Archive for Aaron Nienow


The MCS department made some upgrades over the summer.  The iMacs that were in Olin 326 have been replaced with a PC that runs the latest release of Ubuntu.  The hardware change was made to compliment upcoming changes to the Computer Science major.  The department also added a 3rd generation Threadripper with a 3970 X […]

Open Statistics Position

Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Statistics (or Associate Professor with appropriate qualifications) in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics to begin September 1, 2021.  Find the full job posting at

MCS Summer Scholarship: Fun and Games

How far can a model army advance into a one-dimensional desert, using only finite resources and prescribed types of movement?

MCS Student Faculty Research Opportunity

Applications wanted for Stephen Hilding Student Faculty Research Fund Students are encouraged to apply for funding for 6 weeks of summer research. The stipend will cover salary and a housing allotment. Please apply at this link – The project description is below. Applications are due by 3/27. Please contact Dr. Jeff Ford or Dr. Jacob Siehler […]

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 

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 […]