Archive for Aaron Nienow

LoFaro Receives Faculty Service Award

Congratulations to MCS department faculty member Dr. Tom LoFaro.  Dr. LoFaro is the recipient of the 2019 Faculty Service Award,  This award is the College’s highest recognition for distinguished service activities across campus.    Tom carries on the tradition of Service Award winners from the Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics department. Previous winners from the […]

Pizza and Problem Solving Returns!

Pizza and Problem Solving will resume on Friday September 27. Come and help solve interesting, challenging, and just plain fun math problems and puzzles. Sometimes we even play games with some math content. You don’t need to have any particular background in math to join, i.e. you do not need to be a math major. We have many problems/puzzles […]

MCS Summer Research: Offensive Performance in Baseball

Offensive performance in baseball depends on a number of correlated factors: the pitches the batter faces, the batter’s choice to swing, and the batter’s hitting ability. The choices of whether or not to swing, which can be  describe as plate discipline, has traditionally been summarized as the proportion of pitches inside and outside of the […]

MCS Summer Research: Altruistic Suicide in E. Coli Bacteria

Over the summer Dr. Jeff Ford and Sanjeeda Shutrishna are working on a project to study the evolution of altruistic suicide in E. coli bacteria. The bacteria employ a strategy where, when the colony encounters a pathogen, some bacteria will self-destruct before the pathogen can spread.  Dr. Ford and Shutrishna are attempting to use network […]

MCS Summer Research: Social Media and Exercise

This summer Filip Belik  and Dr. Louis Yu have been investigating the relationship between social media and exercise.  The content of the summer work can be separated into two distinct tasks. They are first utilizing the text classification capabilities of several machine learning algorithms to find the most effective way of classifying social media posts from Twitter […]

Congratulations to Dr. Louis Yu!!!

Mathematics Computer Science and Statistics department member Dr. Louis You was one of  six Gustavus faculty members that received tenure today. Congratulations Louis!  You earned it.    

Open MCS Faculty Positions

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MCS Puzzle Contest

We have been sending out a weekly teaser problem in our announcements of the Pizza & Problem Solving sessions in the MCS Department.  Although we are finished meeting for the year, we’d still like to offer some problems and puzzles for you to work on.  We’ll have some small prizes for the best solutions.  You can find the […]

MCS Puzzle Contest

Hello All,   We have been sending out a weekly teaser problem in our announcements of the Pizza & Problem Solving sessions that the MCS Department has been hosting on Tuesday afternoons. We would like to make this a little more official and turn these into a problem solving contest. The plan is to post a problem (or two) maybe […]

MCS Alumni Profile: Jillian (Lyon) Downey ’08

Jillian (Lyon) Downey graduated from Gustavus in 2008 with a degree in mathematics.  She received her MS in Statistics from The University of Iowa in 2010 and her PhD in Statistics from Iowa State University in 2017.  She is now an Assistant Professor of Statistics at Truman State University (Kirksville, MO)   Congratulations and good luck with […]