Canadian IMO Team Places 9th out of 104

Congratulations go to our Canadian IMO team which last week took 9th place in the contest out of 104 participating countries.  In addition, team member Alex Song received a perfect score on the contest (the only student to do so).

The team was lead by the Department’s own members Lindsey Shorser and Jacob Tsimerman.  

Participant Michael Pang attended the Canada Math Camp in 2012 which was hosted here in the Department and is sponsored by the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS).  The CMS also supports the Canadian IMO team each year.

We are very proud of this year’s team, congratulations to them all!

Further details can be found on the CMS press release.

 

Department Members Lead Canada’s IMO Team Training

Department members Jacob Tsimerman and Lindsey Shorser are spending the last two weeks of June in Banff training Canada’s IMO team for their competition in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from July 4 to 16, 2015.

The team is hard at work preparing for this year’s contest.  Canada has participated in the IMO since 1981. Last year, Math Team Canada placed 9th overall at the IMO in Cape Town, South Africa.

The 2015 Canadian Math Team with coaches Lindsey Shorser (far left) and Jacob Tsimerman (far right) with the 2015 Canadian IMO Team

The 2015 Canadian Math Team with coaches Lindsey Shorser (far left) and Jacob Tsimerman (far right)

The full media release about this year’s team can be found on the Canadian Mathematical Society’s website:
https://cms.math.ca/MediaReleases/2015/2015MathTeamCanada

The CMS is responsible for the oversight and training of Canada’s Math Olympiad Team.

A video of the training, as featured on CTV Calgary, can be found here:
http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=644143&binId=1.1201914&playlistPageNum=1

(please note the caption for Lindsey Shorser incorrectly identifies her as Alexandra Whately and Professor Jacob Tsimerman is un-captioned – he is the last speaker in the clip)

UofT Math Graduate Co-Winner of 2015 CMS Doctoral Prize

Yuval Filmus, who completed his PhD in 2013 for his thesis Spectral methods in extremal combinatorics at the University of Toronto, was recently awarded the 2015 CMS Doctoral Prize along with Hector H. Pasten Vasquez (Queen’s University).

This is the first time the award was given to two recipients which speaks to the quality of both their work.

Further information on the award, this year’s recipients and the CMS can be found here:
https://cms.math.ca/MediaReleases/2015/dp-award

Congratulations to both Yuval and Hector on this prestigious award.

James Arthur recognized by U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Our congratulations go to Professor James Arthur (University Professor and Ted Mossman Chair) for being honoured by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.  He was elected to the prestigious organization as one of 21 foreign associates out of 15 countries.

From their website: “The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research. The NAS is committed to furthering science in America, and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community.”

Further information on the award and a conversation about mathematics and math education with Professor Arthur can be found in a recent article by UofT News here.

A hearty congratulations to Professor Arthur on this esteemed honour!

 

Professor James Arthur featured in UofT News

Professor James Arthur was recently featured in an article by UofT News entitled Teaching and learning math: what your child needs now.

The article speaks to current issues in mathematics education and how best to approach the instruction of this subject.  The article is partially a response to various news articles about the subject of mathematics education and the current situation with Alberta parents over how mathematics is being taught.  It’s also a response to the recent drop in the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s ranking of Canada in math ability among 15-years-olds.

The full article can be found here

Math Outreach Featured in Alumni Stories

RickRossUofT alumnus Rick Ross was recently featured in an article profiling alumni and in it he discusses his involvement with our Summer Math Kangaroo camp and his other volunteer activities in math, engineering and business.

The full article can be found here

Pi Day Thursday and the March Break Math Camp

Today is Pi Day, and as part of the March Break Math Camp that the department is running the students are celebrating this fascinating and mysterious number with activities, investigations and, of course, pie.  Apple pie to be exact.  We’ve even been featured in a Toronto Star article about the day.

The March Break Math Camp, open to students in Grades 4 – 10, has seen 57 students participate in a week of hands-on, interactive activities designed to introduce and excite them about the various fields of mathematics.  From number theory to geometry to building geodesic domes and optimizations.   The camp has also drawn from a partnership with the Canadian Math Kangaroo Competition to provide students with competition based problems and content.  Today they celebrate Pi with discussions of circles and the fascinating number ratio itself.

In addition, the camp will see guest speakers from the Department of Mathematics give talks to students on optimization, Mobius strips, origami and math, the board game Blockus and how Google works.

Grade 9/10 students building Geodesic Domes

Grade 7/8 students built circles from string, meter sticks and math!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Happy Pi Day to you all from the students at the March Break Math Camp!