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Society News

1. Daniel Coombs (UBC) Awarded 2010 CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Prize in Applied Mathematics

2. Brian Wetton (UBC) Awarded 2010 CAIMS-MITACS Industrial Mathematics Research Prize

3. ICIAM 2011: Call for Papers

4. CAIMS*SCMAI 2010 Annual Meeting

5. CAIMS*SCMAI Online Membership Application and Renewals

Other News

6. Mathematical Modelling in Industry (Mexico): Opportunity for Graduate Students from Canada

7. Postdoctoral Position: Mathematical Systems Biology at Waterloo

8. PhD Positions in Computational Mechanics and Advanced Materials, University of Pavia, Italy.

9. Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at McMaster.

10. CAIMS*SCMAI E-news Information

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Daniel Coombs (UBC) Awarded CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in Applied Mathematics

The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) and the Pacific Institute for the
Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) are pleased to announce that Prof. Daniel Coombs of the University of
British Columbia has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in
Applied Mathematics. This award recognizes exceptional research in any branch of applied mathematics
where the recipient is less than ten years past the date of Ph.D. at the time of nomination.

Prof. Coombs is cited for his creativity, productivity, and ever-growing impact in mathematics applied
to problems in biology. He works in the field of computational immunology, addressing a wide range of
problems in viral disease dynamics and HIV modelling, and in the dynamics of receptors on cell surfaces.
In particular, he and his coworkers have recently developed innovative single particle tracking
algorithms that have enabled improved and insightful interpretation of experimental data from cell

Prof. Coombs obtained his PhD in 2001 from the University of Arizona, held a postdoctoral position
at Los Alamos National Laboratories (2001-03), and joined UBC in 2003, where he is currently an
Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics.

The award consists of a cash prize of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the
CAIMS Annual Meeting at Memorial University at St. John’s on July 17-20, 2010. Prof. Coombs will
deliver a plenary lecture at the meeting as part of the award ceremony.

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Brian Wetton (UBC) Awarded 2010 CAIMS/MITACS Industrial Mathematics Prize

The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) and MITACS are pleased to announce
that Professor Brian Wetton of the Department of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia
has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 CAIMS/MITACS Industrial Mathematics Prize. This award
recognizes exceptional research, conducted primarily in Canada, in any branch of industrial
mathematics. The prize is also an acknowledgement of industrial mathematics as a fundamental and
vibrant discipline within the research culture of Canada.

Prof. Wetton’s research activity in industrial mathematics, particularly in the area of fuel cells,
was singled out for this honor for numerous reasons. The efforts by Prof. Wetton and his group have
successfully demonstrated the direct applicability of advanced mathematics in real world problems.
At a critical time, Prof. Wetton responded directly to the real needs of industry and the Canadian
mathematics community. He refocused his research from numerical analysis and scientific computing
to industrial mathematics, specifically the modeling of fuel cells, early in his career, when he was
a young untenured faculty member. It took a lot of courage and conviction to make such risky move.
The modeling work he and his MITACS research team performed was not an academic exercise. Rather,
it was a direct response to the needs of a new industry.

He successfully managed a research team with members from industrial partners and different academic
institutions. He has a distinguished record of mentoring and supervision, and his students have embarked
on successful careers in industrial mathematics. He has been an active member of both the CAIMS and
MITACS communities, and unstinting with his time and energy to help both.

By spearheading a successful collaborative effort between a team of academic researchers and their
industrial partner Prof. Wetton has served as a role model to Canadian mathematicians. By awarding
him the prize, the committee believes more young and talented applied mathematicians will be encouraged
to work in the area of industrial mathematics.

The award consists of a cash prize of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the
CAIMS Annual Meeting at Memorial University at St. John’s on July 17-20, 2010. Prof. Wetton will deliver
a plenary lecture at the meeting as part of the award ceremony.

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ICIAM 2011: Call for Papers

7th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, July 18-22, 2011, Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada

ICIAM 2011 will highlight the most recent advances in the discipline and demonstrate their applicability
to science, engineering, and industry. In addition to the traditional, strong focus on applied mathematics,
the Congress will emphasize industrial applications and computational science. An integrated program will
highlight the many outstanding contributions of applied mathematics. ICIAM 2011 will also be an opportunity
to demonstrate to young researchers and graduate students the vast potential of mathematics.
The Congress is being planned by the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS), the
Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS), and the Society for Industrial and
Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM COMMITTEE (CO-CHAIRS) Ivar Ekeland, Professor, Mathematics, University of British Columbia
Jerrold Marsden, Professor, Control and Dynamical Systems, California Institute of Technology

