BOONE—Dr. Mae Jemison will present the talk “Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential” March 30 at Appalachian State University. Her talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the Schaeffer Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
Jemison is the first African-American woman to go into space. She served six years as a NASA astronaut. She flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-47 Spacelab (Japan) mission in September 1992 and was NASA’s first science mission specialist, performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness. Prior to joining NASA, Jemison, a medical doctor, was the area Peace Corps medical officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia.
She is currently leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS), an initiative seed funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’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.
Jemison was the Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University and was a professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College from 1995 to 2002.
She founded 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.
Sponsors of Jemison’s campus visit are the University Forum Committee, Joan Askew Vail Endowment and the Office of Multicultural Student Development.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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