Previously published in Examiner
Part 23 of the Female Astronaut series
Women have penetrated almost every field and some women made the lists of firsts long before the USA. This series will concentrate on female astronauts. The astronauts are Russian, American, British, French, Japanese, South Korean and Canadian. Julie Payette is our home-grown Montreal born astronaut.
Tamara E. Jernigan, astronaut, scientist
Tamara (Tammy) Jernigan was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1959.
Jernigan earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physics at Stanford University. She went on to do a masters in Engineering Science, and then went on for a masters in Astronomy at the University of California at Berkley. She did her PhD in Space Physics and Astronomy at Rice University.
Dr. Jernigan entered the NASA astronaut program in 1985. Jernigan retired in 2001. Jernigan participated in 5 space missions and has spent 1212 hours in space.
Dr. Jernigan is featured on a 1985 Azerbaijan Republic stamp.
Millie Elizabeth Hughes-Fulford, medical investigator and molecular biologist and astronaut
Dr. Hughes-Fulford was born in Mineral Wells, Texas in 1949. Hughes-Fulford received her bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas and went on for a PhD at Texas Women’s University.
“Dr. Hughes-Fulford joined the faculty of Southwestern Medical School, University of Texas at Dallas as a postdoctoral fellow with Marvin D. Siperstein where her research focused on regulation of cholesterolmetabolism” after attaining her doctorate. She was a contributor to 90 research papers on bone and cancer growth.
Dr. Hughes-Fulford was payload specialist aboard the STS-40 Spacelab Life Sciences (SLS 1). She performed biomedical studies and was the principal investigator examining bone cell growth. This mission brought back more data than any other.
MembershipsMember of the American Association for the Advancement of Science,
Member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research,
Member of American Society for Cell BiologyMember of the Association of Space Explorers.
HonorsFederal Employee of the Year for the Western Region in 1985, International Zontian in1992Marin County Woman of the Year in 1994.
Activities and current status
- Dr. Hughes-Fulford was a major in the US Army Reserve Medical Corps up until 1995.
- Dr. Hughes-Fulford is a Professor at the University of California Medical Center at San Francisco