McMaster Shines in 75th Putnam Competition. McMaster competed in the 75th annual William Lowell Putnam competition. This year saw 4520 peoople and 577 schools compete. The McMaster team of Sam Kim, Sean Ridout and George Zhang placed 51st which is the highest placement by a team from McMaster that anyone can remember. Congratulations to the team!
Congratulations to Dr Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan, who has received the title Distinguished University Professor, the highest honour an academic can receive from the University. The title was confered at the Faculty of Science Convocation Ceremony on June 12th, 2014. Dr Balakrishnan has been recognised for his exceptional career as a teacher, researcher, author, editor and global citizen, he is one of the most cited statisticians of all time and the most heavily cited researcher at McMaster, Balakrishnan has authored or co-authored more than 400 research papers across many disciplines.
Dr Megumi Harada has been named a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Equivariant Symplectic and Algebraic Geometry.
Dr Megumi Harada was featured in NSERC's Celebration of Women in Math, along with other prominent and inspiring women in mathematics in Canada.
Nicholas Kevlahan hosted an Open Access Colloquium on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, where students, researchers and librarians engaged in a wide-ranging discussion of the challenges and opportunities due to the enormous changes in academic communication and in society, led by international experts on Open Access publishing and new forms of digital communication. For more information please see attached poster .
Dr Gail Wolkowicz is the recipient of the 2014 Krieger-Nelson Prize. Dr Wolkowicz received the prize in June at the Canadian Mathematics Society’s Summer Meeting in Winnipeg. The CMS Krieger-Nelson Prize was first awarded in 1995 to recognize female mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions in the area of mathematical research. Dr Wolkowicz is being recognised for her research in Mathematical Biology.
It is with sadness that we announce that James Stewart, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, died yesterday December 3 in Toronto. Jim received his Master of Science from Stanford University and his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1967 and worked for two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of London. His research specialty was harmonic and functional analysis. Jim was a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for many years, where he was renowned for the high quality of his teaching and was especially loved by his many students. Jim had an unusually deep understanding and appreciation of teaching and a real sympathy for his students. It was his special ability and dedication to teaching that allowed him to develop his series of calculus textbooks, which have been runaway bestsellers throughout North America for many years. Jim was perhaps Canada's bestselling author of all time! Outside of mathematics, Jim loved music and was an excellent violinist and former member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a connoisseur of architecture and his beautiful Integral House is one of the best-known examples of private architecture in Canada in the past decade. Jim was also a philanthropist, generously supporting music and mathematics in many ways. Here at McMaster his gift catalysed the renovation of Hamilton Hall into the James Stewart Centre for Mathematics. We also benefitted from his insistence on architecture of the highest calibre: thanks to Jim's good taste the renovation by architects KPMB, has won numerous prizes, including the Governor General's Gold Medal and the American Institute of Architects Honor Award. We were lucky to have such a multi-talented and generous colleague.
Congratulations to PhD student Xiaojun Zhu who has been awarded a "Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad" from the China Scholarship Council (CSC). This award was founded by the Chinese government in 2003 with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas. Only those with outstanding performance in their PhD studies are considered by the award selection panel and no more than 500 young talents are granted the award each year all over the world.
Congratulations to Dr Diego Ayala for receiving the CAIMS 2014 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award. The DDA committee has met and unanimously agrees that the 2014 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award be given to Dr. Diego Ayala for his thesis titled "Extreme Vortex States and Singularity Formation in Incompressible Flows". The thesis contains truly novel work that uses optimal control theory and scientific computation to study extreme and singular behavior in the Navier-Stokes equations. The results are important in a variety of applications from atmospheric science to hematology. The committee was impressed with the breadth of the work:the thesis bridges basic methods of analysis with scientific and high performance computing, obtaining new insights into analytical results. Dr. Ayala received his PhD from McMaster University under the supervision of Professor Bartosz Protas in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Dr. Ayala is continuing his research as a PostdoctoralAssistant Professor at the University of Michigan
We are sorry to report the passing of Professor Emeritus Norman Lane - the notice can be viewed in The Globe and Mail.