Dear students and faculty! 

The two world-famous mathematicians Artur Avila and Dmitry Dolgopyat 
are visiting U of T and will lead the “Mississauga Math Magic” academic 
seminar.  They will be giving academic speeches at the Mississauga 
Campus (3359 Mississauga Rd N., Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6) on 
Thursday, March 10th, 2011 from 6pm till 8pm in Room KN137. 

Artur Avila will talk about the interval exchange transformations in 
his presentation “Shuffling the Interval” (6:10 pm – 6:45 pm).  

Dmitry Dolgopyat will discuss “Polya Urn Models” (7:10 pm – 7:45 pm).

Discussions will be held after each lecture.  Refreshments 
will be provided during the break between the speeches and after 
the event.  Don’t miss it!

More information about “Mississauga Math Magic” can be found at!/event.php?eid=144427682287196

See all of you there!

Math and Computational Science Society of UTM (MCSS)

Mariya Boyko (Advertising Director of MCSS)” 

Dear Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff,

Please mark March 22nd on your calendars when the Second Annual 
Mathematics Students Talent Show will take place. The details are 
included below. If you would like to perform please get in touch 
with me sooner rather than later at 
Faculty and staff members who might like to share their talents are 
by all means welcome to participate as well.

When: 7PM TUESDAY, MARCH 22ND, 2011

Hope to see you there!

SGS regulations requires PhD progress reports for every student in
PhD Year 2 and beyond.  I've placed in the mailboxes of these students the
progress report form and I have notified all your supervisors that
reports are due on April 15.

The form requires some input from the student and it is then given
to the supervisor who will convene a meeting with your supervisory
committee and complete the rest of the form. The completed form is
returned to you for your comments and signature, and then
returned to me for the grad coordinator's signature and filing.
If you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate
to contact me.


Student Family Housing
30 and 35 Charles St. W.

Apartments are available for March, April and May 2011 for
students and postdoctoral fellows living with their partners/spouses
and/or children.

To apply, please visit the website above.
Joe Geraci, the speaker at the event below, is a Math Dept
PhD grad and is now a scientist at the Ontario Cancer Biomarker Network.

The University of Toronto has undertaken a series of seminars, 
geared towards providing information and dialogue about careers, 
for third and fourth year students, called Backpack to Briefcase (B2B). 
This series is extremely important for third and fourth year 
students who are now asking themselves, "What can I do with 
my Mathematics Degree?"

The final event for this year is our Three Things Cocktail Party.

We invite you to join a group of other alumni and be present to 
respond to students query as they mingle at the event.  The main 
presentations will be on three key things that graduates should 
be aware of. In the past, our panelists speak of their own 
professional growth and zero in on three things they view as 
important. This year Joe Geraci has agreed to be the 
representative speaker for the Math alumni.  After the talks, 
students mingle and speak with past alumni and panelist.

Tuesday, March 8
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Faculty Club
Upper Dining room
41 Willcocks Street

RSVP online for all events at

Or email:
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February 25 (Friday): absolute deadline to drop second (winter) 
                      term courses on ROSI; must be followed up
		      with drop form, available either on the
		      mailroom counter or at

The next important deadline is in May:  May 13 (Friday) to add
summer reading courses or master's projects to your programs.
Students who need advice on seeking an advisor for their
project should come to see me or Prof. Bar-Natan.

Hope you all have a pleasant reading week next week!
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St. George summer TA applications have been placed in their mailboxes.
The application deadline is Friday, April 1.

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CANADA/USA MATHCAMP is looking for graduate students as leaders for its 2011

July 3 to August 7, 2011
Reed College, Portland, OR

If you know anyone who may be interested, please forward this email to them.

*"Becoming a mentor at Mathcamp was the single best professional choice I
made in grad school. I say this not because it was truckloads of fun, a
pleasant break from the research routine, and the start of some wonderful
friendships, though it was all that and more. The simple joy of working with
amazingly bright and talented high school students each summer renewed my
passion for mathematics when it sagged at the end of the academic year, and
reminded me why it was worth while to keep working through all of the doubts
and difficulties on the way to my thesis.*

*At Mathcamp, I learned to give lectures that are entertaining as well as
precise and informative. No seminar audience asks tougher questions than
Mathcampers. Once you can hold the attention and respect of twenty
Mathcampers for a full hour on a sunny summer afternoon, you have nothing to
fear from any seminar or colloquium audience in the country."
* *--Sam Payne, Assistant Professor at Yale and former Mathcamp mentor*

This summer, we invite you to:

* Be a leader in a vibrant community of talented and enthusiastic
high-school students and energetic faculty.
* Teach and learn what most interests you, in an atmosphere of freedom and
* Be a friend and mentor to 110 marvelous kids.
* Be an architect of an experience that those 110 kids will cherish for

The goal of Canada/USA Mathcamp is to provide an environment where talented
high-school students can interact with world-class mathematicians, explore
advanced topics in mathematics, sharpen their problem-solving skills, and
find a true intellectual peer group. The students, mostly between the ages
of 15 and 18, with a few exceptions as young as 13, come from all over the
United States, Canada, and the world. They are taught for the full five
weeks by graduate students and professors from the continent's top colleges
and universities, and a number of researchers are invited to give guest
lectures or lecture series. (This year we'll have John Conway, Avi
Wigderson, Moon Duchin, Sarah Koch, Jim Belk, Allan Adams, and Rebecca Saxe,
among others.)

