Archive for September, 2009

MCS Almuna To Receive First Decade Award

The Gustavus Alumni Association Board of Directors has named Tammy (Williams) VanDeGrift to be the 2009 female recipient of the First Decade Award for early career achievements, which will be presented at the 10th anniversary class dinner on October 9th. Congratulations to Tammy, who has made quite a name for herself in computer science education.

Dahlkes’ “Hands for Harvest” Makes News

The Mishnah tells us that “These are the things that have no measure: The portion of the field allocated to the poor, … acts of kindness, and the study of the Torah.” Two Gustavus Computer Science graduates, Travis and Nathan Dahlke (classes of 2000 and 2002) seem to have started with 1/3 acre as the initial […]

Erik Tou (2002) Publishes on Arithmetic Lattices

Erik Tou, an honors math major from the class of 2002, recently published an article on “Explicit constructions of arithmetic lattices in SL(n,R)” in the International Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science, along with Lee Stemkoski of Adelphi University. Erik received his PhD from Dartmouth in 2007 and is on the faculty at Carthage College. […]

British PM’s Apology Regarding Alan Turing

The British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has released a statement apologizing for the “appalling” treatment of Alan Turing.  Turing made many important contributions as a mathematician, including laying some of the major foundations of the field of computer science.  Brown’s statement shortchanges these accomplishments by focusing only on Turing’s role in breaking German cyphers during […]

Three-Dimensional Surface Reconstruction and Measurement of Placentas

MCS Seminar presented by ChenYu Yang, Gustavus mathematics major Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 3:30PM Olin 321 Cookies will be served. The goal of the project is to reconstruct three-dimensional shape of placentas, and provide shape characterization for exploring the relation between placental shapes and fetal growth. We investigate two types of surface reconstruction methods: implicit […]

Prof. Kaiser elevated to Provost’s Office

Barbara Kaiser will spend the next three years largely away from the MCS department, serving as Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Programs.