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Increased demand for math, computer science strains resources
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Increased demand for math, computer science strains resources

Over the last decade, the number of Macalester students majoring in STEM disciplines has risen dramatically — and the college is struggling to keep up. Since 2007, there has been a 181 percent increase in the number of math majors and an astounding 608 percent increase in the number of computer science majors. Currently, over…

Prof Talk: Karen Saxe recently made Dewitt Wallace Professor
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Prof Talk: Karen Saxe recently made Dewitt Wallace Professor

TMW: You were recently made a DeWitt Wallace professor. What does that entail? KS: It’s basically an honor, that’s all it is, really. It’s recognizing the contributions that one has made to the college over the past decades and there’s nothing aside from prestige attached to it. So if you look at the list of…

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Math and Feeling: Do Numbers and Equations Make You Uneasy?

To a preponderance of Macalester students: k = 1nk2=n (n + 1) (2n + 1)6 How do you feel right now? Uncomfortable? Tense? Anxious? Disgusted? Disoriented? …afraid? “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, trying to calm doubts regarding the safety of bank accounts during the Great…

Prof Talk: Get to know new math professor David Shuman
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Prof Talk: Get to know new math professor David Shuman

What specifically do you teach? I’m in the math/stats/computer science department, and I’ve taught courses in all three. In fact, I managed to teach courses in all three areas in my first semester. I taught the intro stats course and computational linear algebra last spring. Now I’m teaching linear algebra and a special topics course…

Prof Talk: Andrew Beveridge discusses Silicon Valley, the ’90s, and math emergencies
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Prof Talk: Andrew Beveridge discusses Silicon Valley, the ’90s, and math emergencies

Andrew Beveridge is a professor in the mathematics, statistics and computer science department. He teaches upper level courses in graph theory, combinatorics, discrete applied math, abstract algebra, calculus and linear algebra. He talks to The Mac Weekly about failed calculus tests, Silicon Valley, combinatorics and bass guitar. Where were you born, and how did you…