A Taste Of Pi  Talks and Activities for High School Students
2004  2016
The "A Taste of Pi" was a series of talks and activities for high school students sponsored by the IRMACS Centre, the SFU Department of Mathematics, the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and the SFU Faculty of Science.
The coorganizers of the series were Dr. Malgorzata Dubiel and Dr. Veselin Jungic.
For more details about the series, please see the article Dubiel, M., Jungic, V., A Taste Of Pi: Long and Lasting, CMS Notes, Volume 31, No. 3 (2009), 79
We would like to thank to all students, teachers, presenters, and volunteers for their enthusiastic participation and their many contributions to the "A Taste Of Pi" series.
Between 2005 and 2016 all talks were held in the IRMACS Presentation Studio. Our special thanks go to the staff of the IRMACS Centre for their unselfish support over many years. We would also like to thank to Ms. Ivana Filipovic for her work on the design of the "A Taste Of Pi" logo, the session posters, and the original web site, and to Ms. Nancy BourassaJaswal for sharing with the "A Taste Of Pi" community her art and talent over several years.
Presenters and Talks:
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
March 13 
Dr. Peter Borwein, Department of Mathematics 
A VERY LARGE Piece of Pi 
1 

April 3

Dr. Nils Bruin, Department of Mathematics 
Fermat as Easy as ABC 
2 

May 8

Dr. Adrian Lewis, Department of Mathematics 
Maximum Traffic in Networks 
3 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
October 16 
Dr. Luis Goddyn, Department of Mathematics 
Satellites, Engine Testing and Strange Ways of Counting 
4 

November 13

Dr. Chris Budd, Department of Mathematics, University of Bath, UK 
Celtic and Other Knots 
5 

December 11

Dr. Petr Lisonek, Department of Mathematics 
Combinatorial Designs, Finite Geometries and DNA Screening 
6 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
March 5 
Dr. Ladislav Stacho, Department of Mathematics 
Routing without a map 
7 

April 9

Dr. Ralf Wittenberg, Department of Mathematics 
Simple Functions, Chaotic Behaviour 
8 

May 14

Dr. Radoš Radoičić, Department of Mathematics, Rutgers University, USA 
Iterative Processes in the Plane 
9 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
October 1 
Dr. Tom Archibald, Department of Mathematics 
Conformal Mapping form Mercator to Riemann 
10 

November 5

Dr. Pavol Hell, School of Computing Science 
From Graph Colouring to Constraint Satisfaction: There and Back Again 
11 

December 3

Dr. Rob. Scharein, Department of Mathematics 
Real, Virtual, and Virtually Real Mathematical Knots 
12 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
March 11 
Dr. Matt DeVos, Department of Mathematics 
Regular Polyhedra, from Euclid to the 4th Dimension 
13 

Dr. Dave Boal, Department of Physics 
The physics of early life forms 
14 

April 8

Dr. Bob Russell, Department of Mathematics 
A Brief History of Computational Mathematics 
15 

Dr. Glyn WilliamsJones, Department of Earth Sciences 
Things that go BANG in the night  what makes a Volcano Tick 
16 

May 6

Dr. Norman Reilly, Department of Mathematics 
Algebraic laws: how many suffice? 
17 

Dr. Tony Williams, Department of Biological Sciences 
What's blood got to do with it? A physiological detective story 
18 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Title 
# 
October 14 
Dr. Stephanie Van Willigenburg, Department of Mathematics, UBC 
Mathematical Methods behind Stunning Symmetries 
19 

Dr. Alton Harestad, Biological Sciences 
Biodiversity in the Forest: You Do the Math 
20 

November 4

Dr. JF Williams, Department of Mathematics 
What is Applied Math Good for? 
21 

Dr. Levon Pogosian, Department of Physics 
Our universe: facts and speculations 
22 

December 2

Dr. Matt DeVos, Department of Mathematics 
How to cut cake 
23 

Dr. Carl Schwartz, Department of Statistics 
One fish, two fish, .... How to estimate the size of animal and human populations using markrecapture methods 
24 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
March 10 
Dr. Marni Mishna, Department of Mathematics 
The Mathematical Difference Between a Turnip and a Cabbage 
25 

Dr. Neil Brenda, Department of Chemistry 
Nanotechnology, Molecular Machines and How We are Using Them 
26 

