The Research Triangle Park

Exploring the Frontiers of Science & Human Potential with Astronaut Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison

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Morehead Planetarium

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THE CAROLINA THEATRE OF DURHAM 309 WEST MORGAN ST / DURHAM, NC 27701 Mar 13 12:00 am - Mar 13 12:00 am

The Meet and Greet will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet will include access to Dr. Jemison for questions and pictures.

Mae C. Jemison blasted into orbit aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, September 12, 1992, the first woman of color to go into space. Now, founder and president of two technology companies, the space flight was just one of a series of accomplishments for this dynamic woman.

Born in Decatur, Alabama and raised in Chicago, she entered Stanford University at the age of sixteen on a scholarship. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and fulfilled the requirements for an A.B. in African and Afro-American studies. She earned her doctorate in medicine at Cornell University Medical College.

In her speeches, Dr. Jemison inspires and encourages audiences. A fierce advocate of a liberal arts education, with a natural aptitude toward the sciences, Dr. Jemison addresses a myriad of topics, from general motivation, to science literacy, to technological and medical innovations, always bringing her sense of humor to each story she tells. The product of a middle American upbringing, Dr. Jemison, a precocious student who found her role models in teachers, parents and mentors who guided her along life's path, traces her education from her mother’s school teacher encouragement, through her undergraduate years as a science major at Stanford, into Cornell and her “humbling” as a medical student. She takes the audience on an exciting and diverse voyage, which mirrors her life, encompassing a journey from Africa to Outer Space – focusing on exploration of the frontiers of science and human potential. 

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