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…

By Ruth A. Situma, PIMS Program Manager

Chandra Rajulapati is a PIMS -GWF postdoctoral scholar at the university of Saskatchewan. Her research is supported by PIMS and the Global Water Futures. GWF is a pan-Canadian program with the goal of delivering risk management solutions — informed by leading-edge water science and supported by innovative decision-making tools — to manage water futures in Canada and other cold regions where global warming is changing landscapes, ecosystems, and the water environment. Chandra’s research is in every way connected to these issues. We reached out to her in Saskatoon to learn a little bit…

By Ruth A. Situma

Eric Jones’ research is interesting, actually, captivating! He is a physicist who enjoys studying ecological systems-specifically microbiomes. His current research involves microbiomes and how the composition of the gut microbiome can be controlled. What makes this research area fascinating, is that it affects all living things. In humans, gut microbiomes effect health, or disease. In fruit flies, they can determine the lifespan of the insect.

Eric received a Banting Fellowship and PIMS PDF award to focus on this area with Prof. David Sivak at Simon Fraser University. Not surprisingly, he has not yet stepped on campus…

by Ruth A. Situma, PIMS Program Manager

Sajad Fathi Hafshejani is a PIMS postdoctoral fellow at the University of Lethbridge. Although his postdoctoral tenure began in August 2020, he only got to Lethbridge in January 2021. He has been working with his supervisor, Prof. Benkoczy since June 2020 — meeting weekly to talk about their research. We connected with Sajad for a brief check-in, after his move from Iran. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Welcome to the PIMS Community! It’s great to have you here. How are you adjusting?

I am doing well. I live with…

By R. A Situma, PIMS Program Manager

Peter Kristel is a Postdoctoral fellow working with Derek Krepski at the University of Manitoba. A coffee lover, originally from Holland, Peter moved to Winnipeg in October, and so far he says he has had a positive impression of both the city and the people. For starters, he is looking forward to exploring more of both when the weather permits, and the uncertainty pandemic subsides. His transition from Europe, where he completed his graduate degrees (at Utrecht, Netherlands, and Greifswald, Germany) has been smooth — mostly due to the fact that he is…

This interview is part of the 2021 International Women’s Day, highlighting scientific and administrative leadership at PIMS. Ms. Feighan talks about her career highlights and some of the transitions taking place at the institute.

By Ruth A. Situma, Program Manager

Denise Feighan has worked with PIMS for the past ten years. Her appointment “is to keep the PIMS “machine” working smoothly”!

As Chief Operating Officer (COO) of PIMS, Denise has her plate full. She has multiple deadlines to meet; financial reporting is due by end-month and the numbers need to add up; she has to balance some human resource issues; make sure agreements with other organizations are up to date, and that each member university has funding to run their programs…

Diana Kayoko Emereuwa: On the power of persistence.

Image Credit: Heritage Canada

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.

Images courtesy of Andrew Schopieray

Tell us a little bit about your…

Joseline Ishimwe Aimee: Facing Forward!

Written by Ruth A. Situma

Image Credit: Heritage Canada

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…

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