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Pacific Institute for theMathematical SciencesYear in Review 2010Simon Fraser University • University of Alberta • University of British Columbia • University of Calgary   University of Regina • University of Saskatchewan • University of Victoria • University of Washington  University of Lethbridge • Portland State UniversityTable of  ContentsFrom the Director        1 About PIMS         2Conferences, Workshops, Summer Schools, and Short Courses  3  Collaborative Research Groups       4-5  International Graduate Training Centre in Mathematical Biology  6Education          7  Postdoctoral Fellows        8  Prizes & Awards         9PIMS in the Summer and Hugh C. Morris Lecture Series   10-11Industrial Collaborations and International Agreements   12Planned Events for 2011        Back CoverOrganizationPIMS Central Office, U. of British ColumbiaDr. Alejandro Adem, Director  Dr. G. M. “Bud” Homsy, Deputy DirectorDr. Mark Gotay, Assistant Director Ms. Rebecca Cadwalader, Manager, Finance and AdministrationPIMS Site DirectorsDr. Steve Ruuth, Simon Fraser U.  Dr. Charles Doran, U. of  AlbertaDr. Clifton Cunningham, U. of  Calgary Dr. Donald W. Stanley, U. of  ReginaDr. Ian Putnam, U. of  Victoria  Dr. Gunther Uhlmann, U. of  WashingtonDr. Raj Srinivasan, U. of  Saskatchewan Dr. G. M. “Bud” Homsy, U. of  British ColumbiaPIMS Board of Directors Dr. Brian H. Russell (Chair), Vice President, Hampson-Russell Software Services, CalgaryDr. Alejandro Adem, Director of  PIMS and Department of  Mathematics, U. of  British ColumbiaMr. Fernando Aguilar, President and Chief  Operating Officer, Calfrac Well ServicesDr. Charmaine Dean, Department of  Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser U. Dr. Jo-Anne R. Dillon, Dean, College of  Arts and Sciences and Department of  Biology, U. of  SaskatchewanDr. Darrell Duffie, School of  Business, Stanford U.Dr. Renée Elio, Associate Vice-President (Research) and Department of  Computer Science, U. of  AlbertaMr. Haig Farris, President, Fractal Capital CorporationDr. Norbert H. Haunerland, Associate Vice-President (Research) and Department of  Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser U.Dr. Jim Hendry, Department of  Geological Sciences, U. of  SaskatchewanDr. John W. Hepburn, Vice-President (Research) and Department of  Chemistry, U. of  British ColumbiaDr. George M. “Bud” Homsy, Deputy Director of  PIMS and Departments of  Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, U. of  British ColumbiaOutgoing in 2010: Dr. J. S. Murphree/Incoming: Dr. Ken Barker, Dean of  Science, U. of  Calgary Mr. Engin Özberk, Vice-President, Innovation and Technology Development, Cameco CorporationDr. Edwin Perkins, Department of  Mathematics, U. of  British ColumbiaDr. Nils Petersen, Director General, National Institute for Nanotechnology and Department of  Chemistry, U. of  AlbertaDr. Vaho Rebassoo, Chief  Information Technology Officer, Boeing (retired)Dr. Werner Stuetzle, Divisional Dean of  Natural Sciences and Department of  Statistics, U. of  WashingtonOutgoing in 2010: Dr. Afzal Suleman/Incoming: Dr. Michael Miller Professor of  Computer Science, U. of  VictoriaDr. Andrew S. Wright, Director, Actenum, Zymeworks, and Pharos CapitalDr. Zelda B. Zabinsky, Department of  Industrial Engineering, U. of  WashingtonCover photo: Sunrise over Rocky Mountains, Alberta.From the DirectorIt is a pleasure for me to write these lines in our Year in Review 2010, which is a publication containing an overview of the multiple activities held at PIMS during the year.I think it is safe to say that 2010 was the “Year of  Alberta” at PIMS, thanks to the remarkable scientific activities that were launched in that province. As readers may know, one of  the major scientific offerings at PIMS is the Collaborative Research Group (CRG), which brings together faculty at PIMS universities to organize international thematic events such as workshops and summer schools, recruit postdoctoral fellows, and attract distinguished visitors. In 2010 PIMS launched two impressive new CRGs based primarily in Alberta, on the respective topics of  “Mathematics of  Quantum Information” and “L-functions and Number Theory”. Both of  these groups will build on traditional strengths in Western Canada and attract multiple activities to PIMS universities. We are grateful to Barry Sanders and Matt Greenberg from the University of  Calgary for their leadership on these projects.Moreover, activities in Alberta will undoubtedly benefit from the significant funding ($1.2 million) that was obtained from the Alberta Ministry of  Advanced Education and Technology (AAET) to fund PIMS activities for the period 2010-2014, providing a major boost to our colleagues in that province.Perhaps the most important