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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 07 Number 7 December 22, 2007
Editor: Abba Gumel (


Society News:

1. CAIMS*SCMAI Call for Nominations for 2008 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award
2. CAIMS*SCMAI Call for Membership Renewal

Other News and Search Positions:

3. Mathematical Biology Summer School, University of Alberta, May 2008
4. Call for Minisymposia at Society for Mathematical Biology Conference, Toronto, July/August, 2008
5. Postdoctoral Position in Mathematical Epidemiology, University of Miami
6. Tenure Track Position in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Memorial University of Newfoundland
7. CAIMS*SCMAI E-news Information

Item 1

Call for Nominations for the 2008 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award


The award has been established by the Canadian Applied and Industrial
Mathematics Society (CAIMS) 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

The award consists of a trophy, a monetary prize, and a free one-year
membership in the Society. The winner will be invited to present a
communication based on the thesis at the Annual Meeting of the
Society. Assistance with expenses to attend the meeting will be


Normally, the Award Coordinator must receive by January 31 of a given
calendar year four (4) copies of the thesis together with a covering
letter from the thesis supervisor indicating why the thesis is
suitable as an entry in the Competition (including a description of
the problem, techniques and results, potential impact, …). A
complete nomination must also include a separate letter identifying
the possible applications of the work, as well as proof of the
official date the thesis was accepted.


The submitted theses will be evaluated by a panel of judges appointed
by the President of the Society. Their decision will be final. Judging
will be on the basis of the level of originality in the ideas and
techniques, the possible applications and their treatment, and the
potential impact on science and engineering. The panel of judges may
seek advice from other experts. The panel may arrive at the conclusion
that more than one or none of the submissions merits the award or an
honourable mention.

Nominations are due by January 31, 2008, and they should be sent to:

Dr. Raymond J. Spiteri (DDA Award Coordinator),
Department of Computer Science
176 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 5C9 CANADA

Item 2

Call for CAIMS Membership Renewal for 2008

Dear CAIMS/SCMAI members,

As the year rolls to an end, may I cordially invite you to renew your membership for 2008.

CAIMS/SCMAI is the principal scientific society for Applied Mathematics and Applied Mathematicians in Canada. We value your continued membership and
participation in our friendly & collegial society.

New for 2008 is a reciprocal membership agreement recently signed with SIAM, which will allow for a reduction in membership fees for those CAIMS/SCMAI
members who are also SIAM members. The full details of the agreement can be found at

The agreement essentially works as follows:

(i) If you are based in Canada and a regular member of both societies, you will be eligible to a reduction on your SIAM membership fees (US$99.20 in
place of US$128), but pay full fees for CAIMS/SCMAI.
(ii) If you are based in the US and a regular member of both societies, you will be eligible to a reduction on your CAIMS/SCMAI membership fees ($35 in
place of $50), but pay full fees for SIAM.

The 2008 membership form for CAIMS/SCMAI and the SIAM form (for CAIMS members) are available at

We hope to see you all in Montreal in June 2008 for the annual meeting.

With best wishes and on behalf of the CAIMS board

Ian Frigaard
Chair, CAIMS Membership Committee

Item 3

2008 Summer School on Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases
May 1 – 11, 2008, University of Alberta

Organized by the NCE-MITACS team on mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, the summer school is aimed to provide
effective training for collaborative research in infectious diseases based on mathematical modeling and qualitative
analysis. The goal is to educate mathematics and statistics students how to address issues of great importance in disease
control and prevention, and to educate public health students and researchers why and how mathematical and statistical
techniques and tools are useful. It is our hope that the summer school will prepare students who might wish to work as
modelers in a public health environment, and to help public health researchers and mathematical modelers to learn a
language in which they can communicate with one another.

The scientific program of the summer school consists of a variety of formats:

1. Short Courses. These are two 1.5-hour lectures on the following subjects:

o Mathematical basics
o Statistical methods for data analysis
o Basic epidemiology for infectious diseases
o Deterministic models
o Stochastic models
o Network models

2. Case Studies. These are 1.5-hour lectures that focus on modeling analysis of specific diseases including

o Pandemic influenza
o West-Nile virus
o Tuberculosis

3. Public Lectures. These are lectures given by distinguished scientists and mathematical modelers on broader issues
related to mathematical modeling and public health.

4. Group projects. Participants will be working in groups on assigned research projects. Group projects are
an essential part of the summer school. They are designed to provide participants with hands-on research
experience by applying the knowledge they have learned and working in a collaborative environment.

