Fields Announcements

June 26, 2016


Barbara Lee Keyfitz appointed next Director of The Fields Institute

March, 2004. TORONTO, ONTARIO - Barbara Lee Keyfitz, Professor of Mathematics, of the University of Houston, has been appointed Director of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, beginning July 1, 2004.

Barbara Keyfitz has made profound and original contributions to applied mathematics, particularly in the study of nonlinear partial differential equations such as those arising in the study of fluid flow or transonic shock waves. She has a distinguished record of research, mentoring, and service to her profession. Her undergraduate training took place at the University of Toronto, and she obtained her PhD from New York University's Courant Institute, prior to holding positions at Columbia University, Princeton University, and Arizona State University. She continues as the John and Rebecca Moores Professor at the University of Houston. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is chair elect of their Mathematics section. She is an officer of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and has made numerous contributions as a reviewer and advisor to the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Council. She was recently awarded the Canadian Mathematical Society's Krieger-Nelson Prize, has served as a Vice President of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and is incoming President of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

The Fields Institute is a centre for mathematical research activity - a place where mathematicians from Canada and abroad, from universities, industry and financial institutions, can come together to carry out research and formulate problems of broad mutual interest. The institute's mission is to provide a supportive and stimulating environment for mathematics innovation and education. The Fields Institute promotes mathematical activity in Canada and helps to expand the application of mathematics in modern society.

Major funding is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and by the federal Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). The Fields Institute counts as corporate sponsors Algorithmics, General Motors, Generation 5, the IFID Centre, Sigma Analysis and Management, and TmBioscience. The institution is a collaboration of six principal sponsoring universities - McMaster University, the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, the University of Western Ontario, and York University, and is located on the campus of the University of Toronto. Other affiliated universities are Carleton University, Iowa State University, Queen's University, the University of Guelph, the University of Manitoba, the University of Maryland, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Saskatchewan.

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