development at PIMS in 2010 was the establishment of  the endowed Hugh C. Morris Lecture Series thanks to a very generous gift by the former Chair of  the PIMS Board of  Directors, Hugh Morris. We are enormously grateful to Hugh for his generosity and vision in support of  the mathematical sciences. His contributions to PIMS and science in Canada are truly outstanding. In addition he has provided valuable advice to PIMS Directors over the years and it has been a real privilege to count on his friendship and counsel. This endowment is the first of  its kind for PIMS and is a testimony to the lasting quality and impact of  our programs across a broad spectrum of  the mathematical sciences.On the industrial side I want to mention the very fruitful collaboration between PIMS, the IMA in Minneapolis and the CIMAT in Mexico which led to the first ever CIMAT-IMA-PIMS Math Modelling in Industry Workshop in Mexico last August (see page 12 for more details). This is a great example of  the collaborative efforts that have greatly enhanced the quality and diversity of  PIMS activities over the past few years.During 2010 PIMS also hosted a dizzying array of  educational and outreach activities for K-12, which are too numerous for me to list here. Recently we welcomed our colleagues from Saskatchewan to the PIMS fold and we are now proud sponsors of  their signature activities, Math Central and Math on the Move.Let me conclude this introduction to the Year in Review 2010 by expressing our gratitude to all of  our generous donors, with particular thanks to Fernando Aguilar, Darrell Duffie, Haig Farris, Hugh Morris, Vaho Rebassoo, Brian Russell, Ken Spencer and Andy Wright.Warmest regards,1Alejandro Adem DirectorThe Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) was founded in 1996 by a consortium of five universities in Alberta and British Columbia (University of Alberta, University of Calgary, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and University of Victoria). The University of Washington (USA), the University of Regina, and the University of Saskatchewan have since joined as full members and the University of Lethbridge and Portland State University as affiliated universities.The PIMS mandate is to promote research and applications of  the mathematical sciences of  the highest international caliber; to facilitate the training of  highly-qualified personnel at the graduate and postdoctoral level; to enrich public awareness of  mathematics through outreach; to enhance mathematical training for teachers and students in K-12; and to create mathematical partnerships with similar organizations in other countries, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Pacific Rim.The central office is at the University of  British Columbia, with a PIMS site office and a Site Director local to each of  the eight major universities. The Site Director facilitates local opportunities and synergies, while the PIMS site offices provide administrative assistance for organizing local events. This distributed structure renders it quite unique, involving strong local site offices and activities, and allowing a broad impact across Western Canada and beyond.The Board of  Directors oversees the administration of  PIMS, with membership consisting of  the V. P. of  Research from each of  the member universities, as well as distinguished scientists and representatives from industry. An independent Scientific Review Panel composed of  internationally renowned mathematical scientists assesses proposals for scientific events and programs. The PIMS annual budget is approximately $3.5 million.You can contact us at: PIMS Central Office   tel: (604) 822-3922200-1933 West Mall   fax: (604) 822-0883University of  British Columbia email: reception@pims.math.caVancouver BC, V6T 1Z2  website: http://www.pims.math.ca/CanadaAbout PIMS2Conferences, Workshops, Summer Schools,  and Short Courses3Conferences and Workshops: These range from small one-day workshops to multi-week conferences with hundreds of  participants.Summer Schools: Eight summer schools/short courses were held in 2010 on topics including risk management and risk sharing, modelling and computation for social networks and probability. See page 10 for more.Lecture and Seminar Series: PIMS supported 19 ongoing seminar series at member universities and industrial centres in 2010. Industrial Activities: As described on page 12, PIMS fosters collaborations with industry through a variety of  industrial workshops, short courses, mini-courses, summer schools and seminar series organized by PIMS researchers.Thematic Programs: These intensive activities cover a specific area of  research of  current importance, with participants ranging from students to world experts in the mathematical sciences. Summer