CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 13, Number 4

December 2, 2013

Editor: Sharene Bungay (sharene@mun.ca)

CONTENT

Society News

1. CAIMS 2014 Annual Meeting
2. 2013 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award Call for Nominations
3. 2014 CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award Call for Nominations
4. 2014 CAIMS*SCMAI Research Prize Call for Nominations
5. 2014 CAIMS-Mprime Industrial Mathematics Prize Call for Nominations
6. 2014 Arthur Beaumont Distinguished Service Award Call for Nominations
7. CAIMS*SCMAI 2014 Election: Call for Nominations

Other News

8. Ibni Prize 2013
9. "Adaptivity in the Numerical Solution of PDEs" Short Course + Collaborative Workshop

10. CAIMS*SCMAI E-news Information


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CAIMS 2014 Annual Meeting

The CAIMS 2014 Annual Meeting will be held June 22-26 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Themes (and organizers) for the meeting include:

  • Canadian Society for Fluid Dynamics (Lucy Campbell, Peter Minev, Robert Owens)
  • Applied Analysis and Dynamical Systems (Luciano Buono, Adam Oberman, Michael Ward)
  • Mathematical Biology (Hermann Eberl, Thomas Hillen, Xiaoqiang Zhao)
  • Financial Mathematics (Matt Davison, Bruno Remillard, Tony Ware)
  • Scientific and High-Performance Computing (Ronald Haynes, Andre Fortin, Steven Ruuth)

More information can be found on the meeting website at http://caims2014.caims.ca/


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2013 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award Call for Nominations

The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) would like to invite nominations for the 2013 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award. This award is given to recognize and to publicize an outstanding PhD thesis in Applied Mathematics defended at a Canadian University during the calendar year prior to the year of the award.

The award consists of a prize of $1000 and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the CAIMS*SCMAI Annual Meeting. The recipient will be invited to give a lecture at the Annual Meeting in the year of the award. A travel allowance will be provided.

Nominations must be submitted online at www.caims.ca/nominations by January 31, 2014, and shall consist of:

  • an electronic copy of the thesis,
  • a covering letter from the thesis supervisor indicating why the thesis is suitable as an entry in the Competition. This letter should include a description of the problem, techniques and results, potential impact, etc.,
  • a separate letter (from the supervisor or other appropriate person familiar with the thesis and the area of application) identifying the possible applications of the work,
  • a letter (from the Graduate Chair, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University library, etc.) providing proof of the official date the thesis was accepted.


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2014 CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award Call for Nominations

The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences are pleased to announce the 2014 competition for the CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in Applied Mathematics. The prize is to be awarded to a researcher fewer than ten years past the date of Ph.D. as of January of the year of the award. The prize recognizes exceptional research in any branch of applied mathematics, interpreted broadly. The nominee should hold a tenure-track position at a Canadian university and the research on which the award is based should have been conducted primarily in Canada.

The award will consist of a cash prize of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the CAIMS Annual Meeting. The prize recipient will be invited to deliver a plenary lecture at the CAIMS Annual Meeting in the year of the award.

Nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2014 to nominations@pims.math.ca, and shall consist of:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a publication list
  • a cover letter explaining the basis of the nomination
  • a maximum of three additional letters of support, at least two of which should be from references who are neither former PhD/postdoc mentors nor collaborators. In the case of very interdisciplinary research, the support letters should address the nominee's contributions in both applied mathematics and the area of application.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Unsuccessful nominations for candidates who continue to meet the eligibility criteria may be renominated with an updated CV and publication list, and if desired, new letters of support.


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2014 CAIMS*SCMAI Research Prize Call for Nominations

The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) would like to invite nominations for the CAIMS*SCMAI Research Prize.  This award recognizes innovative and exceptional research contributions in an emerging area of applied or industrial mathematics.

The award will consist of a prize of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the CAIMS*SCMAI Annual Meeting. The recipient will be invited to give a plenary lecture at the Annual Meeting in the year of the award. A travel allowance will be provided.

Nominations must be submitted online at www.caims.ca/nominations by January 31, 2014, and shall consist of:

  • a title for the nomination designating research contributions in a specific area,
  • a summary of the contributions in the form of a five-line press release,
  • a detailed description (no longer than two pages) of the research contributions of the nominee in the specified area,
  • a curriculum vitae including the list of publications,
  • four reprints.


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2014 CAIMS-Mprime Industrial Mathematics Prize Call for Nominations

The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) and Mprime would like to invite nominations for the CAIMS-Mprime Industrial Mathematics Prize. This prize is to be awarded to a researcher in recognition of exceptional research in any branch of industrial mathematics, interpreted broadly. The nominee's research should have been conducted primarily in Canada.

The award will consist of a cash prize of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the CAIMS Annual Meeting. The recipient will be invited to deliver a lecture at the CAIMS Annual Meeting in the year of the award. A travel allowance will be provided.

