirt design represents the idea that math is a language without regions and you can communicate using math all over the world." SeulBi’s design will be featured on over 1,000 math T-shirts distributed across Canada in 2015 to commemorate CMS math camps and competitions. Students across Canada and around the world submitted designs for the inaugural T-shirt contest, which was open for four weeks.
I’ve been in Moscow now a month, studying away from my home university, UBC, with the Math in Moscow program. Moscow is an enormous city, five times Vancouver’s size, making daily life convenient, if crowded. With the entire city forty minutes away by metro, exploration requires only a few free hours.
The 2015 Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO) will take place on Monday, March 9, for schools in North and South America, and on Tuesday, March 10, for those in the Western Pacific and in Asia. Thirty-three Canadian students have been invited by the CMS to write the exam in various locations in Canada and the U.S. Contest papers, and solutions will be made available in conjunction with the APMO organizers following the competition. Official results are expected to be made available in early-May.
Simon Fraser University (SFU) Senior Lecturer Jamie Mulholland’s innovative teaching techniques have earned him the 2015 CMS Excellence in Teaching Award. Jamie’s colleagues describe him as a tremendously adaptable and flexible teacher –a master in the art of balancing the use of contemporary technology with face-to-face interactions.
University of Toronto professor James Arthur was awarded the 2015 Wolf Prize in Mathematics for his work on the trace formula and his essential contributions to the theory of automorphic representations of reductive groups. Arthur has been a CMS member since 1990.
On January 28, the CMS issued a national endorsement to renew funding for the Banff International Research Station (BIRS), a premier world class centre for mathematical research. The CMS President noted to NSERC, NSF, Alberta Innovation, and CONACyT the continuing BIRS success in advancing a broad spectrum of mathematical sciences. BIRS' significant contribution to enriching the mathematics community, in Canada and abroad, was also highlighted. The endorsement of BIRS funding follows similar CMS national endorsements of funding renewals for PIMS, Fields and CRM.
Sina Abbasi (Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill, Ont), Jinhao Xu (University Hill Secondary School, Vancouver, B.C.) and Henry Heng Xia (Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, Vancouver, B.C.) were recognized as the top students in Canada for the 19th annual 2014 Sun Life Financial Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC).