Community Outreach

 

Johnny Conkin

Provided a presentation titled: “JSC Research Experience with DCS” to six Aerospace Medicine Clerks, April 12, 2016.

 

Provided a Power Point overview titled, “JSC Research Experience with Decompression Sickness (DCS),” to five Aerospace Medicine Clerks and two new Wyle Biomedical Engineers. October 21, 2015.

 

Provided a presentation to six Aerospace Medicine Clerks as well as a tour of our hypo and hyperbaric chambers in Bldg. 32, April 20, 2015.

 

Mentoring  Mr. Mark Wilkison (Aerospace Medicine Clerk) on project “Assessing visual change during exposure to 8.2 psia with 34% oxygen atmosphere.”

 

Conducted a tour of the hypobaric chamber facility in Building 32 for seven Aerospace Medicine clerks, October 15, 2014.

 

Provided a PowerPoint presentation entitled, “JSC Research Experience in DCS” to a group of Navy Residents in Aerospace Medicine via telecom on January 21, 2014 and one-on-one to Dr. Joseph Maslar (Wyle STE) on January 28, 2014. 

 

Continued to support Mr. Joseph Vojtko by providing reading materials in regard to his project entitled, “From Diver to Astronaut: The Evolution of DCS Treatment”.  The program was only four weeks and the student produced a report and PowerPoint presentation about the project on 10/31/13.  I forwarded a performance review to Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to finish this project. 

 

Provided a tour on October 23, 2013 of our hypobaric and hyperbaric chamber facilities in Bldg. 32 to 6 Aerospace Medicine Clerks.  Provided copies of recent journal papers that describe our research into preventing decompression sickness and hypoxia.

 

Provided a tour of our chamber facilities in Bldg. 32 to six Aerospace Medicine Clerks.  Provided education materials, a brief lecture, and contact information, October 10, 2012.

 

Briefed four new Flight Surgeons on our DCS research results on September 12, 2012.

 

Completed mentoring and advising student from University of British Columbia and co-published a review article in the July issue of ASEM entitled, “Differences in cardio-ventilatory responses to hypobaric and normobaric hypoxia: a review.” September 2012

 

Ronita Cromwell

Served as a judge for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) Dr. David Watson Poster Competition held at the NASA Human Research Program (HRP) Investigators’ Workshop, Galveston Island Convention Center, Galveston, TX, February 8-11, 2016.

 

HRP Host Team Member
The :envihab facility at DLR in Cologne, Germany is a state of the art facility for ground-based space flight research. HRP plans to utilize :envihab for upcoming bed rest studies. During the week of April 13, 2015 HRP hosted visitors from DLR. Dr. Edwin Mulder, Dr. Ulrich Limper and Ms. Karina Marshall-Bowman were on-site at JSC to receive training in physiological testing procedures that will be used to support HRP studies at :envihab. While at JSC, they met with HRP scientists and managers to discuss future research collaborations at :envihab. Ms. Marshall-Bowmann also shared preliminary results of her study entitled:  Cerebral and Ocular fluid balance as a function of hydrostatic pressure gradients: Insights into the VIIP Syndrome.

 

Served as a judge for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) Dr. David Watson Poster Competition at the NASA Human Research Program (HRP) Investigators Workshop, Galveston Island Convention Center, Galveston, TX, on January 13, 2015.

 

Interviewed by Amanda Hendrix and Charles Wohlforth, authors of an upcoming book on space colonization on February 9, 2015. (Charles Wohlforth’s work includes writing about science and the environment, politics and history, travel, and as-told-to biography. Visit the website.

 

Along with Joe Neigut (Flight Analogs Project Manager), provided a tour of the HERA facility for the Human Systems Academy, October 21, 2014.

 

Interviewed for an HRP promotional video to show case NASA analogs.  The video will appear on the HRP web site (February 26, 2014). 

 

Interviewed with NASA Public Affairs at the HRP Investigators’ Workshop to discuss the session I Co-Chaired on “Countermeasures and Functional Testing in Bed Rest,” February 13, 2014.

 

Participated in telephone interviews set up by NASA Public Affairs Office with the Houston Chronicle, the Huffington Post, Forbes Magazine, CNN and WOAI Radio in San Antonio, TX in the fall of 2013 to publicize the bed rest studies.

 

Participated in an interview and filming at the bed rest facility for the BBC Horizon Science Show, September 2013.

 

Interviewed with HRP Education & Outreach to publicize the bed rest studies, September 2013.

 

Interviewed on NPR’s “How to do Everything” radio show about the bed rest facility, January 30, 2013.

 

Provided tour of the Flight Analogs Research Unit for the NASA Human Health and Performance Human Systems Academy, September 21, 2012.

