Mae Jemison

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  • First African American Woman in Space
  • Founder and President, the Jemison Group and BioSentient Corp, Two Medical Technology Companies
  • Currently Leading 100 Year Starship to assure human interstellar space travel to another star within the next century
  • Inductee National Women's Hall of Fame & International Space Hall of Fame

Dr. Mae C. Jemison broke more than the sound barrier in 1992 when she climbed aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and became the first woman of color to travel into space.  She was also NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness.  Dr. Jemison is a highly sought after speaker on issues of health care, social responsibility, technology, education and motivation.

 
  

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“Absolutely wonderful! Dr. Jemison gave a terrific speech. The Dean and the Associate Deans were all very pleased and the students and audience truly enjoyed her. We were absolutely delighted to have Dr. Jemison at our commencement ceremony and could not have been more pleased with her talk.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Mae Jemison
  • Lafayette College
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology HNS
  • BCG
  • Appalachian State University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Envision National Youth Leadership Forum
  • Medical Library Association
  • Southland College Prep
  • AAIM Employers' Association
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Find Where the Wind Goes

Dr. Jemison inspires and encourages audiences as she shares the achievements and obstacles presented in her own life, always bringing sense of humor to each story she tells. ...

Dr. Jemison inspires and encourages audiences as she shares the achievements and obstacles presented in her own life, always bringing sense of humor to each story she tells.

Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential

Dedicating her life’s work to scientific, technological, and medical advancements, Dr. Jemison explores the frontiers of science and the human potential. ...

Dedicating her life’s work to scientific, technological, and medical advancements, Dr. Jemison explores the frontiers of science and the human potential.

STEM: The Importance of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Dr. Jemison discusses the importance of STEM in developing the next generation of problem solvers and entrepreneurs.  This is an important topic for college and universities, as well as municipal regions working in partnership with businesses to attract and develop STEM talent. ...

Dr. Jemison discusses the importance of STEM in developing the next generation of problem solvers and entrepreneurs.  This is an important topic for college and universities, as well as municipal regions working in partnership with businesses to attract and develop STEM talent.

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<p>STEM Event Programming Idea: Astronaut Mae Jemison</p>

STEM Event Programming Idea: Astronaut Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison is an American icon, the first African American woman in space, entrepreneur and advocate for science education at all levels. College and Universities hosting STEM events praise Dr. Jemison as the perfect speaker to bring their event to an apex.  Cities and municipal regions working in partnership with tech and engineering businesses have invited Dr. Jemison to speak at their STEM events to draw attention to STEM careers, and to attract and develop talent. Dr. Jemison inspires her audiences as a living example of the literal heights STEM studies can take a dreamer and worker.  

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<p>Mae Jemison kicks-off Black History Month speaker series in front of a packed house</p>

Mae Jemison kicks-off Black History Month speaker series in front of a packed house

Celebrated as a civil rights icon worldwide, NASA’s first African-American astronaut Mae Jemison addressed a full house to kick of Michigan State University’s “Slavery to Freedom” lecture series in honor of Black History Month. Ahead of the event, local news buzzed about Mae Jemison’s speech and then as she arrived, CityPulse reported, “Hustling past the last minute, Kellogg Center staffers dragged in hundreds of extra chairs to accommodate a throng of arrivals until over 600 people circled the dais like the rings of Saturn.” In her captivating remarks, Jemison touched on everything from the importance of promoting diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to illuminating recent technological advances, and the remarkable feats of the civil rights movement. She also urged attendees to use their “place at the table” to improve society, a message that resonated across the board. As CityPulse reported: “Fueled by a potent mix of astronaut glamour and the authority of a civil rights icon, Jemison was uniquely suited to deliver a payload of optimism.”

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<p>Dr. Mae Jemison delivers two compelling addresses to jam-packed audience at Northwestern</p>

Dr. Mae Jemison delivers two compelling addresses to jam-packed audience at Northwestern

Dr. Mae Jemison took a trip back to her home state of Illinois recently, to deliver two Northwestern addresses-- one at the Feinberg School of Medicine and the other at the Evanston campus, as part of the University's esteemed 2017 MLK Celebration. Jemison delivered the keynote address to nearly one thousand students, faculty, and staff who tweeted photos of the auditorium packed with eagerly-awaiting attendees, and later highlights from Jemison's thought-provoking and poignant remarks. Jemison's speech touched on everything from the importance of young people to find and pursue their mission, to triumphs of the civil rights movement, and the value in exposure to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. In a vibrant Q&A session, she encouraged young people to overcome obstacles. Clearly she left a mark as more tweets came pouring in after the event: "Brilliant talk by Dr. Mae Jemison..."; "Thank you to Dr. @maejemison for visiting @NorthwesternU and inspiring us with your thoughts on #GirlsInSTEM and so much more!"; "What an honor to hear @maejemison share her story at @NorthwesternU MLK keynote tonight." 

