
SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 

December 20, 2014  
Symposium Celebrating New Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

1:00 p.m. .

Introduction, and acknowledgment of new Academy of Science FRSCs 
1:10 p.m.

Speaker: Pengfei GUAN– Department of Mathematics
and Statistics, McGill University 
2:10 p.m.

Speaker: Agnes M. HERZBERG– Department of Mathematics,
Queen’s University 
3:10 p.m.

Speaker: Eckhard MEINRENKEN
 Mathematics Department, University of Toronto Pure spinors and volume forms on conjugacy classes We describe the idea, due to Hitchin and Gualtieri, of viewing differential forms on manifolds as `spinors' for the direct sum of the tangent bundle and cotangent bundle. In particular, there is a notion of `pure spinors'. We describe a remarkable pure spinor on any semisimple Lie group G, and use it to construct canonical invariant volume forms on the conjugacy classes of G. This talk will be aimed at a general audience. 
4:10 p.m.

Reception 
Pengfei GUAN– Department of Mathematics
and Statistics, McGill University Pengfei Guan is widely recognized as the leading researcher of his generation in the study of fully nonlinear elliptic partial differential equations, a deep and central area of mathematics which has very important applications in geometry and in mathematical physics. His achievements include the solution of several longstanding open problems in geometric analysis and the regularity problem for degenerate MongeAmpere equations. 

Agnes M. HERZBERG– Department of Mathematics,
Queen’s University Recognized globally for her pioneering contributions to statistics, Agnes M. Herzberg founded, shaped and nurtured the international Conference on Statistics, Science and Public Policy held at Herstmonceux Castle, England. In this unique context, she assembles an unusual mix of scientists, politicians, civil servants and journalists from several countries who annually address significant policy issues. The outcomes of these invaluable conferences have demonstrably furthered knowledge, trust and cooperation across the divides of government, science and public policy. 

Eckhard MEINRENKEN  Mathematics Department, University of Toronto Eckhard Meinrenken has made several fundamental contributions to differential geometry and mathematical physics. His proof of the GuilleminSteinberg 'quantization commutes with reduction' conjecture was a landmark achievement in symplectic geometry. Meinrenken’s work is closely connected with many of the recent developments in theoretical physics, such as conformal field theory and the theory of Dbranes in string theory. 
Division of Applied Sciences and Engineering / Division des
sciences appliquées et génie
BEHIE, Leo A.  Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering,
University of Calgary
DE SILVA, Clarence W.  Department of Mechanical Engineering, University
of British Columbia
GROVER, Wayne D.  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
University of Alberta
HABASHI, Wagdi George  Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill
University
KASAP, Safa – Department of Electrical Engineering, University
of Saskatchewan
MOUFTAH, Hussein T.  School of Information Technology and Engineering,
University of Ottawa
NEALE, Kenneth W.  Department of Civil Engineering, University
of Sherbrooke
Division of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / Division
des sciences de la terre, de l’océan et de l’atmosphère
CREASER, Robert A.  Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,
University of Alberta
HECKY, Robert E.  Biology Department, University of Waterloo
MUCCI, Alfonso  Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill
University
SUTTLE, Curtis  Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University
of British Columbia
Division of Life Sciences / Division des sciences de la vie
AMIR, Shimon  Department of Psychology, Concordia University
BONEN, Arend – Department of Human Biology and Nutrition Sciences,
University ofGuelph
BACKX, Peter – Departments of Physiology and Medicine, University
of Toronto
BELOSEVIC, Miodrag (Mike)  Department of Biological Sciences, University
of Alberta
CRAIG, Ann Marie – Department of Psychiatry, University of
British Columbia
DIAMANDIS, Eleftherios P.  Department of Pathology and Laboratory
Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital
KAUFFMAN, Stuart A.  Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics,
University of Calgary
MARTIN, Renée H.  Department of Medical Genetics, University
of Calgary
McCAULEY, Edward R.  Department of Biological Sciences, University
of Calgary
PERRY, Steve  Department of Biology, University of Ottawa
SHETTLEWORTH, Sara  Department of Psychology, University of Toronto
TYREE, Melvin  Department of Renewable Resources, University of
Alberta
VANCE, Jean E. – Department of Medicine and Group on Molecular
and Cell Biology of Lipids, University of Alberta
VEILLETTE, André  Laboratory of Molecular Oncology, Clinical
Research Institute of Montreal
WALLACE, John L.  Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics,
University of Calgary
ZAMPONI, Gerald Werner  Department of Physiology and Biophysics,
University of Calgary
Mathematical and Physical Sciences / Mathématiques et
sciences physiques
BURGESS, Clifford  Department of Physics & Astronomy, McMaster
University
EKELAND, Ivar  Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences,
University of British Columbia
GUAN, Pengfei – Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McGill
University
JÄGER, Wolfgang  Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta
KASPI, Victoria  Physics Department, McGill University
LAFLAMME, Raymond  Institute for Quantum Computing, University
of Waterloo
LIU, H.C.  Institute for Microstructural Sciences, National Research
Council Canada
MEINRENKEN, Eckhard  Mathematics Department, University of Toronto
PRUD'HOMME, Robert Emery  Département de chimie, Université
de Montréal
SANCHE, Léon  Département de médecine nucléaire
et de radiobiologie, Université de Sherbrooke
SHOICHET, Molly  Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto
TSE, John S.  Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, University
of Saskatchewan
Specially Elected Fellow/ Membre à titre spécial
PIPER, Martha Cook – Office of the President, University of
British Columbia
HERZBERG, Agnes M – Department of Mathematics, Queen’s
University
A complete listing of all new Fellows elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2008 is available here.