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March 2012 News Releases

Assistant professor shares passion for National Pi Day

Donna LaLondeDonna LaLonde, associate professor, mathematics, is sharing her passion for National Pi Day, today (March 14 or 3.14 in month/day date format, since three, one and four are the three most significant digits of π in the decimal form), by bringing circular snacks to her classroom and the mathematics tutoring center at Washburn University. LaLonde wants her students to understand that math can be cool and by celebrating Pi Day, she can share her excitement for math with the students at Washburn.

Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day. The symbol for pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones, but was popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

For more information, contact LaLonde at (785) 670-1943.

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Amanda Hughes, university relations, (785) 670-2153