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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 21, Number 6

May 13, 2021

Editor: Kathleen Wilkie (


  1. CAIMS/SCMAI Prize Winners Announced


1. CAIMS/SCMAI Prize Winners Announced

CAIMS/SCMAI thanks the nominators and award selection committee members for their service in selecting our 2021 CAIMS/SCMAI Prize and Award winners. And Congratulations to our winners!


CAIMS/SCMAI Research Prize – Prof. David Earn (McMaster)

It is a great honour for the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematical Society to present the 2021 Research Prize to Prof. David Earn of McMaster University. The award is given in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the mathematical epidemiology of infectious diseases. His work and digitization efforts have had and will continue to have incredible impact in epidemiology, applied mathematics, and beyond.


CAIMS-Fields Industrial Mathematics Prize – Prof. Nilima Nigam (SFU)

Prof. Nilima Nigam has made many broad-ranging contributions to the discipline of industrial mathematics. Her recent interdisciplinary research is ground-breaking and demonstrates how theoretical results can have a major impact on the development of new mathematical models. Dr. Nigam has also provided outstanding national leadership as a vocal, effective and selfless advocate for the industrial mathematics community.


CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award – Prof. Brendan Pass (U of A)

Prof. Brendan Pass of the University of Alberta is awarded the 2021 CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in recognition of his contributions to the study of optimal transport problems. In particular, Dr. Pass has worked on multi-marginal optimal transport problems, Wasserstein barycenters, and optimal transportation between unequal dimensions. These problems have many applications including in economics, physics, and quantum chemistry.


Arthur Beaumont Distinguished Service Award – Prof. James Colliander (UBC)

This award is given to Prof. James Colliander in recognition of outstanding service to applied and industrial mathematics at many levels in Canada. He has been PIMS Director since 2016 and has shown extraordinary leadership and ability to act on emerging opportunities in data science and scientific computing. He developed Syzygy a cloud hosted platform that is used by Universities in Canada and the USA. Based on this, Callysto was developed for school grades 5-12 that is now widely used in classrooms, and Jupyter that is used by faculty and students to share research work. Dr. Colliander also organised bc-data events, and a workshop Math to Power Industry to connect students and faculty with industrial partners. His efforts have resulted in a better computational infrastructure for applied and industrial mathematicians in Canada as well as increased access to computational resources for educators at all levels, from K-12 to postsecondary.


Congratulations once again to our winners.



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