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Sylvia Bozeman

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Mathematician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Cranberry
Favorite Food:
Vegetables, Desserts
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/1/1947

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Mathematician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Cranberry
Favorite Food:
Vegetables, Desserts
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/1/1947
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Biography

Mathematician Sylvia Bozeman was born in Camp Hill, Alabama in 1947. She was the third of five children to Horace T., Sr. and Robbie Jones. Although her father worked with numbers daily in his profession as an insurance agent, it was her mother, a housewife, who first cultivated Bozeman’s love for mathematics. In 1964, Bozeman graduated valedictorian of Edward Bell High School in Camp Hill, and in the fall enrolled at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL. Bozeman graduated from Alabama A&M University 1968 with her B.S. degree in mathematics. She went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics, from Vanderbilt University in 1971 and Emory University (Atlanta) in 1980, respectively. The areas of her research and publications have included operator theory in functional analysis, projects in image processing, and efforts to enhance the success of groups currently underrepresented in mathematics.

Upon graduation, Bozeman worked for one year as an instructor of mathematics at Tennessee State University, and then joined the faculty in the Mathematics Department at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She began as an instructor in 1972, became assistant professor in 1980, an associate in 1984, and full professor in 1991. Moreover, Bozeman served as chair of the Mathematics Department from 1982 to 1993, as adjunct faculty in the Math Department at Atlanta University from 1983 to 1985. In 1993, Bozeman established the Center for the Scientific Applications of Mathematics at Spelman College, and served as director. In a special partnership between the mathematics departments of Spelman College and Bryn-Mawr College, Bozeman co-directs Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE), a national program that assists women in mathematics in making the transition from college to graduate school. In 2007 the EDGE Program was given special recognition by the American Mathematics Society for its effectiveness.

Her noted scholarly activities include several publications, funded research (by NASA, the US Office of Army Research and the Kellogg Foundation); and her recognitions, contributions, and services as a gifted teacher and presenter. Bozeman is a member of the Mathematical Association of American, and, in 1997, she became the first African-American elected as an MAA Section Governor in the association’s eighty-two year history.

Bozeman and her husband, Dr. Robert Bozeman, live in Alabama with their two children, Robert, Jr. and Kizzie.

Sylvia Trimble Bozeman was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 18, 2012.

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  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sylvia Bozeman describes her earliest childhood memories
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her decision to attend Alabama A&M University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about meeting her husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about Alabama A&M University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her introduction to mathematical research
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about the political climate at Alabama A&M University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sylvia Bozeman remembers her career aspirations during her college years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her female math instructors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her decision to attend Vanderbilt University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about integration at Vanderbilt University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her experience at Vanderbilt University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about teaching at Tennessee State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her decision to attend Emory University for her Ph.D.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sylvia Bozeman describes her dissertation on operator theory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her involvement with the black math community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about black women mathematicians
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her post-doctoral employment prospects
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her career at Spelman College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about the STEM initiatives at Spelman College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her professional memberships and awards
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her work at Spelman College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about the evolution of Spelman's STEM programs under the leadership of Dr. Etta Faulkner
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her professional affiliations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about the renovation of Tapley Hall
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about the EDGE Program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her presentation at the Congressional Diversity and Innovation Caucus
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about the government's inadequate support of STEM initiatives for HBCUs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about black mathematicians
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about the future of the EDGE Program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about Bob Moses' Algebra Project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sylvia Bozeman reflects upon her life choices
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sylvia Bozeman reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her husband, a fellow mathematician
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Sylvia Bozeman talks about her children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Sylvia Bozeman reflects upon how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sylvia Bozeman describes her photographs