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President Obama Appoints Professor Emerita to Key Administration Post

July 2016

Sylvia Trimble BozemanPresident Barack Obama has appointed Sylvia Trimble Bozeman, Ph.D., Spelman professor emerita of mathematics, to serve on the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. 

Dr. Bozeman joined the Spelman faculty as an instructor in 1974 and became a full professor in 1991. During her tenure, Dr. Bozeman served as chair of the Department of Mathematics and as associate provost for science and mathematics. She retired in 2013. 

In 1997, she became the first African American elected as a Section Governor in the Mathematical Association of America. The following year, she co-founded the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education program, a national program that assists women in mathematics in making the transition from college to graduate school.

Dr. Bozeman was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010 and was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2013. She received a Lifetime Service Award from the National Association of Mathematicians in 2012.

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