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E-News May 22, 2012

Editor: Sharene Bungay (


Society News

1.  Message from the Long Range Plan Steering Committee
2.  2012 CAIMS-Mprime Industrial Mathematics Prize
3.  2012 Arthur Beaumont Distinguished Service Award

Other News

4.  Fields Institute Director Search

5.  CAIMS*SCMAI E-news Information

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Item 1
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Message from the Long Range Plan Steering Committee

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Dear Colleague:

The Long Range Plan Steering Committee has completed its consultation
draft of the Long Range Plan for Mathematics and Statistics, and is
releasing it today to the mathematical and statistical sciences
communities for their feedback.  You will find it on the front page of
the website

We don’t intend this version to be circulated beyond our communities; it
is still rough in places and the layout is very approximate.

There will be presentations on the LRP at the CMS meeting in Regina
(June 2, 12.30pm), the SSC meeting in Guelph (June 3, 4pm) and the CAIMS
meeting in Toronto (June 24, 1pm (Board) and June 27, 12 pm (AGM)).

Comments on any aspect of the plan are welcome, in the form most
convenient to you.  You may post comments on our web site, send email to
any member of the steering committee (
or send comments by mail or email to Nancy Reid (
The consultation period will run to *July 31, 2012*; after this date we will
proceed to prepare and translate into French the final version.

In writing the plan we aimed to include material addressed at three
different audiences: mathematical and statistical science researchers,
NSERC, and non-specialists, and it may help to keep this in mind as you
read it.  In the final version we will also include some pictures and
graphics, and will be very happy if you send us your favourites.

Looking forward to your feedback,

On behalf of the LRP Steering Committee,
Nancy Reid
May 14, 2012


Cher collègue, chère collègue,

Le Comité directeur du Plan à long terme (PLT) a terminé l’ébauche du
plan à long terme pour les sciences mathématiques et statistiques. Cette
ébauche a été rendue publique aujourd’hui sur la page d’accueil du PLT
( afin de recueillir les commentaires de la
communauté mathématique et statistique.

Nous vous demandons de ne pas diffuser cette version au-delà de nos
communautés de recherche car le document n’est encore qu’à l’état d’ébauche.

Des présentations sur le PLT sont prévues à l’occasion des congrès
annuels de la SMC à Régina [2 juin, 12h30], de la SSC à Guelph [3 juin,
16h] et de la SCMAI à Toronto [24 juin, 13h, CA et 27 juin, 12h, AGA].

Vos commentaires sur le plan sont les bienvenus. Vous pouvez les poster
sur le site Web du PTL (, les faire parvenir
à un des membres du Comité directeur (
ou les expédier par courriel à Nancy Reid (  La
période de consultation s’étendra jusqu’au *31 juillet 2012*, après quoi le
document sera finalisé et traduit en français.

À la lecture du document, veuillez garder à l’esprit que le plan
s’adresse à trois auditoires : les chercheurs en sciences mathématiques
et statistiques, le CRSNG et les non-spécialistes. La version finale
comportera quelques photos et graphiques ; nous serions ravis que vous
nous fassiez parvenir vos suggestions à cet égard.

Dans l’attente de recevoir vos commentaires,

Nancy Reid
Au nom du comité directeur du PLT

14 mai 2012

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2012 CAIMS-Mprime Industrial Mathematics Prize

CAIMS is pleased to announce that the 2012 CAIMS-Mprime Industrial
Research Award has been awarded to Prof. André Fortin, Université Laval.

Prof. Fortin has been given this award for distinguished contributions to
applied mathematics, mainly in finite elements methods, fluid
dynamics and high performance scientific computing, with a strong
component of technological transfer to industry. The committee was
impressed with the variety of his industrial applications to polymers,
wood products and pneumatic industry.

André Fortin is an excellent example for the new generations of Canadian
applied mathematicians and scientists.

The award consists of a cash prize of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque
that will be presented at the CAIMS Annual Meeting in Toronto in June
2012.  Prof. Fortin will also deliver a plenary lecture at the Annual

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2012 Arthur Beaumont Distinguished Service Award

The 2012 Arthur Beaumont Distinguished Service Award is presented to
Samuel S.P. Shen in recognition of his dedication, enthusiasm,
involvement and vision as President of the Society from 2001-2003.
During his tenure as President, Sam helped to shape and develop CAIMS
in many ways, including
– Establishing the CAIMS Research Prize
– Creating and enhancing partnerships between CAIMS with other Applied
Mathematics organizations including MITACS, ICIAM and SIAM
– Increasing CAIMS revenue through grants, industrial sponsorships,
advertisement in the newsletter and private donations (including
one from Sam himself)
– Increasing CAIMS membership, through promotion of CAIMS and the
establishment (with the treasurer, Mike Foreman) of the credit
card payment system for membership

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Fields Institute Director Search

The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences invites
applications or nominations for the position of Director for a
three- to five-year term beginning July 1, 2013 (once renewable).

The Fields Institute is an independent research institute located on the
downtown campus of the University of Toronto. The Institute’s mission is
to advance research and communication in the mathematical sciences. With
3000 registered annual participants from around the world, its programs
bring together researchers and students, commercial and industrial
users, and an interested public. See

Candidates should be researchers in the mathematical sciences with high
international stature, strong interpersonal and administrative skills,
and an interest in developing the activities of the Fields Institute.

A letter of application addressing the qualities above, together with a
CV and names of three references should be sent to Expressions of interest or
nominations may also be sent to this address.

Applications or nominations will be considered until the position is
filled, although the Search Committee will begin discussions in June
2012.  Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to

The members of the Director Search Committee are Susan Friedlander,
Konstantin Khanin, Gregory Margulis, Juris Steprans, Mary Thompson and
Stephen Watt (Chair).

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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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