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π is everywhere
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 1:50pm to 2:45pm
Sullivant Hall 220
Event poster depicting thumbnails of applications of math.
Come celebrate the International Day of Mathematics with us on March 17!
On 2019, the UNESCO proclaimed the International Day of Mathematics (IDM) on what was previously known as Pi Day. The IDM is a worldwide celebration with a different theme each year. The theme for 2020 is Mathematics is Everywhere.
As part of the celebrations, we will host a public talk addressed to the OSU community:
Location: Sullivant Hall 220
Date: March 17
Time: 1:50 – 2:45 pm
Title: What is π?
Speaker: Dr. Bart Snapp
Abstract: Pi Day is named after the important number π, the ratio between the circumference and diameter of a circle and approximately 3.14. π is the first number we learn that isn’t represented by a Hindu-Arabic numeral. Knowledge of π is imminently practical, but the number itself has its mysteries. In this talk we will explore the nature of π, how it is computed, and worlds where “π” might have unexpected values.
Pie and coffee will be served following the talk, at Mathematics Tower 724.
This event is free and open to the public.
STEM EE Scholars – This week we will be holding our own mini-involvement fair. We have quite a few organizations – many of which STEM Scholars have a history of working with and some new faces – coming in to share what they do and why you should join them!
We have had several scholars find internships, jobs, and research positions through their student organization; not to mention finding friends with similar interests and networking with faculty. And First Year Scholars, you are all required to participate with a student org and this is a great way to find one!
The event will take place in Hitchcock Hall, Room 031 from 4:10-5:05pm this Wednesday (August 28th).
Starting Week 2 of Classes, the STEM EE Scholars will be running a weekly Photo Contest. To submit your pictures and be entered to win prizes & be featured on the STEM EE Instagram CLICK HERE! You can also find the link under Resources>Media.
My name is Andrew Maier, and I am a first year STEM EE Scholar and Chemical Engineering student at Ohio State. As a first-year engineering student, I got the chance to explore different engineering disciplines in the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) courses at OSU (1181 and 1182 for non-honors, 1281 and 1282 for honors). These courses allow students to become experienced in the design processes, writing techniques, and ethics skills that form the foundation for future work in engineering. A large portion of each class is spent in lab; the first semester labs concern topics that cover different disciplines of engineering, while the second semester lab is a semester long design project (either the Advanced Energy Vehicle in 1182, or the FEH Robot project in 1282).
The labs that I did in 1181 concerned different disciplines of engineering. These ranged from setting up a speed trap to analyze the speed vehicles travel over a bridge (civil engineering), to constructing a spring using heat-treated fishing line that could support up to a kilogram (chemical and material sciences and engineering). The final lab in 1181 was a month-long project called the Software Development Project, or SDP. SDP concentrated on computer science and engineering, and it also tested groups on communication presentation, and writing skills. My group consisted of three people, so we decided to have two people design two games, while one person wrote the reports and presentation. I decided to design an adventure game, and went out of my comfort zone to create a graphical experience for users, rather than a simple text-based game. I feel like SDP really helped to develop my programming and technical communication skills, both of which have been important for my MATLAB course and 1182.
First-year engineering at Ohio State provides a lot of opportunities for student to explore different areas of engineering, and the Fundamentals classes allow students to find what field they want to pursue their degree in. I’ve had many challenges and learning experiences while I’ve been in the FE classes, and I’ve had the opportunity to develop my technical communication skills and learn about the many opportunities that are in each field of engineering.
Throughout the entirety of the fall semester (2018), I was given the opportunity through my Psychology 1100 class, as a requirement, to receive laboratory experience. The process is known as REP, Research Experience Program, where students can participate in any number of studies to contribute to the research conducted daily by the Psychology Department. Although it was a course requirement, I was given the option to receive in-lab credit or paper credit, and the in-lab credit interested me beyond analyzing articles.
At first, the process sounded tedious and time-consuming. However, once I began participating in the various experiments, it was very interesting to dissect the different methods used to contribute to the research. Most of the experiences involved surveys, questionnaires, or simulated experiments in which one was requested to complete certain activities (usually involving the use of the keyboard of a computer).
The most significant REP from my experience was one in which I was required to look at an array of different shapes (resembling T’s) and appropriately identify if the actual T-shape was present. This was done to resemble the involved classification of abnormal tissues that may be identified as causes of cancer or other mutations. The experiment involved backgrounds of different shades to exemplify the difficulty of identifying a small mutation in a vast image. The purpose of the experiment was also to evaluate a student’s ability to a professional’s ability to ensure that the practice is being carried out by qualified individuals.
