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Pi Day

PiDayToday is March 14, written as 3/14 in the United States, and also known as pi day for us Yanks. At interRel, it’s known as Dr. Troy’s Pi Day.

Dr. Troy Seguin, PhD, – he’s not a real doctor (insert wink emoticon here) – is a good friend of mine and a colleague at interRel. Last year on the “ultimate Pi day” (3/14/15) , interRel declared that we would forever name pi day as “Dr. Troy’s Pi Day“.

interRel asked Troy what charity he would like to support with a donation in his honor and he chose the National Girl’s Collaborative Project (NGCP), an organization that encourages girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). I found this to be very cool because Dr. Troy has three handsome and very mischievous sons.

Dr. Troy is a pretty cool guy, despite loving mathematics so much. We talked once about how he would love to make math more accessible for underprivileged kids. I just thought it was neat that a guy who is the father to boys would care so much about making sure that girls have an easier time getting into a STEM field.

Anyway, in honor of Dr. Troy and since there is no better day to promote a STEM opportunity to young ladies, I wanted to share a quick article that I saw last Friday. I have a daughter that is very STEM-minded and a huge fan of Marvel and the Captain America movies, so this article was very interesting for my family.

On Friday, USA Today announced that, “Marvel is partnering with the National Academy of Sciences’ Science & Entertainment Exchange for a program in which girls ages 15 to 18 and in grades 10 through 12 can submit projects they believe can change the world with a short video that demonstrates their idea and explains its far-reaching potential.”

Through this contest, one lucky young lady can win an internship at Marvel Studios. The bad news for my daughter is that she’s just a couple of years too young to enter.

Happy Pi Day to everyone celebrating and thank you to Dr. Troy; not only for putting up with my critical grading of your calc scripts but also for your love of mathematics and desire to share that love with others to make this world a better place.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.  Even though I am a little late, I wanted to share a quick year in review.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Just before Thanksgiving, I received an email from Oracle notifying me that I had been accepted into the ACE program as an Oracle ACE Associate.  Thank you to Steve, my friend and past client for the nomination and thank you to Oracle for the recognition.  I would not be in this position without my wife, Lindsey, who drastically changed her career so that I could pursue mine.  Being an ACE Associate will help me to continue helping others learn and grow in their careers.  Thank you again to Oracle and Steve!

I also received notice that one of my abstracts has been selected for presentation at ODTUG KScope15 in Hollywood, Florida.  I always look forward to KScope for the learning opportunities and the chance to see friends that I don’t get to see any other time during the year.  This will be my seventh KScope and it’s amazing to see how it has grown from the “one-room conference” in 2008 to today.

2014 was an amazing year and I’m looking forward to a busy 2015!  Happy belated new year, everyone.