 

Interviewed by the BBC and discussion of the upcoming visit and filming at the Flight Analogs Research Unit, September 2012.

 

Alex Dunlap

Continued to assist a veterinary student who is pursuing an externship with NASA during the 2013/2014 calendar year, September 2013.

 

Invited Advocate for “Where Is Jack”, an organization making air transportation safer for companion animals through education, legislation and working with oversight/enforcement agencies, July 2012.

 

Megumi Hada

Translated Japanese report from the ICRR Organizing Committee to English for the Radiation Research Society, October 2013.

 

Served as a judge for the poster contest at the XXXVIII Annual Conference of Environmental Mutagen Society of India, Mumbai, India, January 20-30, 2013.

 

Shaowen Hu

Volunteer judge at the Bellaire Forensic Tournament, Bellaire, Texas, October 2012.

 

Janice Huff

Webinar Speaker June 28, 2016: Innovation at the Edge of Space: Commercial Microgravity Opportunities; “Microgravity Platform for Tissue Engineered Organoids.”

 

Served as a judge for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) Dr. David Watson Poster Competition at the NASA Human Research Program (HRP) Investigators’ Workshop, Galveston, TX, January 13, 2015.

 

Mentor for NSBRI Summer Intern – Lauren Ryan, June 2014.

 

Student Poster Competition judge for the Dr. David Watson Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Fellow Poster contest, NASA Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop, Moody Gardens Convention Center, Galveston, TX, February 12, 2014.

 

Adrian LeBlanc

The Subregional Bone Study was highlighted in the ISS feature story posted on March 4, 2016 titled: “The One Year Mission Learning Continues Past The Crew’s Landing -  Collecting data before, during and after the mission in space.” March 2016.

 

 

The Subregional Bone Study was highlighted in the ISS feature story posted on March 4, 2016 titled: “The One Year Mission Learning Continues Past The Crew’s Landing -  Collecting data before, during and after the mission in space.” ISS Science Blog 

 

 

Jancy Mcphee

Coordinated a display of artwork at Space Center Houston from the 2011 Humans in Space Youth Art Competition during January and February 2012. Beginning in February, Jancy has arranged for a long-term display of visual and literary art reproductions from the competition to be on exhibit in the NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitors' Center.

 

Ajitkumar Mulavara

Continuing to mentor two Ph.D. students from UH for this fall.  Both are doing their fall lab rotations.  April 2016.

 

Completed mentoring one Ph.D. student from UH for this spring on an Independent Study course. Student completed collecting data from 15 subjects to estimate the stimulation amplitude required to generate equivalent degradation of performance during a balance task.  Student submitted an abstract to be presented at the Annual Society for Neuroscience conference in the fall.  May 2016.

 

Continuing to mentor one Ph.D. student from UH for this spring.  May 2016.

 

Conducted a lab tour and provided a presentation to US Air Force docs and International docs (AAMIMOs), Johnson Space Center.  June 2016.

 

Gave a presentation and tour of the Neuroscience Laboratory to JSC Aerospace Medicine Clerkship participants. October 9, 2015.

 

Continuing to mentor two Ph.D. students from UH. One is under a MOU NASA-UH Ph.D. program and another is doing his fall lab rotation. 
May 2015.

 

Gave a tour of the Neuroscience Laboratories to the UTMB residents on April 15, 2015.

 

Continuing to mentor two Ph.D. students from UH. One is under a MOU NASA-UH Ph.D. program and another is doing his fall lab rotation.

 

Mentoring two Ph.D. students from UH. One is under a MOU NASA-UH Ph.D. program and another is doing his fall lab rotation, Fall 2014.

 

Conducted a tour of the Neurosciences laboratories for Aerospace Medicine Clerks, Johnson Space Center, October 10, 2014.

 

Participant, Ph.D. Committee of Raquel Galvan at MIT; Chuck Oman is her advisor. 

 

I am on the Ph.D. Committee of Raquel Galvan at MIT, Chuck Oman is her advisor.  She defended her thesis proposal in January.

 

Member, Ph.D. Committee of Raquel Galvan at MIT. Attended her thesis proposal meeting via WebEx and provided an evaluation.

 

Mentored Clear Lake High School student on an independent study course, Spring 2013.

 

Mentored summer student at North Western University, Spring 2013.

 

On Ph.D. Committee of one student at MIT; mentored and advised student on NSTRF 2013 proposal, May 2013

 

Mentored two summer students from USRP and NSBRI, Summer 2012.

 

Lealem Mulugeta

Gave a presentation and advised a student who is part of a practical exposure biology learning program called, “Beyond the Classroom - Biology Service Learning Program”. The purpose of the program is to provide students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how biology relates to both global and local issues.

 

Participated in a PBS special filming at the NSBRI regarding exercise performance during future exploration missions, January 2013.