Dr. John Bell, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Dr. Vicent Caselles, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Dr. Sergio Conti,
Universitat Bonn Dr. Michael C. Ferris,University of Wisconsin Madison Dr. Gilles Francfort, Universite Paris-Nord,
Villetaneuse Dr. Peter Fritzson, Linkopings universitet Dr. Zhi Geng, Peking University Dr. Clovis Gonzaga,
Federal University of Santa Caterina Dr. Matthew Hastings, University of California at Santa Barbara Dr. John
Hogan, University of Bristol Dr. Philip Holmes, Princeton University Dr. Yoh Iwasa, Kyushu University
Dr. Ron Kimmel, Israel Institute of Technology Dr. Shigeo Kusuoka, University of Tokyo Dr. Kerry Landman,
University of Melbourne Dr. Mark Lewis, University of Alberta Dr. Christian Lubich, Universitat Tubingen
Dr. Alexander McNeil, Heriot-Watt University Dr. Benoit Perthame, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
Dr. Benedetto Piccoli, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Dr. Pierre Sagaut, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
Dr. Andrzej Swierniak, Silesian Technical U (Politechnika ?l?ska) Dr. Rudiger Westermann, Technische Universitat
Munchen Dr. Bin Yu, University of California, Berkeley Dr. Pingwen Zhang, Peking University Dr. Francis Zwiers,
Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis

August 18, 2010 Early deadline for minisymposium proposals
Online registration opens
September 17, 2010
Early decisions announced for minisymposium proposals
October 4, 2010
Final submission deadline for minisymposium proposals
October 29, 2010
Final decisions announced for minisymposium proposals
December 15, 2010
Submission deadline – accepted minisymposia abstracts
Submission deadline – contributed paper abstracts
January 14, 2011
Notifications sent to accepted contributed speakers
February/March 2011
ICIAM 2011 program posted online

Computational and Modeling Challenges in Industry
Control Theory and Applications
Design and Verification of Complex Systems
Dynamical Systems and its Applications
Economics and Finance
Environmental Science, including Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate
Fluid Mechanics
Graphics, Visualization, and Computation
Image and Signal Processing
Materials Science
Mathematical Biology
Mathematical Medicine and Physiology
Mathematical Physics
Mathematical Programming and Industrial Applications
Molecular Simulation: Quantum and Classical
Numerical Analysis
ODE, PDE, and Applications
Scientific Computing
Solid Mechanics
Statistical Sciences


Incredible mountains, sparkling ocean, and a cosmopolitan flair make Vancouver perfect for
work or play. Exceptional cuisine, first-class hotels, and outstanding facilities, including
the award-winning expanded convention center, are just some of the things that will make your
Vancouver experience unforgettable.

Email the organizers at:

Sign up for ICIAM e-lerts at:

Submit minisymposium proposals and contributed abstracts at Call for Proposals on

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CAIMS*SCMAI 2010 Annual Meeting
The 2010 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Applied Mathematical and Industrial Society will be hosted
by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Memorial University, in St. John’s, Newfoundland,
Canada on July 17-20, 2010.
The themes of the meeting are:

Dynamical Systems
Fluid Dynamics (CSFD-2010)
Mathematical Biology and Medicine
Mathematical and Theoretical Physics
Nonlinear Dynamics and Control
Ocean Modeling and Technology
Scientific Computing
Statistical and Population Genetics

There will be eight plenary lectures and numerous invited talks (20
minutes) on the above themes, and two special invited lectures.

Plenary Speakers:

Anthony Bloch (University of Michigan)
Marianna Braza (L’Institut de Mcanique des Fluides de Toulouse) William F. Langford (University of
Guelph) Robert M. Miura (New Jersey Institute of Technology) Bernard Molin (Ecole Centrale Marseille)
Bruno Nachtergaele (University of California at Davis) Robert D. Russell (Simon Fraser University)
Elizabeth A. Thompson (University of Washington, Seattle) Michael J. Ward (University of British

In addition to these, we also call for minisymposia on any topics in applied mathematics with a
deadline being May 1, 2010. If you wish to organize a Minisymposium, please send the name of the
organizer(s) and participants, their affiliation and e-mail contact information and titles of the
talks to one of the co-chairwomen of the CAIMS*SCMAI 2010 Scientific Program by the address given

There will also be several contributed sessions, as well as a poster session for graduate students
to present their research results.

In the meeting, the annual CAIMS*SCMAI Research Prizes and CAIMS Doctoral Dissertation Award will
be presented to the recipients. In addition, student poster prizes will also be selected and awarded.

For more information about this meeting, please visit the website:

which will be updated in a timely fashion, or contact one of the co-chairwomen of the CAIMS*SCMAI
2010 Scientific Program

Serpil Kocabiyik (, Sharene Bungay (

We hope that you are able to participate and will make the CAIMS*SCMAI 2010 meeting a successful one.
We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Item 5 CAIMS*SCMAI Online Memberships and Renewals (by Lucy Campbell)
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We are pleased to announce that we now have an online facility to allow CAIMS membership renewals and
new membership applications to be done online through a secure server. We invite you to renew your
membership for 2010 through this facility and to encourage potential new members to use it to sign
up for membership.

