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Teresa Thomas
412-268-2900

For immediate release:
February 5, 2004

Astronaut Mae C. Jemison To Speak Feb. 18 As Part of Carnegie Mellon Black History Events

PITTSBURGH—As part of Carnegie Mellon University's celebration of Black History Month, Astronaut Mae C. Jemison will discuss "From Africa to Outer Space: Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential."

Jemison's lecture takes place 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at McConomy Auditorium, in Carnegie Mellon's University Center. A reception will follow the lecture in the Schatz Dining Room. Tickets are free and will be available for Carnegie Mellon students, faculty and staff beginning Monday, February 16, at the University Center Information Desk. All others may get tickets at the door. For more information contact Emily Half, 412-268-2075 or ehalf@andrew.cmu.edu. Jemison, the first African-American woman to go into space, is now founder and president of two technology companies among many other accomplishments.

Jemison served as a NASA astronaut for six years, orbiting space aboard the Endeavour. During her time at NASA, she conducted experiments in life science and materials sciences.

Jemison is currently concentrating on a new business, BioSentient Corporation, a medical technology company that develops and markets mobile equipment worn to monitor the body's vital signs and train people to respond well in stressful situations. BioSentient Corporation was created by The Jemison Group, Inc., which was established to focus on the integration of science and technology into everyday life.

In addition to her two companies, Jemison founded "The Earth We Share" (TEWS), an international science camp for students to come together and try to solve current global dilemmas.

Jemison received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University and earned a doctorate in medicine at Cornell University Medical College. She has earned many awards including induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame and the National Medical Association Hall of Fame and the Kilby Science Award.

By Elsie Lampl, MAPW

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