Thematic Programs are special events that take place every 2-3 years, depending on exceptional opportunities. For 2011 thematic programs are planned in Applied Mathematics and in Number Theory.During 2010 PIMS helped to support over 60 scientific activities. These involved a total of nearly 3,000 attendees who spent nearly 13,000 attendee days at PIMS activities. The charts give the demographics of the attendees. As can be seen, they represent a broad cross-section of the community and come from a variety of locations to attend PIMS events.Attendee Institutions Canadian Other North   American OtherCanadian Distribution British Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba Ontario Quebec OtherAcademic Attendee Demographics Undergraduate   Students Graduate    Students Post Doctoral    Fellows Professors OthersCRG in Mathematics of Quantum Information (2010–2013) Collaborative Research GroupsTQuantum information science is an interdisciplinary research endeavour that brings together computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists, chemists, and engineers to develop revolutionary information processing and communication technologies that are infeasible without exploiting the principles of  quantum mechanics. The importance of  quantum information was first widely recognized in 1982 when Feynman conjectured that a quantum computer would efficiently simulate quantum systems, and a universal Turing machine (“classical computer”) could not.Members of  this CRG have expertise in many areas of  quantum information including these three important topics: models of  quantum computing, research in error correction, and algorithms. The CRG will pursue these areas by bringing together their complementary expertise and holding workshops with the world’s leading scientists in the field.This CRG is led by Barry Sanders (U. of  Calgary), Robert Raussendorf  (U. of  BC), Petr Lisonek (SFU) and Dave Bacon (U. of  Washington)Sanders’ Group4Photo - Riley BrandtPIMS Collaborative Research Groups (CRGs) develop permanent research and training networks, establishing lasting interdisciplinary links between geographically separate groups of researchers at member universities. Groups organize thematic activities, such as workshops, summer schools and seminars, make joint postdoctoral fellowship (PDF) appointments, and/or develop joint graduate training programs. CRGs are designed to promote and support longer term, multi-event, multi-site coordinated activities. During its period of operation, typically 3-4 years, a CRG can take advantage of the full gamut of PIMS resources. PIMS has developed 22 CRGs since its inception in areas ranging across all the mathematical sciences. These have served as catalysts for producing mathematical research of the highest quality in Western Canada and attracting outstanding faculty to PIMS universities.Number theory is a subject as diverse as it is ancient, and this diversity is well represented in the mathematics departments of  PIMS universities. These universities are home to academics with expertise in algebraic and analytic number theory, arithmetic algebraic geometry, computational number theory, number theoretic cryptography and information security, and representation theory, and have long-held reputations for producing cutting-edge research in these fields. Much has changed, though, in the arithmetic landscape of  Western Canada since PIMS last funded a CRG in number theory during the period 2003-2005. An influx of  new, young researchers into PIMS universities, particularly in Alberta, has added to the region’s already impressive list of  accomplished number theorists. This CRG brings all these mathematicians together to encourage the development of  promising young faculty and their work while continuing to promote the number theoretic excellence for which Western Canada is acknowledged worldwide. The Coordinator of  this CRG is Matthew Greenberg, University of  Calgary, with eight Principal Investigators and 19 participating faculty. Event highlights have included the Alberta Number Theory Days in April-May 2010 with two more similar events and many others planned for 2011 and 2012, including a thematic program which runs from May-July and October-November 2011.Postdoctoral fellows associated with this CRG will also be recruited in 2011.Coordinator: Matthew Greenberg  (U Calgary).Leader:  Greg Martin (UA).Leader:  Amir Akbary (U Lethbridge).Leader: Clifton Cunningham  (U Calgary).CRG in Number Theory (2010–2013) 5∞∑n=1n−s =∏p(1− p−s)−1∞∑n=11ns=∏p(1−1ps)−1Collaborative Research GroupsThe PIMS vision for creating the International Graduate Training Centres is to “Seize the scientific leadership on the world stage and to launch a strategic training program in emerging areas in mathematics.” This is