Jeannette Janssen, Chair
Jeannette Janssen is a professor and department Chair at Dalhousie University. She has made contributions to various areas of graph theory, especially related to graph colourings and frequency assignment, modeling and mining of complex networks, and infinite graphs. Her recent work involves an exploration of graph models for complex networks that have a natural spatial embedding. Dr. Janssen has been invited to present her work nationally and internationally, including as a guest lecturer at a summer school on Network Science at USC, as a participant of a thematic program on Discrete Structures at the IMA in Minnesota, at a workshop at CRM in Montreal, and, most recently, at a workshop at the Newton Institute in Cambridge. Dr. Janssen was director of the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) from 2011 to 2016, and she is currently a program officer of the SIAM activity group on Discrete Mathematics, and member of the NSERC-Math liaison committee.
Tim Alderson is currently the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Brunswick’s Saint John campus. Dr. Alderson received his PhD in Pure Mathematics in 2002 from the University of Western Ontario, and has been a faculty member at UNB Saint John. Dr. Alderson has served as an Atlantic Director for the Canadian Mathematical Society, and is a fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications. His research interests are in coding theory, and finite geometries.
Jim Colliander is Professor of Mathematics at UBC and serves as Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. He is also the Founder/CEO of Crowdmark, an education technology company based in Toronto. Colliander’s research intertwines partial differential equations, harmonic analysis, and dynamical systems to address problems arising from mathematical physics and other sources. He received his PhD in 1997 from the University of Illinois. After an NSF Postdoc at the University of California Berkeley, Colliander joined the University of Toronto and became Professor in 2007. He moved to UBC in 2015. Colliander was Professeur Invité at the Université de Paris-Nord, Université de Paris-Sud, and at the Institute Henri Poincaré. He has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study. Colliander received a Sloan Fellowship, the McLean Award, and is an award winning teacher.
Mary Courage is currently Dean of Science (pro tempore) at Memorial University in St. John’s, where she is also a University Research Professor in the Department of Psychology. Over 25 years she has developed a research program on the early development of human attention and cognition with applications of those processes to issues of learning and health in very young children. Her work has been funded by NSERC and Health Canada and has been published widely. She has extensive experience in teaching and university service including six years as the Associate Dean of Science (Research and Graduate). She was educated at Memorial University and at the University of Alberta.
Graham Gagnon is currently the Associate VP Research, Dalhousie University.
Robert Gilmour is currently is Vice President, Research at the University of Prince Edward Island. He formerly was a Professor of Physiology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education at Cornell University, where he led a multidisciplinary group of investigators whose publications have appeared in both cardiovascular and physics journals. He also was a member of the Executive Committee for the IGERT-sponsored program in non-linear systems at Cornell and was a member of the Graduate Fields of Physiology, Pharmacology, Bioengineering and Computational Biology. His research interests are centered on theoretical and experimental studies of heart rhythm disorders.
Ian Hambleton is the Director of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. He received his doctorate from Yale University in 1973, and was an L. E. Dickson Instructor at the University of Chicago before joining McMaster University, where he has served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for three terms, was active in university affairs as President of the McMaster Faculty Association, and was several times elected to the Senate and Board of Governors. He is a prominent mathematician with more than 75 published articles in leading international journals, whose research in geometry and topology connects to a broad range of mathematics. His distinguished record of scholarship has been recognized by a high level of NSERC funding for almost 40 years, supporting an extensive program of graduate and postdoctoral training. He was a Member of the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for two years, and a Visiting Professor for three years at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, in addition to numerous other visiting positions at major mathematical centres.
Shafiqul Islam is an associate professor of mathematics in the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences (SMCS) at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). He received his Ph.D. and M. Sc in Mathematics from Concordia University in 2005 and 2000 respectively. Moreover, he received his B. Sc. in Mathematics and M. Sc. in Pure Mathematics from Dhaka University, Bangladesh. Dr. Islam’s main area of research is Ergodic Theory, Dynamical Systems and their applications. In particular, he is interested in the theory of absolutely continuous invariant measures (acims) for random dynamical systems (random maps) and deterministic dynamical systems. Dr. Islam was a member of AARMS’s Collaborative Research Group (CRG) : Iterated Function Systems (IFS), Fractals, Invariant Measures and Applications. Dr. Islam is the recipient of the UPEI Merit Award for outstanding scholarly achievements. He has co-organized conference sessions and presented his research at a number of international, national and regional conferences. Dr. Islam co-organized CMS/UPEI Math Camps for PEI high school students for a number of years. He is the co-author of the graduate level book: Random Dynamical Systems in Finance (CRC Press, 2013).
Richard Karsten received his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics in 1992 from the University of Waterloo and his PhD in Applied Mathematics in 1998 from the University of Alberta. He held a NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1998 to 2001. He is currently a Professor (Mathematics and Statistics) at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. Dr. Karsten’s research interests are in tidal energy, physical oceanography, fluid dynamics and computational mathematics.
Dr. David MaGee is the vice-president (research) at the University of New Brunswick. He received both his BSc in chemistry and his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from UNB. Dr. MaGee has been active with UNB in a faculty role since 1990, serving in many capacities, including assistant professor, associate professor, professor, chair of the department of chemistry, and dean of science, in addition to serving on numerous university committees.
Chunhua Ou is a Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Memorial University. Dr. Ou received his Ph.D degree from City University of Hong Kong in 2003 and held a postdoctoral position at York University, Canada during 2003-2005. His research interest is in the area of applied dynamical system and asymptotic analysis.
Dorette Pronk is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Dalhousie University. Dorette is a category theorist with a particular interest in higher category theory and in applications to the homotopy theory of orbifolds. She is part of the Atlantic Category Theory group with researchers at Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, Mount Allison University and Saint Francis Xavier University. Dorette is also involved in math outreach and in problem solving competitions such as the International Mathematical Olympiad. Dorette received her PhD in 1995 from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Sanjeev Seahra is the Director of AARMS and a Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton). He obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Waterloo in 2003 and held NSERC and PPARC postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. He is an affiliate member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and his research interests include general relativity, cosmology and quantum gravity.
Robert van den Hoogen
Robert van den Hoogen obtained his PhD from Dalhousie University in 1995 and immediately started as an Assistant Professor at St. Francis Xavier University. He has taken on many roles within the University and in 2009 he was selected to be Dean for the Faculty of Science at StFX for a six year term. Robert is currently back in the classroom doing full time teaching and research. Robert is known for his enthusiastic teaching style in the classroom and teaches a wide variety of courses at all levels. His research involves how different theories of gravity affect the evolution of the observable universe. Robert is also involved with a number of mathematics outreach projects. An example is the growing and successful outreach project “Connecting Math to Our Lives and Communities” that involves going out into local Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities in Eastern Nova Scotia as a community partner to bring awareness to everything mathematical in the world around us.
David Wolfe is a Senior Software Engineeer at QRAcorp, a company which automates the verification of design of control systems. David received his PhD from UC Berkeley in Computer Science, and was an Assistant Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College. He has since worked for several small software development firms and for Google, Zurich. David’s research publications are in the fields of recreational mathematics and the mathematics of games.
Xiaoqiang Zhao is a University Research Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1990. His research interests are Applied Dynamical Systems, Nonlinear Evolution Equations, and Mathematical Biology.