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Taylor Hosts National, State Math Meetings and Events, Pi Celebration

  • Published: Mar 10, 2015 9:45AM

The Taylor University Mathematics Department will host a series of events this weekend that include a meeting of the Indiana chapter of the national mathematics organization, anniversary celebrations for the national organization and state mathematics competition, and a celebration of a once-in-a-century Pi Day.

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Indiana Section spring meeting will take place March 13-14 in the Euler Science Complex. The event’s featured speakers include Dr. Francis Su, the President of the MAA and Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, Calif.), and Dr. Jenna Carpenter, First Vice President of the MMA and a Professor of Mathematics at Louisiana Tech University (Rushton, La.). Su will headline the conference with two plenary talks and remain at Taylor through next week as Taylor’s Staley Series Lecturer. Carpenter will present a plenary talk at the conference.

As a part of the weekend’s festivities, a 50th anniversary celebration of the Indiana Collegiate Mathematics Competition (ICMC) will take place on campus Friday night. Also on Friday night, Indiana MAA Executive Board members Adam Coffman and Andy Rich will give a humorous short talk, The Great π/τ Debate, scheduled for 7:20pm in the Alspaugh Rooms in the Hodson Dining Commons. On Saturday, the Section will celebrate the centennial of the MAA with a cake and conference photo.

The events continue Saturday with a celebration of Pi Day, as the date 3/14 corresponds to the number’s first three digits (π=3.141592653…). This year is the only year during this century that will feature the “Pi Moment” on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53. Taylor University’s Math Club will host a Pi Day party for all students across campus as well as conference attendees on Saturday from 1:00-2:00 p.m., in the Math Interaction Area on the first floor of the Euler Science Complex. The event will feature pie and also a prize for the student who is able to recite the most digits of Pi.