to be achieved through training a generation of researchers in the application of new mathematics to present-day global problems. To these ends, PIMS created the IGTC in Mathematical Biology in 2007, which is directed by Prof. Mark Lewis of the University of Alberta. This IGTC is uniquely positioned to play a role central to the national and international development of  mathematical biology. The program has both the breadth and depth needed to train interdisciplinary researchers whose core discipline is mathematical and statistical science. The proposed breadth of  the training, which includes model formulation, mathematical, computational and statistical analysis, and scientific communication, is unmatched by other programs.The 2010 IGTC Annual Research summit was held in Naramata, BC from October 1–3. There were talks given by Sebastian Schreiber from the Department of  Evolution & Ecology at the University of  California at Davis and Dan Coombs from the Department of  Mathematics at UBC on grant proposal writing.In addition to summits, the IGTC offers annual 2–4 week graduate courses which rotate according to interests of  local organizers. The courses which are coming up are Mathematical Ecology (January–March 2011) and Models in Evolution (July–August 2011).PIMS is proud to support IGTC student Shaun Strohm who was awarded a Vanier Scholarship in 2010. “My research is focused on the dispersal of  the Mountain Pine Beetle and the impact of  management activities. My model is spatially-explicit and incorporates beetle dispersal and reproduction as well as the density of  susceptible trees.  It is composed of  reaction-diffusion-chemotaxis PDEs for the beetle flight period and discrete equations for the overwintering stage.The PIMS IGTC in Math Biology has been invaluable in my graduate training and growth as a researcher, in particular through the attendance of  PIMS summer schools, annual summits, and an academic visit to the U of  Alberta.  The financial support of  PIMS and a Vanier scholarship has allowed me to focus exclusively on my research.”International Graduate Training Centre in Mathematical BiologyNew IGTC Fellowships Awarded for 2010-2011:Sheehan Khan Stephanie PeacockDeniz Yorukoglu Eric FoxallBen Wilson Phuong DaoMonica Itzuri Delgado CarilloAnastasia Lukyanova Lyudmila Korobenko2010 IGTC Annual Research summit 6An integral part of the PIMS mandate is to enrich public awareness of mathematics through outreach and to enhance mathematical training for teachers and students in K-12. PIMS is proud to provide the elements that are necessary for success for current and future generations of teachers, scientists and engineers. First Nations OutreachFirst Nations outreach is a special focus within our educational program. PIMS has developed partnerships with the First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations schools in British Columbia. In November 2009, PIMS co-sponsored the third First Nations Math Education Workshop which brought together a group of  Elders, mathematicians and math educators, with the goal of  improving mathematics education among aboriginals while simultaneously acknowledging the importance of  traditional culture. Throughout 2010, members of  these groups worked together in creating resources to honor the spirit of  each student as an individual and as part of  a community. This way of  thinking is an integral part of  many aboriginal cultures as well as a successful way of  learning mathematics in any culture. Math Mania is a popular alternative math education event for elementary and middle schools in BC. Math Mania presents a variety of  interactive demonstrations, puzzles, games and art. These activities are designed to demonstrate to students—and their parents—fun ways of  learning both math and computer science concepts. 6 Math Manias were held in 2010.SNAP is a non-traditional Student-centered, Non-competitive, All-inclusive, and Problem-based math fair based in Alberta. The purpose of  a SNAP math fair is to provide a meaningful problem-solving experience for all students. 