Dean's Message - November 2013

We’re now over halfway through what seems like an awfully busy fall term. Among the many things that are happening:

I am pleased to announce that Tamer Özsu will be the new Associate Dean Research effective January 1, 2014. My thanks to Robin Cohen for what she has done in this role.

Two of our chairs have new assistants - congratulations to Anthea Dunne and Marie O’Brien-Stockie, moving to Statistics & Actuarial Science and Combinatorics & Optimization, respectively.

Congratulations also to honorary degree recipient Les Valiant, alumni gold medallist Carol Fung, K.D. Fryer medallist Andrew Good and outstanding master's student Victor Veitch, all recognized at convocation last week. You can watch the ceremony webcast online.

Brian Ingalls reports that the Waterloo iGEM team won the prize for best poster presentation in their division, and gold medal standing overall at the recent 64-team regional competition, for their project "Retransmittable and modifiable intercellular DNA messaging". We wish them the best of luck in the iGEM world championships at MIT.

Best of luck also to Math students Lauren Aitchison, Monique Sidebottom and the rest of the varsity field hockey team as they play for the national championship in Victoria.

Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe is the next speaker in the Cheriton School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series. She will present "From 10% to 40% Female Computer Science Majors: The Harvey Mudd College Story" on November 8. Dr. Klawe will also be a keynote speaker at the Waterloo-hosted Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing conference.

The Bridges Lecture Series presents "What is science and why should I care?" on November 22.

Our colleagues have taken the time recently to share their expertise with various media outlets. Ian VanderBurgh joined a TVO panel on preparing students for a science-based world. Chris Bauch’s work recently appeared in Science. Steve Furino and Mathematics Society (MathSoc) president Stephane Hamade were interviewed for the Imprint, explaining changes coming to the English language proficiency requirements for Math students.

Ian Goulden

Ian Goulden, Dean
Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo