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Society News

1. Update on First Joint NAMIAM 2010 (Mexico)
2. CAIMS*SCMAI 2011 Elections: Call for Nominations
3. Update on ICIAM 2011

Other News

4. PIMS International Graduate Training Centre Fellowship in Mathematical Biology

5. Obituary: Professor Phillip Chatwin

6. CAIMS*SCMAI E-news Information

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Update on First Joint NAMIAM 2010 (Bob Russell, Simon Fraser University)

As you will hopefully recall from an earlier announcement CAIMS is,
with its Mexican and U.S. counterparts the Mexican Mathematical Society and
SIAM, organizing the First Joint North American Meeting on Industrial and
Applied Mathematics, to be held at the Universidad del Mar in Huatulco,
Mexico on December 8-10, 2010. The goal is to bring together applied
mathematicians, computational scientists, and students with
interdisciplinary interests, from Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
Among its purposes is the enhancement and strengthening of the academic
relations between the three counties with respect to applied and industrial

The meeting as planned by our Mexican colleagues is to be centred around a
number of invited symposia, with their suggested topics being (1) Applied
Probability and Statistics, (2) Numerical Analysis and Linear Algebra,
(3) Optimization and Operation Research, (4) Biomathematics, (5) Oil, Weather and
Geo-science Modeling, (6) Computational Fluid Dynamics, (7)
Financial Mathematics and Economy, and (8) Inverse Problems and Control.
The Canadians who have graciously agreed to coordinate CAIMS portion of
these minisymposia are (1) David McDonald, (2) Chen Greif and Bob Russell,
(3) Patrice Marcotte, (4) Michael Mackey, (5) Nicholas Kevalahan, (6) Eliot
Fried, (7) Tom Salisbury, and (8) Uri Ascher and Huaxiong Huang.

In addition, there will be a General Session taking place in parallel to
these minisymposia and a Poster Session. It is hoped that CAIMS will be
well-represented in all of these sessions, and CRM, Fields, MITACS and PIMS
have all generously provided funding to help with travel expenses for
Canadians. The conference is an ideal opportunity for you, your students
and postdocs to highlight research activities and to learn about the state
of the art in several active areas of industrial and applied mathematics
within North America. You are strongly encouraged to participate.

Unfortunately, there is little time before the deadline for submitting
abstracts of June 27, 2010. For more information, visit the Conference web
pages at:

Thanks very much,
Bob Russell for the Canadian Steering Committee (which also includes Uri
Ascher, Barbara Keyfitz, and Michael Mackey)

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CAIMS*SCMAI 2011 Election: Call for Nominations (Jianhong Wu, York University)

CAIMS*SCMAI will be holding an election next winter (March 2011) for:

* President-elect

* Secretary

* Two Members-at-Large on the Board of Directors

to fill the positions to be vacated, respectively, by Jianhong Wu (who will become
President during the 2011 Annual Meeting), Abba Gumel, Lucy Campbell and Rob Corless.

All members of CAIMS/SCMAI are invited to suggest names of candidates for these
offices. Nominations should reach the Chair of the Nominations Committee,
Jianhong Wu <> by January 15, 2011.

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Report on ICIAM 2011 (Ken Jackson, University of Toronto)

