My name is Mike Pawliuk and I am a graduate student in math at the University of Toronto, with advisors Stevo Todorcevic (Toronto) and Vladimir Pestov(Ottawa). My wife Janet is also a graduate student at the University of Toronto (in Classics) and we moved to Toronto from Winnipeg in 2009.
Mathematically, I am interested in set theory and topology, with an emphasis on (large) topological groups, topological dynamics and universal spaces (like the Urysohn space). Currently, I help organize the Toronto/York Student Set Theory and Topology Seminar. Problem solving for contests and Olympiads is also something I commit a lot of time to. Recently I helped mark the 2011 COMC for Canadian high school students and I was a chaperone at the Winter Camp for Canadian IMO students.
Extra-mathematically, I juggle, cheer for the Edmonton Oilers, coach improv, play Dominion (my user name is ‘mathguy’ on the isotropic server) and have been known to parkour. I take reading, etymology and dictionaries quite seriously; I have 5 full bookshelves at home with one for each of Literature, Science Fiction, Math, Graphic Novels and Classics (these are my wife’s). My favourite place in Toronto is BMV books at which I spend altogether too much money.