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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 07 Number 6 October 31, 2007

Editor: Abba Gumel (gumelab@cc.umanitoba.ca)

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CONTENT

Society News:

1. CAIMS*SCMAI 2008 Election: Call for Nominations

2. CAIMS*SCMAI Committee Membership

3. ICIAM 2007

Search Positions:

4. Postodoctoral and Graduate Studentship Positions in Mathematical
Biology at UBC

5. Operations Research Position at York University

6. Mathematical Finance Position at York University

7. Category Theory and its Applications Position at York University

8. Tenure Track Position in Mathematical Modelling at University of
Saskatchewan

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Item 1
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CAIMS*SCMAI 2008 Election: Call for Nominations (by Jacques Belair)

CAIMS*SCMAI will be holding an election next year (March 2008) for

* Treasurer

* Two Members at Large on the Board of Directors

All members of CAIMS*SCMAI are encouraged to suggest names of
candidates for these offices. Nominations should reach the Chair of
the Nominations Committee, Jacques Belair (belair@crm.umontreal.ca) by
31st December, 2007.

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CAIMS*SCMAI Committee Membership (by Bob Russell)

Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee:

Ray Spiteri (Saskatchewan), Chair

Thomas Hillen (Alberta)

Henry Wolkowicz (Waterloo)

Arthur Beaumont Distinguished Service Award Committee:

Serpil Kocabiyik (Memorial), Chair

Bryant Moodie (Alberta)

Sue Ann Campbell (Waterloo)

CAIMS Research Prize Committee:

Mike Mackey (McGill), Chair

Anthony Pierce (UBC)

Michel Fortin (Laval )

Gordon Swaters (Alberta)

Nominating Committee:

Jacques Belair (Montreal), Chair

Serpil Kocabiyik (Memorial)

Rob Corless (UWO)

Annual Meeting Handbook Committee:

Bill Langford (Guelph), Chair

Abba Gumel (Manitoba)

Paul Muir (St. Marys)

Huaxiong Huang (York)

Jack Macki (Alberta)

Scientific Program Committee:

Bill Langford (Guelph), Chair

Raymond Spiteri (Saskatchewan)

Abba Gumel (Manitoba)

Huaxiong Huang (York)

Jack Macki (Alberta)

ICIAM Liaison Committee:

Ken Jackson (Toronto)

Bob Russell (SFU)

Bill Langford (Guelph)

Publications Committee:

Abba Gumel (Manitoba), Chair

Rod Edwards (Victoria)

Ken Jackson (Toronto)

Michel Delfour (Montreal)

Jack Macki (Alberta)

Xingfu Zou (Western Ontario)

Dhavide Aruliah (UOIT)

Fund Raising Committee:

Serpil Kocabiyik (Memorial)

Bill Langford (Guelph)

Paul Muir (St. Mary's)

Membership Committee:

Ian Frigaard (UBC) Chair

Anne Bourlioux (Montreal)

Paul Muir (St. Mary's)

Michel Delfour (Montreal)

Patrick Montgomery (Northern BC)

Bob Russell (SFU)

John Bowman (Alberta)

Richard Pancer (Toronto)

Justin Wan (Waterloo)

Serpil Kocabiyik (MUN)

Human Rights Committee:

Ken Jackson (Toronto), Chair

Gail Wolkowicz (McMaster)

Sue Ann Campbell (Waterloo)

CAIMS/SCMAI Representatives to Other Organizations for 2007-8:

Representative to ICIAM 2011 Congress: Ken Jackson (Toronto)

Representative to the CMS: Victor LeBlanc (Ottawa)

Representative to the Fields Institute: Ken Jackson (Toronto)

Representative to PIMS: Ian Frigaard (UBC

Representative to CRM: Jacques Belair (Montreal)

Representative to MITACS: John Stockie (SFU)

Representative to the Canadian Forum on Education in Mathematics:
Jacques Belair (Montreal)

Representative to ICIAM (Council): Bob Russell (SFU)

Representative to new Mathematics - NSERC Liaison Committee: Bill
Langford (Guelph)

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ICIAM 2007 (by Ken Jackson)

The 6th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics
-- ICIAM 2007 -- was held in Zurich 16-20 July 2007. It was a very
exciting meeting with over 3,000 registered delegates and a wide array
of talks covering a vast range of topics in Applied and Industrial
Mathematics.

CAIMS members figured prominently in the meeting:

- Pauline van den Driessche (University of Victoria) gave the Olga
Taussky Todd lecture entitled "Matrices in Action for Epidemic Models",

- Michel Fortin (Universite Laval) gave an Invited Plenary Talk entitled "Contact Problems in Solid Mechanics",

- Barbara Keyfitz (Fields Institute, Toronto) gave an Invited
Plenary Talk entitled "Hyperbolic Conservation Laws: Past and Future",

- Ivar Ekeland (PIMS Institute, Vancouver) gave the Public Lecture
entitled "The best of all possible worlds: the idea of optimization".

