Friday, March 13, 2020
“Friday Before Pi Day,” a Pi Day Celebration
The Office of Data Science Strategy is hosting “Friday Before Pi Day,” a Fridaythe13^{th} inspired Pi Day celebration on Friday, March 13, in Building 35 (Porter) beginning at 9 a.m., to celebrate the wonder of Pi and highlight the role of data science and mathematics fields in biomedical research.
The day’s events will include two opportunities to participate in friendly, Pithemed presentation sessions:

Scary stories about data and the lessons we can learn from them. NIH employees are invited to share horror stories related to data visualization, data management, data sharing, etc., and then provide solutions to make sure attendees don’t become the subject of a “tall tale.”
 Pitionary: 3:14minute illustrated lightning talks. Offices and labs are invited to nominate a teammate to give a 3:14long talk about their office/lab while a fellow teammate draws the content of the talk. Bonus points will be given for groups that incorporate pi into their drawings, tell a “scary” story as part of their presentation, and use lay terms. It’s a Pi Day version of Pictionary! This will be an audiencejudged event with the winner(s) receiving a fullsize pie as prize.
In addition to these presentations, the day’s activities will feature a keynote lecture from data scientist Rebecca Nugent, Ph.D., an awardwinning professor of statistics and data science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), where she holds the Stephen E. and Joyce Fienberg Professorship in Statistics & Data Science. Dr. Nugent’s keynote will focus on how data science is the “science of the people” and how data can be harnessed by everyone.
Dr. Nugent is a past recipient of the American Statistical Association’s Waller Education Award, a national award for innovation in statistics education. She is also a past chair of the Women in Data Science Conference at CMU.
If you are interested in learning more about or participating in the two presentation sessions, please contact Maryam Zaringhalam by Feb. 13.
If you have any questions about “Friday Before Pi Day,” please contact datascience@nih.gov.
The Office of Data Science Strategy is hosting this event in close collaboration with members of OD, NLM, CIT, NIAID, NCI.
This page last reviewed on February 7, 2020