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Lovell Lecture features former NASA astronaut Mae C. Jemison

Date of Release: 04/19/2005

Mae C. Jemison SAN MARCOS—Mae C. Jemison, Ph.D., former NASA astronaut and founder/president of The Earth We Share (TEWS), will deliver the Seventh Annual Lovell Distinguished Lecture at Texas State University-San Marcos at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26.

Jemison will speak in the Alkek Teaching Theater on the Texas State Campus. The Lovell Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by the James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research in the Department of Geography.

Jemison became the first woman of color to go into space on Sept. 12, 1992 aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. She joined NASA in 1987 as the science mission specialist on the STS-47 Spacelab J flight, a US/Japan joint mission, where she conducted experiments in life sciences, material sciences, and co-investigated the Bone Cell Research experiment. After serving for six years, she resigned from NASA in 1993 to start the Jemison Group, Inc., a company that works for the beneficial integration of science and technology into daily life. Prior to joining NASA, she served in the Peace Corps from January 1983 to June 1985 where she was stationed in Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa as a medical officer.

Jemison earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and at the same time fulfilled the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Cornell University in 1981. She is founder and president of The Earth We Share (TEWS), a program of the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for excellence. TEWS is an annual international science camp where students, ages 12 to 16, work together to solve current global dilemmas.

The Lovell Distinguished Lecture is an annual event which strives to deliver resourceful and fascinating programs that are open to the student body, faculty, staff and general public. The goal is to incorporate different disciplinary perspectives as well as to enhance interest and knowledge of the geographical world.

The James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research at Texas State provides a focus for geographers with interests in Environmental Geography and Natural and Technological Hazards. The Center provides a locus of scholarship and activity emphasizing the importance of understanding the Earth environment, the analysis and reduction of natural and technological hazards and achieving sound policy formulation on these issues.

For additional information on the Lovell Distinguished Lecture or the Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research contact the Center Director Dr. Rich Dixon at (512) 245-7436 or