The PIR Mathematics Ambassador Award recognizes a Canadian researcher, his or her outstanding body of work over a period of time which has contributed to the field of mathematics, and their promotion of this research to the Canadian public.
In all of human history, only two diseases have been eradicated: smallpox and a cow disease called rinderpest. Through mathematical modelling, uOttawa professor Robert Smith? recently discovered that synchronizing vaccinations across regions may be the key to eradicating one of humanity’s greatest diseases once and for all: polio.
From May 7-10, the University of Ottawa hosted the "Workshop on Representation Theory and Analysis on Lie Groups over Local Fields" , organized by Professors Monica Nevins and Hadi Salmasian. This large research conference attracted over 60 participants from all over North America and Europe. This conference was generously funded by the Fields Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, the University of Ottawa Vice-President Research Office, and the Faculty of Science Research Office.
This annual conference, organized entirely by graduate students of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, will take place June 19 and 20, on the University of Ottawa campus. It attracts graduate students in Mathematics from all over Ontario and Quebec, and provides an opportunity for them to showcase their research findings in mathematics.
From the citation: “This paper addresses a basic question motivated by ecological dynamics -- how behavior at habitat edges affects population persistence and spatial spread -- and comprehensively presents and analyzes a set of broadly applicable tools for incorporating edge behavior. In doing so, Maciel & Lutscher nicely balance tractable models with biological realism and clearly describe how their modeling insights fit into the existing theoretical and empirical context. In addition to advancing the long-standing theory of spatial population dynamics, the findings clearly contribute to the biological understanding of the effect of a variety of movement behaviors, such as faster movement through unfavorable habitat enhancing population persistence and an intermediate strength of patch-quality-based preference enhancing the rate of population spread, with a strong mechanistic understanding for why these dynamics arise. “
First-year math courses can be a stumbling block for many students. With regular work habits and a bit of foresight and preparation, you can make sure that you will succeed. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics wants to help you with their Math Workshops.
Mayer Alvo, a professor of Statistics, was named a Fellow of the Fields Institute for the Mathematical Sciences on June 25, 2015, in recognition of having “contributed in a significant way to activities at the Fields Institute and within the Canadian mathematical community.” Among many other contributions, Mayer Alvo was the driving force which led to the University of Ottawa becoming a Principal Sponsoring University of the Fields Institute in 2002, a sponsorship which directly benefits our department, through the funding of postdoctoral fellows and of several research workshops and conferences each year.