What's New - Archive

The "what's new" archive contains news shorts about members of the IRMACS community and events at the IRMACS centre itself. You may filter our archives by year, or search for explicit keywords.

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December 08, 2014

The IRMACS Centre is pleased to announce that our newly renovated meeting room ASB 10940 is fully functional. Through the SFU University Priority Fund and in collaboration with the Virtual Campus Infrastructure Project team we have done a full state of the art technical upgrade including a new 4K or Ultra High Definition (3840x2160 pixel resolution) 84in touch screen. The system is designed as a data-intensive meeting room, allowing for the visualization of high resolution data sets and direct data interaction through the touch enabled screen. 

November 17, 2014

Several current and former IRMACS members including D. Bingham, W. Challenger, and J. Graham, contributed to the book "Statistics in Action: A Canadian Outlook" published earlier this year by Chapman & Hall/CRC. The book's objective is to present to a general readership some of the ways in which statistics is used, while highlighting important contributions that Canadian statisticians are making to science, technology, business, and government, among others. The book's content is avaliable here.

November 07, 2014

Dr. Veselin Jungic, a Deputy Director of the IRMACS Centre, was recently awarded an NSERC ENGAGE Grant to work together with the company Arcana Inc. on a development of a new math app. The project will be hosted by the IRMACS Centre.  Congratulations Veso!

October 28, 2014

All of us at the IRMACS Centre wish to congratulate Dr. Lesley Shannon, a long time supporter of the IRMACS Centre, on her Teaching Award of Excellence in Engineering Education. In the words of the President of the The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, "An inspirational teacher and role model, Shannon has been an exceptional mentor for students, playing a significant role in recruiting and retaining female students."

October 22, 2014

The 5th Annual Aboriginal Students in Math and Science workshop is scheduled for October 29, 2014. The IRMACS Centre will host a group of about 80 Aboriginal high school students and their teachers for a day of hands-on mathematics and science. This event will also be a reunion for some of the participants of the 2014 SFU Academic Camp for Aboriginal Students. The list of speakers and schedule of the event are available here.

October 15, 2014

Dr. Brian Corrie, the IRMACS Centre's Technical Director, will represent the iReceptor project at the CANARIE Research Software Developers' Workshop that will be held between October 20-21, 2014, in Toronto, ON.

October 06, 2014

The IRMACS Centre will continue this fall with our series of events entitled "SFU Research Masterclass." The format of each event is a sit down session with an interviewer, rather than a standard presentation format. This is followed by a Q&A with the audience.  We invite SFU graduate students and postdocs, as well as SFU researchers across the disciplines, SFU research personnel, and researcher grant facilitators to attend the "SFU Research Masterclass" sessions. On Thursday, Oct 9, 2014, the interviewee will be Dr. Peter Ruben, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology. For more details click here.

September 29, 2014

On September 29, 2014, Dr. Andrew Sixsmith, Director of SFU’s Gerontology Research Centre and a Deputy Director of the IRMACS Centre was cited in the article "Over 65 and going strong: Baby boomers are reinventing old age" in The Province saying that, "There is a big group of people who have never lived in their own house, don’t have big pensions and have not saved. There is a strong connection between money and health. There are going to be a lot of sick people with no money."  For the full article go to http://at.sfu.ca/OJqNcg.

September 18, 2014

Between September 12-15 the IRMACS Centre hosted the "Antibody & T-Cell Receptor Data Integration Planning Meeting". This planning meeting was an international gathering of stakeholders in the area of Immunogenetics, with the goal of setting the topics and organizing a large Community Meeting for May 29th - June 1st, 2015. 

September 08, 2014

The 2014 Annual IRMACS Project Leader Meeting is scheduled for September 9th. This meeting will be an opportunity to update the IRMACS members on the recent developments, to introduce new projects, and to discuss future directions and projects within the Centre. See you there!