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In honor of Black History Month, the DHVI Diversity & Inclusion Committee will be highlighting black scientists and their significant contributions to society during the month of February.
Mae Jemison is an engineer, physician and former NASA astronaut She was the first African American woman in space.
Jemison was selected for the astronaut program in June 1987. On her first flight, she was the science mission specialist on STS-47 Spacelab-J. The mission, which was a cooperative one between the U.S. and Japan, included 44 life science and materials processing experiments. Jemison was a co-investigator on the bone cell research experiment flown on the mission. In completing her first space flight, Jemison logged 190 hours, 30 minutes, 23 seconds in space.
Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison is a leading voice for science, social responsibility and education. Now, she’s paving the way for human interstellar travel.
Audacious and pioneering, polymath Dr. Mae Jemison is at the forefront of integrating the physical and social sciences with art and culture to solve problems and foster innovation. Jemison leads 100 Year Starship®, a global initiative seed funded through a competitive grant from DARPA to ensure the capabilities for human travel to another star within the next 100 years while transforming life on Earth.
Jemison served six years as a NASA astronaut and was the first woman of color in the world to go into space aboard a joint space shuttle mission with the Japanese space agency. Trained as an engineer, social scientist and dancer, Jemison, a medical doctor, was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia. She founded two technology companies and the non-profit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence which designs and implements STEM education experiences. A member of Fortune 500 companies’ boards, the National Academy of Medicine and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Jemison was voted as one of the top seven women leaders in a presidential ballot national straw poll and was the first astronaut to appear on Star Trek.
Dr. Mae Jemison’s dynamic background and experience as an engineer, physician, astronaut, educator and innovator have made her an asset for providing profound knowledge on various topics such as sustainability, innovation and best practices. She serves on the Board of Directors for Kimberly-Clark, Scholastic and Valspar. via Dr. Mae Jemison
Check out Dr. Jemison's 2017 interview with NPR on diversity in science.and being the first African American woman in space.
Follow Dr. Jemison on Twitter: @maejemison
Previously featured: William Augustus Hinton, M.D.
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"The 2019 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM conference was not only motivational and inspiring, but also a great opportunity to learn, grow, and advance in STEM. It was my first time attending, and my expectations were met on various levels! The conference allowed for me to represent DHVI and offer resources and opportunities to undergrad students looking to advance their careers. I was able to network with different individuals within the field of science, listen to inspirational and personal stories within small groups, attend keynote presentations, as well as participate in many of the indigenous activities. Overall, I would highly recommend this conference!" - Aja M. Sanzone, DHVI Lab Research Analyst