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Iowa Section – Mathematical Association of America

Governor: James Freeman, Cornell College Past-Chair: Al Hibbard, Central College 
Chair: Mariah Birgen, Wartburg College Vice-Chair: Elgin Johnston, Iowa State University 
Vice-Chair Elect: Larry Naylor, Drake UniversitySecretary: Wendy Weber, Central College 
Treasurer: Karen Shuman, Grinnell College Information Director: Mark Mills, Central College 
Liaison Coordinator: Calvin Van Niewaal, Coe College Competition Coordinator: Ruth Berger, Luther College 

2007 Iowa Mathematics Meeting

Department of Mathematics
Drake University
Des Moines, IA
April 13-14, 2007

Call for papers Elections Competition Drake Campus Lodging Schedule Abstracts Preregistering

The annual meeting of the Iowa Section of the Mathematics Association of America is fast approaching. We are fortunate to have Joseph Gallian, MAA President, as our featured speaker. Prof. Gallian will speak Friday night and Saturday morning. Professor Gallian will speak on

Using Groups and Graphs to Create Symmetry Patterns (Parts 1 and 2)


Call for Student and Faculty Papers

We also hope for a wide a varied collection of talks from our own members. If you would like to give a talk at the meeting please, if possible ,use the electronic submission form at:

Proposals for talks are due by Friday, March 11, 2007.

If you are unable to use the submission site please send the following to Elgin Johnston at one of the addresses listed below:

If submitting directly to Elgin Johnston, please submit the abstract as a TeX or LaTex file. Other formats will be accepted, but TeX or LaTeX are preferred. Information can be sent by surface mail or email to:

Elgin Johnston
Department of Mathematics
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

Phone: 515-294-0302
FAX: 515-294-5454
Email: (please include in your email the subject heading Iowa MAA Meeting.)


More information later.

Teaching Awards

More information later.

Thirteenth Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition

The competition will be held Saturday, March 10, 2007, at Grinnell College.  More details will follow.  Please contact Ruth Berger for questions.

Drake Campus Information

This year's meeting will take place in Meredith Hall on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines.  Meredith Hall is circled in green on the map shown below.  Free parking is circled in red in the map shown below (between 24th and 25th Streets, south of Forest Avenue).  For a larger map, visit

Drake map

Lodging in Des Moines

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the following hotels.  Be sure to mention "MAA-Drake" when making reservations:

  1. Holiday Inn Express, 1140 24th St., Des Moines, 515-255-4000  (This hotel is just south of Drake University on 24th Street.)
    block of 15 rooms (doubles), $72.00
    held until 3 weeks prior to the meeting.
  2. Best Western Walnut Creek Inn, 1258 8th St., West Des Moines, 515-223-1212 or 800-792-5688  (This hotel is several miles west of Drake University, just off I-235.)
    40 rooms (some singles, mostly doubles), $69.95
    held until March 18.
  3. Quality Inn, 4995 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, 515-278-2381  (This hotel is several miles northwest of Drake University.)
    25 rooms (more rooms may be added later if there are other cancellation) mostly singles, $64.95
    held until April 4.

For other lodging, check the web site

NOTE:  We recommend making reservations as early as possible.  There are apparently several other activities going on in Des Moines that weekend.


Contact Chair Mariah Birgen at (for general questions), Vice-Chair Elgin Johnston at (for program issues), Vice-Chair Elect Larry Naylor at (for local, on-site issues), or the Secretary Wendy Weber at (for registration or other issues).


Thank you for your considering preregistering for the upcoming meeting. This will save time for you at the meeting, make it easier for our secretary at the meeting, and increase efficiency in gathering the data that the MAA headquarters asks of us for each meeting (including gender, whether you are a presenter, and student/faculty/other status). When you come to the registration table at the meeting, indicate that you have already preregistered. Your name will be looked up from the list gathered from this program and you will only need to pay the registration fee ($10) to complete the process. Preregistration takes place here: [not available now].

IA section database

We are trying to maintain an up-to-date database of all section members to provide better communication and save expenses on mailings. If you have not already updated your information, you may do so and it would be greatly appreciated.