Archive for December 2015

December 14 – 18, 2015

Monday, Dec. 14

MSCS Colloquium: Approximating Pi Using Similar Triangles
Ryota Matsuura, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
I will present a method for approximating pi using similar triangles. The method relies on a repeated/recursive application of a geometric construction that allows us to easily inscribe regular polygons inside a unit circle with arbitrarily large number of sides. As an added bonus, I will also derive some interesting identities, including an infinite product for pi that was first discovered in the late 16th century.
3:30p.m., RNS 310

Game Night: Pi Mu Epsilon hosting this event.
Have fun before finals! Challenge your friends and maybe even a MSCS faculty to one of the many games available. Pizza and snacks will be served at 6:30pm.
6pm – 9pm, RMS 6th Floor Lounge

Tuesday, Dec. 15

No Seminars

Wednesday, Dec. 16

No Seminars

Thursday, Dec. 17

No Seminars:

Friday, Dec. 18

No Seminars

December 7 – 11, 2015

Monday, Dec. 7

MSCS and Biology Colloquium: Coping with cross-community contacts in cluster-randomized trials of infectious disease prevention
Nicole Bohme Carnegie ’05, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, School Of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
3:30pm, RNS 310

Tuesday, Dec. 8

No Seminars

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Lunch with Dr. Russell Holmes, Univ. of MN
Holmes is the Director of Graduate Studies for the U. of MN Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) program. The lunch will be hosted by Prof. Brian Borovsky, Physics.
12:00 noon in BC 222

Chemisty & Physics Joint Seminar: Directing Excited State Transport in Organic Semiconductors for Enhanced Photoconversion in Solar Cells
Professor Russell Holmes; Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota 

2:00 pm, RNS 210
3:00 pm, after the talk, students are invited to chat with Dr. Holmes about the CEMS graduate program at UMN. RNS 210.

Thursday, Dec. 10

No Seminars

Friday, Dec. 11

No Seminars