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Mae Jemison Event at Buffalo State’s Performing Arts Center Canceled

Buffalo State College regrets to announce that its 2022 Diversity Speaker event with Mae Jemison scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, in the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall has been canceled. Jemison’s representatives informed the college Tuesday evening that she will be unable to travel to Buffalo next week. The event will not be rescheduled.

Ticket Refund Information:
Guests who paid for tickets (in-person or streaming) with a credit card through the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall website will be automatically refunded within 5-10 business days. Guests who purchased tickets at the Rockwell Hall Box Office in person or over the phone will receive a call from the Rockwell Hall Box Office to process your refund within the next 7 business days. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Dr. Mae Jemison is the first woman of color in the world to go into space and served six years as a NASA astronaut.  Aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-47 Spacelab J mission in September 1992, she performed experiments in material science, life sciences and human adaptation to weightlessness.

Jemison started The Jemison Group, Inc. (JG) a technology consulting firm integrating critical socio-cultural issues into the design of engineering and science projects, such as satellite technology for health care delivery and solar dish Stirling engine electricity in developing countries. JG researches and develops stand-alone science and technology companies.  BioSentient Corporation, a medical devices and services company focused on improving health and human performance is such a company.  An Environmental Studies professor at Dartmouth College, Jemison worked on sustainable development and technology design particularly for the developing world.  Before joining NASA she was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia and a general practice physician in Los Angeles.

In 1994 Jemison founded the international science camp The Earth We Share™ (TEWS) for 12-16 year old students from around the world, a program of the non-profit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence (DJF).  From 2011 to 2014, DJF held TEWS-Space Race in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District training hundreds of middle school teachers in experiential science education and over thousands of middle school students.  Other foundation programs include Reality Leads Fantasy-Celebrating Women of Color in Flight that highlighted women in aviation and space from around the world.  EXPO Inspire is a hands-on public STEM fair.  LOOK UP™ announced in September 2017 an international movement to galvanize people worldwide, on a single day, to acknowledge that we are Earthlings.

Jemison is Bayer Corporation USA’s national science literacy ambassador. She is one of the series hosts for National Geographic’s “One Strange Rock” and space operations advisor for its global miniseries MARS.

Jemison is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and is on the boards of directors of Kimberly–Clark, the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Medical Center.  She was the Founding Chair of the Texas state Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board, Chair the Texas State Biotechnology and Life Sciences Industry Cluster, Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership Disaster Planning and Recovery Task Force, and served on the board of Scholastic, Inc. and Valspar Corporation.  Jemison is a inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the National Medical Association Hall of Fame and Texas Science Hall of Fame, International Space Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the National Organization for Women’s Intrepid Award, The Kilby Science Award and National Association of Corporate Directors’ Directorship 100 most influential people in the boardroom in 2014, Honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the New York Academy of Sciences, among many honors. She was a featured panelist on the CNBC special “The Business of Science” (9/2011) and was one of the teachers on “The Dream School.”  Jemison is an author including Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life True Books series on space exploration.  She was the first real astronaut to appear on Star Trek TV series and is a LEGO figurine in the LEGO Women of NASA kit.

B.S., Chemical Engineering; Fulfilled requirements A.B., African and Afro-American Studies-Stanford University M.D., Cornell University.

This event will also be available via live stream,

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