Archive for Max Hailperin
Spin magazine has a nice profile of Oliver Ackermann, who is pictured wearing a T-shirt from the 1979 math contest held at Gustavus Adolphus College.
The stated mission of Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics at Gustavus is “to provide an excellent education in the theoretical, practical, and aesthetic aspects of mathematics, statistics, and computer science to undergraduate students.” No doubt other departments of mathematical sciences also highlight both theory and practice in their mission statements, but there can’t […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.]
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 […]