 

Worked with the PBS production team’s animations and 3D images of advanced exercise concepts for exploration class missions as augmentations to their film production efforts, January 2013.

 

Participated in media shoot for “Imagine Houston” at NSBRI for the Multi-mode Exercise Device data collection and testing activity, November 2012.

 

Met with committee members of the Life Sciences and Systems Technical Committee (LS&S TC) to discuss recent developments and future of the ICES conference and the TC.  Also discussed awards and education programs planning for students and professionals, AIAA Life Sciences and Systems Technical Committee Quarterly Meeting (held during the AIAA International Conference on Environmental Systems), San Diego, CA, July 15, 2012.

 

Gave a lecture to NASA Interns and Co-op students on technical writing, June 29, 2012.

 

Presented invited talk and inducted new initiates into the Order of the Engineer, Society of Hispanic Engineers Houston, University of Houston Central Campus, May 5, 2012, Houston, Texas.

 

Peter Norsk

Served as a judge for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) Dr. David Watson Poster Competition held at the NASA Human Research Program (HRP) Investigators’ Workshop, Galveston Island Convention Center, Galveston, TX, February 8-11, 2016.

 

Interviewed live on 7 national Danish Radio and TV programs (P1 Morning, P1 Afternoon, TV2 Morning, TV2 Day, Dr Science, DR Event, and TV2 News) on the occasion of the first Dane in space (09/02/15 to 09/11/15). Interviewed twice by the Danish newspaper Politiken on the occasion of the first Dane in space (09/02/15–09/11/15).

 

The Danish newspaper, Berlingske Tidende, published an article on the results of the CARD study that was reported in J. Physiol. on February 2, 2015.

 

Lectured at NASA’s Bring Our Children to Work (BOCTW) event at Space Center Houston on August 15, 2013.

 

Interviewed by a national Danish newspaper (Ekstrabladet) on human space research, July 25, 2013.

 

Interviewed by the Danish Radio program Radio24syv on protection of astronauts during long duration deep space missions, May 10, 2013.

 

Hatem Nounu

Served on the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) for the Department of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and had a board meeting on March 7, 2013.

 

Christian Otto

Interviewed and featured in a video on NASA’s homepage titled Latest ScienceCasts: “Space Vision” about NASA’s ISS Ocular Health Study. (www.nasa.gov )  For more, visit:  http://science.nasa.gov/  and the ISS experiments website ISS website.  November 2015.

 

Served as a technical advisor and primary preceptor for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Ophthalmology Resident, Joseph Vojtko, who was a USRA Visiting Scientist April 1-30, 2015. His elective focused on work related to NASA’s Visual Impairment Intracranial Pressure Risk, currently NASA’s number one human spaceflight risk. He was involved with examining visual field data in astronauts and compiling that data into a data base for analysis to help in understanding the effects of spaceflight on visual field function and worked with multiple NASA investigators and team members in the Longitudinal Astronaut Surveillance of Astronaut Health Group.

 

Interviewed by the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) on the Ocular Health Study at the 25th Annual Meeting in Coronado, CA, February 26–March 1, 2015. http://www.eyetube.net/series/daily-coverage-coronado-2015/isipi

 

Preceptor to medical student from Mayo Clinic, February, 1-14.

 

Performed an Elective with Rahul Suresh, medical student from the Mayo Clinic Medical School, Rochester, MN, for four weeks, January 20 through February 15, 2014.

 

Antarctic research could help NASA limit risks to astronaut health was posted by Sabrina Doyle in The Polar Blog on Saturday, September 21, 2013. http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/blog/posting.asp?ID=889 

 

Conducted a TV interview on NASA’s Visual Impairment Intracranial Pressure Risk, with Channel Russia 2 (Россия 2) arranged by Bill Jeffs of the NASA Public Affairs Office.  Channel Russia 2 is: (1) one of the major Russian federal TV channels; (2) producing a series of documentaries called 5 Senses, one of them is on vision; (3) other experts interviewed are mostly Russian - from major hospitals and institutions that research vision; (4) basically, the Russia 2 documentary (its duration is 52 minutes) is divided to several parts: physiology of vision, medicine (eye problems, etc.), and phenomena such as visual illusions and some types of rare states that no ordinary people have; (5) the documentary was aired in primetime during the third week of October.

 

Instructor: Advanced Trauma Life Support Course for Physicians. Memorial Hermann Hospital, November 14, 2013.

 

Interviewed with Andrea Dunn, story for ISS Program Office, “It’s All in Your Head: NASA Investigates Techniques for Measuring Intracranial Pressure.”  November 2013.

 

Instructor: University of Houston Graduate Space Medicine Program Flight Analogs Class, “Antarctica Behavior and Human Performance Perspective,” School of Kinesiology, University of Houston, Houston, TX. October 29, 2013. 