11 SNAP fairs were held in 2010. In 2010 this program expanded to BC where 7 SNAP fairs were held.Changing the Culture is a yearly one-day meeting that brings together mathematicians and mathematics educators from all levels to work together towards improving the teaching of  mathematics. ELMACON is an annual Elementary Mathematics Contest held at UBC which gives students from Grades 5-7 the chance to experience mathematics as an exciting sport. There were almost 300 participants in April, 2010.PIMS Math Workshops for Teachers are conducted to help elementary school teachers build their math skills. Pi in the Sky, a high school level periodical produced by PIMS for students in Canada and the United States. This resource aims to establish direct contact with teachers and students, to involve high school students in mathematical activities and promote careers in mathematical sciences.Math Central, mathcentral.uregina.ca, a website for mathematics students and teachers. Maintained by faculty and students in Mathematics and Statistics and Mathematics Education at the University of  Regina.A Taste of Pi, a workshop designed to provide students who have demonstrated a talent and strong interest for mathematics with enrichment activities in a fun and rewarding environment.Education7Postdoctoral FellowsEvery year PIMS sponsors numerous postdoctoral fellows (PDFs), attracting outstanding young scientists who contribute to PIMS research programs, many of whom later become faculty members at Canadian universities. PDFs are distributed throughout PIMS sites on a competitive basis. In addition, each CRG is allocated several PDFs, the selection of which is determined by an assessment panel. In 2010 PIMS supported 32 PDFs at 7 PIMS sites.8Featured Post-Doctoral Fellow: Katherine StangeMy Ph.D. supervisor, Joseph H. Silverman, got me hooked on elliptic curves. There’s so much structure in elliptic curves, and yet we don’t know the answers to so many fundamental questions. After my Ph.D. at Brown University, in 2008, I spent a year at Harvard University before coming to Vancouver.Here, PIMS has given me the resources to get a lot of  really interesting projects going. A long-term project is to generalise elliptic nets to abelian varieties. But research always takes you down interesting side roads along the way: one research surprise came in the form of  a question that fell out of  joint work with Silverman. We asked, for a given elliptic curve, how many pairs of  primes p and q have the property that the curve has p points modulo q and q points modulo p. Another fun project has been a game theory investigation with Lionel Levine into how to share dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant. I’ve even wandered into the field of  arithmetic dynamics.I’ve been really impressed with PIMS’ work in outreach programs, so it was an honour to be invited to give a lecture in the Taste of  Pi series for high school students. To get a sense of  what mathematicians actually do, the students investigated modular arithmetic, gathering patterns and conjectures and trying to prove them. My own “taste of  pi”—the overwhelming enthusiasm and curiosity in the room (and in my inbox the weeks following!)—has gotten me addicted.This spring, I’m headed to Stanford University for a final year of  postdoc. I expect I’ll be thinking about number theory for many years to come, and I hope I’ll still be exploring it with students, too.2010 incoming PDFsBenjamin Adcock (SFU)Vianney Combet (UBC)Felix Fontein (UC)Pavel Hrubes (UC)Johnson Jia (UBC)Antoine Julien (UVic)Xiaoguang Ma (UA)Benjamin Marlin (UBC)Tom Meyerovitch (UBC)Pavel Semukhin (UR)Cecilia Tokman (UVic)Kirsten Valkenburg (USask)Tsuyoshi Yoneda (UVic)Ian Zwiers (UBC)photo: Lionel Levine2010 CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in Applied Mathematics Daniel Coombs, University of British ColumbiaThis new award recognizes exceptional research in any branch of  applied mathematics where the recipient is less than ten years past the date of  Ph.D. at the time of  nomination. In 2010, Daniel Coombs was selected as the inaugural recipient and cited for his creativity, productivity, and ever-growing impact in mathematics applied to problems in biology. He works in the field of  computational immunology, addressing a wide range of  problems in viral disease dynamics and HIV modelling, and in the dynamics of  receptors on cell surfaces.Prizes & Awards92010 CRM - Fields - PIMS Prize  Gordon Slade, University of British ColumbiaThis award recognizes Gordon Slade’s outstanding work in rigorous statistical mechanics and probability. He is renowned for developing a technique known as the lace expansion into a systematic calculus which he has applied to diverse and famous problems including self-avoiding walk, percolation, branched polymers, random graphs, and numerical techniques for the exact enumeration of  self-avoiding walks.2010 PIMS Education Prize Andy Liu, University of AlbertaThis prize is intended to recognize individuals from the PIMS universities, or other educational institutions in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan who have played a major role in encouraging activities which have enhanced public awareness and appreciation of  mathematics. Andy Liu is an outstanding mathematical educator who has been internationally recognized for his tireless work in education and outreach over a period of  many years. Liu, a professor of  mathematics, has been highly influential through