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April 1, 2005

Stroyan Receives Mathematics Teaching Award

Keith Stroyan, professor of mathematics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2005 Iowa Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics by the Iowa Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

The award will be formally presented at the annual Iowa Section MAA meeting April 1-2 at Central College, Pella, Iowa. As the winner of the section award, Stroyan becomes one of 19 nominees from across the country eligible for the 2005 national MAA award.

A UI faculty member since 1973, Stroyan has taught a variety of 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 engineering. 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.

While calculus has long been recognized as the language of physical

science, Stroyan notes that other disciplines, including economics and the social sciences, are exploring ever more complex phenomena and, as a result, need calculus.

Recently, he has been a leader in working with the College of Engineering on a new engineering math curriculum.

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."

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