Archive for Max Hailperin

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 […]

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.

 

Student Testifies on Online Voter Registration

Sophomore Tucker Saude testified before the Minnesota Senate’s Subcommittee on Elections at a March 10, 2014, hearing regarding online voter registration. Saude based his testimony on his experience serving as an Election Judge for the 2012 general election, while he was taking the First Term Seminar course “How Do We Vote?” with Professor of Mathematics […]

Gustavus Math Prof’s “Letter of the Day”

Professor Jeff Rosoff wrote to the Star Tribune to chide them about Fermat’s Last Theorem; they selected it as their letter of the day.

DHS Seeks Student Volunteers

The Department of Homeland Security has just opened a call for student volunteers with a closing date of January 17, 2014. They have unpaid positions in a variety of places. [Updated: originally posted with closing date of January 3rd, which was extended.]

Faulty Logic or Faulty Logic about Faulty Logic?

Take a look at this MinnPost article by Joel Kramer and the comment on it by Paul Birnberg. The subject matter is Minneapolis’s Ranked Choice Voting tabulation process. Kramer offers a proof sketch that a more efficient process would necessarily give the same results. Birnberg offers a proof sketch that the results of Kramer’s process […]

Math Careers Night with Alumni

The Math Career Night is this Tuesday, Oct. 29th from 5:30-7:30 in the third floor Olin lobby! Enjoy free pizza and pop while meeting alumni who majored in Math or who have careers in math. Take this opportunity to get a feel for what math-related careers are out there after graduation and get advice from […]

Cool Mathematical Art at the MIA

I don’t blog much about events that don’t have a direct connection to the department, but I was blown away by a very mathematically-oriented artwork I saw today at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The photo on their web site doesn’t do it any justice. Trever Nicholas‘s Luma is based on the concept of a […]