Local STEM Event

How to Use Geometry to Get Rich Playing the Lottery*

Who: Jordan Ellenberg, University of Wisconsin at Madison
When: 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Where: 2-650 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St SE
East Bank, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

For seven years, a group of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology exploited a loophole in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Cash WinFall to win game after game, eventually pocketing more than $3 million. Jordan Ellenberg will talk about how they did it, why they got away with it, the mathematical notions of expected value and variance, and the surprising relationship of all this with projective geometry.

Ellenberg is the author of the New York Times bestseller How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking and the novel The Grasshopper King. Both books will be available for purchase and signing at the lecture.

*Sadly, will not actually help you get rich playing the lottery.

This event is free and open to the public. The IMA Public Lecture Series features distinguished mathematicians and scientists who illuminate the role of mathematics in understanding our world and shaping our lives. The purpose of these talks is to give the public a better understanding about how contemporary mathematical ideas are applied to important technological and scientific problems, conveying the significance and excitement of these applications. These engaging and informative lectures are designed for a broad audience, appropriate for middle-school students and older. This well-established series regularly draws diverse audiences of several hundred people. For additional information, please call (612) 624-6066 or download the event PDF.

Zyzzogeton 2014

ZyzzogetonAuggie’s who have participated in undergraduate research in the past year were invited to share their findings with the community in an open forum at the Oren Gateway Center hosted by the UGRO, McNair, and LSAMP programs.  This year’s Zyzzogeton was a huge success with almost half of the sixty-seven poster presenters representing STEM fields. Continue reading

Bonnie Bassler Visits Augsburg

Bonnie Bassler at Chapel This week Augsburg’s students and faculty were honored to host two talks by molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler of Princeton University. She explained her ongoing research which focuses on how bacteria communicate by chemical means (watch her TED talk) and also spoke about how breakthroughs in this area of biology may lead to new antibiotics and new methods to improve human health.

Brooke Story of Medtronic

Dinner with Brooke StoryBrooke Story visited Augsburg to lead an open forum on her life experiences, her success in STEM careers, and how she has used her degree.  Brooke is passionate about empowering other women and underrepresented students to pursue their goals in STEM.  In her talk, she encouraged students to use all available resources, to be tenacious, and to be flexible in their career choices. Continue reading

Student Profile: Melissa Sweeney ‘13

Melissa SweeneyMelissa Sweeney ‘13

  • Computer Science Major, Special Focus in Marketing
  • Web Developer, Red Wing Shoe Co.

Who is Melissa?
WEC Graduate, AugSTEM Scholar, Web Developer at Red Wing Shoes, Associates Degree in Graphic Design from Brown Institute, Previous work at Hubbard Broadcasting and the Mayo Clinic

What brought you to Augsburg?
The programs and the flexibility offered by Augsburg’s WEC program is what brought me to the college. I knew that I would have to continue working full time while attending classes and Augsburg’s courses fit best with my schedule. My aunt is also an Augsburg WEC alumna so I was familiar with the weekend program. Continue reading

Student Profile: Joe Buchman ‘13

Joe BuchmanJoe Buchman ‘13

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Materials Chemistry, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Chemistry & Biology Major
  • Math Minor

Who is Joe?
Summa Cum Laude Graduate, NSF Graduate Re-search Fellow, Goldwater Honorable Mention, Wallin Education Partners Scholar, Mayo Innovation Scholar (MISP), URGO Student Researcher, Lupus Foundation Research Fellow, ACS President, Tri-Beta Treasurer, Chemistry/Biology Tutor Continue reading

Student Profile: Jazmine Darden ’13

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  • Physics and Math Major
  • Tekne Scholar
  • Phillips Family Scholar
  • McNair Scholar
  • NorthStar STEM Fellow
  • Calculus Workshop Mentor
  • Residence Life Residential Executive Coordinator
  • GEMS & GISE Youth Engineering Camp Mentor
  • Sigma Pi Sigma
  • Pi Mu Epsilon

What brought you to Augsburg?
I wanted to be in the city, but close to home. And when I visited Augsburg, I noticed a sense of community and diversity while on a campus tour that I didn’t see at other schools. Watching my tour guide shout to friends across the quad made me feel like this was a place where I would make great friends and thrive. Continue reading