Former astronaut Mae Jemison to speak at U-M

February 24, 2014
Jared Wadley,
Janice Reuben, (734)-764-6331,


DATE: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., March 7, 2014

EVENT: Former NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison—the first woman of color to go into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour—will give the keynote address at the 32nd annual Women of Color Task Force Career Conference.

The conference, “Transforming the Face of Leadership,” is the largest staff development event at the University of Michigan.

As an environmental studies professor at Dartmouth College, Jemison taught and researched technology design and sustainable development with special emphasis on developing countries.

Prior joining to NASA, Jemison 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. A member of the National Academies of Science’s Institute of Medicine, she is also an inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, National Medical Association Hall of Fame and Texas Science Hall of Fame.

Jemison is founder and principal of the 100 Year Starship Project. Her leadership and vision provides guidance and direction for the project’s goal of ensuring the capability for a successful human journey to another star by 2112.

PLACE: Conference sessions will be held at Hill Auditorium, Michigan League, Modern Languages Building and the Alumni Center. Central Campus map:

REGISTRATION: The event is open to the public, but registration is required. The cost is $75 U-M students and retirees, and $120 for others. Complete conference information and registration instructions are available at:

SPONSORS: TIAA-CREF, U-M Office of the Senior Vice Provost, University Human Resources, U-M Health System Human Resources, U-M Medical School Office of Postdoctoral Studies, Rackham Merit Fellows and Women in Science and Engineering.