Most importantly, REP’s are an efficient and beneficial way to engage in first-hand experience on the conduction of research, its application, and its contributions to STEM. It was significant, from my perspective, to assume that even 30 minutes of my day spent to complete one of the experiments could be contributed in a major way. I recommend to anyone who needs this experience that would benefit them in their major or area of interest to consider participating in the program, even once, to gain even the slightest perspective on research conducted at the university.
To find out more, the URL for the website is as follows: https://rep.psy.ohio-state.edu/.
The website provides a more in-depth explanation of the contribution of REP’s and their significance to STEM as a whole.
Earlier this year, the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds came to Ohio State and gave us a
presentation on a variety of different animals right on
campus! Two zookeepers came with not just a couple of
small animals; but a sloth, a lemur, a clouded leopard, an
echidna, a fennec fox, an owl, a penguin, and even an
armadillo!With so many cool animals just feet away from you,it’s hard to not be amazed. We were fascinated to learn
about different facts about these animals and in the end,
we even got to pet a few. It was a crazy experience that many people don’t get the opportunity to see.
While this experience may have been seeing cool animals that you normally can’t see to others, but this experience decided my future. After this event, I realized that
I wanted to be a veterinarian, but not an ordinary cat or dog vet,
but a wildlife vet. Getting up and close to these animals you
don’t normally see intrigued me. I found every word the
zookeepers said interesting and realized my path. Before the
Zoo-to-You event, I was an undecided major. I had no idea what my major would be, where my passions were, or what my future entailed. But after attending many events put on both by OSU, it’s clubs, and STEM EE Scholars, I found my place. This experience was brought to Ohio State twice, once by STEM EE
Scholars, and again by the OSU Pre-Veterinary Medical Association.
There are so many opportunities on campus, whether it revolves around your major or something you never would have thought of finding interest in.
Stretching from petting penguin to attending a lecture of a professor from a different university to
trivia and karaoke, there’s always something going on. Every day there’s
something new, whether it’s in the Ohio Union, across campus, in the
libraries, or even in the dorms, you can always find a way to step away from
your work, stress, and exams and find something you’re passionate in or just
a way to stress-relieve.
– Jacob Sargent
As a student at The Ohio State University there are always opportunities to better yourself and your community outside the classroom. It is objectively harder to do nothing and be apathetic toward school activities, outreach, and events rather than be constantly involved. Ohio State helps students find hidden passions and like-minded people through events specifically geared toward advertising the hundreds of clubs here. One such event is the involvement fair, which is hosted at the beginning of the fall semester. At my first involvement fair this year I was able to find one of my new favorite clubs: the S.T.E.M Outreach club.
As a tier one research institution, Ohio State has made countless efforts to share and explain the plethora of knowledge available here. From research papers to guest speakers to reaching out into the community, all individuals are committed to bettering the world through teaching. The S.T.E.M Outreach club has been credited by Ohio State for being an outstanding program and their director, Dr. Betty Lise Anderson, has won countless awards for her service. Being a part of a club as distinguished and helpful as this has helped me to see a clearer path for my future in pediatric medicine.
My undergraduate experience began with the knowledge that I wanted enter the medical field, but I was unsure of any specific path or type of medicine I would be interested in. After joining S.T.E.M Outreach and going to some of their projects, I was soon told that I was very good at handling children. Being able to go to different types of middle schools and elementary schools, each one very different than the other, has been not only an experience but a privilege.
One such occasion was at an after school program in the inner city of Columbus. The students we were explaining the project to were not interested and un-involved. After a while it had seemed like we were wasting our time and should help the few that were participating and leave. We were shocked to see that after one individual became interested the rest fell in line soon after. It was an incredible thing to see those so un-enthused children suddenly spring to life and have questions on the nature of magnetic fields.
S.T.E.M Outreach is by far one of my favorite activities, and something I look forward to doing when I can. It easily works with my schedule and allows me to give back to a community trying to give me so much. At The Ohio State University, it is important to find something you love to do outside of class that still stimulates you positively. Finding your passion and finding your future is a lot of what this university is about. The worst thing you could do for yourself is not explore the countless opportunities available to you each and every day.
The last day to register for BuckeyeThon is THIS Friday 11/17!!! Don’t regret missing out on such a great event to fight against pediatric cancer! Head over to BuckeyeThon’s website and register for the STEM Scholars team!!