 

Presented NASA Aerospace Medicine Clerkship lecture. Part 1. “Remote Medical Care,” USRA Houston, October 16, 2013. 

 

Presented NASA Aerospace Medicine Clerkship lecture. Part 2. “Remote Medical Care” USRA Houston, October 22, 2013. 

 

Conferred with and referred Roxanne Stone, team lead of the 2013-2014 Boise State Microgravity Research Team, part of the NASA Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, to Dr. Jeffery Myers and Lealem Mulugeta for mentorship on VIIP project.

 

Taught Baylor College of Medicine Introduction to Space Medicine Course. The Visual Impairment Intracranial Pressure Risk in Long Duration Astronauts: Epidemiology and Pathophysiology. Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX. October 9, 2013. 

 

Monitored Ophthalmology resident (VIIP Project).  May 2013.

 

Interviewed by Alex Kurst, Japanese National Television (NHK), on intracranial pressure in space at the First Annual International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development Conference, June 19, 2012.

 

TV/video AAS Conference interview by Lori J. Meggs on importance of VIIP research to ISS, June 19, 2012.

 

Zarana Patel

Mentor, Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, Undergraduate Student Team from Missouri University of Science and Technology, July 2012.

 

Neal Pellis

Gave a lecture to first year medical students entitled, “Life in Space: What We Can Learn from Cells,” Baylor College of Medicine Center for Space Medicine elective lecture series: Introduction to Human Space Exploration and Medicine, April 15, 2015.

 

Hosted Dr. Alex Blackwood, CEO (Convener) and provided a presentation and facility tour of USRA Houston for educators from The International Education Business Partnership Network (IPN) (United Kingdom) during their visit to Houston, February 3, 2015.

 

International Partnership Network (IPN) is a Global Network of education, business and community partnerships. IPN offers a series of services to members and associates which enables partnership development, provides opportunities for collaborative learning, and facilitates global networking.  On February 4, 2015 educators from Europe and California visited with DSLS Director, Dr. Neal Pellis who gave them a tour and presented a lecture on cells in space. 


Invited Participant, Baikanour student tour, Lunar Planetary Institute, February 20, 2014.

 

Participated in an Aerospace Medicine (ASM) Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting at UTMB, January 17, 2014. 

 

Met with Rahul Saresh, Mayo Clinic Medical School, Rochester, MN who is performing a four-week elective with Dr. Christian Otto, January 23, 2014.

 

Hosted Scottish Space School Foundation students, October 27, 2013. The organization enriches the learning experience of the young Scottish students that come from Scotland to attend the Johnson Space Center's Space School.  The Scottish students are exposed to opportunities in science, engineering, technology advancement and leadership skills.

 

Provided a lecture to industrial design students from the Lund University, Sweden visiting the USRA Lunar Planetary Institute, October 15, 2013.

 

Invited participant, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) Aerospace Advisory Committee Meeting, August 7, 2013.   Agenda (J.T. Jezierski, Director of Coalitions and Member Services for the U.S. House of Representatives - Science, Space and Technology Committee) was to give an update on the NASA Authorization Act and NASA’s Budget. 

 

DSLS Summer Intern, Nicole Pechanec, delivered her exit presentation on August 13, 2013 and completed her internship on August 15, 2013.  Nicole was assigned to the Habitability Design Center @ JSC (Mentor: N. Moore/TM: J. Hayes) 05/13-08/15/13. Nicole’s projects were: (1) Skylab II - Design of an interior architectural layout of a Deep Space Habitat.  Utilized information from Skylab I, ISS, Flight Analogs, HERA, interviews, publications, the Habitability Design Handbook, and theNASA-STD-3001; (2) Waste Management System (WMS) Mock-up for Orion; and (3) Floor Plans for Habitability Design Center (HDC). 

 

DSLS Summer Intern, Nicole Pechanec was assigned to the Habitability Design Center at JSC (Mentor: N. Moore/TM: J. Hayes) May – August, 2013

 

Met with NSBRI Postdoctoral Fellow and her mentor from Boise State University (Sept 19).  Fellow is studying induction of early stages of Osteoarthritis after exposure to microgravity. Her mentor, Dr. Mellor, is an EPSCOR-funded PI of the study, Molecular Mechanisms of Cellular Mechanoreception in Bone.  Attended Dr. Mellor’s lecture entitled, “The effects of simulated microgravity on articular cartilage” at NASA JSC.  September 2012.

 

At the invitation of the NHHPC Program, met with Innovation Lecture Series speaker Jeff Flatten and toured the NASA JSC Space Food lab August 3, 2012. Jeff Flatten is a researcher and developer working in the Center for Game Science at the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle.  His projects include Foldit and Hello Worlds. August 2012.