There is a link to the online system on the CAIMS main pages and and it
can be accessed directly at

The first time you sign in, even if you are already a member of CAIMS, you will have to create a
profile and password for the online system, which you will use for subsequent sign-ins. Once you
finish the registration to join or renew your membership, a link will be sent to you so you can
print out an invoice. If you have any questions concerning the functionality of the system, please
direct them to the email address given on the first page, with cc to the chair of the membership
committee, Lucy Campbell <>

We are grateful to MITACS for providing us with this facility and helping us to set it up. Thanks
also to Joshua Dobbs of MITACS and our treasurer Paul Muir who have put a lot of work into it in
the past few months.

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Mathematical Modelling in Industry (Mexico): Opportunity for Graduate Students from Canada.
Three North American mathematical institutes: CIMAT, IMA and PIMS are jointly organizing the
following industrial training event which is open to students from all over Canada:

Mathematical Modeling in Industry: A Workshop for Graduate Students to be held at CIMAT in
Guanajuato, MEXICO, August 2-11, 2010.

Space is limited and applications will be considered on a competitive basis. The deadline
is *April 16, 2010*. Students must apply online, the website with full information is available at

Alejandro Adem.
Director, PIMS

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Postdoctoral Position: Mathematical Systems Biology at Waterloo

Application are invited for a postdoctoral position to work with Brian Ingalls of the Department
of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, starting Fall 2010.
Potential projects involve modelling and analysis of biochemical and genetic networks, with a
particular interest in understanding the role of feedback and regulation.
Interested applicants should send a CV, a short statement of research interests, and contact
information for three references to

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PhD Positions in Computational Mechanics and Advanced Materials, University of Pavia, Italy (managed
by Prof. Franco Brezzi, IUSS, and Prof. Ferdinando Auricchio, University of Pavia)

We are looking for PhD students interested in participating in a biomechanical research project.

Position 1: PhD in Computational Biomechanics. The successful candidate would be expected to have
skills, or be willing to develop, in some of the following areas:

– mathematical modeling in the biomechanical context;
– numerical simulation of the structural and fluid dynamics and fluid-structure interaction;
– fluid-structure interaction analysis with in-house and/or commercial numerical codes;
– processing medical images and integrating them into mathematical models;
– interacting with cardiosurgery experts and providing the interface between the medical specialists
and the members of the team responsible for the engineering and mathematical aspects.

Position 2: PhD in Constitutive Modeling

The successful candidate would be expected to have skills, or be willing to develop, in some of the
following areas:

– computational mechanics;
– constitutive models of materials, including shape memory alloys (SMA) and innovative materials;
– development of in-house numerical codes (knowledge of at least two of MATLAB, FORTRAN, C++).

Position 3: PhD in Advanced Computational Mechanics

The successful candidate would be expected to have skills, or be willing to develop, in some of the
following areas:
– FEM and XFEM;
– immersed boundary methods;
– isogeometric analysis,
all to be used to simulate the dynamics of biomechanical systems and fluid-structure interaction.

For all positions, the successful candidates are expected to have a high level of motivation, sound
academic accomplishments and ability to learn and work independently. It is also expected that the
successful candidates will have an active role in disseminating the outcomes of the project including
presenting at conferences and publishing scientific papers.

The program is three years in duration. Two positions are offered jointly by the Institute for the
Advanced Study (IUSS) and the University of Pavia, both located in Pavia, Italy and covered by
scholarships, according to Italian PhD rules, but up to two self-funded candidates will also be

The deadline for the submission of the application is June 30, 2010. The website of the PhD Program
will be soon available at the

For further information please send an email to the following address:

Submitted by Sergui Iakovlev, Dalhousie University (Serguei.Iakovlev@DAL.CA).

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Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at McMaster The School of Computational Engineering and Science
(CES) is an interdisciplinary graduate program at McMaster University offering Ph.D. and Master’s
degrees (Master’s degrees can be pursued with the thesis, project or coursework only option). Our
program is open to well-qualified students with an interest in various aspects of applied
computational science and scientific computing. All details regarding this program, including
information about application procedures, are available at the webpage:

There is a possibility of financial support for admitted students, including those in the coursework
Master’s program. Particularly promising candidates can also be invited for a campus visit prior to
the beginning of instruction. Inquiries about the Program can be directed to the School’s Director,
Dr. Bartosz Protas (

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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

Past issues are available on the web at Submissions are welcome
and should be sent in plain text format to:

Abba Gumel, CAIMS-SCMAI Secretary,

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.

If you wish to have your name removed from the e-mailing list for the CAIMS*SCMAI E-News,
please send an email message to Abba Gumel as above.


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