2016 and Beyond…

The Faculty of Arts and Science recently sat down with the Chairs of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics to discuss the future of their fields and what lies in store for us in 2016 and beyond.  The big answer: Big Data

Departmental Chair, Professor V. Kumar Murty spoke about the future of the department and its focus on “Blurring of the line between pure and applied mathematics” and “Solving centuries-old problems“.  He also spoke on a new course on training in computation techniques at the undergraduate and graduate levels and our first graduate course in computational techniques, instructed by Professor Dror Bar-Natan.

The full article can be found here: http://news.artsci.utoronto.ca/all-news/forecasting-2016-and-beyond-in-computer-science-mathematics-and-statistical-sciences/

New Royal Society Fellow – Catherine Sulem

The department is proud to announce that Professor Catherine Sulem has been announced as a new member of the Royal Society of Canada in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

From the Royal Society: “Catherine Sulem is one of Canada’s most prominent and productive applied mathematicians. Her research on nonlinear waves has made deep and lasting contributions to ocean wave dynamics, to stability theory for nonlinear optical systems, to magneto-hydrodynamics and to plasmas. Her predictions of singularities in optical fibres are internationally recognized as a major achievement. Her work presents the highest standards of mathematical analysis and its physical applications.”

The full announcement can be read here:

2015 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize Awarded

Our congratulations go to Professor Jacob Tsimerman who was awarded the 2015 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize recognizing young mathematicians whose work is influenced by mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.

In honour or Ramanujan the award, established in 2005, is only presented to mathematicians under the age of 32 which was the age Ramanujan sadly passed away at.

Professor Tsimerman is being honoured for his work in making “deep and highly original contributions to diverse parts of number theory, and most notably to the famous Andre-Oort Conjecture. He is one of the few mathematicians to have complete mastery over two very different areas of mathematics – analytic number theory and algebraic geometry.”

Further information on the award and it’s history can be found here:

Canada AM Interview

Alex Song, perfect IMO scorer in this year’s competition, and Jacob Tsimerman, faculty member here in the department, were interviewed by Canada AM this morning on their success in this year’s International Mathematics Competition.

You can view the video here

Further details on this story can be found here

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.


2015 Award Winners and Scholarship Recipients

The Department would like to congratulate the following 2015 award winners and scholarship recipients:

Frederick V. Atkinson Teaching Award (excellence in teaching by Postdoctoral Fellows):

  • Nicholas Hoell (working with Adrian Nachman)
  • Geoffrey Scott (working with Marco Gualtieri)

Daniel B. DeLury Teaching Awards (excellence in instruction for graduate students in mathematics):

  • Yuri Cher, student of Catherine Sulem
  • Ali Mousavidehshikh, student of Ragnar Buchweitz
  • Yuan Yuan Zheng, student of Stevo Todorcevic
  • Trefor Bazett, student of Lisa Jeffrey/Paul Selick

Vivekananda Graduate Scholarship (academic excellence in graduate studies for international students):

  • Benjamin Briggs, student of Ragnar Buchweitz

We thank the faculty members, undergraduate students and course instructors who took the time to submit their nominations.  We have many excellent instructors and teaching assistants who are hardworking and regularly inspire and challenge their students.

The department held a ceremony in the Math lounge on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.  to celebrate.  At this same ceremony we also took the opportunity to honor our graduating master’s and doctoral students.  - (photos coming soon)

Congratulations once again to Nicholas, Geoffrey, Yuri, Ali, Yuan Yuan, Trefor and Benjamin!  And very best wishes to our graduating class!

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:

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:

(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)