Colleagues, you don’t have to be the one providing help, but you do have to know how the student can get help. These are real problems that need real assistance, so don’t feel you have to give the student all the answers – you can’t. But you may be able to help them get through a rough patch and then get them the help they need. ]]>

Grace,

Craig ]]>

Interesting post.

I am trying to get the math department involved in some recent funding for AI which is going to Montreal Universities.

I recently posted a paper, https://arxiv.org/abs/1704.04932 , join with Stan Osher, which makes a connection between PDEs and methods for training deep networks. This opens the door to using PDE/Analysis techniques in this field. I will be talking about this in BIRS mexico next week. My coauthor will be talking about this paper in Paris and at the major deep learning conference in France in the next couple of weeks.

Best regards, and hi from Montreal,

Adam

Everyone in Canada’s mathematics community and beyond needs to read this thoughtful blog by the directors of our math institutes. ]]>

This is the article that started my search. Bill would have loved it. He lived too soon and died of a broken heart.

https://medium.freecodecamp.com/mathematical-genius-is-fragile-society-needs-to-stop-destroying-it-5fdf3f08336e#.e3rb93hyc

Junaid Mubeen (Oxford)

Mathematical genius is fragile. We need to stop destroying it.

The legends of mathematics that almost never were ]]>

The UK has been turning to foreign students as a valued source of funding more predominantly starting in the eighties — this has not plugged the funding gap. Pattern followed by US and Canadian Universities some decade and a half later.

Same funding cuts can be seen occurring in the US – with the private liberal colleges burning through their endowments — and overall rise in adjunct faculty.

Perhaps Universities were placed too high on pedestals — without a close loop feedback on what the community can actually support longer term — ultimately there will be changes for living beyond our means.

Alberta is chomping at the bits to trim feathers on it’s public Universities — a prolong real-estate crash in BC, if it occurs, may do the same here.

]]>It should be noted that even if one felt the cuts are necessary, the method by which this is to be done (forcing people to re-apply for their jobs, in a ghoulish version of Musical Chairs) seems at best counter-productive, at worst inhumane.

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