During early September, I always enjoy the energy of Orientation Week, as we welcome our incoming graduate and undergraduate students. Turning our thoughts to a new teaching term, it was fun to see Associate Dean Undergraduate Studies, Steve Furino, featured in a recent profile by the Centre for Teaching Excellence.
Congratulations to Jim Geelen and coauthors for their recent success in proving the famous 40-year old Rota’s Conjecture.
Congratulations also to Craig Kaplan, for his successful bid to bring the Bridges 2017 Conference to Waterloo. This promises to be an exciting event for our Faculty’s fiftieth anniversary year.
In addition to our ongoing weekly research seminars, we are fortunate this month to hear from visiting researchers in both the Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series and the Statistics and Actuarial Science Distinguished Lecture Series:
- Jerome Friedman of Stanford University presents "Sparsity, boosting and ensemble methods" on September 13
- Mary Lou Soffa of the University of Virginia presents "Warehouse-scale Computers: Opportunities but challenges" on September 20
The Cheriton Research Symposium takes place September 13. This is a great opportunity to see what the Computer Science graduate students have been working on as they present their work in poster format, and Frank Tip, Kate Larson and Raouf Boutaba will give talks. Everyone is welcome!
Finally, a warm welcome to new staff members Mike Miniou (Mathematics liaison and outreach officer) and Kim Tremblay (graduate and research coordinator).
Ian Goulden, Dean
Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo