2014 Iowa Mathematics Meeting
Clarke University
Dubuque, Iowa
October 24-25, 2014

Call for papers Elections Campus Information 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 Robert L. Devaney be our speaker for Friday night (time 7:00-8:00 p.m.) and Ruth Charney be our speaker for Saturday morning (time 8:30-9:30 a.m.).

Robert L. Devaney
President of Mathematical Association of America

The Fractal Geometry of the Mandelbrot Set

In this lecture we describe several folk theorems concerning the Mandelbrot set. While this set is extremely complicated from a geometric point of view, we will show that, as long as you know how to add and how to count, you can understand this geometry completely. We will encounter many famous mathematical objects in the Mandelbrot set, like the Farey tree and the Fibonacci sequence. And we will find many soon-to-be-famous objects as well, like the "Devaney" sequence. There might even be a joke or two in the talk.

Ruth Charney
Brandeis University

An Excursion into the Strange World of Singular Geometry

In high school we learn about the geometry of the plane. Later, we encounter the geometry of smooth manifolds. In this talk, we take a peek at the mind-bending geometry of singular spaces and their applications.

Call for Student and Faculty Papers

As usual, we hope for a wide variety of talks from our own members. If you have something interesting to say about mathematics or teaching, contribute a talk and share with the rest of the section. Students (both undergraduates and graduates) are encouraged to participate.

Proposals for talks are due by September 30. Please use the electronic submission form, if at all possible. (Logging in first will make it easier, so you are encouraged to do so.) If you are unable to use the submission site, please send the following information to Brian Bergen:

Contact information for Brian Bergen: Brian Bergen Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics Wartburg College 100 Wartburg Blvd. Waverly, IA 50677-0903 voice: 319-352-8337 email: brian.birgen@wartburg.edu


We will be holding elections for a new Vice-Chair Elect at the meeting. The candidates for Vice-Chair Elect are Jason Smith (Graceland ) and Chris Spicer (Morningside). The search committee consists of Angie Kohlhaas, Mariah Bergne, and Russ Goodman/

Vice-Chair Elect


Treasurer (four-year term)

Clarke University Campus Information

Here is a link to a map of the Clarke University campus: http://www.clarke.edu/page.aspx?id=8546 and here are directions

Almost all meetings will be in the Catherine Byrne Hall (CBH) which is building 7 on the campus map. Registration will be in CBH 205A. You can park along Clarke Drive or in the parking lots around the science building. If you reach Clarke Crest Drive, you've gone too far.

Lodging in Dubuque

Hotel options (sorted by driving distance from Clarke): (Remember to tell them that you are with the Iowa Section of the MAA)

Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena
450 Main St
Group Code: EG1
10 king rooms: $124.70+tax/night
Expiration date: 10/3
Driving Distance from Clarke: 1.9 miles
Hampton Inn Dubuque
3434 Dodge (HWY 20)
Dubuque, IA 52003
10 double queen rooms: $104/night
Expiration date: 10/3
Driving Distance from Clarke: 2.5 miles
Days Inn Dubuque
1111 Dodge (HWY 20)
Dubuque, IA 52003
5 king rooms and 5 double queen rooms: $68.49/night
Expiration date: 10/3
Driving Distance from Clarke: 3.1 miles

Schedule and Abstracts

It is now ready: Schedule Abstracts


If you have questions, please contact the Chair, Debra Czarneski debra.czarneski@simpson.edu (for general issues); Vice-Chair, Brian Birgen brian.birgen@wartburg.edu (for program issues); Vice-Chair Elect, Amanda Matson Amanda.Matson@clarke.edu (for local, on-site issues); or Secretary Ronald Smith at rsmith@graceland.edu (for registration or other issues).


Thank you for considering preregistering for the upcoming meeting. This will save you time at the meeting, make it easier for our secretary at the meeting, and increase the 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 registration tool and you will only need to pay the registration fee ($10) to complete the process. Preregistration takes place here. Note that you can use this page whether you are currently in our database or not (see below), but the process will be much easier if you already are.

IA section database

We are trying to maintain an up-to-date database of all section members to provide better communication, save expenses on mailings, and help with the registration and proposal process. If you have not already updated your information, you may do so by using the log in page here. The credentials that you need here are your email and your password. The password has been emailed out (or will be shortly) in May, 2013. But if you forgot, or don't want to wait, you can always have it sent to by using the "I forgot my password" link on the log in page (log in). This assumes that you are in the system. If you are not sure if you are or not, check here. If you are not in the system, use the Contact menu there to send a message to request to be added.