GACTALKS Spotlight #1

Posted on March 18th, 2014 by

Throughout the week we will be introducing our speakers and their topics in GAC TALKS Spotlight.

Today we are introducing Joe Poblocki, Daniel Venn and Logan Boese

Joe Poblocki- Numbers Don’t Lie, People Do

Joe is a senior at Gustavus from Apple Valley, Minnesota. He is a self-proclaimed “stats geek” and will graduate in June with degrees in Mathematics and Financial Economics. In his free time, Joe enjoys swing dancing, playing the guitar, and going on adventures. He has two younger brothers, including a first-year Gustie, and a wiener dog named Rascal. Joe will be working for UnitedHealth Group next year, and plans to incorporate his love of statistics into his career.

“Numbers Don’t Lie: People Do” is a spirited look into some of the many ways in which numerical data can be manipulated to support a particular cause or argument. Joe touches on a variety of statistical blunders from popular sources like The New York Times, ESPN, Buzzfeed, and Cosmopolitan Magazine to illustrate the widespread issue of dubious data.  Statistics can affect the way that we make decisions, so this presentation aims to affect the way that we understand statistics. Joe is assisted in his research by Carolyn Dobler, PhD, and Marian Frazier, PhD, from the Mathematics and Computer Science department at Gustavus.

Daniel Venn-The Language Barrier

Daniel Venn is a senior Secondary Education major at Gustavus Adolphus College.  Originally from Cannon Falls, Minnesota, Daniel has spent a good portion of his Gustavus career in faraway locales he never could have envisioned himself visiting, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and the Galapagos Islands.  He is a terrible dancer and rarely matches his socks.  He is the author of a comedic novel about his travels through Central America playing baseball, titled Beyond Baseball, and loves to boast about his collection of bad neckties.

Logan Boese ’16- Integrity in the Face of Adversity: Our Narrative of the Hate Crime

Logan is a sophomore Religion and Philosophy major at Gustavus. Logan’s hometown is Lake Wilson, Minnesota. Logan is a very involved student on campus, he has added to his leadership skills by being a Collegiate Fellow for the past year. In addition to Logan’s double major, he also is pre-ministry and participates in chapel services. Logan will be speaking from personal experience to a hate crime that happened on campus this past fall.


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