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McDougal Lecture in Mathematics

Data Science Applications in the Major Leagues

Data Science lies at the intersection of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Specifically, it is the practice of using data to try to understand and solve real-world problems. In the last decade, both advances in computing and access to exponentially more data has led this field to boom throughout the private sector. Data science is currently being used to assist decision-makers in Major League Baseball at the league and club levels. In this talk, we will discuss three applications of data science for Business Operations at the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club. 

Thursday, January 20, 2022

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Mike Dairyko

Senior Manager of Data Science 

Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Zoom Link:

Faculty Listening Session – Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 4:30 pm

The Faculty Committee on University Governance will host a faculty-only listening session Wednesday, January 26 from 4:30-6:00 pm.

We envision this listening session as a way to facilitate communication among faculty and between faculty and the FCUG outside of faculty meetings. The conversation will be informal, and attendees should feel free to bring up any topic.

Zoom link: (link also in Jan. 14 Faculty Meeting Packet)

Faculty Lunches in the VR

Continuing for the Winter 2022 term! Join faculty colleagues for a BYO lunch in the Viking Room on Fridays, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, and March 4 (weeks 3, 4, and 9) from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.

No alcohol will be served, but there will be a complimentary coffee and tea cart for your mid-day caffeine fix. Stop by to grab a cup even if you can’t stay for lunch.

Viking Room, Memorial Union, 1970, Lawrence University Archives, ARC2009-047

Inclusive Syllabus Workshop

Sponsored by the HHMI grant management team and the Inclusive Pedagogy Committee

Dr. Rose Theisen and Jedidiah Rex will lead participants in an exploration of what it means to create an inclusive syllabus and why it is important to do so. Participants will be provided with a rubric and other syllabus resources. Participants will be given the opportunity for structured peer-to-peer discussion.

The workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions. In the morning session, workshop participants will review the inclusive syllabus rubric, discuss why inclusive syllabi are important, and summarize and compare elements of an inclusive syllabus. In the afternoon session, workshop participants will analyze syllabi for inclusive elements, and create an evaluation and action plan for making their own syllabus more inclusive.

The sessions will be held in Science Commons/Youngchild 121 on December 7, 8, 14, and 15 from 10:30AM-12:00PM and 1:30-3:00PM. Choose one day that works for your schedule. An RSVP is encouraged, but everyone is warmly welcome regardless!

In keeping with our support for the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) initiative, we’ve outlined the workshop’s Tasks, Purposes, and Criteria below.

• To learn about strategies and best practices for inclusive syllabus development.
• To engage with peers on issues of teaching and learning.
• To use tools and resources to examine, evaluate, and revise one’s own syllabus.

Participants will:
• review and become familiar with the Inclusive Syllabus Rubric [AM]
• engage in discussion with peers around information shared in the session [AM, PM]
• examine assumptions and fears about creating a more inclusive syllabus [AM, PM]
• collaboratively evaluate a recent or upcoming draft syllabus with the Inclusive Syllabus Rubric [PM]
• create an action plan for making their own syllabus more inclusive [PM]

Successful participation means that after the sessions a participant can:
• summarize the parts of an inclusive syllabus as defined in the rubric.
• identify positive examples of inclusive syllabus elements using the rubric.
• explain to a peer why creating an inclusive syllabus is important.
• use what you learned from the workshop when developing your next syllabus and be willing to share what you learned with others in your department or office.

Looking for Student Participants for a Linguistics Research Study

From now until the end of Fall Term, I am recruiting participants for a paid research study. The reading-based study will begin in Winter Term 2022. Contact Lauren Kelly at for more information. 

This study involves A Clockwork Orange, paper mills, & reading. Eligibility: 1. Monolingual English speaker, 2. No factory experience, 3. Not majoring or minoring in English, Linguistics, or a language other than English.

Babysitter/Pet-sitter List

Professor Beth Haines (and colleagues) has once again provided a list of Lawrence students who have expressed an interest in babysitting/pet-sitting for faculty and staff.  

If you would like a copy of the list, please contact Jane at and I will send it to you. 

Note: For the protection of our students, please do not share the list with anyone outside of the Lawrence University community.

Jane Uitenbroek

Administrative Assistant, Briggs Hall 426

Environmental Studies design charrette

All students, staff, and faculty are invited to stop by the Steitz/Youngchild atrium on Thursday 11/11 to share your thoughts on the future of the Environmental Studies major!

From 9am-9pm, ENST is hosting a design charrette, which is a planning tool that’s used to solicit feedback from a wide range of participants, stakeholders, and community members.

Walk through for a few minutes anytime on Thursday, and use stickers, markers, and post-it notes to share your thoughts, feedback and vision for the future.

Resident Artists Workshop

Resident Artists are dancers, makers, mothers, performers, teachers, and friends who build community and creative collaboration. With experience in varied areas, including post-modern dance, Mohiniyatttam, Horton Technique, Ensemble Thinking, dance theatre, film, and in companies such as Bill T. Jones, Ailey II, and their own companies, these five artists come together to practice valuing movement, joy, and each other. Resident Artists are Dahlia NayarLanette Costas-Stampley, Margaret Sunghe PaekRoz LeBlanc, and Tami Stronach. 

Resident Artists workshop – Saturday, Oct 16th, 10-12pm in Esch Studio, Warch Campus Center for exclusively for the Lawrence community.

To register, contact Margaret Paek for more info.

Resident Artists collaborative talk – Saturday, Oct 16th, 4pm on zoom. Registration required.

Contact Margaret Paek for more info.

Jordan Fund Visiting Artist: Gina Adams

Studio Art has an upcoming Jordan Fund Visiting Artist, Gina Adams.

Adams will be giving an artist talk on Tuesday, October 12th from 4:30-5:30 pm in the Wriston Auditorium.

On Wednesday, October 13th, there will be an art event in the Wriston Lobby from 9am-Noon and from 2pm-4pm. Students can take part in cutting letters and helping create one of Adams’ Broken Treaty pieces on the windows in Wriston. It is open to the LU community so please come on by!

ACM Off-Campus Study Info Session

Monday, October 4 at 12:30 pm in Steitz Room 127 – LUNCH will be provided!

Learn more about off-campus study programs in the sciences & humanities:

  • Field Museum Semester: Research in Natural History (Chicago)
  • Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities (Chicago)
  • Oak Ridge Science Semester (Oak Ridge, TN)

Contact Profs. Allison Fleshman ( or Beth Zinsli ( or visit the ACM Off-Campus Programs Website for more info.