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New Initiative to Connect and Inspire People Globally over the Year Culminating in a Day to LOOK UP Global Special Event

LOS ANGELES, September 15, 2017 – Tonight, Dr. Mae Jemison the world’s first woman of color in space will oversee the launch of the LOOK UP worldwide initiative during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of her spaceflight in 1992. 

LOOK UP over the next year will connect people worldwide, from all walks of life, culminating on a single day in August 2018 when everyone will be asked to LOOK UP and share what they see and their thoughts, hopes, fears, dreams and ideas for best path forward.  LOOK UP is a day, 24 hours, we acknowledge our oneness as Earthlings and concurrently our right to be a part of this greater universe.

Why LOOK UP?  “It is critical that we realize that worldwide, that all our lives and well-being are inextricably woven into the fabric of this planet Earth and globally connected to the greater universe,” Jemison stated.  “This is not a choice; it is a reality.  Whether we as a species survive, progress and thrive depends upon how we embrace this reality.”

Notables signing onto the goals of LOOK UP with Jemison, an engineer, physician, social scientist and NASA’s first African American woman astronaut, include:  LeVar Burton; Nichelle Nichols; Jill Tarter, Ph.D.; Halfu Osumare, Ph.D.; Amy Millman and Springboard Enterprises; MAKERS; Bayer Corporation; Scholastic, Inc.; 100 Year Starship; and, Yuri’s Night.

LOOK UP is purposefully designed to build momentum and evolve as individuals and organizations around the globe are connected, propose and develop LOOK UP activities in schools, workplaces, communities and nations that will highlight what they learn from the sky.  The LOOK UP platform will facilitate these activities and the creation of a tapestry of the images, observations and activities that are woven together and can be accessed globally.  The LOOK UP website, will “go live” tonight and individuals and groups are urged to sign up to receive updates, challenges, opportunities and news, as well as to become part of the LOOK UP global community.

Dr. Jill Tarter points to the fascination of the recent solar eclipse that swept North America and reminds us that “For millennia, across the world humans have looked to the sky to navigate their world.  We live both under one sky here on Earth and within the greater universe.  And while part of Earth, it is important to push to explore farther and to claim a place in the larger cosmos.”

Jemison and colleagues from 100 Year Starship have been developing LOOK UP for over a year and believe it is critical in the world today to offer this platform to engage people across cultures, nations and economies in order to facilitate understanding and contributing to our shared future.  To LOOK UP and build a better, robust path forward that includes and benefits us all.

LeVar Burton explains LOOK UP, “Let’s take one day to LOOK UP and recognize that we share not just the same origins, but the same sky.  And a growing ambition to be mature enough to leave home. LOOK UP and join the movement.”


Audacious and pioneering, polymath Dr. Mae Jemison is a leading voice for science, social responsibility and innovation.  Jemison leads 100 Year Starship®, a global initiative that is pushing the frontiers of space exploration – ensuring human interstellar travel in 100 years.  The world’s first woman of color in space, she is committed to applying advance space technology to enhance life on Earth.  Dr. Jemison draws upon her experience as a physician, inventor, environmental studies professor, science literacy advocate, development worker in Africa and founder of two tech start-ups.  Recently, LEGO announced her as one of five Women of LEGO NASA kit.  She is the 2016-2017 Poling Chair at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.  A member of Fortune 500 boards, the National Academy of Medicine and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Dr. Jemison was voted one of the top seven women leaders in a presidential ballot straw poll and was the first astronaut to appear on Star Trek. Dr. Jemison lives in Houston and is still learning important life lessons from her cats.

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100 Year Starship™ (100YSS) is building a global community to ensure that the capabilities for human interstellar travel beyond our solar system exist as soon as possible, and definitely within the next 100 years.  An independent, non-governmental, long-term initiative, 100YSS was started in 2012 with seed-funding through a competitive grant from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to foster the type of explosive innovation and technology and social advances born from addressing such an audacious challenge.  To bolster such innovation, 100YSS has programs and projects include research and innovation, across the physical and social sciences, the arts, entrepreneurship and education.  Based in Houston, 100YSS collaborates with international organizations, companies, universities and individuals including affiliate in Brussels, partnerships in Africa and Asia.

