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Dean's Message - March 2015

Did you know that March 14th, 2015 has a special significance as Pi Day this year? At 9:26:53 am, the date and time will represent the first ten digits of pi.

We’ll be celebrating Pi Day with future undergraduate students and their families who visit the campus for March Break Open House. Thanks to Gayle Goodfellow and her army of helpers for welcoming our visitors at this event, and throughout the year.

Campus visits play an important role in helping admitted students decide which offer(s) to accept – graduate students too. Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s grad visit day, set up by Betty Jacobs and Heather Steinmetz.

Current graduate students are competing in the Math Faculty heat of the UW Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on March 3 at 1:30 pm in DC 1302. Come out and see who gets to represent our Faculty at the campus-wide competition next month.

Games Night With Profs will be held March 5 in the C&D lounge area (MC 3rd floor) at 6:30pm.

We’re hosting two free public lectures on March 9 by Hubert Bray from Duke University. “From Pythagoras to Einstein: The Geometry of Space and Time” takes place 6-7pm in EIT 1015. It will be followed by a special talk aimed at an audience aged 8-18 and up – “The Science Behind ‘Trevor the Time Traveler’” (Bray’s children’s book).

Other lectures of note this month:

Ian Goulden, Dean
Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo