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MAA Iowa Section Newsletter
Spring 2017

This is the web edition of the Iowa Section Newsletter. To receive a printed copy of the newsletter or to make suggestions/comments, please contact the editor, Joy Becker,


Section Chair's Report

2017 Distinguished College or University Teacher of Mathematics for the Iowa Section:

Do you have a colleague that is an excellent teacher? You should nominate that individual for the 2017 Distinguished College or University Teacher of Mathematics Award for the Iowa Section of the MAA. The call for nominations will be out shortly. The winner gets to compete for the national MAA Distinguished College or University Teacher of Mathematics Award.

Submitted by Section Chair Jason Smith
Graceland University

Section Officers' Meeting Report

The Sections Officers' Meeting at the Joint Mathematics Meetings was held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, from 4 - 5 pm, and was chaired by Betty Mayfield. Here are some highlights from that meeting:

Submitted by Section Vice Chair Sergio Loch
Grand View University

Iowa Section Teaching Award

Al Hibbard of Central College was awarded the 2016 MAA Iowa Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. Congratulations, Al!

Nominations for the 2017 MAA Iowa Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics will be solicited soon.

Iowa Section Meritorious Service Award

Ruth Berger of Luther College was presented with the 2016 MAA Iowa Section Meitorious Service Award by MAA President Francis Su at MathFest in Columbus, OH. Each section of the MAA may nominate one member for the award every five years. Ruth was selected for her many contributions to the section, especially as competition coordinator. Congratulations and thanks for your service, Ruth!

2016 Meritorious Service Award

Iowa Collegiate Mathematics Competition

The 23rd annual Iowa Collegiate Math Competition was held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Ten different Iowa Colleges and Universities were represented by the 20 teams of 3 students each. Problems and solutions on can be found on the competition website: contest page . There were 21 teams from 11 different Iowa colleges and universities. Here are the top 2017 teams:

1st place: "Jump" from Grinnel College. TCongratulations to team members Molly Skouson, Jonathan Sadun, and Peng Linqing. (91 points)
2nd place: A three-way tie with teams from the Univeristy of Iowa, Drake University, and Grinnel College (80 points)
3rd place: Cornell College (68 points)
4th place: Luther College (64 points)
5th place: A tie between Iowa State University/Coe College and Cornell College (63 points)

2017 Participants

Congratulations to all participants! We hope to see you at the 2018 competition, which will be hosted by Grinnell College. Details will be announced at the Fall Iowa MAA Meeting.

See the contest page for further information. For questions or comments, contact:
Ruth Berger
Luther College

Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference

The Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is a one-day (July 13) conference showcasing the latest concepts, research and innovations in the fast-growing field of sports analytics. Featuring speakers and presenters from professional and college sports organizations, the business sector and the academic community, the conference will cover innovations and evolutions in strategy, technology, training and more.

The conference will feature an opportunity for students and faculty to present posters or oral presentations on sports analytics topics in fields as diverse as mathematics, athletic training, business, biology, computer science, GIS, journalism.

For more information visit

Submitted by Scott Tappa
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Dates of Importance

July 13, 2017 - Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

July 26-29 , 2017 - MathFest in Chicago, IL

October 20-21, 2017 - Fall Meeting of the Iowa Section at Loras college, Dubuque

January 10-13, 2018 - JMM in San Diego, CA

Departmental News

The following items have been submitted by the liaisons for the corresponding departments. If your department has news that is not included, please contact your liaison so that it can be included and have them e-mail the editor, Joy Becker,

Luther College
Ruth Berger

University of Dubuque
Dick Smith