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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Mathematician
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Pink
Favorite Food:
Southern, Creole, Indian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Like giving forward.

Birthplace

Born:
2/4/1949
Birth Location:
Portsmouth, Virginia

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Mathematician
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Pink
Favorite Food:
Southern, Creole, Indian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Like giving forward.

Birthplace

Born:
2/4/1949
Birth Location:
Portsmouth
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Biography

Mathematician and research director Linda B. Hayden was born on February 4, 1949 in Portsmouth, Virginia to Linwood Copeland, Sr. and Sarah Vaughn Bailey. She enjoyed math as a child, particularly plotting out functions and determining their characteristics. Hayden attended Portsmouth Public Schools for her elementary and secondary education. After graduating from I. C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, Hayden attended Virginia State University and went on to graduate from there in 1970 with her B.S. degree in mathematics and physics. In 1972, Hayden received her M.A. degree in mathematics and education from the University of Cincinnati; and, in 1983, she received her M.S. degree in computer science from Old Dominion University. Hayden earned her Ph.D. degree in mathematics and education from American University in 1988. Her doctoral thesis was titled, “The Impact of an Intervention Program for High Ability Minority Students on Rates of High School Graduation, College Enrollment, and Choice of a Quantitative Major.”

Hayden began her teaching career as an assistant professor of mathematics at Kentucky State University in 1972 where she remained until 1976. Hayden then served an an assistant professor at Norfolk State University. In 1980, she was appointed as an associate professor of computer science at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). While there, Hayden founded, and served as director of, the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER). She was promoted to full professor and named as the associate dean of the ECSU School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology in 2002. In addition, Hayden has served as a research fellow at the Department of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, and as a visiting professor at American University and the University of the District of Columbia.

Her research has been published in national and international journals such as, the Proceedings of the National Science Teachers Association and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer - Geosciences and Remote Sensing Society Joint International Conference Proceedings. Hayden was a founding member of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Geosciences and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) and subsequently served as president.

Hayden is a recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Professional Achievement Award as well as the U.S. Black Engineer Magazine Emerald Award for Educational Leadership. In 2009, the National Science Foundation presented Hayden with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education presented her with the NOBLE Laureate Award.

Hayden and her husband, Lee V. Hayden Jr., live in Portsmouth, Virginia. They have one son, Kuchumbi Linwood Hayden.

Linda B. Hayden was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 25, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Linda Hayden talks about her father's barbershop
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Linda Hayden describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Linda Hayden describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Linda Hayden talks about her elementary school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Linda Hayden talks about her high school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Linda Hayden talks about her youth and her interest in mathematical functions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Linda Hayden talks about her pre-college counseling
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Linda Hayden talks about her decision to attend Virginia State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Linda Hayden talks about her peers and professors at Virginia State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Linda Hayden talks about her extracurricular interests during college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Linda Hayden talks about race and political relations in Virginia during the late 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Linda Hayden talks about moving to Cincinnati, Ohio and her decision to attend the University of Cincinnati
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Linda Hayden talks about her experience at the University of Cincinnati
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Linda Hayden her experience teaching at Kentucky State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Linda Hayden talks about meeting her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Linda Hayden talks about her mother's declining health
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Linda Hayden talks about her decision to pursue an M.S. degree in computer science
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Linda Hayden talks about her friend, Joan Langdon, and her decision to pursue her Ph.D. degree
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Linda Hayden talks about her mentor, Mary Gray, and balancing family life with school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Linda Hayden talks about the Saturday Academy at the University of the District of Columbia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Linda Hayden talks about the emerging computer science department at Elizabeth City State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Linda Hayden talks about establishing technological infrastructure at Elizabeth State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Linda Hayden talks about the grant funding for ECSU's computer science program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Linda Hayden talks about her work with computers and parallel processing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Linda Hayden talks about the NASA Network Resources and Training Site at ECSU
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Linda Hayden talks about her work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Cairo
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Linda Hayden talks about the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Geosciences Remote Sensing Society
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Linda Hayden talks about her work at Elizabeth City State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Linda Hayden talks about the Center for Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Linda Hayden talks about receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Linda Hayden talks about the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Linda Hayden talks about her professional awards and activities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Linda Hayden reflects on her major accomplishments
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Linda Hayden reflects on her life choices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Linda Hayden talks about her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Linda Hayden talks about her organizational affiliations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Linda Hayden talks about women in mathematics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Linda Hayden talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Linda Hayden describes her photos