Media Release – October 12, 2017
Canadian Mathematical Society

Dr. Joseph Khoury Named Recipient of the 2017 Graham Wright Distinguished Service Award

OTTAWA – The Canadian Mathematical Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Khoury (Ottawa) is named the 2017 recipient of the Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service. Dr. Khoury will be presented the award at the CMS Winter meeting in Waterloo, December 8-11, 2017.

In addition to serving on and frequently chairing several CMS committees over the years, Dr. Khoury has often “stepped up” to take on everything from daily challenges to long-term projects benefiting the society, demonstrating time and time again his remarkable level of commitment to the well-being of the CMS as a whole.

His contributions to the greater mathematical community are equally diverse, ranging from committee service, to writing books that attract readers to mathematics, to developing successful and sustained outreach activities at many levels, focused on improving the general community’s perception of Mathematics and Mathematics Education. Dr. Khoury is “the kind of individual who sees what needs to be done – or what can be done – and finds a way to make it happen”.

Dr. Khoury has also been involved in many projects related to the general perception of Mathematics and mathematical education.

Joseph received his B.Sc. (Hons.) from the Lebanese University in Beirut and his Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa in 2001, for a thesis focused on types of locally nilpotent derivations, a subject linked to Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry. Since 2001, Dr. Khoury has held the position of coordinator of the Math Help Center and Instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Ottawa, where he also leads the department’s outreach program. Joseph has published a number of scientific articles in referred journals and he is currently writing his third book entitled A tale of Discrete Mathematics.

Joseph and his wife Antoinette have three children. He enjoys, among other things, music, history, and international political affairs.

About the Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service
The Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service is presented annually to an individual who has made sustained and significant contributions to the Canadian mathematics community, particularly through their involvement with the CMS. This award is named in honour of Dr. Graham Wright (Ottawa) who served as the CMS Executive Director and Secretary from 1979 to 2009.

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About the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS)
Founded in 1945, the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) promotes the advancement, discovery, learning and application of mathematics. The CMS promotes mathematics through a rich array of activities including scientific meetings, publications, awards, prizes, grants, camps and competitions.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Bennet (UBC)
President & Chair, CMS Distinguished Awards Selection Committee
Canadian Mathematical Society
Or Patricia Dack
Fundraising and Communications Officer
Canadian Mathematical Society
613-733-2662 ext. 728