Fields Announcements

April 23, 2014


Fields Institute appoints Juris Steprans as Deputy Director

TORONTO, November 18, 2005. Juris Steprans, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at York University, has been appointed Deputy Director of the Fields Institute, beginning July 1, 2006.

As Deputy Director, Steprans will assist the Fields Institute's Director, Professor Barbara Lee Keyfitz of the University of Houston, in providing leadership to the Institute's mathematical research and education programs. A graduate of Waterloo University, Juris Steprans received a Mathematics PhD in 1982 from the University of Toronto in the field of set theory. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), the University of Warsaw and the University of Latvia. He has spent extended periods at other institutions, including Rutgers University. His principal work involves applications of set theoretic methods to questions in mathematical analysis, algebra, measure theory and topology.
He is the author of over fifty research papers and has organized numerous research conferences and special sessions.

Steprans has been an active participant at the Fields Institute for a number of years, which led to his being named a Fellow of the Institute in 2004. Perhaps his most significant contribution was as an organizer (with Stevo Todorcevic, Alexander Kechris, Alan Dow and Claude Laflamme) of the semester long thematic program in Set Theory and its Applications to Analysis. His service to his profession includes his current positions on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS), and as chair of the CMS Publications Committee. He has just finished a term as chair of Grant Selection committee for Pure Mathematics, of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. He was co-organizer and editor of the proceedings of the very successful two week long STACY conference on set theory and topology held at York University.

The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Science, located in Toronto, is recognized as one of the world's leading independent mathematical research institutions. With a wide array of pure, applied, industrial, financial and educational programs, The Fields Institute attracts over 1,000 visitors annually from every corner of the globe, to collaborate on leading-edge research programs in the mathematical sciences. It promotes mathematical activity in Canada and helps to expand the application of mathematics in modern society.

Major funding is provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The Institute's seven principal sponsoring universities are Carleton, McMaster, and York University, and the Universities of Ottawa, Toronto, Waterloo, and Western Ontario. Supported as well by five affiliate universities and several corporate sponsors, the Fields Institute is located on the campus of the University of Toronto. See for further details.


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