MUGS 2 in collaboration with the BMSSA: The Impact of the Medium of Mathematics and Its Impact on Science

Math Union and the Book & Media Studies Student Association collaborate for the very first time to present you “The Impact of the Medium of Mathematics and Its Impact on Science” with Robert K. Logan (Bob) on Oct 15th, 2015 from 4:00-6:00PM at the Marshall McLuhan Coach House. Bob is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Toronto Physics Department, a Fellow at the University of St. Michael’s College, and the Chief Scientist of the sLab at OCAD. This talk is specifically catering for those who have interest in both general mathematics and humanities. Bob will incorporate the pioneer communications theorist, Marshall McLuhan, and his concept of “Medium is the Message” which describes the origin of our number system and its impact on science.

Refreshments will be provided. Hope you see you there.

FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/918120804942457/

His web sites are:
http://utoronto.academia.edu/RobertKLogan
http://www.physics.utoronto.ca/Members/logan
http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Robert_Logan5/publications

Address: 30A Queen’s Park Crescent East
The Marshall McLuhan Coach House Institute is on St. Michael’s campus. It is in the parking lot behind Alumni Hall situated at 121 St Joseph St. just east of Queen’s Park Crescent East. The Coach House is a small building in the South East corner of the parking lot. Walk south along the sidewalk just to the East of Alumni Hall starting at St. Joseph Street until you reach the laneway. If you turn right at the laneway you will find the Marshall McLuhan Coach House. Here is what it looks like. 

 

Be part of our team!

Dear full time students who are currently enrolled in any MAT and APM courses,

Many of you have expressed interest in joining our union’s executive team. And so, we are welcoming applications for the position of 1st year representatives, Academic officers, Social officers and Communication officers for the academic year.

The first year representatives / officers shall:
a. Receive instructions from their supervising Vice President or the President.
b. Make every effort to fulfil responsibilities once undertaken.
c. Notify the supervisor as soon as possible if a task cannot be completed.
d. Notify the President of any concerns or grievances that they have.

To apply, we request that you send a email to mu@math.utoronto.ca detailing your name, years of study, position, and any past experience that you feel would make you a great addition to the MU team.

By joining the MU executive team, you will help plan and facilitate these events, allowing them to run smoothly. Not only is this a great addition to your resume and co-curricular record, you will also be representing your fellow students and help enhance every Math student’s undergraduate experience.

For those of you who don’t know, the Math Union is a student organization that works to help anyone currently enrolled in a math course at U of T. To participate in our events, you simply need to show up! (Event advertisements are available on our Facebook group)

We look forward to your applications.

Deadline: Oct 9th, 2015 at 11:59PM
P.S. Each applicant shall submit no more than one application. 

Sincerely,
MU Exec Team

First Math Union Guest Speaker Series (MUGS) with Jonathan Love

Join us this Tuesday on Oct 8th, 2015, 4:00-6:00PM (Talk beings at 4:30PM) for our first installment of this year’s MUGS series with Jonathan Love. Jonathan used to be the president of MU in 2012-2013. Currently he is furthering his education in the University of Toronto as a first year Master student in Mathematics. In his spare time, he plays different kinds of musical instruments and he does theater acting. His skills in music and acting and his passion in teaching, no doubt, is going to bring the classroom environment alive.
Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there.

Location: To be determined.

Abstract: There’s more than one way to measure size and distance in the rational numbers! After describing a few of these exotic absolute values (focusing on the p-adic absolute values for each prime number p), we’ll prove Ostrowski’s Theorem, which provides a classification of all possible absolute values on the rationals. For such a deep theorem, the proof remarkably requires no prerequisites beyond a high school math background, so this talk is especially suited for first or second year students who want to see what the proof of a significant mathematical result looks like.

MU Orientation 2015

You’re invited to the Math Union Orientation September 24th, 2015 (Thursday) at BA6183 from 4:30 to 7:00PM to find out what Math Union has in store for you this year!

We will be hosting a Q&A session for all first year math classes. If you’re a first year, this is a great chance meet upper year students, connect with your classmates, and ask your questions! Even if you’re not a first year, come anyway because we will be hosting games and providing refreshments. We will also have a meet and greet with our new Math Union executives. Hope to see you all there.

Join our Facebook study groups

These groups are run and monitored by Math Union executive team members on Facebook. Here we are to provide a platform allowing individuals to get to know your classmates, exchange knowledge, and stay informed about Math Union’s announcements, activities, and events. JOIN NOW and feel free to post problems, explanations, and solutions – be polite and constructive!

In other words, if you have a question about lecture sessions, or are stuck on a problem – this is the place to go! Let’s try our best to help each other out.