his popular courses for school teachers and students alike.PIMS is grateful to CGG Veritas & Hampson-Russell for sponsoring this award.Every year, PIMS runs a number of topical summer schools. They are intended to educate graduate students and early career researchers on current developments. In 2010, PIMS ran 8 different summer schools.First Montreal Spring School in Graph Theory, McGill University, June 7-29. Summer School in Risk Management and Risk Sharing, University of British Columbia, June 7-July 9.Summer School on Operator Algebras and Non-commutative Geometry, University of Victoria, June 14-25.Modelling and Computation for Social Networks, Whistler, BC, June 21-25.PIMS Summer School in Probability 2010, University of Washington, June 21-July 10.10th Canadian Summer School on Quantum Information, University of British Columbia, July 17-30.Summer School on Computer Models and Geophysical Risk Analysis, University of British Columbia, August 6-10.West Coast Algebraic Topology Graduate Summer School, University of Oregon, August 9-14.  PIMS in the SummerSummer school in Risk Management 10(PIMS in the Summer cont.) These summer schools attract international and Canadian speakers, explore cutting edge issues and bridge gaps between people from different backgrounds. In 2010 PIMS summer schools attracted almost 500 participants from all around Canada and the world. Here’s what the students said:“[this school] offered a series of  lectures of  the best graph theory experts in the world lecturing on current trends and new developments. One would have to spend a semester at Princeton, another at Columbia and another one at McGill to be able to attend these courses. This School allowed this to be achieved in 4 weeks at a single place! These 4 weeks were tough, full of  content and new knowledge, but they were exciting at the same time.”“The highlight for me was learning how to work with other people outside of  my area and learning that they can offer solutions to geological problems. Building connections and strengthening collaboration between different academic groups.”“The courses were really well given and the subjects motivated. It was definitely an event for young researchers.”“Considering the qualification of  the lecturers, who talked about arguably the most fundamental and important results of  recent graph theoretical developments, the lectures by Bruce Reed, Paul Seymour and Maria Chudnovsky on the proofs of  Wagner’s Conjecture, the SPGT and various results on hereditary classes were all scientific highlights, so it is hard to select one as THE highlight of  the event. From my own subjective point of  view, the lectures on various minor results on induced subgraphs were most likely to have a positive impact on my own research.”“This was a terrific conference, far exceeding my expectations.  I am very grateful to Adrian, Kevin, Raphael, and the other organizers. The speakers were well chosen and provided great insight.  I especially appreciated it when speakers could make direct reference to a previous talk.”  “I hope such an event will be organized again. I thank the organizers for all your time and effort!”“Fantastic networking opportunity for future (inter-disciplinary) collaborations.”11PIMS would like to thank Dr Hugh Morris, longtime friend of PIMS and the mathematical sciences who generously endowed a yearly lecture series to begin in 2011. The Hugh C. Morris Lecture series will attract the world’s top mathematical scientists to deliver presentations on current research topics to PIMS sites in Western Canada and Washington State.“Mathematicians have always pursued their craft and nurtured their science and their research with wide-spread communication and abundant collaboration.  The success of  PIMS is an example.I would hope that this lecture series will contribute additional capacity for scientific interaction amongst the PIMS family.” says Dr Morris.The first speaker is George Papanicolaou from Stanford University, who will deliver the inaugural lecture in Vancouver.Hugh C. Morris  Lecture SeriesInternational Agreements In 2010, PIMS continued to foster collaborations with industry  through a variety of industrial workshops, short courses, mini-courses, summer schools and seminar series organized by PIMS researchers with topics of interest to both industry and academia.In August 2010, PIMS, together with the IMA and the Centro de Investigation en Matematicas (CIMAT)  held a 10-day workshop on Mathematical Modelling in Industry at CIMAT in Guanajuato, México. The workshop was designed to provide graduate students and qualified advanced undergraduates with first hand experience in industrial research, and was the first such joint workshop held by the three Institutes. PIMS Deputy Director, George M. Homsy attended