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Gustavus Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Blog

2022 Pi Day Celebration

The MCS department hosted its Pi Day gathering on March 14.  The event featured pie eating, pi trivia, and good company.

Gusties Compete in Programming Contest

  Congratulations to Wenlei Yu, Josie Bierbaum, and Lucas Hartfiel  for correctly solving three problems in the 2021 – 2022 International Collegiate Programming Contest.  Team JLW from Gustavus finished 58th out of 96 teams in the North Central North American Region. This is quite an accomplishment given that many of the teams in the region had at least one […]

Math, Swimming, and the Olympics

Professor Ken Ono of the University of Virginia wears many hats. He is the Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics, Chair of the Mathematics Department, and mathematical consultant to the UVA swim team. What? The linked video highlights this remarkable collaboration and how it helped one UVA swimmer reach her Olympic goal. So what does this […]

MCS Seeking Computer Lab Instructor

The MCS Department is now taking applications for a computer science lab instructor.  See the job description and how to apply by clicking here

Teaching a Machine Learning Camp

Check out the October/November issue of the MAA FOCUS  for an article on teaching a machine learning camp written by Dr. Melissa Lynn.    

The Making of the 2021 Nobel Conference

 2021 Nobel Conference cochairs Tom LoFaro (MCS) and Karl Larson (HES/public health) discuss how this year’s conference came to be in an interview with Nobel Conference director Dr. Lisa Heldke. Click here to listen

Statistician Ella Burnham Joins MCS Department

The MCS Department is excited to welcome Ella Burnham to the department. Ella is a statistician who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in 2021. Her research interests lie in studying statistics education, with a specific emphasis on how to teach introductory courses most effectively. Ella is a native of Spencer, Iowa who […]

MCS Department Seminar 4/21 – Danté Tawfeeq

This Wednesday, April 21st, at 2:30pm, we are excited to welcome Danté A. Tawfeeq from John Jay College of Criminal Justice to give a virtual seminar talk titled “The Footprint of Innumeracy and Mathematics Illiteracy in Public School Education” (abstract included below). For the Zoom link, email Melissa Lynn at mklynn@gustavus.edu. The Footprint of Innumeracy […]

“A Sense of Wonder and Beauty” – Seminar on 4/7 at 3:30pm

On Wednesday, 4/7, at 3:30 pm, our supreme chair-being, Dr. Mike Hvidsten, will be giving the MCS Department Seminar talk. Please join us to hear some of Mike’s words of wisdom! Zoom Link: Click Here Seminar Title: A Sense of Wonder and Beauty Seminar Abstract: A good summary of my life would be the title […]

MCS Faculty Book Published

  Tom LoFaro and Jeff Ford have completed their textbook Discovering Dynamical Systems Through Experiment and Inquiry.  The book is published by CRC Press and is available through most on-line booksellers. The book provides an introduction to discrete dynamical systems using Inquiry-based Learning or IBL for short.  As the title of the book suggests, students are led […]