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MCS Seminar on Lewis Carroll

Join us on Monday at 3:30 pm in Olin 321 for the MCS department seminar given by current GAC student, Rebecca Steffen.  The title of Rebecca’s talk is “The Mathematical Art of Lewis Carroll” and an abstract is given below.  As always, snacks will be served.  We look forward to seeing you there! Abstract:  While […]

Open Visiting Statistics Position

Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time one-year position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics to begin September 1, 2020.  See the full job posting at 

NFL Statistician to give Seminar on 2/18

The MCS department is excited to welcome Dennis Lock as our first MCS seminar speaker of 2020.  Dennis is the Director of Football Research and Strategy for the Buffalo Bills.  His talk, “Sports Analytics:  An Insider’s Perspective” will be on Tuesday, February 18th in Olin 103 at 6:30 pm.  Refreshments will be served! Abstract for talk: […]

We made games, and you can try them!

In MCS-106 we’ve been thinking intensely about games – we’ve had the cards, dice, hexagonal boards, pencils and paper and all the other trimmings out as we’ve studied the mechanics of games like Hex, Can’t Stop, SET, Dots-and-Boxes, and many others. Most importantly, we’ve been designing and testing our own games, and we’d like to […]

Math Grad gets Gig on the Tonight Show

We often get asked “what can I do with a math major.” Well here is an answer I’ve never thought of before: “You can write for Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show.” Chloe Radcliffe (12) recently joined the Tonight Show as a comedy writer. Read more about this in City Pages.

Obituary of Richard Allen Askey

Most of you have probably not heard of Professor Richard Askey, Professor at Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, who passed away this fall. But every student who has passed through the MCS Department knows the bronze bust of Srinivasa Ramanujan sculpted by Paul Granlund that proudly adorns our lobby. Richard Askey was the driving […]

December Problems of the Month

Congratulations to November’s solvers: Filip Belik, Mike Hvidsten, and Ha Le. November’s problems seems to have been particularly challenging! On to December: Problem #1 is a little arithmetic curiosity: The four-digit numbers 3025 and 2025 have an unusual property: (30+25)^2 = 3025 and (20+25)^2 = 2025. That is, if you put a plus sign in […]

Gusties contested in the 2019 ACM ICPC

Two gusties programming teams consisting of Thomas Hugart, Lam Nguyen, Ha Le, Filip Belik, Paul Kelley, and Caden Gunnarson participated in the 2019 regional ACM ICPC <> at Carleton College this past weekend. Each team solved three problems. The final scores can be viewed at Please congratulate them for a job well done!

Seminar on 11/11 – “What is a continuum, and why can’t I draw one?”

Dr. Jeff Ford will be giving the MCS department seminar. The title of his talk is “What is a continuum, and why can’t I draw one?”  The talk will be in Olin 321 at 3:30 pm and refreshments (yum yum) will be at 3:15 pm.

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 […]