To participate, please visit the summer school website at:
and register using the online registration form. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.
A limited number of scholarships are available to graduate student participants to partially offset their
travel expenses. For more information, please contact the local organizers:

Dr. Michael Li ( and Dr. Sabrina Plitt (

Item 4

Call for Minisymposia for The Society for Mathematical Biology Conference 2008
Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 30 – August 2, 2008

Invited Plenary Speakers:

Marty Golubitsky (University of Houston)
Melissa Knothe Tate (Case Western)
Natalia Komarova (University of California, Irvine)
Herb Levine (University ofCalifornia, San Diego)
Mark Lewis (University of Alberta)
L. Mahadevan (University of Harvard)
Tim Secomb (UniversityArizona)
Yicang Zhou (Xi’an Jiatong University))

The call for minisymposia proposals, submitted talks and posters can be found at:


Minisymposia Proposals – January 31, 2008

Contributed talks – May 15, 2008

Poster proposals – July 15, 2008

These will all be reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Committee and a decision made asap
(within 2 to 3 weeks of each deadline).
For further information, please contact:
Siv Sivaloganathan,
Professor of Applied Mathematics,
University of Waterloo,
Waterloo, Ont N2L 3G1.
Director of the Centre for Math. Medicine,
Fields Institute,
222 College Street,
Toronto, Ont. M5T 3J1

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Postdoctoral Associate Positions in Mathematical Epidemiology, University of Miami

Applications are invited for postdoctoral associate positions, starting
in January 2008, in Mathematical Epidemiology in the Department of
Mathematics at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA.
The goal of this interdisciplinary project, funded by the National Institute
of General Medical Sciences/NIH, is to integrate individual-patient data
with mathematical modeling to provide population-level analysis of the
spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria (ARB) in hospital settings.

The first position (postdoctoral associate for 18 months) will focus on
development of mathematical models applied to characterize the
superspreaders of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, the subgroup of
patients responsible for the majority of ARB spread. It will also
involve developing theory relating to the transmission dynamics and
persistence of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria (ARB) in hospital
The second position (postdoctoral associate for 1 year) will involve analyzing
individual-level patient data obtained from an extensive integrated online medical
record system of over one million hospitalized patients using statistical and computational methods. Work
will be carried out under the supervision of Dr. Shigui Ruan
( and will involve collaboration with
Dr. Erika DAgata (Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center, Harvard
University) and Dr. Glenn Webb (Department of Mathematics, Vanderbilt
Applicants should hold a PhD in Applied Mathematics or a
related field with strong modeling, analytic, computational, or
statistical skills. Previous experience in the modeling and analysis of
ecological/epidemiological systems, or previous collaborations with
experimentalists (biologists, ecologists or epidemiologists) will be
preferred. Salary is in the range of $35,000-40,000 per year (depending
on experience) plus fringe benefits.
For further information about these projects, please contact Dr. Shigui Ruan (
Applicants should send a detailed CV, together with a cover letter
stating your research interests and three reference letters to
Dr. Shigui Ruan,
Department of Mathematics,
University of Miami,
Coral Gables, FL 33124-4250, USA.
Electronic applications are encouraged. Review of applications will start immediately and will
continue until the positions have been filled.

The University of Miami is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Employer, and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty.
We especially encourage applications from women, minorities and other
underrepresented groups.
For further information, contact:
Dania Puerto
Department of Mathematics
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Miami
Tel: 305-284-2348

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Tenure-Track Position in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Memorial University of Newfoundland is
undergoing a process of faculty renewal and is making a number of tenure-track appointments.

The Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Applicants must have an earned doctorate and an excellent publication record with research covering
the development of mathematical/numerical models for flow and transport processes relevant to
ocean engineering or geosciences. Candidates should have some teaching experience and the skills
required to become an excellent teacher.

Duties for the position include the development of a vigorous research program, graduate supervision
and teaching; and undergraduate teaching. Teaching will include courses in the areas of numerical
methods and fluid mechanics.

The closing date for applications will be February 15, 2008. Candidates should submit a Curriculum
Vitae, a description of research and teaching interests; and the names and addresses (include e-mail)
of at least three referees. Applications should be sent to:

Head of Department
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7 Canada

You MUST use the code VPA-MAST-2007-007 on all correspondence.

Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. As the provinces only university,
Memorial plays an integral role in the educational and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to almost 18,000 students, Memorial provides
a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning in St. Johns, a very safe, friendly city with
great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life, and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities.

Memorial University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified
women and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities. All qualified
candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be
given priority. Partners of candidates for positions are invited to include their resume for possible
matching with other job opportunities.

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CAIMS*SCMAI E-news Information

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