April 14

Dr. David Muraki, Department of Mathematics 
What is the Square Root of the Scream? 
27 

Dr. Felix Breden and Kristen Gorman, Department of Biological Sciences 
Fishin' for Genes 
28 

May 12

Dr. Branko Curgus, Department of Mathematics, Western Washington University 
Numbers in the Sky(viewing Sculpture) 
29 

Dr. Derek Bingham, Department of Statistics 
Statistical Models for Spectroscopic Redshifts of Galaxies 
30 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
October 20 
Dr. Jason Bell, Department of Mathematics 
How to sum series 
31 

Dr. Melanie O'Neill, Department of Chemistry 
Junk RNA? 
32 

November 10

Dr. Cedric Chauve, Department of Mathematics 
Walking around combinatorial trees 
33 

Dr. Arne Mooers, Department of Biological Sciences 
How to Build the Tree of Life 
34 

December 8

Dr. Veselin Jungic, Department of Mathematics 
A story about BIG numbers 
35 

Dr. Gwen Flowers, Department of Earth Sciences 
Cold calculations: the math and physics of glaciers 
36 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
March 8 
Dr. Adam Oberman, Department of Mathematics 
Mathematics insights into gambling and the stock market 
37 

Dr. Simon Watkins, Department of Physics 
Some connections between everyday consumer electronics, quantum physics, and Einstein 
38 

April 5

Dr. Matt Devos, Department of Mathematics 
Game Theory (serious fun) 
39 

Dr. David Baillie, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 
Worms in Space.... why bother? 
40 

May 3

Dr. Malabika Pramanik, Department of Mathematics, UBC 
The secret life of numbers 
41 

Dr. Margaret Kalacska, School of Criminology 
Eyes in the sky: satellite and airborne remote sensing 
42 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
October 18 
Dr. Greg Martin, Department of Mathematics, UBC 
Prime number races 
43 

Dr. Sophie Lavieri, Department of Chemistry 
Chem + is = 3 
44 

November 15

Dr. Razvan Fatecau, Department of Mathematics 
Differential equations and the broken swimming records at the 2008 Summer Olympics 
45 

Dr. Andrei Frolov, Department of Physics 
The beginning of the universe 
46 

December 6

Dr. Paul Tupper, Department of Mathematics 
Zipf's law and the size of cities 
47 

Dr. Leah Bendell, Department of Biological Sciences 
A day at the beach... from an invertebrates point of view 
48 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
March 7 
Dr. Matt DeVos, Department of Mathematics 
How to draw a line 
49 

Dr Paul Percival, Department of Chemistry 
Using an exotic atom to explore chemistry in a pressure cooker 
50 

April 4

Dr. Nilima Nigam, Department of Mathematics 
Mathematics, fish and locusts 
51 

Dr. Tom Loughin, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science 
Wanna bet? Best strategies for games of chance 
52 

May 9

Dr. Jamie Mulholland, Department of Mathematics 
Symmetries of Things 
53 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
October 17 
Dr. Jonathan Jedwab, Department of Mathematics 
Games, counting, and curvy lines 
54 

Dr. Andrew Blaber, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology 
Weightlessness and fainting astronauts 
55 

November 14

Dr. Randall Pyke, Department of Mathematics 
Fractals: Drawing them, using them, and playing the Chaos Game 
56 

Dr. Jenifer Thewalt, Department of Physics and Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 
The Skin Barrier 
57 

December 5

Dr. Nathalie Sinclair, Faculty Of Education 
Deflating Triangles: Getting More Tiles for Your Money By Giving Up On? 
58 

Dr. Esther Verheyen, Department Of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 
What's the big deal about stem cells? 
59 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
March 13 
Dr. Rina Zazkis, Faculty Of Education 
Hollywood Perceptions of Mathematics 
60 

Dr. Sarah Johnson, Department Of Physics 
Particle Physics 101 
61 

April 10

Dr. John Stockie, Department of Mathematics 
Math and the Olympics 
62 

Dr. Peter Wilson, Department Of Chemistry 
Synthesis and Symmetry 
63 

May 15

Dr. Veselin Jungic, Department Of Mathematics 
What Makes 42.2 a BIG Number? 
64 

Dr. Allison Kermode, Department Of Biology 
Plants and Human Health 
65 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
October 16 
Dr. Katherine E. Stange, Department Of Mathematics and PIMS 
Clocks, Set, Elliptic Curves, and the Secret Math of Spies 
66 