 

Served as a discussant for the Bioscience Research Collaborative: Space Medicine Discussion Group and Roundtable: The Changing Economics of Space: Fostering Partnerships between the UK and Texas, at Rice University, April 16, 2012, Houston, Texas.

 

Lori Ploutz-Snyder

Co-advisor for post-doctoral student, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Member, Ohio University Honors Tutorial College, Board of Visitors and College evaluation planning committee.  April 2016.

 

Served as a judge for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) Dr. David Watson Poster Competition held at the NASA Human Research Program (HRP) Investigators’ Workshop, Galveston Island Convention Center, Galveston, TX, February 8-11, 2016.

 

Co-advisor for post-doctoral student Vincent Koppelmans, recently funded by NSBRI.  May 2015.

 

Participated in a two-hour interview with the Madame Mars project — this is a transmedia documentary outlying the historical role of women in spaceflight and seeks to inspire girls and young women to participate in STEM classes and careers.  May 2015. 

 

Visited Rice University ODEK – engineering design kitchen and discussed student programs/interns/project ideas, March 2015.

 

Co-advisor for post-doctoral student Vincent Koppelmans, Ph.D. (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI), recently awarded a two-year NSBRI First Award Fellowship (November start date).

 

Co-Mentor with Dr. V. Koppelmans (University of Michigan) for Postdoctoral Fellow awarded a NSBRI First Award Fellowship.

 

Participated in NSBRI Symposium May 6-7, 2014 – Designing for the Future: Remote Rehabilitation and Integration of New Technologies in Spaceflight.

 

Met with physician- astronaut at Ames and had a tour/briefly of the Singularity University. February, 2014.

 

Presented a 3 hour lecture at the University of Houston for the Flight Analogs Course, October 22, 2013.

 

Hosted Dr. Timothy Fairchild, a visiting scientist from Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia for 10 days. Arranged three talks (one at JSC, two at UTMB and various tours.

 

Reviewed proposals for the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) Program for the fall 2014 Space Technology graduate students applications NSTRF14 fellowships. This involved taking a WebEx training course and reviewing proposals. January 2014.

 

Gave a presentation to the Medical Operations Group regarding the importance of heart rate data during spaceflight, January 2014.

 

Advisement and research development with Ph.D. student at Syracuse University. April 2013.

 

Participated in proposal review training and then reviewed proposal for NASA NSTRF13 program. This is a student program to support PhD students in technology areas of interest to NASA, February 2013. 

 

Conducted a Lab tour and meeting with new ESA flight surgeon, Ben Douglas, September 2012

 

Continued advising and research development with PhD student from Syracuse University, September 2012.

 

Member of the Dissertation committee for PhD from UTMB, September 2012.

 

Led/conducted course for JSC-HSA-CMS which is part of the new SA Academy. Organized the session on Countermeasures Systems and Exercise and taught the course with an SD representative from the Astronaut Strength and Conditioning group. Organized the integration of research and operations for this session, July 2012.

 

Interviewed by Tom Hodson of Conversations from Space — a WOUB Public Media (PBS) radio program — on October 5, 2012 in Athens, Georgia regarding  Preparing Astronauts for Space Travel.

 

Interviewed by Maggie Krueger of Ohio University Honors Tutorial College regarding developing strategies to mitigate the debilitating physiologic effects of long-term spaceflight. As a NASA Project Scientist, Dr. Ploutz-Snyder leads a team in researching a three-year mission to Mars.  She is a three time Ohio University alumna and Honors Tutorial College graduate. Read more.

 

Robert Ploutz-Snyder

Presented a 3 hour lecture at the University of Houston for the Flight Analogs Course, October 22, 2013.

 

Dissertation Advisor/Committee Member (Statistics) to PhD Candidate, University of Texas Medical Branch, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences Department in the Nutrition and Metabolism Department. Primary advisor: Douglas Paddon-Jones. Anticipated Defense: March 2013.

 

Mentored a post-doc working with Drs. Scott and Zwart in NASA’s Nutrition Lab on a large data mining exercise examining changes in multiple nutrition related outcomes observed in all bedrest campaigns to date. July 2012.

 

Participated as a Watch Dog (Dads of Great Students), National Fathering Campaign, Mossman Elementary School, September 20, 2011.

 

Jeffrey Ryder

Met with SF Co-op Nicole Bette to help her understand exercise research for a deep space habitat. Co-op task is to come up with a general science workstation design, July 19, 2013

 

Assisted in tours of the exercise laboratory and the exercise countermeasures operations training room for EPSCOR grant recipients from the University of Utah, October 31, 2012.

 

Participated in “Imagine Houston” photo shoot at NSBRI highlighting the M-MED exercise device research on November 1, 2012 in Houston, Texas.

