June 30, 2016


TORONTO, December 9, 2010 - The Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM), the Fields Institute, and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences are pleased to announce that Professor Mark Lewis of the University of Alberta has been named the winner of the 2011 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize.

The CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize is a premier Canadian award for research achievements in the mathematical sciences. The prize winner is selected each fall by an independent international committee with six members, two named by each of the three institutes. The prize winner is invited to give a lecture at each of the institutes in the following year. The prize includes a cash award of $10,000.

Mark Lewis holds a Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Biology, and is the Director of the Centre for Mathematical Biology at the University of Alberta.

His research involves mathematical modeling of biological processes, and is an example of the best interplay of science and mathematics, where ideas from each lead to advances in the other.

Mark Lewis's work develops techniques in stochastic processes, dynamical systems and partial differential equations and has led to significant advances, for example, in modeling territorial pattern formation in wolf populations, predicting population spread in biological invasions like the West Nile virus, and assessing the effect of habitat fragmentation on species survival.

The entire mathematical sciences community is invited to attend Mark Lewis's prize lecture at either the CRM, the Fields Institute or PIMS in 2011. The dates of the lectures will be announced shortly.

The Fields Institute, located in Toronto, is recognized as one of the world's leading independent mathematical research institutions. The Fields Institute is named after the Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields (1863-1932). Fields was a pioneer and visionary who recognized the scientific, educational, and economic value of research in the mathematical sciences. 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. The Field's Institute is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, seven principal sponsoring universities, sixteen affiliate universities and several corporate sponsors. See for further details.

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