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in memoriam Pete Slater

September 30, 1946-September 27, 2016 Dr. Peter J. Slater of Huntsville passed away Tuesday. He was a Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, in 1968. He served two years in the US Army until 1970, serving in Germany and having the opportunity to travel extensively through Europe. He went on to graduate school at The University of Iowa, earning his Master of Science in Mathematics in 1972 Playing Tripple Town .JPG , and his PhD in Mathematics in 1973. He taught at Cleveland State University, before taking a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Bureau of Standards for one year. Dr. Slater spent six years in the Applied Math Division at Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While living in Albuquerque, a new interest and quest for knowledge was opened and he became an avid student and

12th East Coast Combinatorics Conference

The 12th East Coast Combinatorics Conference will take place at the   University of New Brunswick Saint John,  in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada   July 20 -21, 2017.     Invited speakers: Aiden A. Bruen, and Brett Stevens. Contributed 20-minute talks on all areas of combinatorics are welcome. No registration fee, though registration is required. For further information please contact the organisers Tim Alderson, and Andrea Burgess at , or see the conference website:

Posting research online

As academic work and the internet collide, ICA is working to responsibly communicate accurate information with its membership. We were recently alerted to a member who was incorrectly linked to a paper by the algorithms at  After some research, we see that the site may not be as reputable as many first thought: Elsevier notably reacted poorly to free sharing of academic papers a couple years ago.  If you've forgotten or you missed it: Alternatives to document sharing include is an electronic archive and distribution server for research articles.  It is maintained and operated by Cornell University Library, with no referee or review. Research gate is another alternative that functions less like a paper repository and more like a social networking site in the style of Linked In.

Honorary members

SS Shrikhande His friends call him "Shrik", but he is also often referred to as SSS. The development of to-day's very strong group of Indian researchers in Combinatorics is due largely to the pioneering research of R.C. Bose and S.S. Shrikhande. One of the few times that Combinatorics made the pages of the New York Times was when Bose, Parker, and Shrikhande disproved the famous Euler conjecture that there were no pairs of orthogonal Latin squares of side 411+2. Shrik is such an innovative research worker in Design Theory that it is difficult to single out particular achievements, but many colleagues would cite his work on the extension of quasi-residual designs for values of lambda greater than 2. CR Rao "his contributions to the foundations of modern statistics through the introduction of concepts such as Cramér–Rao inequality, Rao–Blackwellization, Rao distance, Rao measure, and for introducing the idea of orthogonal arrays for the industry to design hi