[FPSPACE] Dr. J. monitors students half a world away
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>Subject: Cornell News: TEWS camp concludes
>Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 16:17:17 -0400
>Impressing Dr. J: Middle and high school students conclude month of
>science, exploration on the Cornell campus
>Aug. 1, 2005
>Writer: Lauren Gold
>Phone: (607) 255-9736
>E-mail: lg34 at cornell.edu
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>ITHACA, N.Y. -- Dr. J was a hemisphere away and could not see the July 27
>culmination of her students' four weeks of work in person. But from
>somewhere in China, thanks to modern technology, Dr. J was watching.
>And that made the young presenters very nervous.
>Not that Harriet, Yasmine and Val and the others wouldn't be a little
>jittery before delivering 30-minute presentations under the best of
>circumstances. But Dr. J -- otherwise known as space shuttle Endeavour
>astronaut Mae C. Jemison -- is the One To Impress.
>She is a medical doctor, after all. And a CEO. And an author, as well as
>being a former NASA astronaut.
>So they were all dressed in their best -- conservative skirts or khaki
>pants packed from home in Hackensack, Houston or Seattle for the occasion
>-- or, for some, bright, flowing blue-and-orange-and-gold dresses and
>scarves brought from home in Ghana.
>The students, ages 12 through 16, have been at Cornell University since
>July 1 participating in The Earth We Share (TEWS), an annual international
>science camp founded by Jemison in 1994. This is the camp's first year at
>Cornell; in previous years it has been at Dartmouth College, Colorado
>School of Mines and Choate Rosemary Hall, among other sites.
>Jemison, who earned her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College
>in 1981, came to Cornell to meet the students earlier this month. She
>returned for a day on July 18 to check their progress.
>Meanwhile, under the guidance of four teachers and interns, each student
>has been researching one of two topical scientific issues. Along the way,
>each has learned skills like framing a question, focusing a search,
>gathering information from different sources and working together as a
>On the morning of July 27, the students presented their conclusions.
>The 12- through 14-year-olds, charged with finding a solution to the
>world's garbage problem, presented "The Four Bin Solution," complete with
>plans for disposing separately of hazardous, nondegradable, recyclable and
>The 15- and 16-year-olds discussed how free trade affects the environment
>and designed a fictional (for now) global organization to regulate
>pollution and monitor workers' rights.
>Both groups handled audience questions with grace. Both earned Jemison's
>The anxiety over, then, it was time for the fun -- and reflection.
>Edwin Acosta, a 16-year-old from Dover, N.J., used his time during the
>afternoon cultural program to discuss free trade from a personal
>perspective. The policy, he said, led developing world workers like his
>parents (who immigrated from Honduras 20 years ago) to the United States.
>In their time here, he said, they have seen discrimination -- and risen
>"Slowly, myself and others are making a better life to transcend
>obstacles," he said. "One of my aspirations is to go to Johns Hopkins
>University to study neurochemistry and bioethics -- but my greater
>aspiration is to repay the debt I've built up to my parents."
>He will start, perhaps, by following Jemison's advice as delivered from
>China. "I'm excited to see what you do with this," she told the 22
>students. "How you use it to move forward to a beneficial future."
>The camp was funded by the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, named
>in honor of Jemison's mother.
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> The Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence:
>The web version of this story, with accompanying photos, is available at
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