In addition, Canadians were active in many minisynosia and
contributed sessions.

The consensus of most people I talked to was that ICIAM 2007 was a
great success, lifting ICIAM to a new level.

We're looking forward to carrying on the tradition with an even
better Congress in Vancouver, 18-22 July 2011. Plans for ICIAM 2011
are progressing well. The President of the meeting is Arvind Gupta
(MITACS) and the Scientific Co-Chairs are Ivar Ekeland (PIMS) and
Jerry Marsden (California Institute of Technology). The Steering
Committee consists of

- Arvind Gupta, Chair

- Jim Crowley and Ken Jackson, Vice-Chairs

- Ivar Ekeland and Jerry Marsden, Scientific Co-Chairs of the Meeting

- Bob Russell and Bill Langford (CAIMS)

- Barbara Keyfitz, Francois Lalonde (Canadian Math Institutes)

- Rachel Kuske and John Stockie

- Marty Golubitsky (SIAM)

- Randy LeVeque

One of the main steps that the Steering Committee took last year
was to appoint a Scientific Advisory Committee. This committee is
responsible for nominating members of the Scientific Program
Committee. All nominees will be reviewed by the Steering Committee,
who will then make official nominations to the ICIAM Council. After
the Scientific Program Committee has been appointed, the Scientific
Advisory Committee will disband.

The members of the Scientific Advisory Committee are

- John Ball, Oxford

- Rafael Correa, Chile

- Weinan E, Princeton and Peking University

- Ivar Ekeland, PIMS, Congress Scientific Co-Chair

- Martin Grotschel, Berlin

- Arvind Gupta, Congress President

- Jerry Marsden, Congress Scientific Co-Chair

- William Pulleyblank, IBM

- Ian Sloan, ICIAM

- Margaret Wright, Courant

There is now a long list of nominees for the Scientific Program
Committee. The Scientific Advisory Committee and the Steering
Committee is now working on selecting a subset of these nominees for
the Scientific Program Committee. The members of the Committee should
be announced soon.

Once the Scientific Program Committee is ratified by the ICIAM
Board, it will begin the very important task of choosing the themes of
the meeting, selecting the invited speakers and organizing some
invited minisymposia.

The ICIAM Steering Committee has also established three subcommittees:

- Finance Committee (CAIMS rep: Paul Muir)

- Fund raising Committee (CAIMS rep: Sam Shen)

- Publications and Promotions Committee (CAIMS reps: Rob Corless
and Ken Jackson)

The organization ICIAM 2011 is progressing on schedule as outlined
in our original bid document. We are looking forward to a great
meeting in Vancouver. I hope to see you there.

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Postdoctoral and Graduate Student positions for 2008, Mathematical
Biology, University of British Columbia

Depending on availability of funding, we may have a number of
opportunities for outstanding young scientists seeking either
post-graduate (MSc., PhD.) or post-doctoral position(s) in the
following areas:

(1) Modelling the cytoskeleton, cell motility, and signal
transduction: The research focuses on the regulation of the actin
cytoskeleton and implications for cell polarity and motility.

Incoming graduate students should have a BSc. (and excellent track
record) in mathematics, including differential equations and exposure
to modelling. Some background in biology at the undergraduate level is
highly desirable.

Incoming post-doctoral fellows are sought from either experimental
cell biology background (with strong interest in quantitative methods
and modelling) or mathematical/biophysics background (with strong
interest and track record in cell-biology modelling).

(2) Biomedical modeling of physiological systems and disease. Our
MITACS-funded projects at UBC Dept. of Mathematics have included
research on Type 1 Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease, and immunology. We
occasionally have openings on projects sponsored by industrial
partners. Internships that combine modeling and experimental work are
also occasionally available.

In both cases, preference will be given to candidates with track
record in research, with good communication skills, and with ability
to work well both independently and in a team.

For application procedures and links, please visit:
http://www.math.ubc.ca/~keshet/MathBioAd.html

Submitted by: Leah Edelstein-Keshet (keshet@math.ubc.ca).