this workshop and judged it a great success. PIMS, IMA and CIMAT have agreed to repeat the joint workshop in the future.Other Industrial Activities in 2010 included the PIMS/Shell Canada lunchbox lectures held in Calgary. These lectures, 6 in total, are given by experts from the PIMS universities and focus on mathematical techniques and applications relevant to the oil and gas industry and demonstrate the utility and beauty of  applied mathematics. PIMS has taken a leadership role in both national and international mathematical communities. In 2010 PIMS signed a collaborative agreement with the Yangtze Center of Mathematics at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. In late 2010, PIMS partnered with the Sociedad Matemática Méxicana (SMM), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and CAIMS (Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society) to sponsor the highly successful First Joint North American Meeting on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, an event that brought together the Mexican, American and Canadian scientific communities in Huatulco, México, helping to establish new links between researchers.PIMS is affiliated with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the French national agency for scientific research, as an “Unité Mixte Internationale”, thus allowing PIMS to host French researchers throughout its different sites. In 2010 the following researchers were in residence at PIMS sites: Pierre Guillot (UBC), Sylvain Rubenthaler (UBC) and Emmanuel Goddard (SFU).Industrial Collaborations12Mathematical Modelling in Industry, Guanajuato, Mexico.Sequence of Events 2011 Frontiers in Biophysics15th Annual Symposium on Research in Computational Molecular BiologyVancouver, March 28-31Joint UBC/SFU Graduate Student  Workshop in StatisticsUniversity of British Columbia, April 5Cascade Topology SeminarUniversity of Victoria, April 22-23PIMS Young Researchers Conference  in MathematicsUniversity of British Columbia, May 2-5Pacific Northwest NumberTheory Conference Western Washington University, May 7-8Eleventh International Conference  on Logic Programming and  Nonmonotonic Reasoning Simon Fraser University, May 16-19Computational and Analytical MathematicsSimon Fraser University, May 16-20The 2011 Canadian Workshop on Information TheoryUniversity of British Columbia – OkanaganMay 18-20Canadian Operator SymposiumUniversity of Victoria, May 24-28Alberta Number Theory DaysBanff, May 28-29Workshop on Analytic Aspects of L-functions and Applications to  Number TheoryUniversity of Calgary, May 29-June 3CanaDAMUniversity of Victoria, May 31-June 3CMS Special Session in Number TheoryUniversity of Alberta, June 3-5CMS Summer Meeting  Edmonton, June 3-5Statistical Society of Canada  Annual MeetingWolfville, NS, June 12-1535th Conference on Stochastic Processes and their ApplicationsOaxaca, México, June 19-24L-PacketsBanff, June 26-July 1Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures: Metric-Measure Spaces Université de Montréal, June 27-July 8Gene Golub SIAM Summer School University of British Columbia, July 4-15Groups, Rings and Group RingsUniversity of Alberta, July 11-15Applied Mathematics Perspectives:  ICIAM Satellite MeetingsUniversity of British Columbia &University of Victoria, July 12-17CT2011 International Category  Theory ConferenceUniversity of British Columbia,July 17-23Graphs, Designs and Algebraic CombinatoricsUniversity of Regina, July 18-212011 Prairie Discrete Math WorkshopUniversity of Regina, July 22-23International Conference on  Applied Harmonic Analysis and  Multiscale ComputingUniversity of Alberta, July 25-28WAVES 2011Simon Fraser University, July 25-29The 5th G.J. Butler Memorial Conference on Differential Equations and  Population BiologyUniversity of Alberta, July 25-30Computational Harmonic Analysis  Summer SchoolUniversity of Alberta, July 29-31Hyperplane Arrangements and ApplicationsUniversity of British Columbia, August 8-12West Coast Optimization MeetingUniversity of British Columbia – OkanaganAugust 273rd Pacific Northwest Meeting on Computational Neuroscience  University of Washington,September 30-October 1GEOMED 2011University of Victoria, October 20-21Workshop on Cycles on Modular VarietiesBanff, October 30-November 4WIN 2: Women in NumbersBanff, November 6-11Pacific Institute for theMathematical SciencesUniversity of British Columbia,February 26www.pims.math.caPIMS Collaborative Research Groups:• Applied and Computational Harmonic  Analysis (2011-2014)• Operator Algebras and Non-commutative Geometry (2009-2012)• Number Theory (2010-2013)• Mathematics of Quantum Information  (2010-2013)Pacific Institute for theMathematical SciencesUnite Mixte Internationale No. 3069Thank you to:100%


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