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Seminar: Mathematical Assessment of the Role of Climate Change on Spread of Vector-borne Diseases

Monday, September 14th, 2015


Abba Gumel, PhD, FAS, FAAS, FCBCS (ASU-Santa Fe Inst.)
Professor of Mathematics
and C. Castillo-Chavez Professor of Mathematical Biology
School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 871804
Tempe, Arizona, 85287-1804, USA.

DATE:       September 15, 2015 (Tuesday)
TIME:       11:0012:00 AM
PLACE:      E3-262 (Senate Chamber), EITC, Fort Garry Campus


  • Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • IEEE Computer & Computational Intelligence Chapter


Climatic factors, such as temperature, rainfall, vapour pressure and humidity, are known to influence the incidence of vector-borne diseases (VBDs) such as such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile fever, Lyme disease and leishmaniasis.  These factors affect the incidence of VBDs typically through changes in the duration of vector and parasite life cycles or by influencing host, vector, or parasite behaviour.  As global temperature continues to rise, a key ecological question is whether or not a shift in the distribution of vectors into non-endemic areas may occur (so that endemic areas at lower temperatures may experience an increase in incidence, while regions with temperatures beyond a certain threshold are likely to experience a decline in incidence). In other words, will climate change alter distribution of disease vectors?  This talk addresses some of the main concepts and challenges associated with the mathematical modeling of the role of climate change on the transmission dynamics of VBDs, with emphasis on malaria. Models, of the form of deterministic systems of nonlinear differential equations, will be used to illustrate the main concepts.

Dr. Gumel is a Professor of Mathematics (and the C. Castillo-Chavez Professor of Mathematical Biology) at the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Arizona State University (ASU).  Prior to joining ASU in 2014, Dr. Gumel was a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Manitoba (1999-2014).  Dr. Gumel’s research work centres on using mathematical approaches to provide qualitative and quantitative insight into real-life phenomena associated with the mathematical modeling of systems arising in the natural, social and engineering sciences, with emphasis on the ecology, epidemiology and population biology of emerging and re-emerging diseases of public health importance. Dr Gumel has authored/co-authored about 120 research publications and edited/co-edited three books.  Dr. Gumel served as Secretary of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematical Society (2007-2009; 2009-2011). He is Fellow of African Academy of Science and the newly-formed ASU-Santa Fe Institute Center for Biosocial Complex Systems. Dr. Gumel is Adjunct Professor at the University of Department of Mathematics, University of Manitoba (2014-2017) and an Extraordinary Professor at the Department of  Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Pretoria, South Africa (2015-2017).


Thursday, April 4th, 2013



The Fairmont Winnipeg
2 Lombard Place

Date & Time:

Friday, May 10, 2013 from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.


What to Expect?

  • An exciting and full day’s program including:
    • Keynote speakers
    • A panel discussion
    • Choice of 3 out of 12 breakout sessions
  • Networking opportunities
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Breaks

Who Should Attend?

  • Professionals from public and private industries
  • Human resources professionals
  • Academics and Students
  • Entrepreneurs and Business Professionals
  • The conference is open to all genders – everyone is welcome!

Why Attend?

  • Receive high quality personal, professional and leadership development
  • Great networking opportunities
  • Be Encouraged and Empowered to Enhance your career!

What is MCWESTT?

MCWESTT is the Manitoba Community for Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology. The idea for MCWESTT came after Manitoba hosted the 13th Biennial Conference of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This was the first time that this national conference was held in Manitoba.

The 2010 conference was a resounding success with six keynote speakers, two panel discussions, 28 breakout sessions and a poster session. Over 230 attendees reflecting a diversity of professions, geographic locations, experiences and ideas, attended the conference. The excitement from meeting new and old friends, hearing success stories and being empowered created Momentum in Manitoba. We realized the benefit from having time to come together, to listen and learn from one another, and we realized that Manitoba has a community that should be celebrated and that we should continue to grow.

So, the idea to do a conference in Manitoba, for Manitobans, was hatched! Here we are, in 2013, and once again, we are bringing together the Manitoba Community to Encourage, Enhance and Empower.


