MEDIA RELEASE — October 14 2010

Canadian Mathematical Society

October 14 2010


Robert Woodrow to Receive CMS 2010 Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service

OTTAWA, Ontario — The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Woodrow of the University of Calgary is the recipient of the 2010 Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service.

Robert Woodrow
The Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service recognizes individuals who have made sustained and significant contributions to the Canadian mathematical community and, in particular, to the Canadian Mathematical Society. The award is named in honour of Dr. Graham Wright, of the University of Ottawa, who served as Executive Director and Secretary of the CMS for over 30 years.

“Robert Woodrow has been an active contributor to Canadian mathematics throughout his entire career,” noted Jacques Hurtubise, President of the Canadian Mathematical Society. “His remarkable dedication to mathematics education and to the CMS makes him a worthy recipient of this award.”

Robert is deeply committed to mathematics education initiatives and has assisted with mathematical competitions, the Shad Valley Enrichment Program, and training students for the Canadian and International Math Olympiads. He has also organized and co-taught the Wednesday Mathematics Evenings at the University of Calgary since 1980. The Wednesday Mathematics Evenings is a weekly enrichment program for high school students who challenge themselves with advanced mathematical puzzles and learn from a group of like-minded peers.

A lifetime member of the CMS, Robert has been actively involved with the Society for over 30 years, including serving on the Board of Directors, the Education Committee, and the Advancement of Mathematics Committee. He is currently the Faculty Advisor to the Student Committee, a position he has held since 1998. He has contributed significantly to the problem-solving journal CRUX with MAYHEM, having written the Olympiad/Skoliad Corner since 1987 and serving as Co-Editor in Chief of the journal from 1992-1997.

Robert has been a professor with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Calgary since 1980. During his tenure he has served as Deputy Provost and Associate Vice President (Academic), Associate and Vice Dean (Science), and Chair of the Pure Mathematics division.

Robert received his BSc in Mathematics from the University of Calgary in 1971, and his PhD from Simon Fraser University in 1977 under the direction of A.H. Lachlan. His research interests are in logic and model theory, with applications to combinatorics, graphs, order, and relations.

Robert will receive his award at the 2010 CMS Winter Meeting in Vancouver, BC.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Jacques Hurtubise, President
Canadian Mathematical Society
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
McGill University
Tel: (514) 343-7502
or Laura Alyea, Communications and
   Special Projects Officer
Canadian Mathematical Society
Tel: (613) 733-2662 ext. 728

About the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS)

The CMS is the main national organization whose goal is to promote and advance the discovery, learning, and application of mathematics. The Society's activities cover the whole spectrum of mathematics including: scientific meetings, research publications, and the promotion of excellence in mathematics education at all levels. The CMS annually sponsors mathematics awards and prizes that recognize outstanding achievements.