Dr. Andrew DeBenedictis, Department of Physics 
Black holes, wormholes, warpdrives, and time machines: Some extreme features of gravitation 
67 

November 6

Dr. Roger Donaldson, Department Of Mathematics and PIMS 
It's likely more than software: How probability models make the internet useful 
68 

Dr. John Clague, Department of Earth Sciences 
Science and Politics in the Great Climate Change Debate 
69 

December 4

Dr. Karen Yeats, Department of Mathematics 
Unexpected identities 
70 

Dr. Shahram Payandeh, School of Engineering 
Robotics: it is in Serious Games 
71 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
March 12 
Dr. Jessica McDonald, Department of Mathematics 
Connectthedots with graph theory 
72 

Dr. Lynne Quarmby, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 
Actually, on a cellular level, I am really quite busy 
73 

April 9

Dr. Matt DeVos, Department of Mathematics 
The Remarkable Tale of Bill vs. the Fish 
74 

Dr. Mario Pinto, Department of Chemistry 
Molecular modelling and drug design 
75 

May 14

Dr. Cynthia Loten, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UFV 
Caterpillars and Monstrous Trees 
76 

Dr. Michell Vetterli, Department of Physics 
What is mass? I bet you thought this was a solved problem? 
77 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
October 15 
Dr. Emily Walsh, Department of Mathematics 
Storm chasing 
78 

Dr. Norbert Haunerland, Department of Biological Sciences 
"The eight plague"  muscle fuel in locusts and other highperformance athletes 
79 

November 12,

Dr. Charles Samuels, Department of Mathematics, Oklahoma City University 
A new kind of circle and the padic numbers 
80 

Dr. Claire Cupples, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 
Noisy green bugs: Understanding life at the molecular level 
81 

December 3

Dr. Mark MacLean, Department of Mathematics, UBC 
Geometric phases? 
82 

Dr. Byron Gates, Department of Chemistry 
The chemistry of nanoscience 
83 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
March 17 
Dr. Ladislav Stacho, Department of Mathematics 
Wondering in a town, not so much without a reason 
84 

Dr. Bingyun Sun, Department of Chemistry 
How do science and technology help us understand ourselves and shape our future? 
85 

April 14

Dr. Daniel Katz, Department of Mathematics 
ErrorCorrecting Codes: From hard drives to cell phones to deep space 
86 

Dr. Erol Girt, Department of Physics 
Magnetic recording 
87 

May 12

Dr. Stephen Choi, Department of Mathematics 
The music of primes 
88 

Dr. Sherryl Bisgrove, Department of Biological Sciences 
It's a green world  why watching plants grow is really quite exciting 
89 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
October 13 
Dr. Peter Dukes, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Victoria 
Finite Geometries and the Set Game 
90 

Dr. Nancy Forde, Department of Physics 
How do our cells (do) work? How Physicists approach Biology 
91 

November 17

Dr. Chiaka Drakes, Department of Mathematics 
Modelling Thinking 
92 

Dr. Bernard Crespi, Department of Biology 
Where Darwin meets Freud: What is mental illness, and where does it come from? 
93 

December 1

Dr. Andrew King, Department of Mathematics 
Painting yourself into a corner: Graph colouring and optimization 
94 

Dr. George Agnes, Department of Chemistry 
Mimicry of Particulate Air Pollution in Vitro 
95 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
March 9 
Dr. Kevin Doerksen, Department of Mathematics 
"And so on...": Induction, recursion, and iterating your way to infinity 
96 

Eric LeGresley, Department of Chemistry 
Serendipity: The Wanderings of a High School Student 
97 

April 6

Dr. FokShuen Leung, Department of Mathematics, UBC 
The Infinitude of Primes 
98 

Dr. Gail S. Anderson, School of Criminology 
Murder and Maggots 
99 

May 11

Dr. Shonda Gosselin, Department of Mathematics, University of Winnipeg 
Tracking down a network intruder: The metric dimension of a graph 
100 

