2.13.16 Week End Update

VALENTINE'S DAY FROM ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES

A VALENTINE - POEM BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

Edgar Allan Poe, married at the time, wrote this poem to the woman with whom he was having an affair named Frances Sargent Osgood, also a poet. How do we know? See if you can figure out the riddle. Send an "all faculty" email if you can. The answer will be in next week's Week End Update if nobody solves it. Don't cheat!
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A Valentine - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies
Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
Search narrowly the lines! - they hold a treasure
Divine- a talisman- an amulet
That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure-
The words- the syllables! Do not forget
The trivialest point, or you may lose your labor
And yet there is in this no Gordian knot
Which one might not undo without a sabre,
If one could merely comprehend the plot.
Enwritten upon the leaf where now are peering
Eyes scintillating soul, there lie perdus
Three eloquent words oft uttered in the hearing
Of poets, by poets- as the name is a poet's, too,
Its letters, although naturally lying
Like the knight Pinto- Mendez Ferdinando-
Still form a synonym for Truth- Cease trying!
You will not read the riddle, though you do the best you can do.
Edgar Allan Poe

SCIENCE VALENTINES

From the mentalfloss.com webpage come "12 Science Valentines." "There are Valentine cards, ecards, and gifts for every taste imaginable! If you don't find a card or image that perfectly expresses your sentiments, you can easily make your own. And if you lack the imagination, skills, or time to create one, someone else probably has just what you're looking for. The scientific community is no exception - and they take advantage of every opportunity to make a pun when they can. Here are some valentines from different scientific disciplines. Keep in mind that for almost every image here, you can find follow the links and find more clever science valentines."

MATH VALENTINES

For Valentine's Day, Math Model Predicts Success of Relationships. This article is about Rashied Amini, and how the fact that his girlfriend wanted to break up two years ago led him to wonder if he could mathematically prove that they should stay together.

Amini was working as a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the time. He knew how to build predictive models about space missions using algorithms.

Maybe he could apply the same approach to matters of the heart.

He returned to his alma mater to pursue a doctorate in astrophysics at Washington University, while also developing a romance predictor.

Today, Amini, 30, plans to defend his dissertation this summer and rejoin the engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While working more than 100 hours a week on this site and his doctorate, he didn’t have time for dating. But his own Nanaya analysis says he should settle down between 31 to 32 years old.

IMPORTANT: BUNDLE UP AND STAY SAFE IN THE COLD!

From Dr. John Bassi: The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for our area starting tonight into tomorrow. This evening as the winds begin to increase and the temperatures decrease the wind chill temperatures will fall into the range of minus 20 to minus 30 Fahrenheit. At these temperatures exposed skin can freeze or become frostbitten in as little as 10 minutes. Please take all precautions to cover exposed skin, use scarves, hats and gloves and avoid spending any significant time in these conditions.
PLEASE WORK WITH THE STUDENTS TO MAKE THEM AWARE OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS THREAT.

CALENDAR REMINDERS

Monday Feb.15 - Saturday, Feb.20 - Fiske Cup Competition
Thursday, Feb.18 - SPECIAL SCHEDULE
- No morning Chapel
- 8:00-2:15: Regular Thursday classes and House Meetings, moved +/- 30 minutes earlier
- 2:30-4:00: Athletics
- 5:00: Evensong
- 6:00: Seated Meal
Friday, Feb.19 - Spring Term book orders due in the Bookstore
Saturday, Feb.20 - NO CLASSES, LinC DAY
- 6:45-10:45: Fiske Cup finals
Monday, Feb.22 - Friday, Feb.26 - Drop/Add period for Spring Term Courses

STAY WARM, STAY SAFE!!

The CIT Crew - Alisa, Kate, Kevin, Lawrence, Melissa, and Nick