 

Jessica Scott

Provided Space physiology lecture to four classes at the Westbrook Middle School, March 25, 2015.

 

Provided an Exercise Physiology Countermeasures (ExPC) lab tour for Janet Kavandi, HH&P Deputy Director on February 5, 2015.  An ExPC tour was provided for Dr. Sally Rockey, Deputy Director of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health on February 25, 2015.

 

Mentoring University of Houston intern, Layle Babcock (November 2013 to the present).

 

Judged the student poster competition at the NASA Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop, February 13, 2014.

 

Mentoring a University of Houston intern, January 2014.

 

Mentoring University of Houston intern (September, October 2013)  Exercise in Space: Optimizing Exercise Performance for Long Duration Astronauts.

 

Presented remotely to University of Alberta Students on September 10, 2013.

 

Mentoring University of British Columbia undergraduate student (October 2012–present).

 

Mentored University of British Columbia undergraduate student, October 2012–Spring 2013.

 

Discussed career options with Texas A&M and University of Toronto Students (September, 2012)

 

Bill Todd

Initiated a second 3 month high school student mentoring program on engineering design and undersea and space operations, February-April 2014.

 

Participant/mentor in a 3 month Clear Lake High School Intern Program mentoring a pre-engineering student on engineering design and undersea and space operations, October through December 2013.

 

Participated in many international media and educational outreach events during the NEEMO 16 mission, June 2012.

 

Minli Wang

NSTRF14 Reviewer for the fall 2014 Space Technology graduate students applications. NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency's Space Technology Research Fellowships.

 

Christian Westby

Participated as a judge at the 2014 Science Engineering Fair of Houston, February 20, 2014.

 

Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) Science Fair judge, January 13, 2014.

 

Instructed a class at the University of Houston on October 15, 2013 as part of the Space Life Science program and focused on Flight Analogs used to study physiological effects of space flight. The title of the class was “Animal Hind Limb Suspension.”

 

Participated in the 2013 Clifton Middle School Science Night.  Interacted with students and parents and discussed the importance space life sciences plays in identifying and protecting astronauts from certain health risks that are part of the space environment. March 18, 2013

 

Provided a Cardio Laboratory facility tour to Dr. Ravi K. Birla, University of Houston, Department of biomedical Engineering, August 17, 2012.

 

Virginia Wotring

Served on the Graduate Committee for Johannes Kast, a student in the laboratory of Dr. Hartmut Derendorf in the Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, University of Florida, January 2015.

 

Was interviewed by NASA TV about the analysis medications returned from the ISS, on February 24, 2015 (paper is currently under review by a journal).

 

Served a panelist at the Texas Medical Center Career Symposium, February 26, 2015.

 

Mentoring 3 students on summer projects: (1) Kristina Curry (NSTI program, from TSU) — library research project on potential VIIP treatments, especially H2 antagonists and aquaporin antagonists; (2) Rebecca McFadden(NSBRI, from FIT) — library research project on likelihood of medication-induced QT prolongation in people without a genetic predisposition; (3) Anthony Vos (working remotely, from Muhlenberg College) — library research project on microbiome in spaceflight environment and impacts on absorption of orally administered meds.

 

Attended final presentation of  ExMC intern Dr. Ashok Narayanamoorthi on Drug Classes for Exploration Missions, September 2013.

 

Worked with Dr. Ashok Narayanamoorthi, Sharmi Watkins (ExMC) and Tina Bayuse (Pharmacy) on potential medications for exploration missions during the month of September, 2013.

 

Judged the Graduate Student Poster competition at the 2013 NASA Human Research Program Investigators Workshop, February 2013.

 

Met with an Oak Ridge Associated Universities post-doctoral researcher currently at JSC about searching for subsequent positions and advised on job searching processes and opportunities.  August 2012.

 

Worked with summer interns who presented their work, “Protein Analysis of the Mice Liver Exposed to Spaceflight,” and "Involvement of Medication in Vision and ICP Changes Seen in Spaceflight.”  July 2012

 

Patrice Yarbough

Participated in a Clifton Middle School Career Fair, March 1, 2016.

 

On April 25, 2016, the NASA.gov website featured an article on the upcoming HERA campaign titled: “Exploring an Asteroid Without Leaving Earth.”

 

Participated in a Clifton Middle School Career Fair, March 1, 2016.

 

Mentor for UH graduate student.  Attended an Association for Women in Science event with her. May 2015.

 

Met with Minority Access Research Center (MARC) students for informal discussion on under-  represented groups in STEM, Queens College, City University of New York on February 4, 2015.

 

Career Scientist Panelist/Speaker at the 2014 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), San Antonio, TX, November 13, 2014.

 

Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) Science Fair judge, January 13, 2014.

