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
Congratulations to Sarah Drohan (Honours Intergrated Science with Mathematics Concentration) and Michael Birch (Honours Mathematics and Physics) who both received The Governor General's Academic Medal at convocation on June 12, 2014.
Congratulations to PhD student Yusuke Shimabukuro who has been awarded the MSU Teaching Assistant Merit Award
Professor Fred Hoppe co-authored a paper in orthopaedic surgery with Daniel Hoppe, Matthew Denkers, and Ivan Wong which won the Abrahamson award for Outstanding Innovation at the Innovations in Medical Education Conference held at USC in 2014.
David Earn was interviewed by CHCH News in a segment Contracting the flu may have to do with the weather, following publication of an article in the Proceeding of the Royal Society B, in which he and his collabortors establish that the spread of seasonal flu in Canada is tied to low temperature and low humidity, and travels west to east. These findings may have significant implications on measures such as the timing of vaccination programs across the country.
Walter Craig has been elected Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. The distinction of AMS Fellow is in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and application of mathematics.
Earlier this year, David Earn was invited to present at McMaster's TEDx 2013 lecture series. His talk is entitled Visualizing and modelling contagion is available online (runtime 19mins).