MAT133Y1 https://www.facebook.com/groups/471453203032988/
MAT135H1 https://www.facebook.com/groups/114577415561329/
MAT137Y1 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1636820606558769/
MAT157Y1 https://www.facebook.com/groups/146679875672056/

2015 Election Results

Congratulations to the 2015-16 MU Core:

President: Rachel C. Lo
Secretary: Adriano Pacifico
Treasurer: Robertson McClure
VP Communication: Annie Le
VP Academic: David V. Pechersky
VP Social: Yao Lu

Sign-ins 84

Danny 28
Rachel 36
Ryan 14
Spoils 4

Robertson 45
Sadia 23
Spoil 1
As the academic year comes to an end, I’m happy to see a motivated new team ready to take charge. All administrative power will be transferred to them by the end of April. Here are some of the highlights of MU from 2014-15. We:

1. Sent 14 U of T delegates to CUMC with full funding from the department and ASSU.
2. Stabilized the private finances of MU for the near future through a book sale and sweater sale.
3. Vastly expanded our reach and increased attendance through outreach events and social media.
4. Hosted the 12-part Math Union Guest Speaker series of talks.
5. Co-hosted the 4-part Math and Computer Science mini-series of talks with UTG.
6. Held 5 joint games nights with 6 other course unions.
7. Held Fall, Winter and Spring Socials, the last joint with SSAS and ASC and with alumni.
8. Unanimously passed a new constitution.
9. Passed changes by serving on the math Undergraduate Committee.

That’s all folks!
Samer Seraj
MU President

2015 MU Elections Program

Here is the plan for Thursday’s elections.
6-7pm: Statements and Question Periods
0. Location: Bahen Centre 6183
1. Acclaimed statements (max 3 min each): Adriano, Annie, David, Yao
2. Question period for the 4 above together (max 10 min total)
3. Treasurer statements (max 3 min each): Robertson, Sadia
4. Question period for the 2 Treasurer candidates (max 10 min total)
5. President statements (max 3 min each): Danny, Rachel, Ryan
6. Question period for the 3 President candidates (max 10 min total)
7. NOTE: Constitutionally, all campaigning must cease at 7pm sharp. This is ASSU law.
Regarding the question periods, questions may be sent to me in advance to be read anonymously, or a member may ask in person. Each question may be directed to an individual – or to the full group standing, in which case each person standing has to answer. If a question is asked such that I deem it to be inappropriate, or if the ensuing discussion proves to be unproductive, I will move on to the next question or I will end the question period.

 

Regarding the question periods, questions may be sent to me in advance to be read anonymously, or a member may ask in person. Each question may be directed to an individual – or to the full group standing, in which case each person standing has to answer. If a question is asked such that I deem it to be inappropriate, or if the ensuing discussion proves to be unproductive, I will move on to the next question or I will end the question period.
7-9pm: Voting and Refreshments
0. Refreshments will be served in BA 6183, so that people can socialize while they wait to vote or after they vote.
1. Voting will take place either in BA 6180, or the lounge outside Dr. Bar-Natan’s office (both are seconds away from BA 6183), or in the hallway outside BA 6183. It will be by secret ballot.
2. Voters will be required to sign in and prove their voting eligibility by logging into their ROSI accounts. Laptops will be provided.
3. MU execs will be placed at the Bahen doors in front of St. George and the 6th floor doors by the main staircase, in order to ensure that all voters have access to the voting location.
4. Michael and I will count ballots at 9pm, and the results will be made official by posting on the MU website and the MU Facebook group by 11:59pm.

~ Samer Seraj, MU president

2015 MU Elections

There are 3 candidates for President and 2 candidates for Treasurer. The other Core positions (Secretary, VP Communication, VP Academic, VP Social) each had one candidate, so they have been won by default.

Speeches and question period will be 6-7pm. Secret ballot voting hours will be 7-9pm.

Vote eligibility criteria:
1. Be a full-time undergraduate student at U of T.
2. Be enrolled in a program in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
3. Satisfy least one of the following two conditions:
… a. Currently enrolled in an MAT or APM course.
… b. Currently enrolled in a math program (specialist, major, minor).
Specifically, students in other faculties, like Engineering or Rotman, may not vote if they are not concurrently in an A & S program. Every voter will be required to verify their eligibility by logging into ROSI before voting.

Voting logistics:
The 6th floor of Bahen might become inaccessible by elevator sometime during 8-9pm. Voters arriving during that time are advised to take the elevator to the 5th floor, walk up to the 6th floor via the main Bahen staircase and knock on the door on the 6th floor. Someone will be placed there to open it for voters.  Access to Bahen might also be restricted. Someone will be placed at the front entrance of Bahen to grant access.

