By: Brittney Durston, PIMS Communications Coordinator

I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Thomas Hillen, Professor in the Mathematics & Statistical Sciences Department at the University of Alberta, President of CAIMS and PIMS Site Director. Dr. Hillen revealed the role math plays in managing COVID-19 and why it’s an important tool in responding to the pandemic.

headshot of Dr. Thomas Hillen. Wearing a blue jacket, burgundy shirt and glasses.
headshot of Dr. Thomas Hillen. Wearing a blue jacket, burgundy shirt and glasses.
Dr. Thomas Hillen

From cancer to forest fire modelling, Mathematical Biology seems like an incredibly diverse and versatile area, do you remember what attracted you to the subject initially?

As a student I was learning about math theory, so things like partial differential equations, and…


Diana Kayoko Emereuwa: On the power of persistence.

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Black History Month offers a chance to explore and focus on the ongoing contributions of Black Canadians in Canada. This month, PIMS celebrates this ongoing tradition by focusing on young talented scientists in STEM, how far they have come, and what they envision their future to be. Check out our other BHM feature piece here.

Diana Kayoko Emereuwa is not a quitter. Her persistence and insistence at her goals always bears fruit! She has finally landed a job with the Federal Government— one she calls “wonderful”. This new role is one she…


Written by Ruth A. Situma, PIMS Program Manager

Andrew Schopieray is finally here. Here being Canada — Alberta more precisely. He has finally been able to complete his move from Australia to Canada, after travel to more than ten countries, spread between three continents. The pandemic certainly delayed a few of his plans, but he is now making University of Alberta in Edmonton, his new home base for the next couple years. We catch up with Andrew and find out how he balances life as a Mathematician and his eternal love for nature.

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Images courtesy of Andrew Schopieray

Tell us a little bit about your…


Joseline Ishimwe Aimee: Facing Forward!

Written by Ruth A. Situma

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Black History Month offers a chance to explore and focus on the ongoing contributions of Black Canadians in Canada. This month, PIMS celebrates this ongoing tradition by focusing on young talented scientists in STEM, how far they have come, and what they envision their future to be.

Eleven months into the lockdown and Joseline Ishimwe Aimee is looking forward to the next three. …


Written by: Brittney Durston, PIMS Communications Coordinator

This month, in the Emergent Research: The PIMS Postdoctoral Fellow Seminar, Debanjana Kundu, UBC, will give a lecture on: Iwasawa Theory of (Fine) Selmer Groups. Join us on February 3 via Zoom!

I had the opportunity to connect with Debanjana, and learn more about her research and the path she took to become a mathematician.

Tell me about yourself and your research interests?

I study Algebraic number theory, and in particular Iwasawa theory. So, I study the growth of arithmetic objects. This journey began in 2015, when I was a PhD student. My…


Written by: Brittney Durston, PIMS Communications Coordinator

This month in the Emergent Research: The PIMS Postdoctoral Fellow Seminar, Christopher van Bommel will explore how the transmission of information from one part of the computer to another, can aid in the construction of a quantum computer.

How did you choose your research interests?

Growing up in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, I completed my undergraduate program at St. Francis Xavier University. Not only was this close to home, but going to a smaller undergraduate school provided great research opportunities. …


Written by: Brittney Durston, PIMS Communications Coordinator

This month, in the Emergent Research: The PIMS Postdoctoral Fellow Seminar, Shirou Wang will give a lecture on: A coupling approach in the computation of geometric ergodicity for stochastic dynamics, on December 16, via Zoom.

I had the opportunity to connect with Shirou, learn about her research and the problems she hopes to solve with it.

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Shirou Wang atop Sulphur Mountain, during a visit to PIMS Postdoctoral Training Centre in Stochastics.

Why did you choose stochastic dynamical systems as a research interest?

Before coming to the University of Alberta, my research focused on theoretical aspects of deterministic dynamical systems and ergodic theory. Through my fellowship at PIMS, I…


Written by: Brittney Durston, PIMS Communications Coordinator

PIMS’ prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship program attracts researchers from around the world. This month, in the Emergent Research: The PIMS Postdoctoral Fellow Seminar, Sergii Myroshnychenko, originally from Ukraine and now a PIMS PDF at the University of Alberta, will give a lecture on: Shape recognition of convex bodies on November 4, via Zoom.

We had the opportunity to connect with Sergii and hear more about how he became interested in convex geometry.

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Sergii exploring Banff, Alberta

Tell me about your area of research.

My main scientific interests lie in Convex & Discrete geometry. Since it is such a…


Written by: Brittney Durston

We sat down with Nathan Ng, site director at PIMS Lethbridge, to chat about the research opportunities we see emerging as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nathan’s enthusiasm for the opportunities that remote lectures, seminars and conferences can provide is inspiring. It was a natural fit having Nathan chair PIMS’ Digital Collaboration Committee (DCC). One goal of the DCC is to provide advanced level courses through the PIMS network in an online setting.

A frequent problem Nathan reflects on is lower enrollment in graduate level courses. Graduate courses tend to be small and if there…


By Jimmy Fryers

In a previous life, Antoine Petit was a professor of computer science. He is now the CEO and Chairman of The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). On a recent trip to Vancouver, he sat down with PIMS to discuss his role and the importance of international collaborations to tackle the world’s most complicated issues.

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Antoine Petit at PIMS, December 2019

The Scale of the CNRS

The CNRS is the scientific research organization of the French state, the size of which is hard to comprehend. …

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