Scientist of the Month

 

2016

May


Susana Zanello, Ph.D. is our Scientist of the Month for her poster titled, “Brain Gene Expression Signatures From Cerebrospinal Fluid Exosome RNA Profiling,” presented at the Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop Meeting, February 2016, Galveston, Texas.

 

April

 

Ronita Cromwell, Ph.D. was our Scientist of the Month for her poster "Comparison of Structural and Functional Ocular Outcomes Between 14- and 70-day Bed Rest” which was presented at the 2016 Human Research Program Investigator’s Workshop Meeting in Galveston.

 

March

 

Ajitkumar Mulavara, Ph.D. was our Scientist of the Month for his poster, “Developing Personalized Sensorimotor Adaptability Countermeasures for Spaceflight.”  Ajit presented the poster at the 39th Annual Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, held in San Diego, CA, on February 20–24, 2016.

 

February

 

Lori Ploutz-Snyder, Ph.D. was our Scientist of the Month for her poster, “Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Exercise Training With Small Compact Exercise Equipment – Bone,” presented at the Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop in Galveston, Texas, February 2016.

 

2015

 

December

 

Christian Otto, M.D. was our Scientist of the Month for his poster “The Visual Impairment Intracranial Pressure Syndrome in Long Duration NASA Astronauts: An Integrated Approach,” presented at the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Annual Scientific Meeting in Alexandria Virginia, on Wednesday November 11, 2015.

 

October

 

Jessica Scott, Ph.D. was our Scientist of the Month for her poster “Time Course of Remodeling: Impact of Exercise Training and Bed Rest on Left Ventricular Morphology and Mechanics” presented at the American Society of Echocardiography Conference
June 12–16, 2015 in Boston, MA.

 

June

 

Jeffrey Ryder, Ph.D. was our Scientist of the Month for his poster, “A Novel Weighted Suit to Assess Ambulatory Performance Under Reduced Strength-to-Body Weight Conditions,” presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, May 29, 2015.


May

 

Sara Zwart, Ph.D. was our Scientist of the Month for her poster, “Urinary Sulfate can Predict Changes in Bone Resorption During Space Flight,” presented at the Experimental Biology Meeting, held in Boston, Massachusetts, March 28–April 1, 2015.

 

April

 

Our Scientist of the Month was Jessica Scott, Ph.D. for her poster, “Influence of Exercise Modality on Cerebral-Ocular Hemodynamics and Pressures,” which was presented at the HRP Investigators’ Workshop in January.

 

March

 

Susana Zanello, Ph.D. was our Scientist of the Month for her poster, “Brain Gene Expression Signatures From Cerebrospinal Fluid Exosome RNA Profiling,” which was presented at the recent HRP Investigator’s Workshop in Galveston, Texas.

 

February

 

Our Scientist of the Month for February was Johnny Conkin, Ph.D. for his poster, “Designing an Exploration Atmosphere Prebreathe Protocol,” which was presented at the 2015 Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop, January 13–15 in Galveston, Texas. 

 

January

 

Our Scientist of the Month for January was Ronita Cromwell, Ph.D. for her poster, “Ocular Outcomes Comparison Between 14- and 70-day Head-down Tilt Bed Rest,” which was presented at the 2015 Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop, January 13–15 in Galveston, Texas.  DSLS team members named on this poster are: Drs. Susana Zanello, Patrice Yarbough, and Rob Ploutz-Snyder.

 

 

2014

October

 

Our DSLS Scientist of the Month was Christian Otto, M.D., MMSc for his poster “NASA’s Number One Human Spaceflight Risk:  The Visual Impairment Intracranial Pressure Risk.  Pathophysiological Hypotheses (Vascular, CNS & Ocular)."

 

September

 

Our DSLS Scientist of the Month was Lealem Mulugeta, MSc. for his poster “The Digital Astronaut Project Bone Remodeling Model.”

 

August

 

Our DSLS Scientist of the Month was Ronita Cromwell, Ph.D. for her poster “70 Days of 6 Degrees-head Down Tilt Bed Rest and its Impact on Ocular Parameters,” presented at the International Society for Gravitational Physiology Meeting in Waterloo, Canada, June 2014.

