Mathematics & Statistics

Master’s program to meet international demand for actuaries

Graduates of a new master’s program will have the skills to pursue actuarial careers in the insurance, finance and healthcare industries, Senate heard as it approved the program at its January 11 meeting.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics hopes to attract 15 students to launch the program in September. Faculty has identified a strong demand for actuaries, especially in international markets.

Federal government invests in future innovators

Minister Joe Oliver, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced Friday the Canadian government's investment in Carleton University to create internship opportunities and fellowships for graduates and graduate students in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. This investment will also benefit businesses across southern Ontario.

Math students brave world’s toughest test

It takes a brave student to write the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, says math and stats professor Myron Hlynka.

“The questions are extremely difficult and grading is strict,” he says. “The total number of points possible is 120. Typically, the median score is zero.”

A courageous group of 17 UWindsor undergraduate students—most, but not all, math majors—gathered Saturday to join an estimated 4,000 competitors across North America in writing the test, offered annually since 1938 by the Mathematical Association of America.

Lancer game Saturday to feature fun for football fans

Saturday’s football game offers more than the opportunity to watch the Lancer team—ranked seventh in the nation after Monday’s lopsided victory over Ottawa—take on the Guelph Gryphons under the lights on Alumni Field.

It also marks the Windsor debut of the NFL on Campus, a program of the American professional football league offering interactive games, promotions and prizes for young fans.

Retired teacher proud of Lancer heritage

Marilyn Farnworth (née Morris) counts a meeting with then-Detroit Piston—now Detroit mayor—Dave Bing and an on-campus concert by Ike and Tina Turner among some of her fondest memories of her time at the University of Windsor, but it was the camaraderie among students and faculty support she says best marked her student experience.

Farnworth, who attended UWindsor from 1972 to 1976 as a kinesiology and math student and later a teacher candidate, came home to Windsor following a year at the University of Western Ontario, seeking smaller class sizes and a “personalized atmosphere.”

Camp draws grade school mathletes to campus

Attending camp to improve her math skills is a great way to spend two weeks of her summer vacation, says Lulu Guo.

“I can come here and actually learn something,” says the Roseland Public School grad, who will head to Vincent Massey Secondary School in the fall. “There are a lot of things they don’t teach you in elementary school. I would like to have a base of knowledge for high school.”

Math professor wins recognition for efforts to help students understand

The University of Windsor Alumni Association honoured the exceptional accomplishments of Richard Caron, professor of Mathematics & Statistics in the Faculty of Science, with the Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching during Convocation on Wednesday, June 13.

The award was established in 1987 to provide incentive and encouragement for achieving excellence and teaching at the University of Windsor.

Campus mourns death of retired faculty member

Campus flags were lowered Wednesday in memory of mathematics professor emeritus Chi Song Wong, who died May 5 in China.

Dr. Wong joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics as an assistant professor in 1971, was promoted to associate professor in 1975 and to professor in 1977, a position he held until retirement in 2003. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at the DailyNews publication deadline.

Pie goes down easy for math aficionados

There’s a difference between math and baking, says Kevin St. Denis: “Math is easier.”

The third-year mathematics major prepared a couple of pies in celebration of Pi Day, Wednesday in Erie Hall.

“It’s just some premade crust and I poured in two cans of filling – cherry and blueberry,” St. Denis said. “I tried to shape them like the letter R because I was going for two pie R.”