## Inaugural Fields@Queen's Lecture Series - Amie Wilkinson

**April 5th, 2018**

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**April 5th, 2018**

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**March 14th, 2018**

**It's the only holiday to honor a number:** Pi Day, on 3-14, the beginning digits of the infinite, nonrepeating decimal expansion of pi = 3.1415926...As the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, pi is irrational and transcendental--qualities sure to bring a twinkle to any mathematician's eyes. **Here's how the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, at Queen's University celebrated Pi Day.**

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**March 9th, 2018**

**The Three Minute Thesis Competition: ** Four graduate students in math recently took up the daunting challenge of presenting their research within three minutes with the aid of only one slide. They made it look easy! The audience of students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and staff grasped complex ideas through accessible examples, such as training (theoretical) teams of horses to co-operate without communicating, and how some naked mole rats (the nasty ones) are more successful than others. The students displayed clarity of thought and great communication skills.

**March 8th, 2018**

A mathematician from Loughborough University and her filmmaker sister have produced a short film for International Women’s Day this year featuring cameos by women mathematicians around the globe. Eugenie Hunsicker and Irina Linke were inspired by the work of the Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM) of the International Mathematical Union, the global professional society supporting mathematicians and mathematics. A request for selfie film clips was sent around the world through the CWM Ambassadors list, and resulted in a phenomenal response— 146 clips of 243 women mathematicians from 36 different countries and speaking 31 different languages.

"We didn’t expect to get nearly as many people sending in their clips as we did--it’s been phenomenal, but busy as we’ve done it all in just over a month," said Hunsicker.

"It also emphasises the international nature of mathematics," added Linke. "There are women in the film speaking Chinese in the US, Greek in the Netherlands. There’s a clip of a Russian woman speaking Tatar in Germany; and in one single clip from the UK, Hebrew, Brazilian, German and English are spoken."

Hunsicker says she wanted the focus of the film to be on proud, strong women that are actively doing maths, but also wanted to emphasize that it’s not unusual for women to work in mathematics, "There are so many women everywhere that enjoy it and do it as a profession," she said. "This is also an opportunity for people to see images of strength and pride from developing countries. Yes it’s a film about women, but it’s also about expanding people’s ideas about countries that we often only hear about in the context of crisis. I want that the next time people hear about Nigeria, Nepal or the Philippines, they think, 'Oh, yeah, that is the place with all of those fantastic women mathematicians!'"

**The film can be seen on Vimeo:** https://vimeo.com/259039018

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**January 26th, 2018**

Queen’s has committed to hiring 200 new faculty members over the next five years. Meet Felicia Magpantay, one of the new members of our community.

Felicia Magpantay joined The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen’s University in the summer of 2017. Dr. Magpantay is one of the 41 new faculty hired in 2017-18 as part of the university’s faculty renewal plans and is the first in a series of profiles to sit down with the *Gazette* to talk about her experience so far and how she made it to Queen’s.

My PhD dissertation was on delay differential equations and numerical analysis. While completing my postdocs, I started working on mathematical biology – basically using mathematical tools to study biological problems.

- Felicia Magpantay

Read the entire article on the *Queen's Gazette:*

http://www.queensu.ca/gazette/stories/introducing-our-new-faculty-members-felicia-magpantay

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**November 24th, 2017**

The Queen's Genetically Engineered Machine Team (QGEM) is a multidisciplinary undergraduate student team in synthetic biology. Students comprising this team study biology, biochemistry, life sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computer science. This past summer, QGEM worked to create a novel E. coli strain, with the capabilities to both bind to ice, and degrade hydrocarbons – a new method of Arctic oil spill remediation. Thus, this method works to combat hindrances and limitations surrounding the current methods of oil spill remediation.

**Math and Engineering student Sarah Babbitt is a member of QGEM. She received funding support from the Department of Math and Statistics to travel to Boston,** where QGEM had the opportunity to present their project at the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM) hosted by MIT, in early November. Here, QGEM received a highly coveted gold medal, based on innovative work, mathematic modelling, human practices, and the creation of new parts. Extensive mathematical modelling was completed to simulate the application of the E. coli strain in the environment, and ensure its practicality.

**Congratulations to the team! You can read more about QGEM’s success in the Queen’s Journal. Please note the article wrongly states that Sarah is a Computer Science student; she is in fact in Math and Engineering.** http://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2017-11-23/news/queens-students-win-gold-medal-for-research-in-synthetic-biology/

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**October 14th, 2017**

Over the Homecoming weekend alumni, students, faculty and staff from the Math and Engineering program came together to celebrate this landmark in the program’s history. A drinks reception was followed by a lively morning of presentations and discussion about the past, present and future of the program. Many thanks to our speakers and to the alumni who attended.

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**August 31st, 2017**

Our Alumni Newsletter, Issue #33, Summer 2017, is now available online in PDF format.

Our alumni newsletter, the Queen's Mathematical Communicator, published its first issue in February 1979, and to date there have been 33 issues. We are pleased to report that all issues are now available online in PDF format.

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**July 24th, 2017**

**Héctor H. Pastén Vásquez** – Harvard University, USA

For his profound results in arithmetic and analytic number theory including his work on the ABC conjecture and his results on H10 for non-Archimedean analytic and meromorphic functions.

MCA 2017 Prize Lecture: Tuesday July 25th, 9:00 am, International, Centre Mont-Royal: The abc Conjecture and the d(abc) Theorem.

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