AND YU-RU LIU HONOURED FOR OUSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS
OTTAWA, Ontario -- The recipient of the Canadian Mathematical Society's Adrien Pouliot Award for 2005 is Dr. Katherine Heinrich (University of Regina), and Dr. Yu-Ru Liu (University of Waterloo) is the winner of the 2005 G. de B. Robinson Prize.
Dr. Katherine Heinrich (University of Regina)
The Adrien Pouliot Award is for individuals, or teams of individuals, who have made significant and sustained contributions to mathematics education in Canada.
The most significant achievement of Kathy Heinrich
in the area of mathematics education is the idea for a Canadian Mathematics Education Forum as a venue for people interested in mathematics education at all levels: mathematicians, math educators, teachers of mathematics from every level, representatives of school boards, ministries of education, industry, and parents, to meet and talk together about issues of common interest.
In 2001, the Canadian Mathematical Society
revived Kathy Heinrich's
The second Forum took place in MontrÃ©al (hosted by UQAM) in May 2003 and the third Forum (hosted by the Fields Institute) was held in May 2005.
Many new initiatives have grown out of these Fora.
A new Canada-wide teachers' organization is being created and Canadian indigenous people are becoming partners in the discussions on mathematics education.
These Fora are on the verge of becoming an institution.
The inspiration for the 1995 Forum arose from Kathy Heinrich's
significant involvement in mathematics education and the promotion of mathematics.
In 1982 she
organized the first Mathematics Enrichment Conference for grade 11 students at Simon Fraser University
This three-day event, which continued annually for the next 15 years, provided inspiration to generations of British Columbia students.
was a co-organizer of "Women Do Math" (later renamed "Discover the Possibilities"), a mathematics conference designed to reach girls in grades 9 and 10 and a co-organizer of "Math in the Malls", a series of displays with hands-on activities, organized in several Vancouver area shopping malls in the early 1990's.
took an active role in lobbying to have Mathematics as a category at Canada Wide Science Fairs.
legacy of involvement in mathematics education continues to be felt across the country.
Dr. Katherine Heinrich received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 1979.
In 1981, she joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Simon Fraser University as an Assistant Professor on a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) University Research Fellowship.
She was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1987 and, from 1991-1996, was Chair of the Department.
From 1999, she has held the position of Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Regina.
During the last several years Kathy Heinrich has served as a member of the Interim Governing Council of the University of Northern British Columbia, the Board of Governors of Simon Fraser University, the Youth Science Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Mathematical Society.
She was President of the Canadian Mathematical Society from 1996 to 1998.
For six years she served as a member of the BC Science Council Awards Committee.
Recently she was a member of an NSERC Grant Selection Committee and the National Killam Selection Committee.
She is currently a member of the NSERC Council.
In 1995, she
was awarded both the Vancouver YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Education, Training and Development and the University of Newcastle Gold Medal for Professional Excellence