Fifteen years before the Pyramid of Giza broke ground, the Pharaoh Sneferu oversaw the construction of what is believed to be the first-ever pyramid with smooth, rather than stepped, sides. The plans were grand. The sides were steep. And halfway through construction, the pyramid began to crumble. The 54-degree angle was simply too steep to maintain. The builders scrambled to salvage the massive structure by changing the pyramid’s angle to a more moderate 43 degrees. Today, the wonky-looking structure—known as the Bent Pyramid—still stands.
A new $630,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant is supporting an initiative in the School of Science to recruit, retain, and graduate more TCNJ students in computer science, mathematics and statistics. The project, “Innovative Projects in Computational Science” (iPics), will fund nine first-year students and six upper-class students for the 2014-15 academic year, providing scholarships and coordinated support programs such as tutoring, mentoring and advising to supplement those already provided by the college. Each student will receive upwards of $5,000 of scholarship money each year they are in the program.