Univ. Communications – Students at the University of Rochester spent the first full week in March celebrating Pi, a number of importance in a variety of fields, including engineering, architecture, and aerospace.
The 2nd Annual Pi Week/Mathematics Festival, organized by the Society of Mathematics Students (SUMS), featured lectures, a Pumpkin Pie-eating contest, and a screening of the film Pi.
The events culminated on Pi Day—March 14 (3.14)—with a homage to Pi on the University’s homepage, which featured Flat Pi, the official mascot of the Pi Week celebration.
Similar to “Flat Stanley,” a traveling paper doll known by many school children, Flat Pi was sent on an adventure around the world to demonstrate the universality of both pi and math in our lives. Over the course of a two-week period, Flat Pi made a stop in Homer, Alaska, Cambridge, England, Bangkok, Thailand, and Doha, Qatar.
To learn more about SUMS, visit them on the CCC.
Article written by Melissa Greco Lopes, editor of The Buzz and student life publicist in University Communications.