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<p>Dr. Mae Jemison: First astronaut to appear on Star Trek, and other personal facts</p>

Dr. Mae Jemison: First astronaut to appear on Star Trek, and other personal facts

Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space and Principal of the 100 Year Starship, divulges to Malibu Magazine some personal favorites, observations on life, and at least one guilty pleasure.

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100 Year Starship

We exist to make the capability of human travel beyond our solar system a reality within the next 100 years. We unreservedly dedicate ourselves to identifying and pushing the radical leaps in knowledge and technology needed to achieve interstellar flight, while pioneering and transforming breakthrough applications that enhance the quality of life for all on Earth. We actively seek to include the broadest swath of people and human experience in understanding, shaping and implementing this global aspiration.

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<p>The Biggest Thing Preventing Humans From Interstellar Space Travel</p>

The Biggest Thing Preventing Humans From Interstellar Space Travel

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<p>How Dr. Mae Jemison Thinks About Time</p>

How Dr. Mae Jemison Thinks About Time

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Dr. Mae C. Jemison is currently leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS) an initiative seed funded by DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years. She also is founder of the technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group, Inc. that integrates the critical impact of socio-cultural issues when designing and implementing technologies, such as their projects on using satellite technology for health care delivery in West Africa and solar dish Stirling engines for electricity generation in developing countries.

Dr. Jemison, the first woman of color in the world to go into space, served six years as a NASA astronaut. She flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-47 Spacelab J(apan) mission in September 1992 and was NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness.

Started after she left NASA, The Jemison Group also explores and develops stand-alone science and technology programs and companies. BioSentient Corporation, a medical technology devices and services company focused on improving health and human performance through physiologic awareness and self-regulation is such a company.

A strong, committed global voice for science literacy, in 1994 Jemison founded the international science camp The Earth We Share™ (TEWS) for students 12-16 years old from around the world, and founded and chairs the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, a 501(c)3. TEWS-Space Race launched summer 2011 to improve science achievement in Los Angeles area students underserved and underrepresented in the sciences. Over four years its goal is to directly impact up to 10,000 middle school students and train 600 teachers. In October 2006 the Foundation developed the program Reality Leads Fantasy—Celebrating Women of Color in Flight that highlighted women in aviation and space from around the world. Dr. Jemison serves as national advocate for Bayer Corporation’s award winning Making Science Make Sense program.

An environmental studies professor at Dartmouth College, Jemison taught sustainable development and technology design and ran The Jemison Institute for Advancing Technologies in Developing Countries. She was an A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.

Dr. Jemison is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine and is: on the Board of Directors of Kimberly-Clark Corp., Scholastic, Inc. and Valspar Corp.; a Trustee of Morehouse College; Board of Texas Medical Center; and served as Chair, Texas State Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board; Chair, Greater Houston Partnership Disaster Planning and Recovery Task Force; a member Board of National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Dr. Jemison is an inductee of National Women’s Hall of Fame, National Medical Association Hall of Fame and Texas Science Hall of Fame. Among many honors, awards and honorary degrees she received the National Organization for Women’s Intrepid Award, the Kilby Science Award and in 1999 was selected as one of the top seven women leaders in a presidential ballot national straw poll

Prior to NASA, Jemison was Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia for two and a half years overseeing the healthcare system for Peace Corps (and State Department in Sierra Leone). Throughout Jemison has worked internationally including in a Cambodian refugee camp and with the Flying Doctors of East Africa. A general practice doctor in Los Angeles, Jemison earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering and the requirements for an A.B. degree in African and Afro-American Studies at Stanford University and her M.D. from Cornell University.

Dr. Jemison is a highly sought after speaker on issues of health care, social responsibility, technology and motivation and has provided commentary for the BBC, McNeil Lehrer Report, ABC Nightline, NPR and CNN. In Find Where the Wind Goes, she writes for teenagers about growing up on the south side of Chicago, cultivating her aspiration to be a scientist, experiences as a medical student in Africa and her history-making journey into space. She appeared on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, hosted the Discovery Channel’s series World of Wonder and was chosen one of People magazine’s “World’s 50 Most Beautiful People” in 1993. Dr. Jemison resides in Houston and loves cats.