Archive for 2008

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Poetry Contest

To celebrate April being both Math Awareness Month and Poetry Month, the Gustavus Mathematics and Computer Science Department invites all Gustavus students to participate in a poetry contest with the opportunity to win a $50 prize and public recognition. Submissions are due by April 10, 2008, and the winner will be announced May 1st.

Mathematical Modelling of Motion Detection in Fly’s Visual Cortex

Dr. Baili Chen, Washington University in St. Louis, Candidate for MCS faculty position Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 3:30PM in Olin 320 Visual motion detection is one of the most active areas in neuroscience today. In this paper, we investigate the mechanism of motion-detection in the fly’s visual cortex. First, we investigate how the direction […]

Applied Statistics and Programming in a Medical Research Setting

Eric A. Barnitt (Mayo Clinic, Gustavus ’07) 11:30-12:20 on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 Olin Hall, Room 321 Lunch will be served The field of medical research is one that is vast and growing. Researchers are pushing to find new ways to understand complex medical questions in virtually every field of medicine. My talk addresses how […]

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 […]