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Mae Jemison urges students to use talent well

Mae Jemison urges students to use talent well

"There are 86,400 seconds in a day, and each one is precious," Jemison told Honors College students and faculty Friday at the University of North Texas. "If you use that time to learn and ask questions ... then you will have the courage to create a world that we all can look forward to." Astronaut Mae Jemison, the first Afro-American woman in space, served as a Peace Corps Medical Officer in Sierra Leone.

Mae Jemison urges students to use talent well

Students urged to use talent well
By ADRIENNE NETTLES
STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITER

DENTON -- Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman astronaut to travel into space, is passionate about using time well.

"There are 86,400 seconds in a day, and each one is precious," Jemison told Honors College students and faculty Friday at the University of North Texas. "If you use that time to learn and ask questions ... then you will have the courage to create a world that we all can look forward to."

People should appreciate every moment in life and the talents they possess, she said at the convocation celebrating the inaugural year of the Honors College.

"One of the most important things you have to do as you go through life is define yourself," she said. "It's vital that you define yourself and what you intend to be."

Jemison, 49, is an example of using time well. She traveled into space in 1992, then retired from NASA a year later and founded the technology firms Jemison Group and BioSentient. She has also worked as a physician and a college professor and done some acting.

"Mae Jemison is a person who has done astonishing things," said Gloria Cox, the founding dean of the Honors College. "She's the kind of person we wanted our Honors College students to meet. ... Part of developing talents is persevering, and I think she inspires all of us to do our best."

Students were equally impressed with Jemison, who graduated from Stanford University with degrees in African-American studies and chemical engineering and who earned her doctorate in medicine from Cornell University Medical College. She was 16 when she started at Stanford on a scholarship, according to her biography.

"She really helped me to understand that creativity stems not just from the arts but also the sciences," said Victor Lozada Jr., a senior in UNT's Honors and Music colleges.

Jemison opted to go to medical school rather than pursue a dancing career in New York, she said. But she learned later in life to balance her love of the arts with her love for science, she said.

She urged students to not just settle on one talent or profession.

"Nothing will happen until you risk putting them into action," Jemison said.

IN THE KNOW

Mae Jemison

Born: Oct. 17, 1956, in Decatur, Ala.

Education: Bachelor's in chemical engineering and in African-American studies from Stanford University; doctorate in medicine from Cornell University Medical College

Experience: Aboard space shuttle Endeavour on Sept. 12, 1992; Peace Corps medical officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia for 2 1/2 years; inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame; People magazine's "World's 50 Most Beautiful People" in 1993; a host of the Discovery Channel's "World of Wonders" series; appeared on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation

SOURCE: University of North Texas and Harry Walker Agency
Adrienne Nettles, (817) 685-3820 anettles@star-telegram.com





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