UNC Asheville will host two math-related events in March – the annual Pi(e) Day Fun Run and the Parsons Lecture – both of which should appeal to everyone, regardless of math background. The Pi(e) Day Fun Run will begin at 3:14 p.m., Sunday, March 17 on UNC Asheville’s Karl Straus Track. The 2019 Parson Lecture by Ronald D. Taylor, The Patterns of Play: A Recreational View of Mathematics, takes place at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, in Lipinsky Auditorium.
Pi(e) Day Fun Run
Celebrating what it calls “the greatest number in the universe,” UNC Asheville’s Department of Mathematics will host the annual Pi(e) Day Run (or walk, for those who prefer) and pie contest on Sunday, March 17. The 3.14-mile fun run beginning at the Karl Straus Track on campus is open to everyone, with a registration fee of $15 that includes a t-shirt and swag bag. The run begins at pi time – 3:14 p.m. and will conclude with a homemade pie contest – where anyone can bring pies for Marvelous Math Club students to sample and judge. Additionally, refreshments for runners are being generously donated by Geraldine’s Bakery, Standard Pizza, Mellow Mushroom, and Trader Joe’s; additional support for the run comes from Rotary of Asheville – South, and WNC Grand Prix.
Onsite check-in and registration begins at 2 p.m.; advance registration is encouraged and is available online at http://pierun2019.eventbrite.com. Proceeds from the Pi(e) Day Run will benefit the Asheville Initiative for Math at UNC Asheville and its Marvelous Math Club, led by UNC Asheville faculty and students for school children that meets weekly at Pisgah View Community Center, in partnership with Asheville City Schools and the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville.
The 2019 Pi Run at UNC Asheville will be held outdoors even in inclement weather but will move indoors to the Brookhouse Track in the case of severe weather. For more information, email the Marvelous Math Club, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Parsons Lecture: The Patterns of Play: A Recreational View of Mathematics
Ronald D. Taylor, professor of mathematics at Berry College, will deliver the 2019 Parsons Lecture Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in Lipinsky Auditorium. This talk is free and open to everyone. Taylor will examine mathematical structures found in games, card tricks and origami, and look at how math can be applied for enjoyment.
Taylor has researched graph theory, number theory, and recreational mathematics. He received the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics in 2018 from the Mathematical Association of America.
UNC Asheville’s annual Parsons Lecture is funded through an endowment from a mathematics alumnus in honor of Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Joe Parsons. The goal of the Parsons Lecture is to bring to Asheville a nationally renowned mathematician able to communicate mathematical concepts with a general audience.