Archive for February, 2008

Voting in Agreeable Societies

Mathematics Awareness Month Lecture by Francis Edward Su (Harvey Mudd College) 7:00 PM, May 1st, 2008 Olin Hall, Room 103 When can a majority of voters find common ground, that is, a position they all agree upon? How does the shape of the political spectrum influence the outcome? What does mathematics have to say about how people […]

Gusties win Konhauser Problemfest

Congratulations to the team of Erick Knight, Mark Myers, and Chenyu Yang for winning the 2008 Konhauser Problemfest!  Professor Rietz reports that the team score was 99  out of 100;  the next highest score was 90.  As a result, the unique traveling trophy associated with this math contest is now lodged at Gustavus; it is […]

Catastrophe Modeling Seminar

Jon Christianson, Jon Knutzen, Adam Miron ’07, and Allison Rethwisch ’07 all of Collins (John B. Collins Associates, Inc.) 11:30-12:20 on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Olin Hall, Room 317 Lunch will be served Catastrophe modeling estimates the financial impacts of disasters – whether of natural or human origin – by simulating scenarios based on historical data […]