The Department of Mathematics and Statistics next entry point for ALL graduate programs (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) is September 2013. In order to receive full consideration for funding, applications should be received no later than February 1, 2013. You must apply online.
Terence Attema, a Math&Stats grad student and member of Guelph's Speed River Track & Field club, won the 30K Around the Bay Road Race.
Attema, a 23-year-old who competes for Guelph’s Speed River Track and Field Club, captured the 30-kilometre event in one hour, 35 minutes, 44.1 seconds.
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Teaching Innovation: Prof uses YouTube as a learning tool
By Susan Bubak
Need help finding the mean and variance of a continuous probability distribution? Check out Prof. Jeremy Balka’s YouTube channel, which he created to help teach his students about introductory math and statistics.
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Insects are attracted by floral traits.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but pollinators don’t care about names. They’re more interested in a flower’s appearance, particularly its colour and shape, says Prof. Ayesha Ali, Department of Mathematics and Statistics. As part of her research on pollination networks, she’s looking at the relationship between plants and insects in an ecosystem. She’s developing mathematical models to predict the probability of insects pollinating certain plant species based on their characteristics.
“What we’re trying to do is understand why do certain pollinators go to certain plants and how does that help to sustain the ecosystem at large,” says Ali. The decision to visit a particular plant depends on whether the insects are looking for pollen or nectar and whether they’re looking for food for themselves or their offspring.
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Dr. Monica Cojocaru received a Fulbright Eco-Leadership Award just before the end of 2012. The project entails educating the younger members of our community, those in high schools in particular, about electronic waste recycling, what it is, how it can be done on a large scale, and to what benefits. The program proposes to involve volunteers to work closely with the program leader in achieving these communications and information sessions. The program will last from January to April 2013, and will end with a 2-day workshop on the topic, to be held at Guelph, joining community leaders as well as academics in talking about e-waste recycling and similar environmental policies
Prof. Chris Bauch of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was recently appointed the first University of Guelph Research Chair in Biomathematics. This appointment is in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of mathematical biology, as well as the strategic importance of this research area for the University of Guelph.
Prof. Bauch will continue to lead an active research team that applies mathematical methods to topics of broad concern, such as infectious disease control, vaccine scares, and sustainability science. His research has been funded by a variety of sources, including NSERC, CIHR, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, and the World Health Organization. Prof. Bauch received his PhD in mathematics in 2000 from the University of Warwick and also has graduate degrees in theoretical physics and religious studies from the University of Cambridge. He has been on the faculty of the University of Guelph since 2003.