UW Today

May 2, 2013

News briefs: Bike to campus month, drag-racing math, campus tree prize

May is Bike Month logo 2013May is bike to campus month
Get ready to bike to campus for national Bike to Work Month. UW Transportation Services is sponsoring seminars and events throughout May to inspire commuters to start riding and challenge experienced riders to commute more. Information sessions include “Intro to Bike Community” May 7, and “Fix-A-Flat Lab” May 21. There’s information about taking part in the Commute Challenge, Bike to Work Day May 17 and a UW Trail Party May 23.

Math at top speed: Exploding drag racing myths
Elementary mathematical frameworks for studying old and new drag racing beliefs – validating some and debunking others – is the subject of this quarter’s MathAcrossCampus lecture, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, in 220 Kane Hall. Richard Tapia, mathematician at Rice University, will include a historical account of the development of drag racing with videos and pictures depicting his involvement in the early days of the sport. A reception follows the talk.

Tree Campus USA logo 2013UW recognized for campus tree management
For the third year in a row, the UW is on the Tree Campus USA list in recognition of excellence in campus tree management by the Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit with more than a million members. The university achieved the title by maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.