In 1988, she completed her training as a mission specialist for NASA and took flight in 1992 as part of the mission team for the Shuttle Endeavour.
First woman of color in space
Mae C. Jemison, the first Woman of Color to go into Space is now exploring new horizons as the founder of The Jemison Group Inc., a Houston-based technology-consulting firm that integrates critical sociocultural issues into the design of engineering and science projects.
Jemison will speak on the topic, “Science and Technology Advances and Innovation Through Diversity: People, Perspective and Purpose,” for Case Western Reserve University’s Power of Diversity Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Wolstein Research Building, 2103 Cornell Road in University Circle. Case Western Reserve’s Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity is sponsoring the free, public event.
At the age of 16, Jemison graduated from Morgan High School in Chicago, her hometown, and went on to study chemical engineering and Afro and African-American studies at Stanford University. She graduated in 1977 and continued on to Weill Cornell Medical College, where she earned her medical degree in 1981. She entered the Peace Corps and served as a medical volunteer in Cambodia and a medical officer in West Africa.
In 1988, she completed her training as a mission specialist for NASA and took flight in 1992 as part of the mission team for the Shuttle Endeavour. Upon retirement from NASA in 1993, she founded the Jemison Group Inc. that helps developing countries marshal resources for healthcare and technology.
For more information about Jemison’s talk, call 216.368.3206.
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