**be**** well- rounded…. **

** What’s pi?** Pi is a number that comes from dividing the distance

** What’s “Pi Day”?** We can write March 14 as 3-14, and 3.14 is the
beginning of that special number

**Pi day
on RADIO: **Louie Saenz did a 16-minute
interview (incorporating 3 of my pi songs or song excerpts) of me for Pi Day
2019 on regional NPR-station KTEP (88.5 FM), https://www.ktep.org/post/focus-campus-larry-lesser-1;
that same station has done several mid-March airings (since 2005) of my special “Pi Day”
edition of the “Desert Diaries” show, which sparked the creation of a “math category” of
episodes

**Pi Day SONGS: **

• I
wrote **“American Pi” **(click **HERE** to
hear a 3:53 demo recording and click **HERE**
for a related article with lyric and lesson) to present historical highlights
(and mnemonic for the first 6 significant figures) of the number pi, and may be
sung to the tune of Don McLean’s 1970s #1 hit “American Pie”. Varying versions
have appeared in several books and journals*
*and a rockin’ partial rendition by* *Calvin Coolidge (a band of then-high
schoolers in Cleveland) appears at* *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll_45NomcFk. ** On 3/14/15, the
National Museum of Mathematics announced my song won its “Pi Day of the
Century” song contest,** which yielded media coverage (see
bottom of this webpage).

• I wrote **“Circle Song”**
(to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”) to help secondary school
students recall –and distinguish-- the two most common formulas associated with
circles. Click **HERE**
to hear my 0:38 demo recording, or **HERE**
to see a video, or **HERE**
to read an article with my lyric and accompanying commentary.

• my
favorite pi songs by others:** **facstaff.bloomu.edu/kferland/Pi_Songs/songs.html
(also, see https://youtu.be/XLK89OXaxz8 ; teachpi.org/music/rap.htm ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZSHr5E7fZY
; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs464DqnPTo&feature=related
; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqdm8Rtj5PY&feature=player_profilepage

**Pi Day Haiku ****(some say
“pi-ku”):**** **I was announced by “Math Matters at Taylor &
Francis” social media on 4/8/15 as a winner of its 2015 Pi Day (of the Century)
haiku contest for my entry, which I later published in on p. 456 of http://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol8/iss1/22/).

**Pi** cartoon: https://www.causeweb.org/cause/resources/fun/cartoons/statisticians-favorite-uses-pi

**Teacher ARTICLES:**
See my 6-page article “Slices of Pi:
Rounding Up Ideas for Celebrating Pi Day” in the
fall 2004 *Texas
Mathematics Teacher*. Also of interest is Sandra A. Daire’s
Pi Day article “Celebrating Mathematics All Year ‘Round” in the March 2010 *Mathematics Teacher*, *103*(7), 509-513. Also, teachers
interested in culturally relevant mathematics will appreciate *my article in The Jewish Educator* and
the “value of pi” section of my
article in *Journal of Mathematics and
Culture*.

**classroom**** activity:
**my “A Round This
Date in Time; Pizza Pi, Anyone?”
Cartoon Corner [with 9 classroom-ready discussion questions on 2 FoxTrot comic strips] in the March 2007 *Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School,
12*(7), pp. 383, 387. https://www.jstor.org/stable/41182436?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents

**RESEARCHER ARTICLE **I co-wrote about
family math nights which featured pi activities**:** “Parent Power
Nights: A Vehicle for Engaging Adults/Families in Learning Mathematics” in the Nov.
2008 *Adults Learning Mathematics International Journal, 3*(2b),
36-52.

__Pi Day Local Outreach__: I’ve helped with pi day events for elementary school students (e.g.,
Canutillo ES; see, for example, the article starting on p. 36 of **this**, middle school students (e.g.,
Henderson MS, as on p. 13 of **this**;
a grades 1-8 school (see **this**),
high school
students (e.g., Emery HS in Houston; see article in
fall 2004 *Texas Mathematics Teacher*), and
college
students (e.g., with UTEP’s undergraduate math club, Club Zero: see, for
example, the last page of **this**).

