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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Award-winning PhD student Yuyu Chen sharpens risk assessment models in actuarial science

Yuyu Chen

For many of us, risk is something unknown or somehow tied to chance and fortune. But for Yuyu Chen, a PhD candidate in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, there is no guesswork to risk at all.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

What's in a developer's name?

Resa Nadri, Gema Rodriguez Perez, and Mei Nagappan

Research conducted by recent computer science master’s graduate Reza Nadri, recent postdoctoral researcher Gema Rodríguez-Pérez and their supervisor Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Mei Nagappan found that the perceived race and ethnicity of a developer — based on just their user name — can affect how the developer’s contributions to open source software projects are evaluated.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Top 3 myths about the classical mathematician Hypatia

By the Numbers

In the history of mathematics, Hypatia’s legend looms large. She was a woman mathematician in an era when women were not generally seen as academics. She has been called a martyr for truth and reason. And because of the context of her life and death, Hypatia continues to be one of the most enigmatic figures in mathematics.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Two teams linked with Faculty of Mathematics reach final of Concept $5K startup competition

Six members of team SAFI in a Zoom screenshot

Two entrepreneurial teams with links to the Faculty of Mathematics advanced to the final of the bi-annual Concept $5K challenge, which is hosted by the Velocity startup incubator.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Top 7 tips for new math students

By the Numbers

You’re a new student in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. You applied and were accepted. Maybe you’ve picked your first-semester classes. Okay, what now? We’ve got you covered with the top seven tips for new math students.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Second semi-final event for Concept $5K challenge features two teams linked with Faculty of Mathematics

Open-concept office space of Velocity startup incubator

The second of two semi-final events for the Concept 5K challenge took place Thursday, July 15.

Concept 5K is a competition for startups and entrepreneurial ventures, in which teams get to showcase their new or emerging companies and products.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Concept $5K semi-final features five teams affiliated with Faculty of Mathematics

Speaker on stage at Concept by Velocity presentation

Five teams with affiliations to the Faculty of Mathematics pitched their entrepreneurial ventures as part of the first of two semi-final events in the Concept 5K startup challenge.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Eduardo Martin-Martinez and Sophie Spirkl winners of 2021 Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award

Eduardo Martin-Martinez and Sophie Spirkl

The Faculty of Mathematics Research Office recently announced its 2021 recipients of the Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award. Eduardo Martin-Martinez, an associate professor in applied mathematics, and Sophie Spirkl, an assistant professor in combinatorics and optimization, were this year’s winners.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Top 10 facts about Nikola Tesla

By the Numbers


July 10 is Nikola Tesla’s birthday. He was born 165 years ago. Tesla is one of the most enigmatic figures in the STEM world, and had he been alive today, he would be a massive fan of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Peter Forsyth and his colleagues receive Brockett–Shapiro Actuarial Journal Award

Peter Forsyth

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Peter Forsyth, Professor Ken Vetzal from the School of Accounting and Finance, and Graham Westmacott, portfolio manager at PWL Capital, have received the 2021 Brockett–Shapiro Actuarial Journal Award from ARIA — the

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