Plans for ICIAM 2011 are progressing well. In particular, the Scientific
Program Committee has chosen an impressive list of Invited Speakers: –
John Bell, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Low Mach Number Models
in Computational Astrophysics – Andrea Bertozzi, University of California
at Los Angeles Particle-laden Viscous Fluids & the Gulf of Mexico Oil
Spill – Vicent Caselles, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Exemplar-Based Image
Inpainting and Applications – Sergio Conti, Universitat Bonn Pattern
Formation in Compressed Elastic Sheets – Michael C. Ferris, University
of Wisconsin Madison Extended Mathematical Programming – Competition &
Stochasticity – Gilles Francfort, Universite de Paris-Nord The
Variational Viewpoint in Fracture Mechanics – Peter Fritzson, Linkopings
Universitet The Next Generation Scientific Programming & Mathematical
Modelling Language – Zhi Geng, Peking University Causal Evaluation and
Discovery – Clovis Gonzaga, Federal University of Santa Caterina
Complexity-based Methods for Convex Optimization – Matthew Hastings,
Microsoft Research Communicating over Quantum Channels – John Hogan,
University of Bristol – Philip Holmes, Princeton University The
Neuromechanics of Insect Locomotion: How Cockroaches Run Fast and
Stably Without Much Thought – Yoh Iwasa, Kyushu University Evolution
of Masting – Synchronized & Intermittent Reproduction of Trees –
Ron Kimmel, Israel Institute of Technology Metric Geometry in Action –
Shigeo Kusuoka, University of Tokyo Numerical Computation for the
Expectation on Diffusion Processes – Kerry Landman, University of
Melbourne Our “Second Brain”: Modelling Its Development and Disease –
Mark Lewis, University of Alberta New Challenges in Modelling
Biological Invasions – Christian Lubich, Universitat Tubingen
Variational Approximations in Quantum Dynamics – Alexander McNeil,
Heriot-Watt University Modelling Capital Adequacy and Solvency –
Benoit Perthame, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie IP Adaptive Evolution –
A Population View – Benedetto Piccoli, Rutgers University – Camden
Multiscale and Heterogeneous Models for Traffic Flow and Crowd Dynamics –
Pierre Sagaut, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie Coping with Uncertainty
in Turbulent Flow Simulations – Andrzej Swierniak, Silesian TU Control
Theory as a Tool for Planning Anti-Cancer Therapies – Rudiger Westermann,
Technische Universitat Munchen Real-Time Multigrid Methods . Recent
Advances in Fluid & Elastic Body Simulation – Bin Yu, University of
California, Berkeley – Pingwen Zhang, Peking University Phase Behavior
of Complex Fluids In addition, there will be several prize lectures,
public outreach activities and an exciting list of “Thematic Minisymposia”.
Although we have now passed the deadline for submitting minisymposia
proposals, contributed paper submissions remain open until 15 December
2010. We are all looking forward to a very exciting meeting in Vancouver,
18-22 July 2011. I hope to see you there. For further information about
the meeting, including registration information and E-alerts, please
go to the Congress webpage Finally, we are
saddened by the passing of Prof. Jerry Marsden, who lost his battle
with cancer on 21 September 2010. As Co-Chair of the Scientific Program
Committee for ICIAM 2011 and a member of the Steering Committee,
Prof. Marsden’s influence and imprint is strongly felt in the structure
and scientific content of the Congress. His enthusiasm and knowledge
will be deeply missed by his colleagues at ICIAM 2011. More information
about Prof. Marsden can be viewed at

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PIMS IGTC Fellowships in Mathematical Biology

The PIMS International Graduate Training Centre in Mathematical Biology
invites applicants for the IGTC fellowship for 2011-2012 academic year.
Fellowships are worth up at $10K a year and are for students working in
mathematical biology at Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)
universities (Alberta, British Columbia, Calgary, Regina, Saskatchewan, Simon
Fraser and Victoria).

If you have excellent students, either potential students applying now or
current students please encourage them to apply.

There are also opportunities for students to enroll in the programme. All
students can benefit from IGTC graduate training elements including annual
research summits, summer courses, new term-time courses, seminars, graduate
student exchanges, and international visitors.

Full details of the IGTC Programme and application process can be found here:….
If you have further questions, please contact the IGTC coordinator, Maryna
Yaskina at or Programme Director Mark Lewis at

Application deadline is February 8, 2011.

Maryna Yaskina
PIMS IGTC Educational Coordinator
(Mathematical Biology)

phone: (780)492-4756
Fax: (780)492-8373
IGTC website:…

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Obituary: Professor Phillip Chatwin (by Paul Sullivan, University of Western Ontario)

“Professor Philip Chatwin died on 10 September 2010. He made seminal
contributions to research into environmental fluid mechanics. He will
be particularly remembered for his extensions to the theory of
longitudinal dispersion (originally due to G.I.Taylor), and for
advances to the basic understanding of turbulent diffusion.

Philip was born in Chester, England in 1942, and in 1959 he gained
an Entrance Scholarship to Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He obtained a
First Class degree in Mathematics, followed by a Distinction in
Part 3 of the Mathematics Tripos. In 1967 he completed his PhD on
‘Some Dispersion Problems in Fluid Mechanics’, supervised by
Professor G.K.Batchelor, FRS, in the Department of Applied Mathematics
and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge.

Following a research fellowship at the University of Grenoble (1967-68),
Philip was Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied
Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Liverpool (1968-85).
Thereafter he became Professor of Mathematics at Brunel University (1985-90)
and Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Sheffield (1991-2003),
in both of which institutions he served as Head of Department. After retirement
he continued to teach fluid mechanics at Sheffield.

Philip is survived by his wife Luisella and daughters Diana and Simona,
as well as four grandchildren, two brothers and a sister. ”

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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.

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