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Formulas for Odd Zeta Values and Powers of Pi

Tue, 2011-02-22 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Marc Chamberland and Patrick Lopatto (a Grinnell High School student) published the paper "Formulas for Odd Zeta Values and Powers of Pi" which appeared in the electronic Journal of Integer Sequences (Vol. 14, Issue 2, article 11.2.5). Values for the Riemann zeta function at odd values greater than one do not seem to have a closed form. A decade ago, the Canadian mathematician Simon Plouffe experimentally found some formulas to represent these numbers using quickly converging infinite series.

2011 Favorite Films Festival to be Shown January 28 through January 30

Thu, 2011-01-13 09:14 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Films selected for the 2011 Favorite Films Festival will be shown Friday, January 28th, through Sunday, January 30th, in the Harris Center Cinema on the Grinnell College campus.  The times and features are:

Friday, January 28th:

4:30 pm -- Planet Earth

7:30 pm -- Planet Earth (cont'd)

10:30 pm -- Planet Earth (cont'd)

Saturday, January 29th:

1:30 pm -- Rear Window

7:30 pm -- Rear Window

10:30 pm -- Rear Window

Sunday, January 30th:

Libraries Receive Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

Thu, 2011-01-13 08:38 | By Anonymous (not verified)


The Grinnell College Libraries have received the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for 2011 from the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. “Receiving an Excellence in Academic Libraries Award is a national tribute to a library and its staff for the outstanding services, programs and leadership they provide to their students, administrators, faculty and community,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis.

Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition 2011

Thu, 2010-12-09 10:25 | By Anonymous (not verified)

February 19, 2011, Grinnell will send a team of competitors to Iowa State University (Ames) for the Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition. Do you enjoy working on math problems with other people? There are no specific math prerequisites. Our team will be organized by David Romano; contact him by February 8 to participate. Contact him for more information about the contest or visit http://www.central.edu/maa/contest/

Funny Bits from the B&S

Matthew Imber ‘11’s student musing “Stirring the Pot” in Grinnell Magazine’s winter 2010 issue chronicles the long history of Grinnell’s alternative press. But it can’t possibly convey just how funny the B&S, the College’s current alternative paper (Imber edits it), really is. So, here are some of the tamer stories and story excerpts from the past couple of issues. We bet you can’t read them with a straight face! 

2011 Favorite Films Selected

Mon, 2010-11-22 11:08 | By Anonymous (not verified)

The survey for the 2011 Favorite Films Festival has closed with our highest total participation (263 or 11.2 percent) ever! The final vote totals are below:

Mystery/Suspense Films

  • Rear Window – 9

Musical Films

  • The Sound of Music - 15

Documentary Films

  • Planet Earth – 8
  • Supersize Me – 8

To break the tie between Planet Earth and Supersize Me, the library's circulation of the films was checked, with Planet Earth having the higher totals.

Food for Fines, November 15-30, 2010

Mon, 2010-11-15 09:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)


The Food for Fines program is starting this Monday, November 15, and running through November 30. Students can bring in up to 10 canned or boxed food items for the MICA food pantry and reduce their library fines ($1 per item). Items will be collected at the Burling and Kistle circulation desks and in the Listening Room.

See the attached poster Food for Fines for more information.