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Operations Research Position at York University

Applications are invited for one tenure-track appointment in the
Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the Assistant Professor
level in the area of Operations Research to commence July 1, 2008. The
successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand or near completion
(expected in 2008), a proven record of independent research
excellence, and superior teaching ability. Preference will be given to
candidates who can strengthen existing areas of present and ongoing
research activity. The successful candidate must be eligible for
prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Applications must be received by January 15, 2008. Applicants
should send resumes and arrange for three signed letters of
recommendation (one of which should address teaching) to be sent
directly to:

Operations Research Search Committee
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
N520 Ross, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M3J 1P3

E-mail: or.recruit@mathstat.yorku.ca, Website: www.math.yorku.ca/Hiring

All positions at York are subject to budgetary approval. York
University is an Affirmative Action Employer.

The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website at
www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or a copy can be obtained by calling the
affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates
are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent
Residents will be given priority.

Submitted by Susan Rainey (srainey@yorku.ca)

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Mathematical Finance Position at York University

Applications are invited for one tenure-track appointment in the
Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the Assistant Professor
level in the area of Mathematical Finance to commence July 1, 2008.
The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand or near completion
(expected in 2008), a proven record of independent research
excellence, and superior teaching ability. Preference will be given to
candidates who can strengthen existing areas of present and ongoing
research activity. The successful candidate must be eligible for
prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Applications must be received by January 15, 2008. Applicants
should send resumes and arrange for three signed letters of
recommendation (one of which should address teaching) to be sent
directly to:

Mathematical Finance Search Committee
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
N520 Ross, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M3J 1P3

E-mail: finance.recruit@mathstat.yorku.ca, Website: www.math.yorku.ca/Hiring

All positions at York are subject to budgetary approval. York
University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action
Program can be found on York's website at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or a
copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at
416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply;
however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given
priority.

Submitted by Susan Rainey (srainey@yorku.ca)

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Category Theory and its Applications Position at York University

Applications are invited for one tenure-track appointment at the
Assistant Professor level in the Department of Mathematics and
Statistics to commence July 1, 2008. Candidates in the area of
Category Theory and its applications to mathematics, computer science
or physics will be considered. The successful candidate must have a
Ph.D. in hand or near completion (expected in 2008), a proven record
of independent research excellence, and superior teaching ability. The
successful candidate must be eligible for prompt appointment to the
Faculty of Graduate Studies. Preference will be given to candidates
who can strengthen existing areas of present and ongoing research
activity.

Applications must be received by January 15, 2008. Applicants
should send resumes and arrange for three signed letters of
recommendation (one of which should address teaching) to be sent
directly to:

Pure Mathematics Search Committee
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
N520 Ross, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M3J 1P3

E-mail: puremath.recruit@mathstat.yorku.ca, Website:
www.math.yorku.ca/Hiring

All positions at York are subject to budgetary approval. York
University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action
Program can be found on York's website at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or a
copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at
416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply;
however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given
priority.

Submitted by Susan Rainey (srainey@yorku.ca)

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Item 8
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Tenure Track Position in Mathematical Modelling at University of Saskatchewan

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics in the College of Arts
and Science at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for
a tenure-track position in the area of Mathematical Modeling
(code:AP08) at the Assistant Professor level effective July 1, 2008.

The department is seeking an individual who has established
accomplishments, outstanding promise of research, and who is actively
engaged in the practice of mathematical modeling. Applicants must have
a doctoral degree. The successful candidate will demonstrate
excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and graduate
supervision, and will be expected to develop a vigorous,
externally-funded research program. For more information on the
Department of Mathematics and Statistics and its research activities,
see URL http://math.usask.ca/

The College of Arts & Science offers a dynamic combination of
programs in the humanities and fine arts, the social sciences and the
sciences. There are over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students in
the College and 325 faculty, including 12 Canada Research Chairs. The
College emphasizes student and faculty research, interdisciplinary
programs, community outreach and international opportunities.

The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a
vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The
University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and
scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate,
graduate, and professional programs to a student population of about
20,000. The university is one of Canada's leading research-intensive
universities.

Application material must include the candidate's Curriculum Vitae
and list of publications. Applicants should also arrange for at least
three letters of reference to be sent directly from their referees. At
least one letter of reference should include a detailed comment on the
teaching abilities of the applicant. Candidates are also encouraged to
supply a research statement and a teaching statement. Candidates must
include a cover letter specifying that they are applying for position
code AP08 and indicate if they are a Canadian citizen/permanent
resident.

All material should be sent to:

Dr. Raj Srinivasan, Head
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Saskatchewan
106 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E6

Email: mathstat_search@math.usask.ca

Closing date for receipt of applications is January 15, 2008.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian
citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. In accordance
with the University's Employment Equity Policy, the department
welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. Women, people of
aboriginal descent, members of visible minorities, and people with
disabilities are invited to identify themselves as members of these
designated groups on their applications.

Submitted by Cheryl Piche (cheryl@math.usask.ca).

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