October 22, 2007


Ottawa, ON (October 22, 2007) - The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) and the University of Lethbridge announced today the establishment of an annual fund in memory of the late Dr. Jiping (Jim) Liu. Dr. Liu was a popular professor of mathematics and well-respected researcher at the University of Lethbridge who died tragically in a car accident in January 2006.

According to Dr. Hadi Kharaghani, a close personal friend and colleague, "Dr. Liu was an excellent teacher and an outstanding mathematician and his loss is a big one for the university. On a personal level he was a very kind and generous person, a real gentleman".

"Jim Liu was an important member of our family", said Dr. Dennis Fitzpatrick, Vice President Research. "He made the University a better place to study, to do research and to work. We benefited from his generosity, his caring and his passion for learning. He is missed."

"The national meetings of the Canadian Mathematical Society provide an important opportunity for graduate students to display their results to a broad audience of professional mathematicians. Facilitating their access to this forum is a fitting tribute to Dr. Liu's devotion to both education and research," said Dr. Thomas Salisbury, CMS President.

To honour Dr. Liu's contributions to the University of Lethbridge and to continue his legacy of learning and love of education, the University and the CMS have established the Jiping (Jim) Liu Memorial Travel Fund to support the travel costs of graduate students to attend CMS annual winter meetings. For 2007, the Fund will help to support graduate students attending the CMS Annual Winter Meeting which will be held in London, Ontario from December 8-10, 2007.

About University of Lethbridge

The University of Lethbridge was established in 1967 with its main campus located in Lethbridge, Alberta. The University is focused on providing education in the liberal arts and sciences within the context of smaller classes in order to enhance individualized learning opportunities and, in 2004, expanded its academic offerings to include programs at the doctorate level. The University has a current enrolment of more than 8,000 students on campuses in Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton.

About the Canadian Mathematical Society

The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) ( is Canada's professional association for mathematics educators and researchers. The CMS promotes collaboration among

Canada's mathematics leaders and plays a leading role in providing networking opportunities at its semi-annual meetings and recognizing research efforts. The Society helps to identify and develop Canada's gifted young mathematicians through its innovative education and outreach activities including its Math Camps Program and Mathematics Competitions, thereby enhancing Canada's capacity to innovate, lead, and compete globally.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Graham P. Wright
Canadian Mathematical Society
Cel: (613) 290-3046
     Dr. Dennis Fitzpatrick
University of Lethbridge
Tel: (403) 330-3310