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The war in Ukraine: a perspective of a Russian-Canadian mathematician

March 17, 2022

The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematical Society strongly condemns the invasion of Putin’s army into Ukraine. Many of us are rendered speechless by the needless aggression, and the malicious lies spread by state propaganda that are being used to justify Putin’s actions.This war affects many of us directly. CAIMS is home to many Ukrainian and…

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Virtually Invigilated Examinations

March 3, 2021

Raymond Spiteri, Mar 3, 2021 University of Saskatchewan The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a re-think of many of the ways in which we deliver our courses at the university. One aspect that has arguably not received the attention it merits — especially given its traditional importance in many subjects, not just mathematics — is how…

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2020/21 Recap and Outlook

January 21, 2021

Thomas Hillen, Jan 15, 2021 CAIMS / SCMAI President University of Alberta Thinking back to 2020, your first thought is probably that this was the year when the CAIMS-blog started! We have published eight blogs over the past year. Several of them were directly related to the coronavirus pandemic with “Fighting Coronavirus with Mathematics” by…

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Why Heterogeneity Matters for Mathematical Modelling

September 18, 2020

Morgan Craig and Isaac Yule, Sept 18, 2020 CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre Université de Montréal Since the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the world has been gripped with uncertainty and fear in the face of a virus that has spread faster and farther than any other in recent memory. It is no wonder that discussions…

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Mathematicians, there might be more to your Statistical siblings than you thought

July 23, 2020

John Braun, July 22, 2020 I have always wondered at the incredibly intricate levels of specialization within mathematics while statistics is usually considered as one homogeneous entity.   Recently, our (UBC-Okanagan) department’s Math PhD program undertook a review of its comprehensive exam, an undertaking capably handled by the program coordinator who sought to address some…

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A Mathematical Record From the Pandemic

June 18, 2020

Anthony Bonato, June 18, 2020 The content of this blog was originally posted on The Intrepid Mathematician blog, hosted by Anthony Bonato. I asked mathematicians: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your mathematical practice? The responses below, in the format of a single paragraph, answer that question. My colleagues wrote of the impact on their…

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Are we there yet? Decision-making under extreme uncertainty in the COVID-19 pandemic

May 17, 2020

Peter Solymos, Subhash Lele, Khalid Lemzouji,, May 15, 2020   As we’ve all come to know, flattening the curve is the process of reducing the number of infections and easing the burden on the health system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Protective measures, such as travel restrictions, social distancing, staying home and basic hygiene, have…

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His and Her Mathematical Models

March 9, 2020

Anita Layton, UWaterloo,  March 8, 2020   Imagine someone having a heart attack. Do you see the “classic heart attack”, in which a man collapses, grabbing his chest in agony? What you have just imagined is the typical dramatic Hollywood portrayal of a heart attack, and that is almost always depicted for a man. In…

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Fighting Coronavirus with Mathematics

February 12, 2020

Dan Coombs, UBC,  February 7, 2020   The beginning of 2020 has seen the emergence of a new public health threat: a transmissible respiratory infection caused by a novel coronavirus, or nCoV. The purpose of this post is to briefly describe how scientists around the world are using mathematical modelling to understand the disease spread…

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CAIMS-SCMAI Ethical Guideline

January 24, 2020

I use this blog to present an Ethical Guideline, as it was discussed with the CAIMS board during 2018/19. All CAIMS-SCMAI members and all participants of CAIMS-SCMAI supported activities are expected to adhere to the following ethical principles: Equity and Diversity Event organizers are committed to make CAIMS events productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless…

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Welcome to the CAIMS-SCMAI Blog

January 23, 2020

Web-blogs have become a new medium of information exchange. The members of the  Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematical Society work on hot topics, relevant to every-day issues such as epidemic spread, medical treatments, climate change, species dynamics, financial markets, industrial products and processes, and many more. Our members have invested considerable time and energy to…

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