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News of member: David Pike

  David Pike (Vice-President of ICA) was just elected as president-elect of the Canadian Mathematical Society (his two-year term as president will start one year from now).  David was also named as one of seven new Fellows of the CMS:  https://cms.math.ca/news-item/canadian-mathematical-societys-2021-class-of-fellows-announced/ CANADIAN MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY’S 2021 CLASS OF FELLOWS ANNOUNCED The Canadian Mathematical Society is pleased to announce the 2021 Class of Fellows consisting of 7 members from the Canadian mathematical community. The Fellowship recognises CMS members who have made excellent contributions to mathematical research, teaching, or exposition; as well as having distinguished themselves in service to Canada’s mathematical community. Induction to the 2021 Class of Fellows was based upon nominations, reception of the David Borwein Distinguished Career Award or the Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service, or reception of any other CMS prize or award for outstanding

Dr Marston Conder awarded the 2020 Euler Medal of the ICA

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  For immediate release                                                            Contact: Sarah Holliday             June 4, 2021                                                                             Secretary of the ICA                                                                                                                 Email:             sarah.holliday@gmail.com                                                                                         url:       the-ica.org       Dr Marston Conder awarded the 2020 Euler Medal of the ICA   Euler Medals  recognize  distinguished lifetime career contributions   to combinatorial research .   Dr. Conder was born and raised in the Waikato region, studied at Hinuera Primary, Matamata College and the University of Waikato, New Zealand.   He earned the DPhil at the University of Oxford (1980) on minimal generating pairs for permutation groups, under the supervision of Prof. Graham Higman FRS. Subsequently

Dr Jie Ma awarded the 2020 Hall Medal of the ICA

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  For immediate release                                                            Contact: Sarah Holliday             June 4, 2021                                                                             Secretary of the ICA                                                                                                                 Email:             sarah.holliday@gmail.com                                                                                                     url:       the-ica.org       Dr Jie Ma awarded the 2020 Hall Medal of the ICA   Hall Medals  recognize  extensive quality research with substantial international impact  by Fellows of the ICA in mid-career.   Dr. Ma received the B.S. degree from the School of Mathematical Sciences, USTC, and subsequently obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2011 from the School of Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology, under the supervision of Prof. Xingxing Yu. He was a Hedrick Assistant Professor at the

Dr Chong Shangguan awarded the 2020 Kirkman Medal of the ICA

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  For immediate release                                                                                                            Contact: Sarah Holliday          June 4, 2021                                                                                                                             Secretary of the ICA Email:   sarah.holliday@gmail.com                                                                                         url:       the-ica.org       Dr Chong Shangguan awarded the 2020 Kirkman Medal of the ICA Kirkman Medals  recognize excellent research by Fellows or Associate Fellows of the ICA early in their research career, as evidenced by an  excellent body of published research .   Dr. Shangguan earned his PhD in 2017 at Zhejiang University under Professor Gennian Ge. From Aug 2017 to July 2020, he was a postdoc researcher at Department of Electrical Engineering-Systems, Tel Aviv University, hosted by Dr. Itzhak Tamo.   Since September 2

News of Member: CR Rao turns 100

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 C. R. Rao was born on  September 10, 1920, in  Huvina Hadagali, India.  He earned several degrees:  M.A. degree in mathematics at the Andhra University in Waltair, Andhra Pradesh (1941), with first class and first rank. M. A. degree in statistics from Calcutta University in Kolkata, West Bengal (1943), with first class, first rank, and record marks unbeaten till now; further with a gold medal. Ph.D. at Cambridge University, UK (1948). Sc.D. by peer review of published work, Cambridge University, UK (1965). He is most famous for his work in statistics, but he did make major contributions to design theory.   Between 1952 and 2001, he had 51 PhD students and while many are statisticians, several are design and graph theorists. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the ICA with the citation "as the world's leading expert in statistical design theory" in 1995. In September 2020, the Indian Statistical Institute Retired Employees' Association Pays Homage to Professor C. R.

Combinatorialists in the news

 https://www.quantamagazine.org/mathematicians-answer-old-question-about-odd-graphs-20210519/ Mathematicians Answer Old Question About Odd Graphs A pair of mathematicians solved a legendary question about the proportion of vertices in a graph with an odd number of connections. For decades, mathematicians have debated a simple question about graphs and the number of connections they have. Consider a graph G and a subgraph H such that all the vertices of H have odd degree.  The minimum size of such an H is now known.  Now, using arguments an undergraduate math student could have come up with,  Asaf Ferber  of the University of California, Irvine and  Michael Krivelevich  of Tel Aviv University have finally provided the answer in the form of a proof  posted in March .

Upcoming Conference: Stinson66 - New Advances in Designs, Codes and Cryptography June 13 - 17, 2022,

 http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/activities/21-22/Stinson66 Stinson66 - New Advances in Designs, Codes and Cryptography June 13 - 17, 2022 ,  The Fields Institute Description This conference will celebrate Doug Stinson’s 66th birthday and highlight his contributions to the fields of designs, codes, cryptography, and their connections. The goal is to explore recent developments, open problems and conjectures in combinatorial design theory along with applications to related areas including codes, cryptography, networks, and algorithms. We intend to bring together leading researchers from around the world, along with graduate students, postdocs and other early-career researchers. The conference will consist of invited talks only and will provide ample opportunity for discussion and collaboration among the participants.