February 13, 2002 - CNN: Dr. Mae Jemison: Astronaut and RPCV

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Dr. Mae Jemison: Astronaut and RPCV

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Dr. Mae Jemison: Astronaut

A medical doctor, astronaut, philanthropist, activist and businesswoman, Dr. Mae Jemison is a 21st-century Renaissance woman. She is best known as the first black woman to go into space, doing so on the space shuttle Endeavour in September 12, 1992. Jemison is also a social scientist and an advocate for public education and the developing world. After practicing medicine for nearly three years in west Africa, she founded The Jemison Group to research, develop and implement advanced technologies and the Jemison Institute for Advanced Technology in Developing Countries at Dartmouth College.

FULL NAME Mae Carol Jemison

BORN October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama

EDUCATION Bachelor of Science, chemical engineering, Stanford University, 1977; M.D., Cornell Medical College, 1981; internship at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, 1982

CAREER After completing her medical residency and spending two and a half years with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone and Liberia, Jemison began practicing medicine with CIGNA Health Plans of California in 1985. She joined NASA in 1987, conducting biological and material science experiments on a fall 1992 mission. After leaving NASA in 1993, Jemison joined Dartmouth College's faculty, teaching courses on space age technology and developing countries. She later founded The Jemison Group, served as a consultant to the Discovery Channel's "World of Wonders" program and appeared in an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." A popular speaker at civic, education and business forums, Jemison published her autobiography, "Find Where the Wind Goes," in 2001.

AWARDS Selected as one of the nation's top seven women leaders in a poll conducted by the White House Project (1999); People Magazine's "World's 50 Most Beautiful People" (1993); Ebony's 50 Most Influential women (1993); Turner Trumpet Award (1993); Kilby Science Award (1993); Induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame (1993); Johnson Publications Black Achievement Trailblazers Award (1992); McCall's 10 Outstanding Women for the '90s (1991) and numerous honorary doctoral degrees.

PERSONAL The youngest of three children, Jemison was born in Alabama and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her three cats.

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By JimHitter on Tuesday, January 07, 2003 - 5:32 pm: Edit Post

Regarding the article about Dr. Mae Jemison I would like to point out that Dr. Jemison is not an RPCV. She served in Freetown as the PCMO and had a considerably different lifestyle than PCVs. If my memory serves me properly she did have a personal relationship with a PCV stationed in Freetown. My personal experience with her was not positive--she was averse to traveling outside of the capital city, her recommendations were "off-the-wall" and impractical and her "bedside" manner was that of the beginning doctor that she was. She was not comfortable physically touching patients, was (anecdotally) said to have mishandled some patients. One of her recommendations was to boil(!) shower water. We tried to explain to Dr. Jemison that putting screens up on our windows was not practical because there was no screen material available and she got quite mad at the PCVs for such a suggestion. She also tried her best to restrict PCVs from coming to Freetown for medical attention by instituting per-diem rates/rules that were unrealistically strict and impossible to comply with.

My own experience with other PCMOs has been generally positive having been PC connected in Sierra Leone, Micronesia and Kazakhstan.

By T Payne on Friday, February 14, 2003 - 8:23 pm: Edit Post

Pleae inform the public if there is any proof to this story posted by Jim Hitter on Tuesday, January 7, 2003-5:32 p.m., since every story is suppose to be based on facts. This seems to be just a personal slander, fir whatever purpose Jim is posting it. Only he knows the true reason for this article. But I am truly interested on how requesting boiled water for showers & screen for windows could make someone so irrate. Does it really make a differences how someone help? If a benevolent act is done for the betterment of an entire group dispite one individual inconvience. Our Government make those types of choices daily basis,but no one dare make a written statement concerning it. Those who may are very cautious about what they write or say.

By billy on Thursday, February 20, 2003 - 12:42 pm: Edit Post

we need to get all race to come together as one huge gruop to promote world peace !!!!!!!!!!!!

By Stacy Red on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - 3:13 pm: Edit Post

I have been told that Jemison went up into space in September of '92 and also in august and May of the same year, what's the truth??

By Kenyatta (209-102-129-169.dialup.gulftelephone.net - on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 - 9:39 pm: Edit Post


By Pastor Geraldine Hargrove ( on Sunday, January 29, 2006 - 7:14 pm: Edit Post

Hello, my nephew is doing a report on Mae Jemison. He is in the 3rd grade. Truly he's enjoying writing his report on a black woman pioneer. I am thankful that he does not have to see the negative garbage that is being written and I truly thank the Lord that negative input does not change the output of wonderful people of all colors.

By ilora ismin (adsl-65-42-230-213.dsl.ipltin.ameritech.net - on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 6:55 pm: Edit Post

hi u listen to your dreams a lot and i am really proud of it!!!!!!!!!

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