Governor: Calvin Van Niewaal, Coe CollegePast-Chair: Mariah Birgen, Wartburg College
Chair: Elgin Johnston, Iowa State UniversityVice-Chair: Larry Naylor, Drake University
Vice-Chair Elect: Murphy Waggoner, Simpson CollegeSecretary: Wendy Weber, Central College 
Treasurer: Karen Shuman, Grinnell College Information Director: Al Hibbard, Central College
Liaison Coordinator: Monica Meissen, Clarke CollegeCompetition Coordinator: Ruth Berger, Luther College 

2008 Iowa Mathematics Meeting

Department of Mathematics
Simpson Collge
Indianola, IA
April 25-26, 2008

Call for papers Elections Drake Campus Lodging Schedule Abstracts Preregistering

The annual meeting of the Iowa Section of the Mathematics Association of America will soon be here. We are fortunate to have as our featured speaker Carl Cowen, past president of the MAA. Prof. Cowen will speak Friday night on "Connections Between Mathematics and Biology", and Saturday morning on "Rearranging the Alternating Harmonic Series."

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: [inactive now].

Proposals for talks are due by Friday, March 21, 2008.

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

Larry Naylor
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Drake University
Des Moines, IA 50311

Phone: 515-271-2855
FAX:   515-271-2055

Email:  (please include in your email the subject heading Iowa MAA Meeting.)


Biographies are posted in the spring newsletter.

Teaching Awards

More information later.

Simpson Campus Information

Here is a link to a map of the Simpson campus:

All meetings will bein Carver which is building 12 on the map, on Clinton Avenuebetween Buxton Street and C Street. We can use anyparking lots on campus; if campus security inadvertently issues a ticket, give the ticket to Murphy Waggoner and she can arrange to have security waive it. There is also ample parking on the street around Carver.

Lodging in Indianola

There are two motels in Indianola, and a Bed and Breakfast.

  1. Apple Tree Inn, 1215 N. Jefferson Street, (Highway 65/69 North), Indianola, IA 50125, (515) 961-0551. Ten rooms held until March 25. Rooms with 2 queen size beds start at $70 plus tax and depend on occupancy. Rooms with 1 queen bed start at $60 plus tax. Identify yourself as a member of the Iowa Section of the Math. Assoc. of Amer
  2. Super 8 Motel, 1701 N. Jefferson, US Hwy 65/69, Indianola, IA 50125, 515-961-0058
  3. Garden & Galley Bed & Breakfast, 1321 S. Jefferson Way (Highway 65/69 South), Indianola, IA 50125, (515) 961-7749. As of January 29, there were 2 rooms available. The rate is $90 and includes breakfast.

Several hotels are within 10-12 miles of Simpson College near the airport in Des Moines. From Fleur, you can take the bypass (Hwy 5) east and then take the Indianola exit (Hwy 65/69 South) and get to Simpson in 15 minutes.

Students who desire more economical (and meager) accommodations should contact Lynnette Snyder ( or Tracy Robson (, officers of the Math Club at Simpson, and they will match you up with students who would be willing to let you sack out in their apartments or residence halls.

NOTE: We recommend making reservations as early as possible.


Contact Chair Elgin Johnston at (for general questions), Vice-Chair Larry Naylor at lawrence.naylor@DRAKE.EDU (for program issues), Vice-Chair Elect Murphy Waggoner 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: [inactive 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.