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Dean's Message - February 2016

The Office of Research organizes a series of talks featuring UW researchers, intended for a non-specialist faculty, staff and student audience. We are proud that this month’s Research Talk features Ian Goldberg who will speak on “Battling Internet censorship and surveillance”.

The Bridges Lecture Series aims to connect mathematics and the arts. The February 26 lecture, “The Harmonograph,” explores the mathematics of a pendulum-based drawing apparatus from its Victorian heyday to modern computer simulation.

I was very pleased to learn that Distinguished Professor Emeritus Josef Paldus was honoured with a Neuron Award for Contribution to Science in chemistry.

Two of our student teams have distinguished themselves in competitions recently:

Congratulations to these students! Case competitions are a great test of their expertise, but the wins are also a testimony to their teamwork, communication and strategic thinking skills.

Great students like ours go on to do amazing things as alumni. Which ones do you remember most? Do you have any suggestions for notable and interesting alumni who should be celebrated during our 50th anniversary year?

Finally, the Faculty of Mathematics was one of the test cases for the University’s adoption of the Excellence Canada standards in academic units.   The Faculty has been notified that it has now achieved what it sought, the Bronze certification in the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness (EIW) Standard. Thanks go to Jack Rehder and cooperating staff in achieving this recognition.

Stephen Watt, Dean

Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo