Ask Mae Anything: Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison to Host a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” on February 24th
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Author: Cory Wightman
Dr. Mae Jemison is an incredible person.
As a doctor, engineer, dancer, astronaut, and educator – she is leaving a better world. As the Bayer national science literacy advocate, Dr. Jemison works with our company to promote science education across the country.
Through initiatives like #MakingScienceMakeSense, we are bringing interactive and hands on science education to classrooms nationwide. We are incredibly proud of this collaboration and the advances we are making in science education and excited about the future.
“We think that we have to have something on a computer when we talk about Science Education, but growing the potato plant in a cup is just incredible for second, third graders and even for high school students depending on what assignments you give them."
And it’s not exclusive to science. In her 2002 TED talk
, Dr. Jemison described the importance of an education including both art and science. They are intrinsically linked together with human creativity and are both are needed to build an understanding of the universe.
Dr. Mae Jemison has led an incredible life. She received her undergraduate degrees from Stanford and her medical degree at Cornell. She practiced as a general physician in LA, and was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia from 1983-1985.
In 1987, Dr. Jemison was selected as one of fifteen candidates (out of 2,000 applicants) to become the first ever female African American astronaut. In 1992, she flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavour Spacelab J mission
– making her the first woman of color in the world to travel into space. As the Science Mission Specialist, she was responsible for conducting numerous experiments in space. Dr. Jemison left NASA in 1993.
Over the last two decades, Dr. Jemison been an Environmental Studies professor at Dartmouth, founded technology start-ups, founded the international science camp, The Earth We Share
, wrote the book, “Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life
,” and currently leads the 100 Year Starship DARPA seed-funded initiative to ensure humans can travel to another star system within the next century.
And you have the opportunity to ask her questions. On Tuesday, February 24th, Dr. Jemison will be hosting a reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) where users can write in and ask her any questions about her life, her experiences, and her commitment to inclusion in science, and current endeavors..
So mark your calendars! And start thinking of questions!
For updates, follow @Bayer4CropsUS and @BayerMSMS and use hashtag #AskDrMaeAnything