May 5 - 6, 2023
University of Waterloo
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Anthony BonatoToronto Metropolitan UniversityFriday Banquet Speaker
Dr. Anthony Bonato is an expert in graph theory and network science. He authored over 140 papers with over 120 co-authors. He is the author of five books, with the most recent one "An Invitation to Pursuit-Evasion Games and Graph Theory" published by the AMS in 2022. Bonato is currently a full Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Toronto Metropolitan University. Bonato has a passion for writing and communicating mathematics, and his words were published in Salon, The Conversation, and Maclean's.
Penny HaxellUniversity of WaterlooGehman Lecture
Penny Haxell received her PhD in pure mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 1993. In the same year, she joined the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo, becoming a full professor in 2004. She spent one year as a visiting professor at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ in 2002. Her research interests focus on extremal combinatorics and graph theory. She is a recipient of the Krieger-Nelson Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society for outstanding research by a female mathematician (2006), a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2011), and the Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching of the University of Waterloo (2014).
Karen LangeWellesley CollegeMAA AWM Lecturer
Karen Lange is the Theresa Mall Mullarkey Associate Professor of Mathematics at Wellesley College. In her research, she studies the "balance scales" used to calibrate computational information and applies these tools to measure the difficulty of algebraic problems. She's also passionate about undergraduate mathematics education and teaches a seminar on writing for the public about mathematics. She earned her undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College and her doctoral degree at the University of Chicago, and she completed an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame.
Frédéric GourdeauUniversité LavalInvited Address
Frédéric Gourdeau completed his Ph.D. in Functional analysis at the University of Cambridge in 1989 and is full professor at the Department of Mathematics and Statistic of Université Laval, which he chaired from 2010 to 2018. In 2014, he was awarded the Adrien Pouliot Award of the CMS in recognition of his outstanding contributions to mathematics education in Canada. He is also a recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2006) and of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the CMS (2005). Founder of the Association québécoise des jeux mathématiques (AQJM), which provides mathematics activities that support elementary and secondary school teachers, he regularly gives talks or leads sessions for teachers. He is a keen hiker, a happy grandfather, and enjoys playing board games and team sports.