 

Participated in Career Day at Dickinson High School, Dickinson, Texas.  May 23, 2013

 

Worked with FAP summer intern guiding to complete exit presentation for NSBRI, July 2012.

 

Assisted summer intern from HRP Bone Discipline with CPHS protocol for iDXA data mining, July 2012.

 

Participated in the T.H. Rogers School Black History Program, Houston, TX, February 2012.

 

Judged the Clear Creek Independent School District Science Fair, January 23, 2012.

 

Susana Zanello

Participated in a career mentoring program at TASIS (The American School in England), which consists of guidance to individual high school students in their preparation for college and their careers, November 2015.

 

Gave a presentation to TASIS (The American School in England) Middle School students), highlighting the role of gravity on Earth and the challenges of microgravity in human spaceflight.  October 16, 2015.

 

Gave a presentation on biomedical research and space life sciences to high school students as an invited participant at Career Day exhibits at St. George’s International School, Montreux, Switzerland, November 13, 2014.

 

Mentoring USRA intern Lindsay Musgrove for the Flight Analogs Project (FAP), directing and supervising her on data analysis for vision measures taken in previous C11 campaign in bed rest; preparation of a poster for the International Society for Gravitational Physiology ( ISGP) 2014 meeting in Waterloo, Canada (presenter, Roni Cromwell), analysis of DXA data from bed rest subjects. 

 

Mentoring NSBRI intern Zach Donoviel: supervising bench work to validate gene expression results on hindlimb suspension rodent experiment (tissue sharing with Susan Bloomfield). 

 

Former NSBRI intern, Aziza Glass, has been awarded a travel grant to present our work on lunar dust impact on rat cornea. Poster presentation and manuscript in preparation.

 

NSTRF14 Reviewer, for the fall 2014 Space Technology graduate students applications (recommended as a reviewer by Jeff Smith (ARC), Mark Jernigan (Rice) and Darrell Jan (ARC) – Reviewed and provided evaluations to NSPIRES to proposals responding to the TA06 area. NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency's Space Technology Research Fellowships.

 

Gave a half-day Career Day presentation at Young Elementary, November 8, 2013.

 

Gave a presentation to K-8 children at the University Hills Academy summer camp, Riverside, CA, July 5, 2013. 

 

Provided a tour of the Flight Analog Research Unit (FARU) to approximately 15 UTMB Aerospace Medicine Program residents, July 11, 2013. 

 

Attended the annual NSBRI Mentor-Intern dinner, Hilton NASA, July 22, 2013.

 

Mentored CEP student, March 2013.

 

Served as Science Fair Judge at Brookwood Elementary, November 28, 2012.

 

Supported JSC Open House, September 2012.

 

Supported NSBRI banquet as mentor. Delivered a 5 minute presentation on mentee’s experience and the value of the NSBRI summer program, July 26, 2012.

 

Supported USRA CEP intern in farewell and exit presentation at SA Directorate, July 19, 2012.

 

Participated in the Ethel Mosley Young Elementary School Career Day on November 9, 2012 in Houston, Texas.

 

Judged the student poster contest for the 2012 NASA HRP Investigator’s Workshop, February 2012.

 

Delivered six talks during Career Day, Young Elementary School, November 4, 2011, Pasadena, Texas.

 

Sara Zwart

Hosting a UTMB dietetic intern on a rotation at JSC for 1 year.  March 2016.

 

Interviewed by a high school senior from Chaffey High School (Ontario, CA) for a chemistry assignment about career awareness.  March 2016.

 

Gave a presentation to forty 5th graders in the STARBASE program in Indianapolis, IN.  STARBASE Indiana is a premier educational program, sponsored by the Department of Defense.  STARBASE students participate in challenging "hands-on, minds-on" STEM activities.  March 2016.

 

Gave a presentation about Space Nutrition to fifty 4th graders at St. Monica Catholic School in Indianapolis, IN.  March 2016.

 

Provided tours/briefing for the Dean of Science and Provost of Rice University. Hosting a dietetic intern from UTMB on rotation at JSC.  April 2016.

 

Hosting a dietetic intern from UTMB on rotation at JSC.  May 2016.

 

Mentor for a summer student program at Ole Miss University.  The program will involve high school students and undergraduate students for a pilot program for advanced networks of integrated sensors to monitor astronaut health.  May 2016.

 

Mentor for a summer student program at Ole Miss University. The program will involve high school students and undergraduate students for a pilot program for advanced networks of integrated sensors to monitor astronaut health. The ISS FIT app was featured in a NASA innovation video on youtube on June 9, 2016.

 

Provided a tour of the lab for the Tri-Beta National Biological Society from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. February 2016.

 

Hosting a UTMB dietetic intern on a rotation at JSC for 1 year.  February 2016.