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Jemison’s Silver Anniversary Party, 25 Strong! Celebrates Inclusion, Innovation, Science, the Arts and Social Responsibility in Los Angeles Under the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the Samuel Oschin Pavilion

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LOS ANGELES, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 – This September is the 25th anniversary of NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison’s spaceflight making history as the nation’s first African American female and the world’s first woman of color in space.  For many worldwide, Dr. Jemison’s launch changed the face of science and exploration, and was a major milestone in women’s, civil and human rights.

People from around the globe – all ages, races, ethnicities and genders—will come together to celebrate Dr. Jemison’s journey, accomplishments and commitment to the future at the 25 Strong! gala. This spectacular evening of inspiration, music, art, dance, knowledge-sharing and magic will take place under the Space Shuttle Endeavour, Samuel Oschin Pavilion at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

The 25 Strong! gala will kick off a yearlong anniversary of special events, one of which – an inspirational new initiative connecting individuals worldwide – will be announced that evening. 

A few of the notables attending the gala include U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters; Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols; Jill Tarter, co-Founder of the SETI Institute; George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic; Jennie Yeung, President and Founder of the Beautiful Life Development Plan Foundation, Shanghai, China; Peggy Brookins, President of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards; Sarah Toulouse, Executive Director of the Bayer USA Foundation; and, Hugh Roome, President of Consumer and Professional Publishing at Scholastic, Inc.  25 Strong is thrilled that Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and musician Aloe Blacc will perform, as well as Kenji Williams, composer, director and founder of the award-winning space images powered earth-from-space show, Bella Gaia. Major sponsors are Bayer Corporation, Scholastic, Inc. National Geographic and Ford Motor Company.

“Dr. Jemison’s remarkable achievement has touched the lives of countless people around the world. We wanted to celebrate the inspiration she has been with an event that embodies her life philosophy: showing what is possible when we bring together the extraordinary – space exploration – with compassion, creativity and social commitment,” said Loretta Whitesides, Co-Creator of Yuri’s Night and chairperson, 25 Strong! Committee.  “It is a moment to rededicate ourselves to creating an inspiring future for humanity.”

Dr. Jemison, a physician, engineer, entrepreneur, and educator currently leads the global 100 Year Starship® initiative.  She is a pioneer and leading voice in advancing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, raising public awareness of STEM education and increasing science literacy worldwide.  Dr. Jemison was living in Los Angeles when she was selected for the astronaut program.  The celebration party will be under the Endeavour, the same shuttle she flew on in space.

“I can think of no more important responsibility to mark the past 25 years than to share what I have learned and all that we might achieve if we include and welcome everyone to benefit from and be a part of the challenge and wonder of space exploration,” Dr. Jemison said.  “We are connected and inextricably part of this Earth; yet as we push to explore space and claim a place in the greater cosmos, it will enable us to build a better home, here, for everyone.“

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Audacious and pioneering, polymath Dr. Mae Jemison is a leading voice for science, social responsibility and innovation.  Jemison leads 100 Year Starship®, a global initiative that is pushing the frontiers of space exploration – ensuring human interstellar travel in 100 years.  The world’s first woman of color in space, she is committed to applying advance space technology to enhance life on Earth.  Dr. Jemison draws upon her experience as a physician, inventor, environmental studies professor, science literacy advocate, development worker in Africa and founder of two tech start-ups.  Recently, LEGO announced her as one of five Women of LEGO NASA kit.  She is the 2016-2017 Poling Chair at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.  A member of Fortune 500 boards, the National Academy of Medicine and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Dr. Jemison was voted one of the top seven women leaders in a presidential ballot straw poll and was the first astronaut to appear on Star Trek. Dr. Jemison lives in Houston and is still learning important life lessons from her cats.

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Jemison: ‘Life is best when you live deeply and look up’

Amy McCaig -May 13, 2017

To have a happy and fulfilling life, you need to “live deeply and look up,” according to Dr. Mae Jemison, who addressed graduates at Rice University’s 104th commencement May 13 in the Academic Quad.

Dr. Mae Jemison addresses Rice’s Class of 2017. (Photo by Tommy LaVergne)

The first African-American woman to travel in space, Jemison, a physician, engineer, educator, entrepreneur and former astronaut, is the principal for 100 Year Starship, a global initiative to ensure the capability for interstellar human space flight by 2112. In his introduction of the commencement speaker, Rice President Leebron lauded Jemison as “an icon of the women’s and civil rights movement.”

In her commencement address, Jemison said that graduation is an outstanding platform from which graduates could consider and view what they are going to do with the rest of their lives.

“Note you have this opportunity every day, to figure out how to build your life anew, but this event is a platform that gives you a fantastic viewpoint,” she said.

Jemison said that when she distilled down the things she has found most important in her own life – from her triumphs to her failures – she fundamentally believes life is best “when you live deeply and look up.” She said this starts with the graduates understanding that they are responsible for choosing their own paths in life, but also understanding that they have the responsibility to move the future forward, and to hold other people accountable.

“Today, humans have more material wealth than at any other point in time in our history,” she said. “We have more capacity, more capabilities to include everyone in the bounty of this planet. We have the ability to help everyone live long, happy and fulfilling lives. But despite these capabilities, and a professed wish to include everyone in the bounty of the planet, excuses are made about why this cannot be done.”

President David Leebron addresses graduates at Rice’s 104th Commencement. (Photo by Tommy LaVergne)

Jemison encouraged graduates not to shy away from the challenges of their lives and the world today.

“You have to evolve with the future, and the answer is to live deeply and look up,” she said.

Jemison said that to live deeply, one must look inside oneself and “connect to the intellectual, the physical and the emotional.”

“We can’t disregard our best selves,” she said. “We cannot disregard and dishonor any of those things – the intellectual, the physical and the emotional – if we are to be our best.”

Jemison said that living deeply is also about using all of one’s sensibilities, and to have the capacity for feeling both sadness and exhilaration.

“A lot of people want to skip the sadness part, but that’s important to feel as well because that helps us to find a better path,” she said. “It spurs our evolution and our progress. Our exhilaration and our sadness motivate us.”

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Jemison also said that graduates must take the time to “look up.” She called space “an incredible platform” from which to see the world and said it was her link to the universe as she  recalled looking down at the Earth’s atmosphere when she flew aboard a space shuttle.

Rice graduates walk through the Sallyport following Saturday’s plenary ceremony. For a 360 degree view of the entire Class of 2017’s procession through the Sallyport, see the video at the end of this article. (Photo by Tommy LaVergne)

“I recognized in that moment that I was connected with this universe, whether it was down here on Earth or whether it was in another star 10,000 light years away – and it felt right,” she said. “And so I still frequently look up at the sky and wonder as I have done since I was a child. I do it now to connect to the universe and to others worldwide. After all, we see the same moon, and we are linked inextricably to this Earth and the universe.”

Jemison said that looking up allows one to think about what is going on in the world, recognize their “essential” self, connect to the universe and remember that “there is a lot more that connects us than divides us.”

“That connection to the greater universe is something that I wish you throughout your lives,” she said. “I hope that no matter where you end up, whatever work you do, that you never forget to look up to see this bigger picture. I want you to never forget where you came from and what all of this is for.”

There was no shortage of smiles following the commencement ceremony. (Photo by Tommy LaVergne)

Jemison said that people often say that happiness is what they most want in life, but spend a lot of time being unhappy.

“We forget that being happy is not something that is given to ourselves by others — it’s a choice we get to make every day,” she said. “So look up at the sky, the clouds, beyond the sun, the moon, the stars, whenever you need to recharge your batteries, your center,” she said. “Let the gravity of Earth give you a hug when you are feeling low. Look up and remember what inspires you, why you’re doing this and why you cared in the first place.

“Because if you can keep that sparkle in your eye, that dancing energy of aliveness and possibility, if you can keep this long past graduation, you will be well on your way to a magical life, a life full of love, service, connection and meaning,” Jemison concluded. “And all you have to do is live deeply, and look up.”

