News archive - July 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021

11 things you never knew about mathematical symbols

By the Numbers

Mathematics is like a language.

Nowadays, it’s a language with the same symbols and meaning in every place it’s used. A multiplication sign is a multiplication sign everywhere, and everybody agrees on what a multiplication sign means.

But it wasn’t always so.

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.

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