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Sept. 2, 2005

Stroyan Receives Prestigious National Mathematics Teaching Award

Keith Stroyan, professor in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Mathematics, has been named the recipient of the Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) most prestigious teaching award.

The MAA Board of Governors will present Stroyan with the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics at the January 2006 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio, Texas.

A UI faculty member since 1973, Stroyan has taught courses ranging from beginning calculus to advanced topics in stochastic differential equations. During the 1980s, he ran summer workshops for high school teachers on vector algebra and computer graphics.

In the 1990s, his activities included teaching an innovative calculus course to undergraduate students, whose majors ranged from music to mathematics. The calculus curriculum, which Stroyan developed with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), uses modern computing to involve students in real-world problems -- such as calculating the spread of measles epidemics -- and is aimed at encouraging more U.S. college students to pursue careers in engineering and the sciences.

He has written six undergraduate texts including, "Calculus: The Language of Change," now in its third edition, and five undergraduate software packages including "Calculus Wiz."

Recently, he has been a leader in working with the College of Engineering on a new engineering math curriculum. Engineering Math 2 uses a text he is writing that has a print version, a "live" version written in the program "Mathematica," and Web computation support for textbook examples and homework.

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