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Astronaut Mae Jemison to headline IU's annual tech conference



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Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space, gives a talk on campus in 2016. Jemison will speak on the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education Tuesday and Wednesday at IU’s annual tech conference, Statewide IT. Stella Devina Buy Photos

Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space, will speak on the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education Tuesday and Wednesday at IU’s annual tech conference, Statewide IT.

Jemison is also an engineer and was a professor at Dartmouth College from 1995 to 2002. Her speech will begin at 10:45 a.m. at the IU Auditorium. Jemison's speech is sponsored by IU's Center of Excellence for Women in Technology, PIER Group and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Statewide IT has been bringing together nearly 1,000 IU Information Technology staff for 23 years. At these conferences, the staff learns about new technologies and initiatives, makes plans for the future, and shares ideas with their counterparts on other campuses. 

This year’s conference theme is “The Smart Machine and Me.” It will explore how technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence affect individuals, both in the workplace and in their everyday lives.

The conference is free and open to the public. There will also be 72 breakout sessions in the IMU. 

More information on this year’s Statewide IT can be found on www.statewideIT.iu.edu. 

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