Cornell College Events

Friday, March 22nd

Time Event Title
8:00 am-4:00 pmSleep Inn Lottery Residence Life Office
The Sleep Inn Lottery will be held today in the Residence Life Office. Bring your completed lottery form.
11:10 am-12:00 pmOh That's How Google Works! Law Hall
"Imagine a library containing 25 billion documents, but with no centralized organization and no librarians. In addition, anyone may add a document at any time without telling anyone." This is the vision for which Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google, designed their Google Search Engine. Faced with many challenges for building the site, certainly the fundamental question is how to effectively probe billions of documents and identify those that are most related to what you are seeking. All students are familiar with Google, but few would ever suspect that two undergraduate level math courses are at the basis of the Google algorithm. In Calculus II we learn the concept of convergence and how to apply it in practice. Similarly, in Linear Algebra we discover the practical utility of problems that can be formulated in terms of an eigenvalue problem. Both concepts are very important in their own right, however Page and Brin showed that it was possible to bring the power of both concepts to bear on their problem. When you enter a subject in Google's search bar there is an algorithm that searches their database for the most relevant matches to what you have entered. Intrinsic to this algorithm is an eigenvalue problem that is set up and inside of this problem is an iteration or sequence that must converge in order for the algorithm to yield useful output. This talk will not only reveal Google's surreptitious mathematical tools for finding the topics you desire when searching the web, but give insight into the life of a math graduate student and the employment opportunities for those interested in similar fields.
5:30 pm"One Day on Earth" Documentary Screening Thomas Commons
On 10-10-10, in every country on the planet, documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens recorded the human experience over a 24-hour period and contributed their voice to the creation of "One Day on Earth." You are invited to join the Civic Engagement Office as they watch the diversity, tragedy, and triumph that occurs in one day.
7:00 pmPAAComedy Presents: Carlie and Doni Thomas Commons
Carlie and Doni are taking the comedy scene by storm. Performing all around the country, this musical comedy duo is quickly becoming a popular cult favorite. These two best friends/roommates/soul-sister comedy partners met in 2005 at a Los Angeles theatre academy and began writing songs about their life experiences. In less than a year, they went from unknowns to performing as the headliners at a world famous comedy club on Melrose Avenue. Today Carlie and Doni are comedy favorites at The Laugh Factoy and The Comedy Store.

Ongoing Events:

Time Event Title
Feb 27th-Mar 25thBuy a Shirt - Support the American Cancer Society

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