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Mae Jemison, M.D.

A University Lecture

Mae Jemison, M.D.

Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential

September 5 | 7PM | Wright Auditorium

On June 4, 1987, Mae Jemison, M.D., became the first African American woman admitted into the astronaut training program. After more than a year of training, she became an astronaut with the title of science mission specialist, a job which would make her responsible for conducting crew related scientific experiments on the space shuttle. On September 12, 1992, Dr. Jemison flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS47, becoming the first African American woman to travel in space. Altogether, she spent over 190 hours in space before returning to Earth on September 20.

Dr. Mae Jemison earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, while also fulfilling the requirements for a BA in African-American Studies. After earning these degrees in 1977, she attended Cornell University and received a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1981. During medical school she traveled to Cuba, Kenya and Thailand, providing primary medical care to people living there.

Dr. Mae Jemison served in the Peace Corps, from January 1983 to June 1985. She shared her abilities in Sierra Leone and Liberia, West Africa as the area Peace Corps medical officer. Among her duties, she supervised the pharmacy, laboratory, medical staff as well as provided medical care, wrote self-care manuals, developed and implemented guidelines for health and safety issues. Working in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control, she helped with research for various vaccines.

In recognition of her accomplishments, Dr. Jemison has received nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities. Jemison is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and served on the Board of Directors of the World Sickle Cell Foundation from 1990 to 1992.

After leaving the astronaut corps in March 1993, Jemison accepted a teaching fellowship at Dartmouth. She also established the Jemison Group, a company that seeks to research, develop, and market advanced technologies.

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Harriot Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series
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