Register online at


For more information contact Andrea Watts, MCWESTT 2013 Chair at or visit

Winnipeg International Space Apps Challenge

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

2013_04_20_spaceappsThe Winnipeg International Space Apps Challenge will take place on April 20-21, 2013 at the University of Manitoba. In this event, UMSATS is partnering with NASA to participate in a 48hr hackathon to solve problems with people from all over the world. Go to for details.

There are four major categories of challenges:

  • Software – APIs, databases, and other tools for managing data collected from space
  • Open Hardware – technologies for space exploration
  • Citizen Science – why we explore space presentations
  • Data Visualization – visualizing data already collected by others


This event is free and open to anyone ages 16+. The top two solutions will receive prizes and be entered into the worldwide competition where they will be judged by a panel of NASA judges.

For more information please contact Dario Schor at

APEGM Student Networking Dinner 2012

Sunday, January 15th, 2012



Thursday February 2, 2012
6:00 p.m. Reception, 7:00 p.m. Dinner


Canad Inns Fort Garry, 1824 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, MB


APEGM’s Annual Networking Dinner is held to help encourage student engineers and geoscientists to become more involved in their profession before graduation. The dinner features a delicious meal, a guest speaker, and activities to encourage interaction between the students and professionals. The networking dinner is a great way to promote yourself and your company and support the future of engineering and geoscience in Manitoba.

The networking dinner is a great way to promote yourself and your company and support the future of engineering and geoscience in Manitoba:

  • Excellent networking and business development opportunities.
  • Exposure to seniot decision-makers in the industry.
  • Association with a well-organized and productive event.
  • Recognition as a supporter of excellence in engineering and geoscience.
  • Exposure to new talent through students in the engineering and geoscience fields.


George Trachilis

Speaker Bio:

George Trachilis is a highly experienced Business Executive, Coach, and Leader who has demonstrated the ability to solve complicated business problems with a collaborative team-based effort. George has focused on personal mastery techniques,and implemented tools that align management teams to focus on common goals.

George’s main objective is to find and lead the right organization towards sustained growth, profit, and business systems. During this venture, he will develop a team of leaders to communicate with respect, trust, and honesty during their journey towards achievement of these goals.

George has experience with leading executive teams, being part of a high-performing executive environment, problem solving/root cause elimination, coaching by asking questions, project management, and 5S workplace organization


Registration is $80 per person or $300 per table. Details can be found in the Dinner Brochure [168KB PDF].


For more information contact the APEGM office at 474-2736.

WARC Fall Flea Market

Monday, September 19th, 2011


Sunday, October 16, 2011 from 9:30-12:30pm


Heritage Victoria Community Club
950 Sturgeon Rd., Winnipeg, Manitoba.
(2 blocks north of Ness Avenue)


Yes, it is that time of year again! The WARC Flea Market is rapidly approaching. As I write this announcement, (Sept 16) it is only 30 days away!

WARC’s favourite semi annual get together, also known as the WARC Flea Market, is scheduled for Heritage Victoria Community Club, on Sunday, October 16. The Community Club is located at 950 Sturgeon Road, just a hop, skip, and a jump north of Ness Avenue.

Do you have a basement cluttered up with high class junque, looking for a new home? Do you want to sell some excess ham gear? Do you want to make a few dollars, to spend on newer and better “stuff”? Do you want to make the XYL happy? The WARC Flea Market is the perfect place to look after all that, and more. Simply phone or e-mail Ruth VE4XYL to book your table. She can be reached at 837-6915 or

Tables are only $5.00 each for WARC members, and $10.00 each for everyone else. There are only 30 tables available for sale, so better hurry.

Admission is unchanged at $3.00 per person.

Plan to arrive at 9:30 am. Ruth’s Kitchen will be on hand, with the best coffee in town, along with delicious muffins, and Ruth’s fabulous bunwiches, made with TLC. Have a nice visit with all those folks you never see, except at the Flea Market!

Doors open for buying at 10:30. The sale should last til about noon.

Be sure to visit the Manitoba Repeater Society table to prepay your 2012 dues. Stop by the Winnipeg ARES table, as well, for a chance to win a nice prize. Don’t forget to ask Adam VE4SN, who has the QSL: bureau for Manitoba, to check for your outstanding QSL cards.

Be sure to mark your calendar, right now, for Sunday, October 16 !!

Dick Maguire VE4HK
Flea Market Coordinator