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E-News February 20, 2012

Editor: Sharene Bungay (


Society News

1.  CAIMS 2012 Annual Meeting Call for Minisymposium Proposals
2.  CAIMS 2012 Annual Meeting Abstract submission
3.  CAIMS 2012 Annual Meeting registration now open
4.  Extension of the deadline for nominations for the CAIMS-Mprime
Industrial Mathematics Prize

Other News

5.  Mathematical Modeling in Industry – University of Calgary
6.  Fluid Dynamics Summer School – University of Alberta
7.  2012 PIMS-MPrime-CDM Summer School on Mathematical Modeling of
Infectious Diseases – University of Alberta

8.  CAIMS*SCMAI E-news Information

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CAIMS 2012 Annual Meeting Call for Minisymposium Proposals

The deadline for submission of proposals for Minisymposia at the
2012 CAIMS Annual Meeting is March 1, 2012.  Individuals who would
like to submit a proposal should use the online form located on the
meeting website at

Proposals should include:
– name, affiliation, and email address of the organizer
– names and addresses of other organizers (if any)
– minisymposium title
– minisymposium abstract (approximately 100 words)
– names, email addresses, and affiliations of the speakers,
the titles of the talks and, if available, the abstract for
each talk (not to exceed 100 words).

Each minimsymposium should have 4 speakers. The time for each
minisymposium is 2 hours or 1.5 hours depending on the schedule.

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CAIMS 2012 Annual Meeting Abstract submission

The deadline for submission of abstracts for posters or
contributed talks (if the schedule allows) for the 2012 CAIMS
Annual Meeting is March 1, 2012.  Submissions are invited in all
areas consistent with the conference themes.

Submissions should consist of:
– name, affiliation, and email address of the presenter
– name(s) of coauthors (if any)
– the title of the submission
– an abstract (not to exceed 100 words)

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CAIMS 2012 Annual Meeting Registration

Registration for the 2012 CAIMS Annual Meeting is now open.
The deadline for early registration is March 15, 2012.
Online registration will be available until June 17, after which
registration will be on-site.

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CAIMS-Mprime Industrial Mathematics Prize

The CAIMS-Mprime annual industrial mathematics prize is to be awarded to a
researcher in recognition of exceptional research in any branch of
industrial mathematics, interpreted broadly. The nominee’s research should
have been conducted primarily in Canada. This Prize would not only be a
high honour to bestow upon an individual, but also an acknowledgement of
industrial mathematics as a fundamental and vibrant discipline within the
research culture of Canada.

Nomination: Nominations must be submitted by FEBRUARY 29 to CAIMS/Mprime
by a sponsor who is responsible for providing the following information:

a curriculum vitae
a publication list
a cover letter explaining the basis of the nomination
a maximum of three additional letters of support

Unsuccessful nominations which continue to meet the eligibility criteria
will be automatically considered for a second year.

Prize Selection Committee: The recipient of the prize will be decided by a
prize selection committee consisting of four experts, who will serve for
two-year terms. Two of them will be appointed by the President of CAIMS
and two will be selected by the Mprime Scientific Director. Decisions will
be announced in April.


The award will consist of a cash prize of $1,000 and a commemorative
plaque that will be presented at the CAIMS Annual Meeting. The recipient
will be invited to deliver a lecture at the CAIMS Annual Meeting in the
year of the award. A travel allowance will be provided.

Nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Fahima Nekka

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**Opportunity for Canadian students**

Mathematical Modeling in Industry

June 18 – June 27, 2012 at the University of Calgary

PIMS in collaboration with IMA and with the participation of
CIMAT (Mexico) is holding a 10-day workshop on Mathematical
Modeling in Industry. A proposal for funding from Mprime is pending.

The workshop is designed to provide graduate students and qualified
advanced undergraduates from North America with first hand experience
in industrial research.

Students will work in teams of up to 6 students under the guidance
of a mentor from industry. The mentor will help guide the students
in the modeling process, analysis and computational work associated
with a real-world industrial problem. A progress report from each team
will be scheduled during the period. In addition, each team will be
expected to make an oral final presentation and submit a written report
at the end of the 10-day period.

Students will be selected through a competitive process. The application
deadline is **March 25, 2012**

Please see
for details.

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**Opportunity for Canadian students**

Fluid Dynamics Summer School

July 23 – July 27, 2012 at the University of Alberta

PIMS is holding a 5-day summer school on Fluid Dynamics.  It is intended
for senior undergraduates, Masters students and starting PhD students
having a strong background in mathematics, physics and/or engineering.
No prior knowledge of fluid dynamics is necessary. However, the students
should have taken at least one course in partial differential equations
by the summer of 2012.

In the course of one week, students will learn fundamental principles
and methods in lectures while working with leading scientists from the
University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia, gaining
hands-on experience with analysis software, numerical simulations and
laboratory experiments.  Topics will cover microscale to astrophysical-scale
phenomena with applications to climate, the environment and industry.

Students will be selected through a competitive process. A limited number
of scholarships will be offered with preference given to undergraduates
from PIMS institutions.  The application deadline is **April 30, 2012**

Please see for details.

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2012 PIMS-MPrime-CDM Summer School on Mathematical Modeling of
Infectious Diseases

May 17 – 27, 2012
University of Alberta

Organized by the MPrime Centre for Disease Modeling (CDM), 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 mathematically trained 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 modeling tools are useful for public health research.
It is our hope that the summer school will prepare students who might
wish to work as modelers in a public health environment, and promote
cross-discipline communication and collaboration among public health
researchers and mathematical modelers.

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

1. Short Courses. These are lectures on the following subjects:
– Mathematical basics
– Statistical inference and parameter estimation
– Basic medical epidemiology
– Deterministic models
– Stochastic models
– Network models
– Geo-simulation models
2. Case Studies. These are 1.5-hour lectures focus on modeling analysis of
specific diseases including
– Pandemic influenza
– West-Nile virus
– 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. Each group will consist of participants with different
academic background to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration.
Group projects are an essential part of the School. They are designed to
provide participants with hands-on research experience and to apply the
knowledge they have learned during the School.

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 cover their lodging and meals.
For more information, please contact the local organizers:
Dr. Michael Li ( and Dr.
Sabrina Plitt (

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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:

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

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