Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished Lectures in Mathematics

Thursday, March 15th – Friday, March 16th

Dr. Arthur Benjamin – Mathemagician!  

Dr. Arthur Benjamin is the Smallwood Family Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. He is also a professional magician, and in his entertaining and fast-paced performance, Dr. Benjamin will demonstrate how to mentally add and multiply numbers faster than a calculator, compute the day of the week of any date in history, and other amazing feats of mind. For the last 25 years, Dr. Benjamin has presented his mixture of math and magic all over the world to thousands of groups. He has given three TED talks which have been viewed over 12 million times. He has authored several books and DVD course that share the beauty and magic of mathematics. His most recent book, "The Magic of Math" was a New York Times Bestseller. In 2012, he was selected by Princeton Review as one of The Best 300 Professors. He has received numerous awards for his writing and teaching from the Mathematical Association of America. Dr. Benjamin has appeared on many television and radio programs, including The Today Show, CNN, National Public Radio, and The Colbert Report. He has been profiled in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Scientific American, Discover, Omni, Esquire, People Magazine, and Reader's Digest. In their "Best of America" issue, Reader's Digest recently called him "America's Best Math Whiz."

The Bingo Paradoxes
Thursday, March 15
Stark 103
12:45 - 1:45 pm

Imagine you are walking past a crowded Bingo parlor with hundreds of people playing. Suddenly you hear one person excitedly call out "Bingo!" Is it more likely that they have 5 in a row, in a column, or on a diagonal? The answer will surprise you.

Mathemagician! Secrets of Mental Math
Thursday, March 15
Stark 103
5:30 – 6:45 pm

In this entertaining and fast-paced performance, Dr. Benjamin will demonstrate amazing calculation feats and reveal the secrets of mental math.

Mathematical Card Tricks
Friday, March 16
Stark 103
9:00 - 9:50 am

Dr. Benjamin will demonstrate several amazing card tricks based on mathematical principles, and then explain their secrets!

For further information contact: Joyati Debnath (jdebnath@winona.edu) or Steve Leonhardi (sleonhardi@winona.edu).

Department Seminar

12:00 - 12:50 PM, Wednesday, February 7, Gildemeister 155

Refreshments served beforehand Gildemeister 135. 

NCAA March Madness:
How WSU almost ruled the world with Linear Algebra  


Dr. Aaron Wangberg
Winona State University

The NCAA Men's Basketball tournament presents a fun mathematical challenge each year: Pick the best bracket and claim bragging rights for a year. In 2017, WSU students used techniques of linear algebra to pick their bracket in friendly competitions among a sportscaster, a basketball coach, WSU's mascot (Wazoo), and 19 million of our nearest friends on ESPN's bracket challenge. In this talk, we'll highlight the techniques used to choose the bracket and show how we came within seven points of ruling the ESPN bracket world.


Department Seminar

12:00 - 12:50 PM, Wednesday, January 17, Gildemeister 155

Refreshments served beforehand Gildemeister 135. 

Fingerprinting with Technology

Toby Schmidt

Data Security Officer

Winona State University



DSCI Students win Best Overall in Police Data Challenge


This fall, teams from the Data Visualization class submitted to the Police Data Challenge competition put on by the American Statistical Association.  One of our teams won Best Overall Presentation, out of more than 70 teams from across the country!  The competition required teams to analyze data on millions of 911 calls and make recommendations to the city. Congrats to Jimmy Hickey, Kapil Khanal, and Luke Peacock; along with fame and fortune, they will also be presenting their findings to the Seattle Police Department! 

More info can be found in the official press release.

Student Seminar

12:00 - 12:25 PM, Wednesday, November 29, Gildemeister 155

Refreshments served beforehand Gildemeister 135. 

Internship at Fastenal:
Information Technology
 Support Analyst

Ashley Schmit 

This semester I started as an IT Support Analyst at Fastenal on their Data Warehouse team. Through this position, I worked alongside Developers and Business Analysts to answer adhoc data requests. I will be talking about my experience, what I learned, and how my education at Winona State guided me.


Scholarship Application Window Now Open


Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2018/19 academic year. The Math/Stats Department has about a dozen scholarships available to our majors, so don't miss out! Go to https://winona.academicworks.com/ and search "math" or "statistics" or "data".