We are looking for graduate students in pure and applied mathematics and
closely related disciplines who love (and are good at) both math and
teaching, and who share our enthusiasm for mentoring bright students. The
role of the graduate student mentors at Mathcamp is not a typical one: they
are not only active teachers and counselors, but are the camp's primary
leaders and organizers, helping to set the tone for the entire program.
There is no set curriculum: each mentor conceives and plans his or her own
classes. Beyond academics, mentors help to cultivate the rich life of the
camp by planning activities, setting camp policy, and serving as residential
counselors -- essentially running the camp.

The ideal candidate for this job must be ready to think of her- or himself
as a partner, not an employee. We seek interesting and creative
personalities to help bring the camp alive (and make it an exciting place to
work). Mentors must be willing to take responsibility and display immediate
initiative when the situation demands it; but they must also be good at
communicating and working with others to achieve broader goals. Flexibility
and tolerance for a certain degree of chaos are a must. Since women and
minority students often face a shortage of role models in mathematics, we
are especially eager to recruit mentors from these groups.

We may also be interested in hiring one mentor with experience in
Olympiad-level problem solving as a problem-solving instructor. As with
every mentor, this instructorship includes the opportunity to design and
teach classes in topics of interest (but, for this special position, with an
orientation towards problem solving when possible). Additionally, the
problem-solving instructor creates and coordinates the weekly team
problem-solving competition.

If you think you may be interested in being a Mathcamp mentor this summer,
please contact Eric Wofsey ( for more information
about the job and how to apply. If you are interested in being a problem
solving instructor, please specify this in your email. Equal consideration
will be given to all applications received by Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

Thanks for your interest in Mathcamp!

- Eric Wofsey ( for the Mathcamp 2011 Hiring

P.S. For more details about the camp, see our website:


Commitment to Nondiscrimination

The Mathematics Foundation of America does not discriminate on the basis of
gender, race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital
status, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational
programs, admissions policies, employment practices, financial aid, or any
other programs. At Canada/USA Mathcamp, we strive to create a diverse
community that welcomes students and faculty from all backgrounds; we feel
that this diversity is one of our greatest strengths.

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Whether in the context of presenting your data in a departmental seminar or
scientific conference, or presenting material as T.A. or lab demonstrator, this
workshop is designed to help you improve your oral presentation skills. Topics
discussed will include organizing your material, preparing effective
slides/overheads, and strategies for handling questions.

Instructor:  Dr. Michelle French

Place and Time:  Tuesday, Feb. 8, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Galbraith Building, 35 St.
George St. Room 220

This free workshop is presented by the School of Graduate Studies' Office of English
Language and Writing Support and requires no prior registration to attend.
Notice:  Registration is now open for our next series of courses.
Complete listings for all upcoming SGS/English Language and Writing Support
Workshops and Non-Credit Courses and information on how to register can be found on
our website:

Get Weekly updates on all ELWS workshops and courses by subscribing to our listserv:

February 22-23 2011
Mcleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building
University of Toronto
Free Registration
Science Illustrated is a two day symposium dedicated to helping early-career
scientists (graduate students and post-doctoral fellows) of all disciplines
visualize their science better. The goal of the symposium is to help
scientists create better visualizations to do better research, as well as to
communicate their findings to their peers and public. Attendees will leave
the symposium with a practical sense of how to better visualize their data
Sessions include:
* A keynote on creating compelling scientific visualizations from Thomas
Lucas, Director/Producer of National Geographic's ³Monster Black Holes² and
NOVA's ³Hunt for the Supertwister²
* Find out about why 3D Visualization matters with Paul Salvini (Chief
Technology Officer, Side Effects Software)
* How to visualize your data in non-traditional ways to do better science
with Christopher Collins (Assistant Professor, UoIT)
* Overview sessions on moving past the most elementary visualizations and
large dataset visualization
* Deconstruction sessions of specific visualizations: Taking a compelling
visualization, and breaking down how the scientist constructed it
* Basic Design Bootcamp for Scientists: What do scientists need to know
about graphic design?
* A Panel Discussion on how scientific visualization helps engage the public
including Jay Ingram (Host of Daily Planet, Discovery Channel), Peter
Calamai (Former National Science Reporter, Toronto Star), and Reni Barlow
(Executive Director of Youth Science Canada)
For speaker information and registration, please visit:
Science Illustrated is supported by:
The SciNet Consortium
The Knowledge Media Design Institute
The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics
The Dean's Student Initiative Fund, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of

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