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Thursday, November 12, 2020

The logic of math

Rahim Moosa

Every mathematician solves math problems, but only a handful of mathematicians study the logical reasoning that they and their colleagues use to solve problems. They focus on the journey, not just the destination. 

Rahim Moosa, a professor in the Department of Pure Mathematics, was pursuing a degree in liberal arts at McMaster University when a philosophy professor introduced him to model theory, which applies logic to algebra, geometry, number theory and other core areas of math.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

It all added up for Jason Bell

Jason Bell

Professor Jason Bell has been named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2021. Bell (BMath ’97) was selected as one of the 46 mathematical scientists from around the world and the only one from a Canadian university.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

School spirit

Gurtaj Dhaliwal in front of a bridge over a river

“Two of my high school math teachers were alumni of Waterloo Math, and they constantly raved about the university,” remembered Gurtaj Dhaliwal. In spite of his teachers’ occasionally excessive cheerleading, the Brampton native pursued his passion for mathematics to the Department of Pure Mathematics within the Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics. “I love that moment where a difficult abstract concept just clicks,” he expressed. “Pure Math lets me delve deeper and deeper into the mental challenge of solving puzzles.”

Friday, September 25, 2020

Remembering George Cross

George Cross in 1967

We’re sad to announce the passing of George Elliot Cross on Thursday, September 17.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, George attended Dalhousie University to complete both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Following his graduation, he headed West and taught undergraduate math at Victoria College and the University of British Columbia where he completed his doctorate in 1958.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Kathryn Hare awarded Faculty of Mathematics Award for distinction in teaching

Kathryn Hare

One of the 2019/2020 recipients of the Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching was Kathryn Hare.

The award recognizes the teachers’ consistent demonstration of outstanding pedagogical skills and a deep commitment to their students’ education.

The faculty presents a maximum of two Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching annually. Outstanding teachers at all levels, from first-year through to graduate studies, are eligible with recipients receiving a public citation along with a cash prize.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Chasing a dream

Josué Kurke

“While working as an instructional support assistant (ISA), I remember the first time a professor asked for a volunteer to teach a lecture while he was at a conference,” remembers Josué Kurke. “My hand shot up. I donned a professorial kind of jacket with the elbow patches and went all out. Over time, I’ve realized that I feel most at home in front of a classroom. I want to spend my career talking to people about math.”

Learn more about this student studying Pure Mathematics and Combinatorics & Optimization.

Friday, July 3, 2020

William Slofstra wins 2020 Faculty of Mathematics Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award

William Slofstra

Pure Mathematics Professor William Slofstra has received a 2020 Faculty of Mathematics Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Kathryn Hare named CMS Fellow

Kathryn Hare

The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) has recognized Professor Kathryn Hare as part of the Third Inaugural Class of Fellows.

One of nine women named a CMS Fellow, Hare has been a faculty member in the Department of Pure Mathematics since 1988. Since that time, she has received several honours and awards including:

Monday, June 22, 2020

Congratulations to Outstanding Performance Award recipients

Icon of a trophy with a star on it

Congratulations to the researchers in the Department of Pure Mathematics who have been awarded a 2019 Outstanding Performance Award announced by Vice-President, Academic and Provost Jim Rush.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Matt Kennedy awarded Israel Halperin Prize

Photo of Matt Kennedy

Associate Professor Matt Kennedy has been awarded the Israel Halperin Prize for 2020. The prize is awarded every five years for outstanding work in operator algebras or operator theory to members of the Canadian mathematical community who are within ten years of receipt of their doctorate.