Welcome to my page-Bienvenue à mon site.
I am the coordinator of the Math Help Center
at the University of Ottawa.
Contact Information:
Departement of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Ottawa
Office 108E-585 King-Edward
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 6N5
Telephone: (613) 562-5800 x 3487
Fax: (613) 562-5776
Email: jkhoury@uottawa.ca
The "How is it made?" series
Teaching-Spring/Summer 2012:
Teaching-Winter 2012:
Teaching-Fall 2011:
Teaching-Summer 2011:
Teaching-Winter 2011:
Teaching-Fall 2010:
Teaching-Winter 2010:
Research:
My research interests are in Commutative algebra, algebraic geometry with a special interest in Ga-actions on affine
spaces. Also I am interested in topics related to the theory of Groebner bases.
Publications:
Conferences and Seminars
- An Introduction to the theory of Groebner bases} (A seminar of four talks I gave at the University of Ottawa,
Winter 2000)
- CMS Meeting: Math 2000, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, June 10-13, 2000.
- Invited speaker in the Algebraic Geometry Symposia, CMS winter meeting, December 10-12, Vancouver, British Columbia.
- Many times speaker in OAME conferences in various topics of Mathematics and Mathematics related subjects.
Professional activities
- Associate Executive Director-Canadian Mathematical Society: 2008-2009.
- Chair of the Bilingualism Committee-Canadian Mathematical Society: 2009-2011.
- Chair of the Education Committee-Canadian Mathematical Society: 2006-2008.
- Member of the Liaison committee between school boards in Ottawa-Carleton region, Carleton University and
the University of Ottawa.
- Member of the 2008 Prime Minister Award for Excellence in Teahing Selection Committee.
- Chair, CMS Excellence in Teahing Award Selection Committee-2008-
- Member of the Task Force on teaching Calculus at the faculty of Science at the University of Ottawa, 2004
- Member of the editorial board of ATOM (A Taste Of Mathematics) published by Canadian Mathematical Society.
- Co-organizer of the Math Horizon Day:
Since 2001, I co-organize this one day activity in the Department of Mathematics. An average of 20 schools participate
in this day every year, each school with a team of 4 students. In the morning, the students listen to a lecture on
a certain topic or they see a movie related to math. In the afternoon, teams are put together for a relay type
competition. Prizes and trophies are distributed at the end of the day.
- Co-organizer of ESSO-CMS Math camp:
Since the summer of 2000, I Co-organized the CMS-Math summer Camp at the University of Ottawa with Dr. Graham Wright, the
Executive director of the CMS.
Duties include: Decide on a list of invitees for the camp chosen from the best performers in national math competitions
like Cayley, Pascal and Opti-math, prepare a program for the camp, provide material for the lectures and for
the competitions done during the week long activity, give a lecture and participate in most other activities of the
camp.
Special Projects
- Linear Algebra close to earth.
One of the major difficulties encountered in first year mathematics courses
by students registered in programs other than mathematics is that they do not see the relevance of the material for
their
chosen fields. This can seriously affect their motivation in the course, and their ultimate success. This effect seems
to be most pronounced in first year Linear Algebra whereas calculus is more readily seen to be useful. In order to
stimulate the interest in Linear Algebra, I was involved in a project of selecting a wide variety of problems that arise
in different topics of that discipline. The above website was created by me for a project designed by
Dr. Barry Jessup, with funding provided by the University of Ottawa Excellence in Education Prize.
- Linear Algebra Questions Bank. I was also involoved in a project to create a practice questions bank
in linear algebra. The bank contains hundreds of questions divided in seven categories covering all topics of
first and second year linear algebra. Only University of Ottawa students registered in a linear algebra course have access
to this bank.
- The Problem of the Month. I organize a web based
monthly competition open to Grade 10 and 11 students in Ontario and “secondaire” 3 and 4
in Quebec. This activity is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and
Statistics and the faculty of Science at the University of
Ottawa and was initially funded by an Excellence in Education Prize awarded to Dr.Thierry Giordano.