News and Highlights - Nov. 16, 2018

November 16, 2018

Department of Mathematics adds new statistics minor, courses

To offer students more opportunity in the area of data and an edge in the job market, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville created a new applied statistics minor, available to students for the first time this fall.

“Students will learn how to work with data and be able to work effectively with statistical software,” Barb Barnet, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, said. “Students in the minor will learn communication and teamwork skills. They will have the ability to impress employers with how much they know about statistics and working with others.”

Students have access to two different tracks to earn the minor. One track is for students with majors in STEM, and the other is for students pursuing degrees in business, criminal justice, agriculture and psychology. Courses in data visualization and regression models were offered this fall. In the spring, students will have the opportunity to learn about experimental design and categorical analysis.

For more information about the applied statistics minor, visit

Written by: Dalton Miles, Student Writer, Communications, 608-342-1194,

Students excel in programming challenge

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville hosted a site for the Association of Computer Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest on Nov. 3. According to ACM, the competition is the oldest and largest programming contest in the world, with over 50,000 students from more than 3,000 universities participating. Coordinated by Dr. Songqing Yue, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, seven UW-Platteville teams and one team from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa competed in Ullrich Hall, which served as one of many sites across the region.

Students formed teams of three and were tasked with a set of 10 complex, algorithmic programming challenges that had to be completed within the five-hour deadline.

The top UW-Platteville team placed 42nd out of 181 teams, successfully completing all the challenges.

“I think that this contest was an excellent opportunity for students to programmatically demonstrate the problem-solving abilities that they have learned in class,” said Cole Nelson, a software engineering major from Oostburg, Wisconsin, and president of the UW-Platteville student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. “It is a showcase of teamwork, having teams tackle and distribute problems with access to only a single workstation, and a display of intellectual ability, approaching these problems in various ways.”

Esterline AVISTA helped financially support this event. To learn more about the event and view the competition standings, visit the ICPC website.

Written by: Alison Parkins, associate director of Public Relations, Communications, 608-342-1526,


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