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Pi day desserts

National Pi Day not only commemorates a very special number, but also celebrates the birthday of the great scientist and mathematician Albert Einstein. Pi was first calculated by Archimedes of Syracuse (287–212 BC), one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient world. National Pi Day has become a day to celebrate numbers and math.  The SU Math community celebrated today with our annual Pi Celebration- pizza pies and delicious pi/pie desserts!

animals with pi

Unlike in previous years, Pi Day (3/14) is not during spring break this year! That means we can actually celebrate together on Pi Day. We will be celebrating the most famous irrational number with pizza pies and dessert pies on Thursday, March 14 at 1:00 in MAC S150, the Math Learning Collaboratory. ​Pizza will be provided and we are asking any faculty, staff, or students who are interested to bake a pie or bring other pi related treats to the celebration. See you there!

new inductee picture

food served

This week, the Math Department was excited to host the 14th Induction into the Maryland Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME) National Mathematics Honors Society. We inducted 10 new members this year. Following the ceremony, there was a lunch for the inductees and their families and other members of KME.

Branson in Washington

Dr. Mark Branson recently attended the Association for Women Mathematicians Hill Day. He spent the day lobbying for support for women in STEM. He spoke with a staffer in Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings’ office, as well as senators & representatives from other states.

at publisher

Dr. Kerry Spencer, our Science Writing faculty member, and her research assistants Morgan LaMonica and Takneeah Cook recently visited New York City to present their research results to publishers, editors, book marketers, and agents. They collected data on 475 Young Adult novels and used it to estimate the effect of book marketing and book content on sales. More than 250 characteristics were recorded for each book, ranging from things like the size of the author advance and whether or not the book won awards, to the type of plot structure and the gender of the protagonist. Bestselling books are marketed, not written, and a minimum threshold of marketing must be met before a book has a viable chance to “break out.” 


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