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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 18, Number 4

May 15, 2018

Editor: Justin Wan (


1. CAIMS Election 2018 Results
2. CAIMS-PIMS Early Career Award: Alexander Bihlo
3. CAIMS Research Prize: Leon Glass
4. CAIMS Cecil-Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award: David MacLeod
5. 25th International Conference on Domain Decomposition Methods at MUN

Item 1

CAIMS Election 2018 Results

This year, we have three positions on the Board of Directors to be filled:
Communications Officer, and two Directors. There was one nomination for the
position of Communications Officer, and Kathleen Wilkie was elected by

There were three candidates for the two Director positions (Ben Adcock,
Hassan Safouhi, Brian Wetton), and the two candidates with the most votes were
Ben Adcock and Brian Wetton. We thank Hassan for standing.

The election results will be confirmed and ratified at the Annual General
Meeting, in Toronto, June 5, 2018.

Item 2

CAIMS-PIMS Early Career Award: Alexander Bihlo

Alexander Bihlo is a meteorologist and numerical analyst who currently holds a
Tier II CRC position in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at
Memorial University. In the seven years since receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Bihlo
has made over 30 peer-reviewed contributions to the literature. His most
significant work impacts climate modelling and refining computational
approaches for real-world problems. In this way, Dr. Bihlo’s work highlights
our greatest hopes for applied math by showing how it can support environmental
stewardship, promote economic prosperity, and ultimately improve the lives of
all Canadians.

Item 3

CAIMS Research Prize: Leon Glass

It is a great honor for the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematical
Society to present the Research Prize to Dr. Leon Glass from McGill University.
Dr. Leon Glass, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, has made seminal
contributions to research, education and community leadership.

His early research on dynamic genetic networks in the 1970’s and 80’s has laid
the foundation of major developments in systems biology. Through L. Glass’
work, tools from dynamical system theory became available for the analysis of
large genetic networks.

In collaboration with M Mackey, L. Glass studied delayed feedback control in
physiological systems. They found, for the first time, that chaotic dynamics
arise naturally in such  feedback systems. Their paper in Science from 1977
has more than 4000 citations and their model is now known as the Mackey-Glass

A special interest of L. Glass is the analysis and detection of cardiac
arrhythmias. He and his colleagues could show the existence of chaotic dynamics
in embryonic chicken heart cells, which was the first demonstration of chaotic
behavior in a biological system. J. Gleick wrote in his popular science book
“Chaos” about Glass that this was “one of the most talked about lines of
research in the whole short history of nonlinear dynamics” (1987). L. Glass’
research on cardiac arrhythmias culminated in patents for a detection software
of carciac arrhythmias.

L. Glass is a true interdisciplinary researcher, with publications in
mathematics, biology, and physiology journals. He educated students in all
these disciplines and guided them to fully interdisciplinary research. His work
is unique within our Society and his career is a role model for the next
generation of mathematical physiologists.

Item 4

CAIMS Cecil-Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award: David MacLeod

It is with great pleasure that the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics
Society presents the 2018 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award to David

Dr. MacLeod’s thesis is a beautiful example of applied mathematics, applying
sophisticated mathematical ideas to questions of fundamental interest to
evolutionary biologists, relating to infectious diseases and mating systems,
including sexual selection and conflict, and also addressing social
interactions such as cooperation, altruism and spite, for example showing how
small population size can drive the emergence of such behaviour.

Item 5

25th International Conference on Domain Decomposition Methods at MUN

The 25th International Conference on Domain Decomposition Methods (DD25) will
be held at Memorial University, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada from
July 23 to 27, 2018. The meeting will discuss the latest results on domain
decomposition methods, linear and nonlinear solvers for PDEs etc. The
conference will be proceeded by a one day short course suitable for beginning
graduate students, on Sunday July 22, 2018. An opening reception will be held
that evening for all participants.

The registration system for the meeting is now open, participants can now
register at the url

We are pleased to announce a poster session (and poster prize) during the DD25
meeting. Please send an email to with your name, institution,
poster title and abstract, if you are interested in presenting a poster. The
poster session deadline has been extended to May 15, 2018.

Information about accommodation choices, banquet and excursion is now available
on the conference website.

For more information, visit the conference website,, or email



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