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Upcoming conference: 43rd Australasian Combinatorics Conference 13-17 December 2021, The University of Melbourne, Australia  Notices and news Due to COVID-19 and related restrictions, the conference will now be run via Zoom. In addition, the conference was originally scheduled to take place 14–18 December 2020 but will now take place 13–17 December 2021. Researchers in any area of discrete mathematics and its applications are warmly invited to attend and give talks. Organising Committee, July 2021

Upcoming Conference: Virtual Carleton Combinatorics Meeting 2021 August 3-5

  The speakers at the event will be  Andrea Burgess, Thaís Bardini Idalino, Hadi Kharaghani , Karen Meagher , Lucia Moura, Mahsa Nasrollahi, Lucas Perin, David Pike, Bidy Razafimahatratra, Emina Soljanin, Jozsef Solymosi, Brett Stevens, Sho Suda, Ethan White, Kyle Chi Hoi Yip .  Talks begin at noon on August 3rd. There is no registration fee, but registration is  required .

Upcoming conference: BCC 28th British Combinatorial Conference 5th – 9th July 2021 Delivered Online from Durham University BCC 2021 28th British Combinatorial Conference 5th – 9th July 2021 Delivered Online from Durham University The British Combinatorial Conference is a biennial event organized in the UK attracting international researchers in all areas of combinatorics. The 2021 event is the 28th conference in the series and is being held online organized by the Departments of  Computer Science  and  Mathematical Sciences  in Durham under the auspices of the  ACiD  research group. The conference is overseen by the  British Combinatorial Committee .

Combinatorialists who weren't in the news

  Alfred Bray Kempe Quick Info Born 6 July 1849 Kensington, London, England Died 21 April 1922 London, England Summary Alfred Kempe  published a false "proof" of the four colour theorem in  1879  which stood until Heawood showed the mistake  11  years later. The 'proof' is however still the basis for the computer aided proof discovered  100  years later. Full story :

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: 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

  For immediate release                                                            Contact: Sarah Holliday             June 4, 2021                                                                             Secretary of the ICA                                                                                                                 Email:                                                                                            url:       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

  For immediate release                                                            Contact: Sarah Holliday             June 4, 2021                                                                             Secretary of the ICA                                                                                                                 Email:                                                                                                        url:       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

  For immediate release                                                                                                            Contact: Sarah Holliday          June 4, 2021                                                                                                                             Secretary of the ICA Email:                                                                                         url:       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

 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 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, 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.

In Memoriam Charlie Suffel

  Dr. Charles Suffel, a highly regarded professor of mathematical sciences at Stevens Institute of Technology in the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science and a former Dean of Graduate Studies passed away on February 4, 2021. Professor Suffel earned his bachelor's degree in 1963 and his master's in 1965, both in electrical engineering. He was awarded his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1969. He earned all of his degrees at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Professor Suffel's distinguished career at Stevens Institute of Technology spanned more than five decades. He joined Stevens in 1969 as assistant professor of mathematics. He became an associate professor in 1974 and a full professor in 1979. He served as Dean of Graduate Studies from 1995 to 2015, before rejoining the faculty ranks. Professor Suffel's research focused on graph and network theory and the reliability of networks. He served as managing editor of the journal Networks from 1978 to 1999.

Combinatorialists in the news Mathematicians Settle Erdős Coloring Conjecture Fifty years ago, Paul Erdős and two other mathematicians came up with a graph theory problem that they thought they might solve on the spot. A team of mathematicians has finally settled it.

Conference announcement Queer and Trans Mathematicians in Combinatorics Conference June 24 - 25, 2021 ,  The Fields Institute Location:  Online Description The Queer and Trans Mathematicians in Combinatorics conference (QTMC) is a first-ever event in combinatorics specifically aimed at queer and trans mathematicians.  

Combinatorialists in the news

  Pioneers Linking Math and Computer Science Win the Abel Prize " “I wouldn’t call it obscure, but certainly graph theory was not mainstream mathematics because many of the problems or results arose from puzzles or sort of recreational mathematics,” said Lovász, who is now at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary. But things were already changing by the time Lovász earned his doctorate in 1970 at the age of 22 — and a main reason was the birth and rapid growth of computer science. "

Conference Announcement: International Conference on Finite Fields and Their Applications 2022 (Fq15) The conference  Fq15  will take place at Campus Condorcet, Aubervilliers, France (on line 12 of the Paris metro, at one station from the limit of Paris) during the week of June 13-17, 2022. Fq15  will continue the 30-year-old tradition of a forum for researchers on the mathematical aspects of finite fields and their applications. Previous editions of the  Fq  conference could be found  here . Scientific Scope Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Theory: structure of finite fields, primitive elements, normal bases, polynomials, number-theoretic aspects of finite fields, character sums, function fields, planar functions and almost perfect nonlinear functions, equations over finite fields. Computation: algorithms and complexity, polynomial factorization, decomposition, and irreducibility testing, sequences and functions. Applications: algebraic coding theory, cryptography, algebraic geometry over finite fields, finite incidence geometry, desi

New ICA Council members

 We had to take the vote a second time to accommodate nominations from the floor, thus here's the new list followed by the complete list. Jeff Dinitz Melissa Keranen Mariusz Meszka Gary Mullen Bojan Mohar Ortrud Oellermann Patric Östergård Adrián Pastine Dinesh Sarvate S. Arumugam   Doug Stinson (President)                          2016-2022                     Dalibor Froncek (Vice-president)             2016-2022                     David Pike (Vice-president)                       2016-2022                     Kiki Ariyanti Sugeng (Vice-president)      2017-2023                     Sarah Holliday (Secretary)                         2016-2022           S. Arumugam                                              2021-2024 Marco Buratti                                              2016-2022                     Darryn Bryant                                              2016-2022 Jeff Dinitz                                                     2018-2

Conference Announcement: MIGHTY LXIII is online for 2021 MIGHTY is a series of conferences devoted to the area of graph theory and its applications. MIGHTY began in 1978 and the first MIGHTY was hosted by Professor Frank Harary at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.   The 63rd MIdwestern GrapH TheorY conference (MIGHTY LXIII) will be held April 16-17, 2021 (Virtual) Organizers Alexis Byers – Youngstown State University Jamie Hallas – Concord University Drake Olejniczak – Purdue University Fort Wayne Ranjan Rohatgi – Saint Mary’s College For more information, please visit the  MIGHTY LXIII website .

Minutes of the 2021 Annual General Meeting

  1. President’s report Mission of the ICA The ICA was established in 1990 by Ralph Stanton for the purpose of promoting the development of combinatorics and of encouraging publications and conferences in combinatorics and its applications. The three most important functions of the ICA are:     publishing the Bulletin of the ICA     supporting conferences, and     awarding medals and honorary fellowships. All three of these functions have been addressed and greatly improved in recent years, thanks to the efforts of many people ICA Executive (202012021) Doug Stinson President 2019-2022 Dalibor Froncek Vice-president 2019-2022 David Pike Vice-president 2019-2022 Kiki Ariyanti Sugeng Vice-president 2020-2023 Sarah Holliday Secretary 2019-2022 Spyros Magliveras Registrar Members of ICA Council (2020-2021) Marco Buratti 2019-2022  Darryn Bryant 2019-2022 Yeow Meng Chee 2020-2023  Jeff Dinitz 2018-2021 Dalibor Froncek 2019-2022  Wayne Goddard 2020-2023 James Hammer, III 2017-2020  Masaaki Ha