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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 14, Number 6

Editor: Sharene Bungay (


Society News

1. 2013 CAIMS*SCMAI Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award

Other News

2. Math Modeling in Industry workshop – UBC
3. Postdoc position: Mathematical modeling of HIV, University of Ottawa

4. CAIMS*SCMAI E-news Information

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2013 CAIMS*SCMAI Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award

CAIMS*SCMAI is happy to announce that the recipient of the 2013 CAIMS*SCMAI Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award is Dr Frances Mackay of the University of Western Ontario. Her thesis titled: “Hybrid lattice Boltzmann – molecular dynamics simulations with both simple and complex fluids”, was completed under the supervision of Professor Colin Denniston in the Department of Applied Mathematics at Western. The dissertation addresses the problem of modelling colloidal structures in complex fluids and, in particular, liquid crystals. These models consist of coupled systems of nonlinear differential equations describing the dynamics of the liquid crystal and the moving boundaries of the colloidal particles in the fluid. The main contribution is the development of a new method, the hybrid lattice Boltzmann – molecular dynamics simulation, for coupling point and composite particles to the fluid. The thesis has opened new areas for experiment and industrial application.

An honourable mention in this year’s competition was given to Dr Jeffrey Musgrave from the University of Ottawa, supervised by Professor Frithjof Lutscher.

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Math Modeling in Industry workshop

Dear colleagues,

The next Math Modeling in Industry workshop for graduate students will take place at the University of British Columbia from August 6 to 16, 2014. The workshop is jointly sponsored by PIMS and the IMA (USA). This time we are offering 7 exciting projects for students to choose from. The workshop itself is ends on the 15th, but there is an optional tour of Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA on the 16th. More information is available at the workshop web page:

Please note that the deadline for application is May 9, 2014 so time is somewhat short. I will appreciate your circulating this among your colleagues and students.

Ian Frigaard
CAIMS President

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Postdoc position: Mathematical modeling of HIV, University of Ottawa

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in Mathematical Biology at the University of Ottawa. The postdoc will work with Frithjof Lutscher (Mathematics, Ottawa) and Neil Andersson (Medicine, McGill, Montreal) to model the effectiveness of structural interventions in the HIV epidemic in Africa. The position is funded by CIET Trust ( to support HIV prevention trials in Botswana and other countries. Candidates with a strong background in mathematical modeling and analysis are encouraged to apply. Previous experience with disease modeling, multigroup models, and/or individual-based models is an asset.

Requirements are a PhD in mathematics, applied mathematics or a related field and motivation to pursue interdisciplinary, health-related research. The position starts in Fall 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension for a second year, depending on performance. The postdoc is expected to teach one course per year (on average) in mathematics at the University of Ottawa. More information about the department can be found at
Employment equity is university policy and the university strongly encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

The University of Ottawa ( is located in the heart of the Capital of Canada. It has a vibrant, bilingual scientific community with great opportunity for collaboration and inspiration between mathematics and life and health sciences. The city of Ottawa offers great cultural amenities and outdoor opportunities.

To apply, please submit a single pdf file containing your CV together with a statement of research interests and names of three references to Frithjof Lutscher ( Screening of applicants will begin May 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

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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
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Sharene Bungay, 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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