A Bookprint is the list of five books that leave an indelible mark on our lives, shaping who we are and who we become.
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When Dr. Mae C. Jemison blasted into orbit aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, September 12, 1992, she became the first woman of color to venture into space.
Dr. Jemison’s remarkable career includes six years with NASA as a space shuttle astronaut, in addition to experience as a doctor, engineer, scientist, academic, entrepreneur, and public intellectual. Prior to joining NASA in 1987, she served as Area Peace Corps medical officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa. As an astronaut, Jemison had assignments as a liaison between the astronaut corps and launch operations at Kennedy Space Center, testing the software that operates the shuttle and flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour Spacelab Japan mission—the first joint mission with the Japanese Space Agency.
Upon leaving NASA, Dr. Jemison established a number of high-tech science companies, including The Jemison Group, Inc (a technology and consulting firm to consider socio-cultural impacts when designing technologies) and the BioSentient Corporation, a company that develops cutting-edge medical devices. As an Environmental Studies professor at Dartmouth College from 1995 through 2001, she taught courses on sustainable development and technology design.
An advocate of public service, she has established numerous outreach programs and initiatives to promote career tracks in the sciences for youth, particularly young women and underrepresented communities. Committed to science literacy, in 1994 Jemison founded the international science camp The Earth We Share™ for students 12-16 years old, a program of the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence. Celebrating Women of Color in Flight was started to highlight that women are vitally involved in aviation and aerospace across the world, in all capacities—from astronauts to electricians to story tellers.
In her book Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments From My Life, Dr. Jemison writes for teenagers about growing up on the south side of Chicago, cultivating her aspiration to be a scientist and professional dancer, her experiences as a medical student in Africa and her history-making journey into space.
Jemison has garnered many of the nation’s highest national, academic, and institutional honors for her public service as astronaut, scientist, healthcare provider, and educator. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, an inductee of National Women’s Hall of Fame and the National Medical Association Hall of Fame and winner of the Kilby Science Award. Jemison was an A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University and is on the Board of Directors of Kimberly-Clark Corp., Scholastic, Inc. and Valspar Corp. Jemison is Chair of the Texas state Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board, Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership Disaster Planning and Recovery Task Force, member of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees, member of the Board of Directors at Texas Medical Center (the world’s largest medical center) and is Bayer Corporation’s national science literacy advocate. In 1993 Jemison was chosen as one of People Magazine’s “World’s 50 Most Beautiful People” and in 1999 in the White House Project Straw Poll she was voted as one of the top seven women leaders most likely to become President of the United States.
In 2007, Jemison walked the runway at the Red Dress Heart Truth fashion show during Fashion Week in New York to help raise money to fight heart disease. Jemison is an active public speaker who appears before private and public groups promoting science and technology as well as providing an inspirational and educational message to youth.
Dr. Jemison entered Stanford University at the age of sixteen on a scholarship and graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in African and Afro-American studies. She subsequently earned her M.D. at Cornell University. Jemison has received numerous Doctors honoris causa from esteemed institutions such as Princeton University and Dartmouth College.