Dr. Walter Chica, IRAP Pacific  NRC Canada 
The Legacy of Albert Einstein CelebrityScientist, Paradoxical Genius 
101 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
October 5 
Dr. Ralf Wittenberg, Department of Mathematic 
Functions and Chaos 
102 

Dr. Isabelle Côté, Department of Biology 
Lionfish: The ultimate invader 
103 

November 2

Dr. Bojan Mohar, Department of Mathematics 
Combinatorics and randomness 
104 

Dr. Lisa Craig, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 
Microbial strategies and human defences in infectious disease 
105 

November 30

Dr. Manfred Trummer, Department of Mathematics 
Computing with computers: Expecting the unexpected 
106 

Dr. Barbara Frisken, Department of Physics 
Colloids in Space! 
107 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
March 8 
Dr. Indy Lagu, Department of Mathematics, Mount Royal University 
And the Winner is ... 
108 

Dr. Zabrina Brumme, Faculty of Health Sciences 
Pathogen genetic diversity: challenges and opportunities 
109 

April 5

Dr. Jeremie Lumbroso, Department of Mathematics 
Counting data with coin flips 
110 

Dr. Erika Plettner, Department of Chemistry 
The sense of smell in insects and new pest control methods 
111 

May 10

Dr. Shawn Desaulniers, Department of Mathematics, UBC 
Practical Applications of Theoretical Mathematics 
112 

Dr. Nabyl Merbouh, Department of Chemistry 
3D printing: From a digital model to a 3D object 
113 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
October 18 
Dr. Leah Keshet, Mathematics Department, UBC 
Mathematics of flocks and swarms 
114 

Dr. Tim Swartz, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science 
Statistics in sport with an emphasis on soccer and hockey 
115 

November 15

Dr. Nils Bruin, Department of Mathematics 
The harmony of numbers 
116 

Dr. Howard Trottier, Department of Physics 
Starry Nights @ SFU: Astronomy outreach from campus to community 
117 

December 6

Dr. Nicolas Fillion, Department of Philosophy 
A taste of infinity 
118 

Dr. Angela BrooksWilson, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology 
Health Secrets of the SuperSeniors 
119 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
March 14 
Dr. Krystal Guo, Department of Mathematics 
Graph Theory: Helping Mapmakers and Tourists Since 1735 
120 

Dr. Richard Vaughan, School fo Computing Science 
"Intelligent" Interactions with Surprisingly Simple Robots 
121 

April 11

Dr. Gordon Hamilton, Math Pickle 
Unsolved Problems, Great Games & Perplexing Puzzles 
122 

Dr. Will Cupples, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology 
Mathematics of the kidney 
123 

May 9

Dr. Richard Hoshino, Department of Mathematics, Quest University 
Inspiring Change through Mathematical Activism 
124 

Dr. Ivona Mladenovic, Department of Biology 
Cloning Humans  a Science Fiction or Not? 
125 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
October 17 
Dr. Alejandro Erickson, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Durham University 
Make a mathematical discovery with tatami tiles 
126 

Prof. Joan Sharp, Department of Biological Sciences 
Life's origins and the nature of life on Earth  and elsewhere in the Universe 
127 

November 14

Dr. Kseniya Garaschuk, Department of Mathematics, UBC 
The world according to Latin squares 
128 

Dr. Stephen Robinovitch, Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology 
Defying gravity: the science of landing safely during a fall 
129 

December 5

Dr. Nathan Ilten, Department of Mathematics 
Counting cleverly using group theory 
130 

Dr. Steven Dodge, Department of Physics 
A brief history of timeresolved spectroscopy 
131 
Date 
Speaker 
Title 
Poster 
# 
March 12 
Dr. Elyse Yeager, Department of Mathematics, UBC 
The Near Miss: Graphs that almost (but don't quite!) contain a given structure 
132 

Dr. Richard Frank, School of Criminology 
Exploring the criminal activities in the Dark Web 
133 

April 9

Dr. Fiachra Knox, Department Of Mathematics 
Graph Eigenvalues: The Mathematics of Chain Letters 
134 

Dr. Sara Harris, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science, UBC 
The Change in Climate Change 
135 

May 7

Dr. Ben Adcock, Department of Mathematics 
From time to frequency: How Fourier transforms changed the world 
136 

Dr. Cameron Morland, Department of Mathematics 
Totally Random, Perfectly Predictable Sequences 
137 