Dean's Message - February 2015

Our recruitment and outreach staff are on the road, visiting top high schools. The pink tie is making appearances far and wide.

Early application numbers released by the Ontario Universities Application Centre show fewer undergraduate applications overall and a 1.4% decrease in first choice applications to Waterloo. However, we’re pleased to see an 8.9% increase in first choice applications to Ontario undergraduate programs in mathematics (virtually all of these applicants are to Waterloo).

The new student portal will be available to students in our Faculty this term. This mobile-friendly online communication tool delivers just-enough, just-in-time information for current students.

Two public lectures of note will take place this month:

Congratulations to these alumni, whose work has been honoured recently:

  • Nancy Reid, new Officer of the Order of Canada for her leadership in the field of statistical inference, which has helped to facilitate sound public policy decision making.
  • Robert Bridson, who won a technical achievement Academy Award for early conceptualization of sparse-tiled voxel data structures and their application to modeling and simulation, which has had a significant impact on the design of volumetric tools throughout the visual effects industry.

The call for nominations for the J.W. Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation has been extended to February 6th. Math Senior Alumni Officer, Kate Jessop, notes that in the past the strongest nominations have come from faculty members. If you know of anyone who deserves this award, please consider a nomination.

Ian Goulden, Dean
Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo