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Saturday, September 26, 2020 — 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

On Saturday, September 26, the Faculty of Mathematics is celebrating Alumni Black and Gold Day at Home!

Join us for fun, family-friendly math activities and lively discussions featuring leading alumni and researchers speaking about their cutting-edge work in healthcare and entrepreneurship.

Recently appointed Dean Mark Giesbrecht will kick-off the celebrations by presenting the Faculty’s exciting vision for the future. Professor Giesbrecht says that the coronavirus pandemic has made clear the continuing importance and urgency of the Faculty’s work.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, our people have gone above and beyond, lending their expertise to modelling outbreaks, fueling economic recovery, and enabling online learning,” says Professor Giesbrecht. “It is a demonstration of the major role the Faculty can play not just in tackling coronavirus, but in solving other major world challenges as we look to the future.”

The day’s events include

The Dean’s lecture
8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Dean Mark Giesbrecht will talk about the Faculty’s goals and priorities for the years ahead while sharing some of the biggest success stories of the past year. After, he’ll answer questions from alumni.

Harnessing the power of mathematics to revolutionize healthcare featuring Anita Layton, Cecilia Cotton, Jochen Koenemann and Christina Leslie
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
From AI to mathematical modelling to big data analysis, mathematics is transforming healthcare, bringing huge gains in efficiency, precision, and effectiveness. Waterloo students, researchers and alumni are at the cutting-edge of these changes and this panel will explore some of the most exciting examples of this work.

From burning millions to profitability and back to growth in 60 days: A 10-step playbook for venture-backed start-ups featuring SnapTravel co-founder Henry Shi
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Camelia Nunez, Director of Innovation and Research, sits down for a virtual fireside chat with Henry Shi to talk about SnapTravel’s — a start-up that has changed the face of travel — recent COVID-19 turnaround.

Building brains for the future: An interactive hour of math and computing fun for children with the Director of the CEMC, Ian VanderBurgh
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Geared to students in Grades 4 to 8, their parents, and their teachers, this will be an interactive hour of solving mathematical and computational problems. The session will introduce you to the wealth of resources CEMC has created to help students learn math while at home or in the classroom.

Sign up today for the Faculty of Mathematics’ Alumni Black and Gold Day at Home!

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