Nominations must be submitted online at www.caims.ca/nominations by January 31, 2014, and shall consist of:

  • a curriculum vitae,
  • a publication list,
  • a cover letter explaining the basis of the nomination,
  • a maximum of three additional letters of support.

Unsuccessful nominations which continue to meet the eligibility criteria will be automatically considered for a second year.


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2014 Arthur Beaumont Distinguished Service Award Call for Nominations

The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) would like to invite nominations for the Arthur Beaumont Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions and service to Applied Mathematics in Canada.

Nominations must be submitted online at www.caims.ca/nominations by January 31, 2014, and shall consist of:

  • a letter outlining the candidate's contributions to Canadian Applied Mathematics and signed by at least two CAIMS members,
  • a curriculum vitae.

The award will consist of a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the CAIMS*SCMAI Annual Meeting. A travel allowance will be provided.


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CAIMS*SCMAI 2014 Election: Call for Nominations

CAIMS*SCMAI will be holding an election next winter (March 2014) for:

  • Two Member-at-Large positions on the Board of Directors
  • Treasurer
  • Communications Officer

The member-at-large positions held by Matt Davison, Hongmei Zhu, and Nilima Nigam will come to an end in 2014. Due to a tied election in 2013, resulting in an additional member-at-large, the upcoming three vacancies will be filled by two new members. These member-at-large positions, as well as the Communications Officer position, will be for a three-year term. The Treasurer appointment will be for two years.

The position of Communications Officer was introduced this year following approval at the 2013 Annual General Meeting.  A description of this position is as follows:

The Communications Officer is a member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee. The main duties of the Communications Officer are to manage those affairs of CAIMS*SCMAI that concern public visibility, promotion of CAIMS*SCMAI and the professional activities of the membership. As well as short-term activities to do with the day-to-day activities of CAIMS*SCMAI, the Communications Officer will manage long-term development of communications technology that supports the goals of CAIMS*SCMAI. In this role, the Communications Officer will work closely with the Secretary and Treasurer. The precise duties of the Communications Officer shall be determined by the Board of Directors and are likely to evolve with the needs of the corporation. The ideal nominee will be bilingual (English/French).

All members of CAIMS*SCMAI are invited to put forward names of candidates for these offices. Nominations should reach the CAIMS Secretary, Sharene Bungay <sharene@mun.ca> by January 31, 2014.


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Ibni Prize 2013
(English version follows the French one)

Cher ami, chere amie

Le Prix <<Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh>> a été créé pour garder vivante la memoire de notre collègue et poursuivre son engagement en faveur des mathématiques en Afrique. Il est attribué tous les ans a un jeune mathématicien ou une jeune mathématicienne d'Afrique subsaharienne par un comité scientifique mis en place par le CIMPA. Le prix finance un séjour scientifique de quelques mois.

a) Pour le financement du prix 2013, les dons genereux recus lors de la souscription a la fin 2011, et le soutien du CIMPA pour le transport ne couvrent pas entierement le budget. La SMF a accepte de reouvrir la souscription. Nous la remercions tres chaleureusement. Merci beaucoup de nous faire parvenir votre contribution, qui vous donnera droit a un recu fiscal de la SMF. http://smf4.emath.fr/PrixIbni/formulaire/?

b) L'appel a candidatures 2013 est sur le site http://smf4.emath.fr/PrixIbni/candidatures.html Les candidatures doivent etre envoyees avant le 15 decembre 2013. N'hesitez pas a diffuser l'information.

c) Nous avons ete invites a presenter le prix Ibni le 23 fevrier lors d'une reunion a la memoire d'Ibni organisee par le Parti pour les Libertes et le Developpement qu'il dirigeait. Le texte de notre intervention se trouve sur http://smf4.emath.fr/PetitionIbni/Documents/PrisedeparoleIbni23fevrier.p... avons accepte a cette occasion une contribution financiere hautement symbolique au prix Ibni. Depuis, nous avons ete tres touches de recevoir l'information suivante, venue du Tchad. "Le 20 juillet dernier, un forum a ete organise à N'Djamena sur le "prix Ibni" àl'attention des jeunes chercheurs tchadiens. Nous avons mis a la disposition du public constitue de plus de 160 personnes les informations sur l'initiative des chercheurs des institutions francaises et internationales qui ont souhaite rendre perenne la memoire de notre cher ami et camarade Ibni et avons aussi rapppele que le prix a un caractère totalement apolitique. Nous etions motives par le fait qu'un seul tchadien a postule a ce prix depuis sa mise en place." L'engagement et le courage de nos amis tchadiens sont impressionnants.

d) Le prix a ete attribue en 2009 a Oumarou Abdou Arbi, du Niger, pour un sejour scientifique a l'INRIA de Rennes, en 2010 a Amadou Tall du Senegal pour un sejour scientifique a l'universite de Strasbourg, en 2011 a Solym Mawaki Manou Abi du Togo pour un sejour scientifique a l'Universite de Toulouse et en 2012 a El Hadji Deme, du Senegal pour un sejour scientifique a l'INRIA de Grenoble. Nous restons en contact avec les laureats qui poursuivent avec succes leur carriere scientifique.