Regarding campaigning:
1. To prevent MU groups from becoming a mess, the current Core agreed against campaigning on our general group and study groups.
2. Campaigning elsewhere like this event page, your wall, websites, other FB groups, etc. is up to you.
3. Constitutionally: “No campaigning, in any form, may take place once the balloting for the election has started.” So 7pm.

Good luck to all. Here are the candidates and their statements:

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Voting Positions (ie. more than one candidate):

President

Danny Luo
Hello! I’m Danny Luo. I am a first year student in the Physics and Mathematics Specialist Program. I want to be your Math Union President.
Academic Events:
Academics Events are the reason why I joined the Math Union Execs. Talks and seminars stimulate our brains outside of class and can inspire us to pursue certain fields of mathematics. I will ensure that the Math Union will continue to host undergraduate talks, such as the MUGS and MACS series.
Social Events:
Sometimes, we all need a break from math. Social events are where we can get to know each other outside of class. I will dedicate myself to providing multiple social events, such as movie nights, pub nights and socials.
Course Union:
At the end of the day, we are a course union, which means we are dedicated to giving you support and representation regarding your academics in math. Under my presidency, the Math Union will always be open to your problems.
I have been an active member of the Math Union and I will work tirelessly to keep Math Union in the highest esteem, after the tremendous efforts of our previous president, Sams.
Vote Danny Luo

Rachel C. Lo
I ask for your support and vote to be the next president of Math Union because I believe I can amount to improvements and develop a more harmonious and dynamic Math Union for YOU.
I currently hold the position as a VP Academic of MU. During this year, I have been an advocate of a stronger cohesion of the union. With my experiences as part of MU, I believe I am able to accomplish my goals. Thus far, I have been in charge of the annual booksale in Sept. 2014 and successfully raised over $2000. I have also organized a series of Math Union Guest Speakers’ series (MUGs), coordinated the joint union MASSive Spring Social with Statistical Sciences Association of Students and Actuarial Science Club, and many more. I would be honoured and delighted to continue to serve you as the president of the Math Union and make the upcoming year prosper.
If elected to this position, I pledge to you:
- Push for events that unite the Mathematics Department (E.g. MUGs, Pub nights, Paint ball)
- Make more collaborations with other academic unions
- Assist upper year students in the transition from school to workplace (E.g. Career events, Networking sessions with Alumni)

Ryan Downes
I am currently the Math Union VP of Communication and during this position the math union had increased its social media reach by more than 10 fold. When I ran for VP of Communication my goal was to extend the reach of the union. Through the on-line study groups, and organizing the unions advertising we now reach 2500 students.
As President, I will focus on fostering a community for student interaction. I will extend the current study groups to second and third-year classes. I will host the talks that math union is known for and would like to host talks specifically geared to first-year students to welcome them in September. I will have events like pi day and semester socials where we as a community can come to socialize. I realize that people running for the other positions will also have goals they would like to achieve and I will be a person there to help them make math union a success.

Treasurer

Robertson McClure
My primary goal, if I get elected, is to make the Math Union more efficient. My experience with the Math Union has been as an officer. I have attended every meeting required of me and shown up to numerous events. From my time seeing how the union runs from behind the scenes I realize that it is not the most efficient organism.
As treasurer, not only will be deal with the Union’s budget, but will also work closely with the president to advise and aid in the execution of their vision for the Union. Specifically I want to overhaul how the Math Union holds meetings amongst its core exec, as I feel it is not living up to its potential as time and discussions are not used efficiently.
Skills that will aid me in my endeavours is my second major, computer science. I intend to digitize as much as I can for a more efficiently run Union. All in all, I am a hard working detailed oriented individual who has a passion for efficiency. Proof of this is being able juggling Math and Computer Science double major, Varsity Volleyball, being a math tutor and still having a personal life.

Sadia Ahmed
With this statement I seek election as Math Union Treasurer. I became a Math Union member is 2013, and am currently working to get more involved and serve the union members as the treasurer for the year 2015-16.
As the president of the Student Council at my high school, I am familiar with the organizational development and management of large academic associations and wish to use this knowledge and expertise as your treasurer.
If I am elected as your Treasurer, I will implement financial policies which ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization, that are characterized by professionalism and transparency, and that allow to address the needs of the wide diversity of Math Union members as much as possible. I plan to start projects like fundraising dinners and start a small refreshment cafe in any Math building at the University of Toronto. With the profits of the venture, we could add services given to MU members and reduce the cost of MU accessories.
If history is any indication, I have proven my ability to achieve results and not just make empty promises. If you place your confidence in me and elect me as your next Math Union treasurer, I assure you that your concerns will become my concerns.

