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A former NFL cheerleader, daughter of Cuban immigrants and mother of six, Mireya Mayor followed her unlikely dreams. In short order, she became a respected primatologist, audacious explorer, fellow of the National Science Foundation, Fulbright Scholar and an Emmy Award-nominated wildlife correspondent for the National Geographic Channel. Mayor’s exploits have earned her the nickname “the female Indiana Jones,” but the fashion-loving anthropologist always packs a black dress for more formal occasions.

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Mireya Mayor. Honors Spring Convocation 2021



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