TORONTO, July 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Fields Institute for Research in
Mathematical Sciences marked the completion of its Twentieth
Anniversary Year at its Annual General Meeting on June 28, 2013. The
AGM, attended by members of the corporation and representatives of the
Institute's partner universities, was informed of the success of the
year's activity, including two major Thematic Programs: Forcing and Its
Applications, and Torsors, Nonassociative Algebras and Cohomological
Invariants. A highlight of the year was the inaugural Fields Medal
Symposium, which brought the honoured 2010 Medalist Ngô Bãu Châu to
Four new Fields Institute Fellows were honoured at the AGM: Jean-Pierre
Bourguignon, Barbara Lee Keyfitz, Bruce Reed, and Patrick Speissegger.
This distinction is awarded for outstanding contributions to the Fields
Institute and to the Canadian mathematical community. Dan Rosen, CEO
and co-founder of R2 Financial Technologies Inc., delivered an afternoon talk, "It's All
about Risk: Financial Engineering, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship".
The AGM elected its Board of Directors for the coming year, including
three individuals who are new to the Board: Dan Rosen; Andrew Granville
of the University of Montreal, and Moshe Milevsky of York University.
The Institute thanked Edward Bierstone, retiring Director of the
Institute, for the imagination and leadership he displayed during his
four-year term. Professor Bierstone created the Fields Medal Symposium,
attracted international mathematics talent to the Institute, and built
strong relationships with the many communities the Institute serves.
The appointment of Walter Craig as Director of the Fields Institute,
effective July 1, 2013, was announced. Professor Craig is a prominent
mathematical analyst whose interests include partial differential
equations, Hamiltonian dynamical systems and their application to the
physical sciences. He is a Professor of Mathematics at McMaster
University, where he holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. He is a
Fields Institute Fellow and has served on the Institute's Scientific
Advisory Panel and Board of Directors. He is a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Canada, the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, and the American Mathematical Society.
The Fields Institute is an international centre for research and
training in all areas of the mathematical sciences and their
applications. Every year, its programs attract more than 4000
participants from around the world. The Institute is supported by the
Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the National
Science Foundation (US), and a growing list of partner universities in
Canada, the United States, and Europe.
SOURCE: The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences
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