Dr. Mae Jemison To Be Keynote Speaker At Colorado Education Event

Dr. Jemison was the first woman of color in the world to go into space. Image Credit: NASA

Dr. Jemison was the first woman of color in the world to go into space. Image Credit: NASA

February 26, 2015 – Dr. Mae C. Jemison, M.D. will be the luncheon keynote speaker at the Colorado Education Initiative’s 7th Annual Summit and Luncheon on April 24, 2015. The event is among the highest profile education events in Colorado to celebrate innovation in public schools. It attracts more than 1,500 individuals representing leaders in education, business, advocacy, and government.

Dr. Jemison was the first woman of color in the world to go into space. As a science mission specialist on STS-47 Spacelab-J, she logged 190 hours, 30 minutes, 23 seconds in space on the Endeavour space shuttle. STS-47 was a cooperative mission between the United States and Japan. The eight-day mission was accomplished in 127 orbits of the Earth, and included 44 Japanese and U.S. life science and materials processing experiments. Dr. Jemison was a co-investigator on the bone cell research experiment flown on the mission.

Dr. Jemison currently leads the 100 Year Starship, a multifaceted organization that fosters the radical leaps in knowledge, technology design, and human systems to make interstellar travel a reality for humans in the next 100 years.

Dr. Jemison started The Jemison Group, Inc., a technology consulting firm integrating critical socio-cultural issues into the design, development and implementation of engineering and science projects.

As an Environmental Studies professor at Dartmouth College, she taught classes on and researched technology design and sustainable development with special emphasis on developing countries. She is a worldwide respected voice in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and is founder of the non-profit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence.

She started The Earth We Share™, a unique international science literacy curriculum and program that builds student critical thinking and problem solving skills as they gain science knowledge and skills, and trains middle and secondary school teachers in experiential education.

Dr. Jemison was the founding Chairman of the state of Texas’ Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board. Prior joining to NASA she was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia and a general practice physician in Los Angeles. She is on the boards of Kimberly-Clark, Scholastic, and Valspar.

In addition to the keynote by Dr. Jemison, conference attendees will be able to choose from sixteen workshop sessions featuring local and national experts who will share best practices, tips, and tools that incubate innovation, shine a spotlight on success, and invest in sustainable change that improves outcomes for students.

The Colorado Education Initiative will also honor individuals, schools, districts, and organizations that best exemplify CEI’s work to ignite the power of public education through collaboration, innovation, and capacity building.

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