2018 Wall Scholar Malabika Pramanik appointed Director of the Banff International Research Station
June 1, 2020
Pramanik is a professor of Mathematics at UBC. During her time in residence at the Peter Wall Institute she explored connections between her research and other disciplines.
“Our 2018 Wall cohort was a tapestry of incredible gifted artists, scientists and humanists. Learning about their work opened my eyes to the role that institutes play as facilitators of meetings of the minds and as incubators of transformative ideas,” explained Pramanik. “The wealth of experience that I carried away from that year played a vital role in my decision to apply for this position [at BIRS].”
Pramanik is also the recipient of two UBC Killam awards one for research and another for teaching, the Ruth E. Michler Memorial Prize, the Canadian Mathematical Society Krieger-Nelson Prize, and a 2019 Simons fellowship.
In addition to her academic work, Pramanik is actively involved in initiatives that promote diversity and inclusivity in STEM fields, especially through her role as vice-president for the Pacific region of the Canadian Mathematical Society and as a co-organizer of programs such as the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences Diversity in Mathematics Summer School.
She has also worked with fellow 2018 Wall Scholars to engage the broader academic community on conversations surrounding academic aviation emissions.
Given the current pandemic caused by COVID-19, Pramanik believes collaboration across disciplines is more important than ever before, and something she will bring to her role at BIRS — a research infrastructure that facilitates interactions among mathematical scientists from around the world.
“Collaborative work has always been important, pandemic or not. Now it is even more apparent due to the obvious need for dialogue between researchers, physicians, frontline workers and public health policy-makers,” Pramanik added.
“In a post-pandemic world, these particular connections may fade into the background, but the need to collaborate on local and global challenges will endure.”