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Baseball Fever


Richard Puerzer, chair and associate professor of engineering at the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, will offer his spin on baseball at 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 1st in a lecture called Engineering Baseball: STEM, Management, and the National Pastime.

His presentation, part of Hofstra’s Science Night Live lecture series, will examine how the history of baseball management can be paralleled to the history of innovation in several STEM fields, particularly industrial engineering.  According to Puerzer, the connection between baseball and engineering is clear – from evaluating and recruiting players to statistical analysis to the curve of a pitch.

Puerzer is a regular presenter at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and has researched and written on a broad array of baseball topics in prominent journals such as Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, Black Ball, The National Pastime, The Proceedings of the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, Spitball, and Fan.  He was also the co-director of the University’s 50th Anniversary of the New York Mets Conference in 2012.

The event, hosted by Hofstra’s Cultural Center will be held in the Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

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