The Department of Mathematical Sciences at present has 76
full-time members, 30 postdoctoral fellows and sessionals, as well as
approximately 30 visiting mathematicians. Our current graduate program
is very active with approximately 45 M.Sc. and 60 Ph.D. full-time students.
The Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
occupies the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of the Central Academic
The Dr. Josephine M. Mitchell Library, located on the 5th floor of CAB, is one of the largest Mathematical and Statistical Sciences library
in North America. The substantial reference section contains approximately 30,000 monographs, 20,000 bound journals with
subscriptions to 400 journals.
The Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences has
a full range of computing facilities in three public labs including
various workstations (HP, IBM, SUN, SGI, Linux) and personal computers.
Available to students and staff is software used extensively in
Mathematics and Statistics, such as Mathematica, Maple, Matlab , T EX ,
Splus, NAG, and SAS. The department is connected via ethernet to
additional computing facilities on campus, and to the Internet. The
department employs two system analysts to assist staff and students
with their computing needs.
The Department has the only Experimental Fluid Dynamics
Laboratory in Canada . The mandate is to construct reliable numerical
simulations of complex fluid flows by rigorously testing them against
quantitatively analysed laboratory experiments, to develop math models
inspired by these results and to train young researchers in
experimental, numerical and mathematical techniques.
At present, all full-time graduate students receive office
space in CAB and keys to the building, library and computer labs. There
are two comfortable faculty lounges affording a quiet and congenial
atmosphere for discussion and relaxation.
Living in Edmonton
Edmonton, the capital city of the province of Alberta, is a metropolitan
area with a population of about 750,000 people. The North Saskatchewan
River runs through the city from west to east with interconnected
walking and biking trails. Edmonton is within close proximity to many
lakes, rivers and parklands, about four hours drive from both Jasper
National Park and Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains. Rock
climbing and downhill skiing are some of the recreational activities
enjoyed in these rugged wilderness National Parks.
The city itself has a
downtown area with major department stores, the Art Gallery of Alberta,
the Citadel Theatre, the Winspear Centre, the Muttart Conservatory, the Royal Alberta
Museum and the Alberta Legislative Building.
Residential sections have
their own shopping centres and bus routes. The LRT (Light Rail Transit)
service is transferable with all city buses and runs from the northeast
corner of Edmonton to the University of Alberta in the southwest.
University of Alberta is located on the south shore of the North Saskatchewan
River near Old Strathcona, with its collection of trendy boutiques,
coffee shops, restaurants and eclectic culture. Edmonton is known as "Festival City" with over 30 popular festivals
throughout the year including the Fringe Festival in August to the
Birkebeiner Ski Festival in February. The city hosts the Canadian Finals
Rodeo at Northlands Agricom in November and celebrates Edmonton's
multicultural community with Heritage Festival in August.
Edmonton experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are warm, dry and sunny. Due to our northerly latitude, Edmonton summer days stretch late into the evening. The average summer daytime temperature is +21 degrees Celsius with heat waves reaching into the +30's. Snow cover characterizes winter from November through mid-March, with an average of 120 cm of snowfall each winter. Statistics prove that, aside from an expected cold snap or two, the winters are tolerable provided that proper clothing (a warm parka) and footwear (insulated snow boots) are worn.
Statistically, Edmonton weather is more temperate than that of other prairie cities like Regina or Winnipeg, and less humid than Vancouver or Toronto. The average winter daytime temperature is -12 degrees Celsius with cold snaps dipping down to the -20's and occasionally colder. With about 2,300 hours of bright sunshine per year, Edmonton is one of Canada’s sunniest cities, with sunny days being the norm year round.
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|Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
University of Alberta
632 Central Academic Building
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G1
Last modified June 25, 2008