February 9, 1995: Dr. Bernard Harris became the 1st Black person to perform an extra-vehicular activity (spacewalk), during the second of his two Space Shuttle flights.
ORGANIZATIONS & HONORS:
🚀Harris is a member of many professional,academic and service organizations, including the American College of Physicians, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
🚀He is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Houston, National Math and Science Initiative, Medical Informatics, Technology and Applications Center, Houston Technology Center, and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Board of Scientific Counselors.
🚀He has been recognized several times by NASA and other organizations for his professional and academic achievements.
🚀In 1996 he received an honorary doctorate from the Morehouse College School of Medicine. He later received honorary doctorates from Stonybrook University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the University of Houston.
🚀He has also received a NASA Space flight medal, a NASA Award of Merit, a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the 2000 Horatio Alger Award.
🚀In 2005, the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas named a middle school under construction after Harris. The Bernard Harris Middle School opened August 14, 2006, to have a capacity of 1500 students.
🚀In 2007, Dr. Harris joined the board of the National Math and Science Initiative.
🚀In 2008, he appeared in Microsoft’s “I’m a P.C.” ad campaign. Harris also gave a keynote speech at the Exxon Mobil Texas State Science and Engineering Fair.
🚀In 2009, he was elected Vice President of the American Telemedicine Association. He was elected President of the American Telemedicine Association in 2011, serving for a one-year term that ended in 2012.
🚀In 2010, he was part of the Dream Tour where he travelled to over 30 schools around the country.
🚀Currently, Dr. Harris is CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative and President and Chief Executive Officer of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital accelerator, that invests in early-stage companies in Medical Informatics and Technology.