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0 Pi Day Happens Whenever the Pi Is Ready! At NIH, That Will Be May 18.
Patti Brennan / 05.11.17

Pi Day at NIHAround NIH we’re getting ready for Pi Day, an annual celebration of the irrational number Pi, 3.14159.

Yes, we had planned to celebrate Pi Day at its appointed time—March 14 (a/k/a 3.14)—but as sometimes happens when baking real pies, the unexpected occurred—in this case, a freak mid-March snowstorm. Between the threat of a blizzard, the reality of six inches of snow, and the key speaker’s family emergency, we had to postpone, but we are the largest biomedical science operation in the world—we can declare another day Pi Day!

And so we did.

For this year only (we hope), Pi Day is 5.18, not because of any numerical significance, but because that’s when we could find the space, the place, and the opportunity to celebrate.

We’ll mark the occasion with a day of events and activities celebrating the intersection between the quantitative and biomedical sciences. Most events will take place at the NIH Clinical Center (Building 10), but if you are unable to join us in person, you can still view the main lecture and lightning talks live on NIH Videocast or engage with us on Twitter using #nih_piday.

Bonnie Berger, Simons Professor of Mathematics at MIT with a joint appointment in Computer Science, will deliver the main lecture, "Mathematics of Biomedical Data Science," from 1-2 pm in the Masur Auditorium (Building 10).

Earlier that day (11am-12pm, Masur), ten data scientists from across NIH will present lightning talks using thee slides to convey one idea in four minutes. (3+1+4. 3.14. Get it?) Tours of the NIH Data Center and the Pi Day Networking Event, featuring posters, demonstrations, exhibit tables, and pie (!), will bookend the lightning talks. Following Berger’s lecture, the day will end with a special hands-on workshop on reproducibility in science using Python and GitHub.

Pi Day events are free and open to the public, though the data center tours and the reproducibility workshop both require advance registration. (Registration: tour | workshop)

So mark your calendars and come celebrate Pi Day with us! I look forward to seeing you there.

 

NIH Pi Day is a joint effort of multiple institutes and centers and the NIH Office of the Director, including the National Institutes of Health Library and the Office of Intramural Research, and the former Office of the Associate Director for Data Science. Additional support is provided by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) and the NIH Bioinformatics Special Interest Group. Members of the Pi Day Organizing Committee include:

  • Esther Asaki, CIT
  • Carla Easter, NHGRI
  • Lisa Federer, NIH Library
  • Kelly Lawhead, NCI
  • Jacqueline Roberts, OD
  • Tonya Scott, OD
  • Eric Stahlberg, NCI

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