(Sept. 5, 2002, Gazette)
This summer the Atlantic Association for
Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) hosted a summer school,
the first of its kind in Canada. Due to its great success, there is every
expectation that it will become an annual event in this region.
Twenty-two students, mostly graduate students, from China, Germany, Poland,
Turkey, Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia,
Ontario and Quebec, registered for two intensive graduate courses. There
were four courses for them to choose from including: algebra, taught by
Professor Cesar Polcino Milies, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; fractal
geometry, by Kathryn Hare, University of Waterloo; graph theory, by Jason
Brown of Dalhousie University; and differential equations, by Sue Ann
Campbell, University of Waterloo and Penny Davies, University of Strathclyde.
The goals of the school, which is modelled after a school in Perugia,
Italy, now in its 32nd year, are to provide young researchers with
basic training in mathematics and its applications, to encourage strong
undergraduates to continue their studies at the graduate level, to attract
bright minds to Atlantic Canada and to raise the profile of mathematics
and mathematical research in this region, said Dr. Edgar Goodaire,
Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
The school has been supported by Memorial, Dalhousie and the University
of New Brunswick, as well as by the three Canadian mathematical institutes,
the Centre de Recherches de Mathématique de Montréal, the
Fields Institute in Toronto, and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical
Sciences in Vancouver.
Justin Hatt is one of the students who participated in this years
school. For him the program was a huge success. I was able to meet
some of my fellow math colleagues not just from Canada, but
from all over the world, said Mr. Hatt. Furthermore, being
an undergraduate student from Lakehead University, I was able to find
out just how prepared I will have to be for when I enter the masters
program in mathematics
Responding to the success of this years summer school, Dr. Goodaire
said, We are very encouraged by these votes of confidence and by
the obvious enthusiasm of the participating students, all of which bode
well for future schools.