Leebron presented the 2017 Dr. Mae C. Jemison Award for Academic Achievement and Public Service to Audrey Odwuor, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Earth science. The award is presented to the graduating student whose work best serves the humanitarian issues represented by the speaker. (Read more about the award here.)

Prior to the commencement address, Board of Trustees Chair Bobby Tudor ’82 and Leebron welcomed students, families and friends to the outdoor ceremony on a sunny Saturday. Leebron thanked families for “lending these outstanding graduates who contributed so richly to (Rice’s) community.”

Friday night's Undergraduate Convocation ended with a fireworks display above the Academic Quad. Photo by Brandon Martin.

Friday night’s Undergraduate Convocation ended with a fireworks display above the Academic Quad. (Photo by Brandon Martin)

Griffin Thomas, past president of the Student Association, and Catherine Majors, past president of the Graduate Student Association, also addressed the graduates and shared wisdom from their years at Rice.

Rice conferred 2,034 degrees to 1,986 students, some of whom claimed double or triple majors, including 964 recipients of undergraduate or undergraduate professional degrees and 1,025 recipients of master’s or Ph.D. degrees. Separate ceremonies were held May 12 to individually recognize the recipients of bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and business degrees, and then all degrees were conferred during the plenary ceremony May 13.

This video features a 360 degree view of the Class of 2017 walking through the Sallyport after commencement. Scroll your mouse over the video as it plays to change the angle. (Video by Brandon Martin and Nicholas McMillan ’19)

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A Talk With Dr. Mae Jemison

By: EBONY MARIE CHAPPEL @EbonyTheWriter | Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 6:52 pm


Dr. Mae Jemison has gone to places few women (or even men, for that matter) have gone before — space. In 1992, she became the first Black woman to visit space, and today the physician, engineer and entrepreneur is influencing young people to find their own path to infinity and beyond.
Last month, Jemison visited the campuses of IUPUI and IU Bloomington to speak with students about innovation in health care, the impact of space on our daily lives and more. Last fall, she was named a leader-in-residence at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, serving as its Poling Chair of Business and Government, for this academic year. Though she is a highly sought after speaker and educator, Jemison said her visit was of a more collaborative nature, as she wanted to hear from students directly and engage with them.
“I’m getting to learn with them! We actually get motivated by things we investigate ourselves, so I wanted to work with them to investigate something,” she said.
The Recorder was able to catch up with Jemison via phone during her time here. Read on for more of that conversation:

Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper: It is so great that you’re here to work with these students. What are some of the things they’ve shared with you?
Jemison: One student said that if she’d known all the things space has done for us and all the potential it has, she would’ve paid more attention to her science classes in high school, because now she figures out and understands why these things are important. In terms of some of the things that they’re sharing about impact, of course … the idea of sustainability (came up), because when you go into space, you have to be somewhat autonomous, you have to be able to reuse your components and things. That ability to be sustainable is applicable to life here on earth. Some of them talk about, how do we see ourselves as a single species? If we start to see ourselves as a single species, as we go to other planets, it will help us to think about how we’re operating on this land. All of this actually comes from work that I do with an organization called 100 Year Starship.

100 Year Starship, that sounds fascinating. Tell us more about that.
100 Year Starship is a global initiative to make sure we have the capability for human travel beyond our solar system within 100 years. It’s a long time frame and a really audacious project, but the reason is because everything that we need to survive as a species on this planet, we have to accomplish here if we’re going to go to another star system. These days we’re doing things very incrementally and short term, so how do we come up with something really big that can help us to survive now? The students interestingly thought that people right now are apathetic and they don’t necessarily see a brighter future for humanity. So how do we see that brighter future? By giving ourselves something bigger than us to achieve.

A lot of parents, school systems and administrators have paid more attention to the importance of STEM education in recent years. Why do you believe it is important for young people to continuously be engaged and exposed to those things?
I would say the issue is not getting children to be more involved but to stop discouraging them. It’s the way we set up the proposition that’s the problem. … Kids come out of the chute excited about the world around them. They’re picking up the bugs, the snails … they’re trying to understand the world we live in, and it’s very much experiential and experimental science. They want to understand the world around them, whether it’s the social sciences or the physical sciences. But what happens is the adults, we push our phobias onto the kids and we discourage them from exploring, because it’s difficult for us in terms of our teaching methods. We say, “Oh we put you in front of a computer, so we’ve done the science,” when science is three-dimensional. It’s touching, it’s feeling. It’s really much more than that, which means that adults need to rethink the way we teach science. In terms of the impact, we have to understand that it’s for everyone. It has an influence across the board. I think it’s about allowing that exploration.