 

Interviewed by a high school senior from Chaffey High School (Ontario, CA) for a chemistry assignment about career awareness. February 2016.

 

Gave a presentation to forty 5th graders in the STARBASE program in Indianapolis, IN.  STARBASE Indiana is a premier educational program, sponsored by the Department of Defense.  STARBASE students participate in challenging "hands-on, minds-on" STEM activities. February 2016.

 

Gave a presentation about Space Nutrition to fifty 4th graders at St. Monica Catholic School in Indianapolis, IN. February 2106.

 

Conducted a science lab at Falcon Pass Elementary School.  October 2015.

 

Hosted a UTMB intern for 4 weeks. Autumn 2015.

 

Hosting two dietetic interns from the University of Houston.  May 2015.

 

Participated in a video Google Hangout session with SD and 22 students at Fieldston Lower Math-Science School in Bronx, NY, March 2015.

 

Provided a review of education outreach material being developed for Big Picture, an education outreach magazine that is part of the communications department of Wellcome Trust in London, March 2015.

 

Mentored two dietetic interns, one from UTMB and one from U of Houston, January 2015.

 

Provided tours for two interns and one high school educator from The Miami Valley School in Dayton, OH, January 2015.

 

Presented a seminar entitled, “Nutritional Biochemistry” to an English as a Second Language (ESL) class and another as a part of the Science Speaker Seminar Series at Lone Star College in Cypress, TX, December 2014.

 

Participated in an interview about the ISS FIT App for flight conducted by TopCoder, the crowdsourcing company used to develop the App, November 2014.

 

Participated in a phone interview with Washington (state) Aerospace Scholars high school students.  (June 2014)

 

Provided tours of the Nutritional Biochemistry Lab for two Kemin Food Science colleagues and 12 USRA LPI interns.  (June 2014)

 

Provided tours for two Texas Medical Center executives. (June 2014)

 

Mentored a dietetic intern for 4 weeks from the University of Houston, April 2014.

 

Volunteered for a science activity at Falcon Pass Elementary School, Houston, Texas. April 2014.

 

Mentoring a 4-wk dietetic intern from the University of Houston, February 2014.

 

Provided an overview of current work at NASA Johnson Space Center and presented, “Healthy Bodies in Space” to a local pre-school class.

 

Provided a briefing on the One Carbon/Vision data at a workshop sponsored by NSBRI/Baylor College of Medicine Center for Space Medicine, Department of Molecular & Human Genetics, Department of Neurology, and the Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy. October 2013.

 

ISS website post (promoting our recent paper about iron status among long-duration astronauts):  http://www.nasa.gov/content/iron-ing-out-the-excess/. August, 2013.

 

In July 2013, finished mentoring a 4-week dietetic intern from the University of Houston.

 

Worked with University of Houston dietetic intern for 4 weeks. April 2013.

 

Completed an interview for CareerConnection for the HRP Education Office for development of a biology problem based on calcium for high school biology students.  March 2013.

 

Served as judge for the Humans in Space Youth Art Competition, December 2012.

 

Served as a volunteer judge for the Conrad Foundation’s annual Spirit of Innovation Challenge for high school students, October 2012.

 

Interviewed by a student interested in Nutrition from the University of Notre Dame, September 2012.

 

Edited and served as a subject matter expert for an education outreach activity packet related to our Pro K experiment developed by the Math and Science @ Work Education and Outreach Program at NASA. July 2012.

 

Completed mentoring 2 summer students:  one from the Baylor University Career Exploration Program through USRA, and another from Texas Southern University participating in the NASA Science and Technology Summer Scholars Internship program.

 

Provided an ad hoc review for the journal Acta Astronautica, July 2012.

 

Co-Authored “Space Nutrition,” an iBook (available as a free download on an iPad) for upper elementary school kids about the topic of Space Nutrition. 

 

Review of “Space Nutrition” by the Huffington Post.

 

In the spring issue of the University of Florida CALS Connection magazine (alumni magazine, College of Agriculture and Life Science) Sara Zwart was interviewed about her role as Deputy Manager for nutritional biochemistry at Johnson Space Center.  http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=112885

 

Served as a judge for the Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge Through the American Society for Nutrition, February 2012.

 

Interviewed by College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Florida, for a newsletter story on alumna, August 2011.

 

Judged Ferguson Elementary School Science Fair, League City, Texas.

 

Submitted a “guest blog” entry for the ISS Program Scientist’s “A Lab Aloft” blog.

 

Wrote posting for NASA Blog:  A Lab Aloft: (International Space Station Research) Posted January 12, 2012.

 

Participated as an invited Roundtable Discussion Panelist, Center for Bio-Nanotechnology and Environmental Research, “Building Pipelines in STEM for Our Youth,” Texas Southern University, January 14, 2012.