*pi-pourri*** of other links:
**

http://www.piday.org/ http://www.pidayinternational.org/ http://piday.momath.org/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day

www.piacrossamerica.org teachpi.org www.pidye.com http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=2147483830

illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=161** **www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/pi/

mathforum.org/t2t/faq/faq.pi.html www.mathmuseum.org/piday.htm www.mathwithmrherte.com/pi_day.htm

www.avoision.com/experiments/pi10k/pi10k.html en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day http://megsl.org/pi.html

www.kathimitchell.com/pi.html mathworld.wolfram.com/Pi.html www.pi-world-ranking-list.com/lists/index.html

www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Pi_through_the_ages.html www.joyofpi.com/pilinks.html

eveander.com/trivia/ www.projectmathematics.com/storypi.htm www.mste.uiuc.edu/activity/estpi

polymer.bu.edu/java/java/montepi/montepiapplet.html www.math.utah.edu/~alfeld/Archimedes/Archimedes.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG7vhMMXagQ

http://giveupinternet.com/2011/06/17/pi-constant-and-pie-mathematical-mind-blown-pic/

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2011/03/a-musical-interpretation-of-pi.html

**MEDIA
COVERAGE OF MY PI DAY ACTIVITIES:**

Interviewed on
3/14/19 by Louie Saenz, “Focus
on Campus”, aired 3/15/19 10-10:16am, regional NPR-station KTEP

(88.5 FM): https://www.ktep.org/post/focus-campus-larry-lesser-1

UTEP social
media posts on March 14, 2018 & 2017 such as:

https://www.facebook.com/UTEPMiners/videos/10152648258556160/

Herrera,
Valerie (2015, April 7). Professor wins pi day of the century contest. *The Prospector*, *100*(23), 9.

Also: http://theprospectordaily.com/showcase/2015/04/07/professor-wins-pi-day-of-the-century-contest/

Cohen, Cindy
Graff (2015, April). Larry Lesser wins ‘Pi Day of the Century’ song contest. *The Jewish Voice*, p. 14.

Masterson,
Veronique (2015, March 20). [story on my winning
national pi day song contest was the closing

(and longest) story that week] *UTEP Headlines Video Newscast*, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuaXz3sIcMc

UTEP News
(2015, March 16). Math song wins on pi day of the century. http://news.utep.edu/?p=29484

Facebook.com/UTEPMiners
(2015, March 14, 3:14pm). 2:38 video posted of me explaining Pi Day

Lopez, Meghan
(2015, March 14, 9:10pm). KFOX-TV
newscast, with online story by Adriana

Candelaria posted at http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/UTEP-professor-nominated-for-Pi-Day-of-the-Century-song-award-102922.shtml#.VQUYz2TF-gI

Rodriguez,
Ashlie (2015, March 14, at 5:14pm,
6:09pm,
10:09pm). ABC-affiliate KVIA-TV newscast

Wadsworth, Ford
(2015, March 22-28). Pi news [Whispers column]. *El Paso Inc.,* *21*(30), 7A.

Martinez, Aaron
(2015, March 15). UTEP professor wins songwriting
contest [18 column inches]. *El Paso *

*Times*, *135*(74),
B1. [story also appeared online at http://elpasotimes.com/news/ci_27713752/utep-professor-wins-pi-day-century-songwriting-contest
the day before with same text but with different headline]

Lopez, Meghan
(2015, March 14, 10:15pm). CBS-affiliate KDBC-TV
newscast, with online story by

Adriana Candelaria posted at http://www.cbs4local.com/news/features/local-headlines/stories/MatheMusician-professor-engages-students-in-music-and-math-102935.shtml#.VQWS12TF-g

“El Paso Jewish Academy to Celebrate its
First Pi Day!” (2008, April). *The Jewish Voice*, p. 19.

http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/EPJA2008piday.gif

“Pi x 300 years = fun for Canutillo
students” (2006, March 3). *El Paso Times*, *126*(62), p. B6 West.

“Celebrating Pi” (2006, March 15). *UTEP
Horizons Online Ne*ws, Que Pasa.

https://www.ia.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=37338

“Pi Day” segment (including interview with
me) from Canutillo ES on 10pm newscast on El Paso’s CBS-affiliate

KDBC-TV on
March 1, 2006; also, on El Paso’s KINT-TV (Univision, Channel 26).

“Henderson Middle” (2005, June),* El Paso
PROPS Magazine*, p. 15

“Pi Day Celebration” (2005, May), *Newsletter
of Greater El Paso Council of Teachers of Mathematics*, *4*(5), 1-2.