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Acclaimed positions:

Secretary

Adriano Pacifico
Hello friends and fellow math students,
I am going into second year with the intent to declare a math specialist. I have already participated in MU as a first year representative and we have managed to accomplish a great year together. As secretary, I intend to work for you – the student body. A group such as MU needs a responsible secretary to remain effective and coordinated. I hope to keep the MU organised and focused. My goals are to ensure that everything is kept on track and that meetings run smoothly, so that the MU may provide you with chances to meet new people at socials and discover new topics at academic talks. I hope we’ll have a great year together.
Remember at the ballot box, don’t vote no when you can vote Adriano. #PickPacifico

Vice President Communication

Annie Le
I am Annie Le, and I am a first year, taking specialist courses 247 and 157. I currently am one of the Officers for the academic year 2014-2015, and I intend to run for Vice President Communication for the upcoming year. This year, together with our Vice President, Secretary and Bluekey education, I helped with the organization of a free midterm review session for MAT136 students. I am also one of the admins running Math Union Facebook study groups for first years in MAT157, MAT137, MAT133, MAT135, and MAT136 students. I intend to widen the focus of the Union. In other words, instead of focusing our student events and purposes on Math Specialists, I want our events next year to also target Math Majors and Minors, as well as science students taking math courses. In addition, I want to extend our study groups to second year math students, and again – organizing as many free study sessions for our students as we can. I look forward to be able to make your upcoming academic year a wonderful one.

Vice President Academic

David V. Pechersky
My name is David Pechersky. I am a math specialist, soon to be entering my 3rd year, and I am running for the position of VP Academic. This year I was an officer in the math union where I was involved in the logistics behind various MU events, ensuring that talks ran smoothly and refreshments were always provided. I also helped organize and coordinate the successful MACS (Math and Computer Science) mini-series which I’m sure some of you are aware of.
As VP Academic, my primary focus for next year would be ensuring the continuation of the biweekly MUGS (Math Union Guest Speaker) talks. That means maintaining communication between MU and the U of T math department, reaching out to profs, and coordinating with others in MU to ensure that talks are well- advertised and run smoothly. I’m also interested in looking beyond the U of T math department, reaching out to notable mathematicians who might be involved in symposia at the Fields Institute, as well as leveraging U of T’s alumni network. This year we had the MACS mini-series, done jointly with the Undergraduate Theory Group, and if elected, I intend to actively look for ways in which MU can collaborate with other student groups with similar interests.

Vice President Social

Yao Lu
Hi everyone, my name is Yao, a current officer at Math Union. This year, I have helped to organized several socials, including the MASSive Spring Social earlier in March. I am also in charge of the promotion for our Guest Speaker Series, and have been creating posters for these talks.
Over the year, I enjoyed myself working for the math population, and am willing to take a step further to take on more responsibilities. I am looking forward to be your VP-Social next year. If I am honored with this position, I will:
1) Continue to organize social events as she already did this year, for example, games night and the hart house socials.
2) Strengthen the connections between MU and other unions through social events. 3) Strive to organize a “social with profs”, during which you get a chance to ask for research opportunities, post-graduate plans, etc. Thank you for your support!

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The detailed executive roles in MU are outlined in the constitution.

2013-2014 Elections Candidates

Here is the (growing) list of candidates for the MU election! The list of candidates will be finalized by Wednesday.

President

Sams Seraj

My platform is based on a single idea: community. It is an unfortunate state of affairs that currently the undergraduate body of math students is detached from one another and from professors.

To instill a sense of unity, I will ensure the organization of movie nights, pub nights and socials, along with the presence of prominent academics. These are standard functions of a union, but have rarely occurred in recent times.

Over the last three years, I have researched with professors, published papers, and lectured in a handful of cities. This experience will help me to coordinate student seminars. Although I have concentrated on studies in university, I was president of a math competition club and a puzzles club in high school.

With my ties to students in several departments, math professors and the office staff, we can implement a new vision of a visible, supportive union. Vote Sams.

Secretary

Michael Yu

Hello everyone, I am a second year student going into third year in Mathematics Specialist. I have been involved in Math Union in my first year as first year representative and this year as the person who put all of this on this website.

I could talk about my experiences as co-president of math club in high school. I could talk about my organizing and advertising events for the Math Union these past two year. But think what’s more important is that I tell you the following.

I will be living on residence next year and I frequent Bahen almost every day. I am online pretty much whenever I am sitting down in front of a table. If you want me to know or do something you can be certain I’ll know it in a few hours of awaking time.

