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Donald Frank St. Mary

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Mathematician
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York, San Francisco, California, Washington, D.C.
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/22/1940
Birth Location:
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Mathematician
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York, San Francisco, California, Washington, D.C.
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/22/1940
Birth Location:
Lake Charles
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Biography

Mathematician and academic administrator Donald Frank St. Mary was born on July 22, 1940 in Lake Charles Louisiana. He attended McNeese State College (Louisiana) as an undergraduate and completed his B.S. degree in mathematics in 1962. St. Mary went on to earn his M.A. degree in mathematics from the University of Kansas in 1964 and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Nebraska in 1968. As a graduate Ph.D. student he worked as an instructor at the University of Nebraska, and then at Iowa State University.

In 1968, St. Mary was hired by University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMASS) as an assistant professor in the physics department. His early efforts to build the department and attract research funding to the university resulted in a promotion to associate professor in 1975 and subsequently to full professor in 1983. St. Mary also worked closely to advance the education of minority students. Between 1969 and 1974, he implemented an arithmetic skills course that helped build students’ knowledge of computational analysis. During the summers between 1975 and 1981, he developed a two-week course, “What is Calculus About?” for sophomore and junior level high school students. When the university was in session he directed the Minority Engineering Program which assisted students in the academic support program with their calculus coursework. In 1992, he created and organized the Science Enrichment Program at the University of Massachusetts. The five-week residential program was designed to enrich minority high school student’s’ experiences with science curricula in a college environment.

In 1994, St. Mary was selected by faculty in the department of mathematics and statistics at UMASS to be its principal academic leader with executive responsibility for all aspects of the department, and after receiving approval from from Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics he was appointed department head. During his career, St. Mary was awarded research grants totaling $600,000 from the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. He was awarded institutional grants, all in some manner to support minority students, totaling $7 million from the NSF and the National Cancer Institute. From 1968 to 2002, St. Mary served on the Board of Directors for the Committee for the Collegiate Education of Blacks and Other Minority Students, holding various offices including vice chairman and chairman.

St. Mary is internationally renowned for his research in Computational Ocean Acoustics. He has been invited to lecture in Accra, Ghana, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Dublin, Ireland. St. Mary has authored, co-authored, and edited scholarly works for distinguished publications such as Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, Journal of Computational Physics, and Journal of the American Acoustical Society.

Donald Frank St. Mary was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on [10/08/2012]

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  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Donald St. Mary talks about his interest in math
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Donald St. Mary reflects on his high school experience
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Donald St. Mary talks about his decision to attend McNeese State College
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Donald St. Mary talks about meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Donald St. Mary talks about the social climate of McNeese State College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Donald St. Mary talks about his studies at McNeese State College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Donald St. Mary talks about his college mentors and his decision to attend the University of Kansas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Donald St. Mary talks about his experience at the University of Kansas
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Donald St. Mary talks about his professors at the University of Kansas and his teaching philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Donald St. Mary talks about his interest in computer-based mathematics and his decision to leave the University of Kansas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Donald St. Mary talks about his studies and his mentor at the University of Nebraska
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Donald St. Mary describes his dissertation with differential equations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Donald St. Mary talks about how he was appointed to the faculty at the University of Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Donald St. Mary talks about his peers and his mathematical discovery
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Donald St. Mary talks about his experience at the University of Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Donald St. Mary talks about his research and teaching
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Donald St. Mary talks about perceptions of mathematicians
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  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Donald St. Mary describes his research on underwater wave propagation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Donald St. Mary talks about his excitement for his research
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Donald St. Mary talks about his use of super computers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Donald St. Mary talks about the Housing Allowance Project
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Donald St. Mary talks about being appointed chair of the math department
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Donald St. Mary talks about the Science Enrichment Program
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Donald St. Mary talks about David Blackwell and being honored by the National Association of Mathematics
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Donald St. Mary talks about black mathematicians
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Donald St. Mary talks about his teaching philosophy
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  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Donald St. Mary reflects on his career
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