La verite sur le sort d'Ibni n'est toujours pas connue! Continuons àchercher la verite.

Amities

Jean-Renault Marie-Francoise Roy

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Dear Friends,

The Prize "Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh" was created to keep alive the memory of our colleague and to continue his commitment to Mathematics in Africa. It is awarded every year to a young mathematician from Central Africa or West Africa by a scientific committee set up by ICPAM. The prize funds a scientific visit of several months in a research institute.

a) A new round of fund raising is now needed because the generous donations received during the last campaign in 2011, as well as the support of ICPAM for the travel, will not completely cover the budget for the 2013 Prize. The French Mathematical Society, which we warmly thank, has agreed to host a site devoted to the prize. Thank you for your donation which can be made on http://smf4.emath.fr/PrixIbni/formulaire/. A fiscal receipt will be sent to you.

b) The 2013 call for applications is on the website http://smf4.emath.fr/PrixIbni/candidatures.html The deadline is December 15, 2013. We kindly ask you to forward this information to potential candidates.

c) We were invited this year to present the Ibni Prize at a meeting of the Party for the Liberties and the Development (the party of which Ibni was the leader). The text of our presentation can be found on http://smf4.emath.fr/PetitionIbni/Documents/PrisedeparoleIbni23fevrier.p... this occasion, we accepted a highly symbolic donation to the Ibni Prize. Since then, we were very touched to receive from Chad the following information: "On the 20th of July, a forum on the Ibni Prize was organized in N'Djamena, directed towards young Chadian researchers. We presented to an audience of more than 160 persons information on the initiative of the French and International scientists who wanted to perpetuate the memory of our dear friend and comrade Ibni. We also recalled that the prize is totally apolitical. We were motivated by the fact that there has been only one Chadian applicant since the creation of the Prize." The involvement and the courage of our Chadian friends are impressive.

d) The Prize was awarded in 2009 to Oumarou Abdou Arbi, from Niger, for a scientific visit at INRIA in Rennes, in 2010 to Amadou Tall, from Senegal, for a scientific visit at the University of Strasbourg, in 2011 to Solym Mawaki Manou Abi, from Togo, for a scientific visit at the University of Toulouse and in 2012 to El Hadji Deme, from Senegal, for a scientific visit at INRIA in Grenoble. We keep contact with the recipients, who are successfully pursuing their scientific career.

The truth about the fate of Ibni is still unknown! We want to know.

Best wishes,

Marie-Francoise Roy and Jean Renault


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"Adaptivity in the Numerical Solution of PDEs" Short Course + Collaborative Workshop

First Call for Participation in:

"Adaptivity in the Numerical Solution of PDEs" Short Course + Collaborative Workshop, organized by the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) Collaborative Research Group in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, Aug. 17, 2014 - Aug. 22, 2014, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada


The use of computational methods to treat mathematical models in science and engineering is widespread. Such models often involve PDEs, and the efficiency and accuracy of these computations depends critically on the use of sophisticated numerical techniques which adapt the computation according to the behavior of the solution, often based on some form of error estimate.

The aim of this workshop is to provide an introduction to the state of the art in theory and practical applications of adaptivity in PDEs. The program will begin with a two-day short course, "Adaptive Methods for the Numerical Solution of PDEs", given by Dr. Weizhang Huang (University of Kansas). The middle component of the program will focus on presentations by researchers whose work may benefit from the use of adaptive techniques for PDEs arising as mathematical models in practical applications. The final segment of the program will feature a workshop format in which breakout teams, consisting of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows led by experts on theoretical or computational aspects of adaptive methods for PDEs, will investigate the process of introducing adaptive techniques into the numerical
simulations that arise in the applications identified earlier. The segment will also include several talks by researchers working in adaptivity for PDEs.

The organizers invite participation by researchers in adaptivity for PDEs, researchers working in applied PDEs whose work may benefit from the use of adaptive methods for PDEs, and associated graduate students and post docs. The program will have room for 5 - 8 talks by researchers in application domains. For researchers in adaptive methods for PDEs, the primary form of participation will be through the collaborative workshop teams but there will also be room for a limited number of talks.

Registration will be required. Some funding for graduate students will be available. Further details will be available at http://www.math.mun.ca/anasc/


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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Information

CAIMS*SCMAI E-News is distributed electronically several times a year by the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society/Societe Canadienne de Mathematiques Appliquees et Industrielles (http://www.caims.ca).

Past issues are available on the web at http://www.caims.ca/Society/pub.html
Submissions are welcome and should be sent in plain text format to:

Sharene Bungay, CAIMS-SCMAI Secretary,
Email: sharene@mun.ca

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Board or Membership of CAIMS*SCMAI. The editorial policy of this publication is to encourage the discussion of issues and facilitate the dissemination of information relevant to Canadian applied and industrial mathematics.

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