On the topic of representation, there is a narrative that there aren’t enough women and people of color involved in science. What are your thoughts on the issue?
We need to do a story that’s much more inclusive. Women and people of color have been involved despite of, not because of. So it’s really just giving that full range of exposure, and it’s not just for the kids; it’s also for the gatekeepers. Because if you think, “Oh, a young Black girl can’t do mathematics,” you’re not going to give her the opportunity to and encourage those skill sets. So it’s not just for the kids because they don’t know any better. It’s for the adults who mess it all up. As usual.

What else are you working on? What can our readers look out for?
I’ve been working in science literacy since 1994. I put together a science camp program called The Earth We Share, really pushing on this idea of, this is something that’s important for our future, and 100 Year Starship is really about innovation. How do we come up with those radical kinds of technology? We like to say, space isn’t just for rocket scientists and billionaires. Everyone is involved, and we all benefit.

After Making History In Space, Mae Jemison Works To Prime Future Scientists


Mae Jemison addresses congressional representatives and distinguished guests at Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense 20th anniversary celebration in 2015.

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At the Oscars this weekend, one spotlight will shine on African-American women in the space race, thanks to the movie Hidden Figures, which is nominated for three Academy Awards, including best picture.

Mae Jemison made history in this field as the first African-American woman in space, as part of the crew on Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

Jemison tells NPR’s Ari Shapiro she welcomes this new interest in women and minorities who broke boundaries in space because those people were previously excluded from the narrative.

“Well, I think it’s one of those things that really needs to be done,” Jemison says. “And this is because people of all types have made contributions across the spectrum of the sciences, across the spectrum of space exploration, and they have been left out many times, purposefully.”

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On being the first African-American woman in space

I always think of it as like, “What do you do with your place at the table?” If you act just like everyone else, what difference does it make that you’re there?

And so for me — having grown up on the South Side of Chicago going to public schools, having been a medical doctor, having worked in Cambodian refugee camps as well as being an engineer as well as being someone who was very versed in dance and the arts — yes, I’m supposed to bring those perspectives to bear on the questions that we ask about space exploration.

How do we get more people involved? How do we understand how the various technologies can help benefit people across the world? Those were important things for me, so I was aware of that, yet at the same time, you have a job to do.


Mamoru Mohri and Mae Jemison walk together after arriving with the rest of the STS-47 crew on Sept. 9, 1992, at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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On encouraging more women and minorities to enter math and science

I think that there are really important things that we have to do with students to get them to succeed in science, to go on and stay with careers. And that includes the idea of being exposed to something.

So if you know that those things exist, it makes it easier for you to get involved. For example, it helps to know what an engineer is. It helps to know what a biotechnician is, so you’re not afraid of it.

Then, it’s experience. When you do hands-on science, you learn to — you learn about electricity by wiring a flashlight. And then it’s expectation. And that expectation is, we should expect our kids to succeed and to achieve. Children live up or down to our expectations. And so, I always call it the three E’s: experience, expectation and exposure.

On why efforts to diversify the field have not been more successful

So the efforts to diversify the pool, very often, are couched in things like, “We want them to behave and act like we do.” Or there are people who get degrees, and then they’re not included because … it’s a bevy of things. There’s no one single thing.

Let me give you the results of a Bayer Corp. survey as part of its Making Science Make Sense program. They surveyed women and minority members of the American Chemical Society. And what was found is that the place where these people had the most discouragement from studying science was in college by a college professor. Over 40 percent of them had that happen to them.

I want to make sure that that future that we’re creating is one that is the best it can be for people around the world, and also one that includes the full range of our talent and our skills — and you know, gender and ethnicity, geography — to solving the world’s problems.

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