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Sylvia Bozeman (KAY HINTON)

Math Master: Sylvia T. Bozeman, MA’70, Honored with National Medal of Science Committee Appointment

Bozeman’s tireless efforts to encourage women from underrepresented groups to pursue graduate degrees in mathematics were recognized by President Obama when he appointed her to the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. The 12-member committee is responsible for identifying nominees for the president’s consideration in selecting recipients for the prestigious award.

Storey at her April book-signing event on campus (SUSAN URMY)

Stephanie Storey, BA’97: A Tale of Two Rivals

Storey, a self-described art fanatic who has worked as a writer and television, film and news producer in Hollywood for the past 15 years, embarked on a national book tour last spring to promote her debut novel. In April she stopped at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt Bookstore for a signing and reading—coincidentally on the same weekend that a film she helped produce, called Broke*, was screened at the Nashville Film Festival.

Amanda Havard, BS’08, MEd’10: High-Tech Medicaid Management

Amanda Havard, BS’08, MEd’10: High-Tech Medicaid Management

Drawing on her passion for technology solutions, Havard launched Health:ELT in 2014 with her business partner and father, L. Cade Havard.

Miles Barr, BE’06: Solar Power Innovator

Miles Barr, BE’06: Solar Power Innovator

As a Ph.D. student at MIT, Barr came up with the idea of creating transparent coating that would convert light into power. Today his company, Ubiquitous Energy, is in the business of making “solar technology invisible,” as Barr puts it.

Austin Schiff, BA’12: The Virtues of Squash

Austin Schiff, BA’12: The Virtues of Squash

In 2014, Austin Schiff was named the first executive director of the Cincinnati Squash Academy, a nonprofit that seeks to transform talented students in underserved communities into scholar-athletes. He was only 24 years old. His charge: to build an organization from the ground up.

The BonnaGrannies: They are the coolest grannies at Bonnaroo—and the twenty-somethings love them

The BonnaGrannies: They are the coolest grannies at Bonnaroo—and the twenty-somethings love them

Decked out in matching red “#BonnaGrannies” T-shirts and sparkly red and blue cowboy hats, the women, all in their late 80s and early 90s, pose for photos and take selfies with many of the 80,000 tattooed festival-goers one-fourth their ages.

Perry Brandt, who for years has given his time and talents to Vanderbilt, is the new president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. (BRYAN CAVE LAW FIRM)

Perry Brandt, BA’74, JD’77: Lifelong Loyalty

Forty-six years ago Perry Brandt arrived at Vanderbilt for a seven-year experience that remarkably changed the trajectory of his life.

Allison Brown Jones, BS’91: Addiction to Music

Allison Brown Jones, BS’91: Addiction to Music

As senior vice president for artists and repertoire at Big Machine Label Group in Nashville, Jones represents a who’s who of music stars, including Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Reba McEntire, and popular newcomers such as Thomas Rhett.

Leapin’ Lucy: Bull Terrier Brings Top Honors to Hannah Stahl, BA’12, at Westminster

Leapin’ Lucy: Bull Terrier Brings Top Honors to Hannah Stahl, BA’12, at Westminster

Last August, Hannah Stahl won first place in the Westminster Kennel Club’s dog art contest—held several months before the club’s 140th annual dog show, in partnership with the New York Academy of Art—by wowing judges with Lucy, an oil-on-canvas painting of a leaping Staffordshire bull terrier.

Whittle, left, joins Capt. Mariel Hechavarria Casas on a Cuban research vessel as part of a “floating workshop” bringing together Cuban, American and Mexican fishermen, scientists and government officials to discuss how to end overfishing and protect marine habitats. (ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND)

Dan Whittle, BA’84: Cuban Preservation

Since 2000, Dan Whittle, a senior attorney for the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, has been working to preserve Cuba’s natural resources, including pristine coral reefs and mangrove forests that form a thriving marine habitat.