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2014 Graduate Places 2nd at the Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition

2014 graduate, David Blomker, placed 2nd at the 2014 Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition. David received his recognition for work he had done in his Applied Statistics class. He was one of three winners that were selected from a pool that included submissions from Colleges and Universities from all over the country, including Northern Kentucky University and […]

When a Professor Tries to Serve Her Nation

Science Insider reports that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has terminated Valerie Barr after the first of what ought to have been two years as a Program Officer. I know Professor Barr professionally–we are both members of the Liberal Arts Computer Science consortium–and also had the opportunity to talk with her about this strange and […]

Writing Prose and Writing Computer Programs

Joe Lencioni graduated from Gustavus in 2005 summa cum laude with a major in Religion, worked for the College as a software developer, then went on to do the same in the outside world. He’s now written a really nice blog post, aimed at fellow developers, with the thesis that “Writing prose can improve your programs […]

What is “Voluntary Voter ID”?

My professional work lately has focused on “electronic pollbooks” – computer systems used for administrative functions at polling places, such as checking in preregistered voters and processing same-day voter registration applications. In particular, I served this past year on the Minnesota legislature’s bipartisan task force on this topic, to which I was appointed based on […]

 

Senior Honor’s Presentation 5/12/14

Real-Time Hand Recognition on Raspberry Pi Helen Wauck Monday May 12, 4:00PM Olin 321   Abstract The problem of recognizing hand gestures in real-time from a video feed has been thoroughly studied in the field of computer vision, but methods for real-time hand gesture recognition on low performance machines are scarce. In this work, we […]

MCS Seminar 5/14/14

Linking the Microbiome to Host Phenotype and Genotype   Professor Dan Knights University of Minnesota Wednesday May 14, 4:30PM Olin 321 Abstract Perhaps the grandest bioinformatics challenge of the genomics era is to place genes into functional disease pathways using data sets of limited sample size. Human genome studies have identified associations between genetics and disease, but in […]

 

MCS Student Joe Poblocki Presents at GAC TALKS

Mathematics major Joe Poblocki (2014) presented a talk entitled “Numbers Don’t Lie: People Do” at the inaugural GAC TALKS event on Saturday March 22, 2014.  GAC TALKS is similar to the well-known TED TALKS but focused on issues near and dear to Gustavus students, faculty, and the community at large. To see Joe’s talk click […]

Pi Day!

In addition to contemplating the digits of π, we are celebrating with pie (round, of course) in the third floor lobby of Olin Hall at 4:30pm.

MCS Seminar 3/19/14

On Wednesday March 19 at 7:00PM in Olin 321 the Mathematics and Computer Science Department will be hosting a talk by David Liben-Nowell of Carlton College. Tracing Global-Scale Information Flow using Internet Chain-Letter Data David Liben-Nowell Carlton College Although information, news, jokes, and opinions circulate continuously in the worldwide social network, the actual mechanics of how […]

Wall Street Journal Asks “Who Needs to Know How to Code”

Enrollments in MCS-177 are up; way up. This Wall Street Journal article explores why there is an increased interest in computer programming, who are the people learning to code, and what are some of the non-traditional institutions satisfying this need.