I look forward to making things happen next year.

Treasurer

Jonathan Love

I am a math specialist going into my fourth year. I have previously been heavily involved in the math union, as president in my second year and year representative in my third year.

I will be running for Treasurer, and basing my campaign on one thing only: availability. Having seen the math union in action for two years now, there unfortunately has been a consistent problem of people with some level of financial responsibility simply disappearing. For a union to function properly, it is absolutely vital to have financial stability. I promise to ensure that financial duties, including crafting a budget based around the ideas of the rest of the executive team, ensuring that other exec team members receive the finances they need to run their events, and reimbursing their expenses, all happen in as timely a manner as I can. There’s nothing flashy about being a Treasurer – the true test is whether people can depend on you to do your job, so they can do theirs.

Academic Officer

Rachel Lo

I am Rachel Lo. I am a Math major student entering my fourth year in coming September 2014 and I am interested in running for the position of the Academics Officer. I have been the vice president of marketing for the UoftT Yoga and Fitness club, which is a club with more than 700 members, for the past 2 years. I organize events, approach different organization outside campus seeking for collaborations, and make sure members stay informed through social media platforms. So, I have been always wanted to get involved in my area of studies, hoping to build a stronger cohesion to the undergraduates community and finding new ways to provide academical assistances to the ones that need to be carried. As UofT is such a tough university, undergraduates need the help of each other to survive and make their ways to the completion of their degree. If I were given a chance to be part of the union, I will more likely to put the development of the help-center on the top of the agenda. Vote for Rachel!

Communications Officer

Ryan Downes

My name is Ryan Downes, I currently a second year student in a Math Specialist program at the University of Toronto. I am interested in running for Communications Officer for the math student union in 2014 – 2015. I am a very organized person, that is fast to respond to my email, Facebook messages, and other social media. This message will have been submitted after 3 hours of Donna Birch releasing the email about the election for the position.

I feel confident that I would be able to manage the Facebook group effectively, and would be able to make a meaningful contribution to the upkeep of the unions website. I would also feel confident that we could expand are reach to include Twitter and Google+ as ways to reach are audience.

I work for a special events company on specific weekends of the year. One of my main rolls in the company is to organize volunteers, at times I would be organizing 50 or more untrained volunteers to do things such as, operate rides, and guard exit doors. I would also organize that every person would have lunch breaks, which with so many people spaced over a huge hall is no easy task. With this as experience managing the PR-committee should be no problem for me.

Event Coordinator

Adam Artymowicz

I am a motivated 1st year student intending to pursue a pure math POSt, and I would like to strengthen the presence of the Math Union in the mathematics department. One way to do this would be by coordinating fundraising events during the academic year, which would increase public awareness of the union, as well as increase the resources available for future events.

4th Year Representative

Ian Greig

3rd Year Representative

Eric Zhao

My name is Tianchen Zhao (or just Eric); I’m a second year mathematics specialist student (going third year soon) and I’m interested in running the “year representative” position in the Mathematics Union! I will be finishing MAT257/MAT347 this semester, but for the next regular school year I will take MAT315.

2nd Year Representative (Applied Mathematics Specialist POSt representative)

Kunyi Zhong

I am a first year student who wants to do a specialist in Applied Mathematics.  I want to be a representative of second year students next year, including all students taking MAT247 and MAT257/237.

I have participated in mathematics activities from summer Putnam study session to the recent Public Probability Lecture.

2nd Year Representative (Mathematics Specialist POSt representative)

David Pechersky

Stay tuned for more!

See the election information page for the election process.

 

2013-2014 Elections Update

Hello everyone,

Friday April 4 is not a good time for everyone, so we have arranged more options for candidates and voters.

Candidate speeches and voting

(Session 1)
When: Wednesday April 2 @ 4:20 PM
Where: BA B025

(Session 2)
When: Friday April 4 @ 10:30 AM
Where: BA B024 (note the change of room!)

Candidates and voters are all invited to hear the speeches of candidates during these two session and vote. Free snacks  will be provided!
Candidates are recommended to attend both sessions if possible.

Extra voting hours

Voters can also submit ballots in the Math Specialist Lounge (BA 6202) on Thursday April 3 @ 2 PM to 6 PM.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

To Candidates
Please email both Gal Gross (g.gross@mail.utoronto.ca) and Michael Yu (michaely.yu@mail.utoronto.ca) a short bio and campaign platform by Wednesday if you have not done so already.

To Voters
Bring your T-card when you come to vote.

The bio/platforms of the candidates are here. And again for candidates, here is the link to the description of each position.