 

July

 

Our DSLS Scientist of the Month was Ronita Cromwell, Ph.D. for her poster “70 Days of 6 Degrees-head Down Tilt Bed Rest and its Impact on Ocular Parameters,” presented at the International Society for Gravitational Physiology Meeting in Waterloo, Canada, June 2014.

 

June

 

Our DSLS Scientist of the Month was Virginia Wotring, Ph.D., for her poster, "Effects of radiation exposure and dietary iron on liver metabolic gene expression"

 

April

 

Our DSLS Scientist of the Month was Jessica Scott, Ph.D. for her poster, “Temporal Changes in Left Ventricular Mechanics: Impact of Bed Rest and Exercise,” which was presented at the 2014 Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop, held in Galveston, Texas.

 

March

 

Lori Ploutz-Snyder, Ph.D. was our Scientist of the Month for her poster, “Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Exercise Protects Fitness During Bed Rest,” from a recent publication in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) flagship monthly journal.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise is the leading multidisciplinary original research journal for ACSM members. Each issue features original investigations, clinical studies and comprehensive reviews on current topics in sports medicine and exercise science.

 

 

February

 

Ronita Cromwell, Ph.D. was our Scientist of the Month for her and her team’s poster, “Long duration head-down tilt bed rest studies: safety considerations regarding vision health,” which was presented at the 2013 HRP Investigators Workshop at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.

 

January

 

Our Scientist of the Month was Artem Ponomarev, Ph.D. for his poster, Generalized time-dependent model of radiation-induced chromosomal aberrations in normal and repair-deficient human cells, which was presented at the 59th Annual Radiation Research Society Meeting in September of 2013, New Orleans, LA.

 

December

 

J. P. Saha, Ph.D. was our Scientist of the Month for his poster, Biological effects of particles with very high energy deposition on mammalian cells utilizing the Brookhaven Tandem Van de Graff accelerator, presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Radiation Society of USA, September 14–18, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The abstract for the poster won J.P. a Travel Award for the meeting.

 

November

 

Susana Zanello Ph.D. was chosen as Scientist of the Month. Her student, Jordan Brewer, presented the poster, “Investigation of the Relationship Between Intraocular Pressure and Cardiovascular Measures in Head Down Tilt Bed Rest Subjects,” at UTMB as part of the Medical Student Summer Research Program. For the poster and presentation, Jordan won the Best Translational Research Poster Award, June 26, 2013.

 

October

 

Lori Chappell, M.S. was been chosen as Scientist of the Month for her poster, “Estimation of the Dose and Dose Rate Effectiveness Factor,” which was presented at the 2013 Radiation Research Society Meeting in New Orleans.

 

September

 

Lealem Mulugeta, M.S.c. was our Scientist of the Month for his poster, “Computational Biomechanical Models of Squat Exercise Performed on the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED),” presented at the Human Research Program Investigator’s Workshop in February 2013.

 

August

 

Johnny Conkin, Ph.D. was the DSLS Scientist of the Month for his poster, “Towards a Hypobaric Decompression Sickness Treatment Model,” which was presented in February at the 2013 Bioastronautics Investigators' Workshop held in Galveston, Texas. 

 

July

 

Rob Ploutz-Snyder was selected as Scientist of the Month for his poster, "Justifying Small-N for ISS Research: Can NASA Researchers Stray from Traditional Standards?" presented at the Humans Research Program Investigators' Workshop, February 12–14, 2013 in Galveston, Texas.

 

June

 

Bill Todd was chosen as Scientist of the Month for his poster, "NEEMO 16: Evaluation of Techniques & Equipment for Human Exploration of Near-Earth Asteroids," which was presented at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, Texas, March 18-22, 2013.

 

May

 

Christian Otto, M.D., MMSc. was the DSLS Scientist of the Month for his poster, “Prospective Observational Study of Ocular Health in ISS Crews — The Ocular Health Study,” presented at the NASA Human Research Program Investigator Workshop, February 2013 in Galveston, Texas.

 

April

 

Jeffrey Ryder, Ph.D. was selected as DSLS Scientist of the Month for his poster, “Comparative Analysis of Isokinetic, Isometric and Isotonic Muscle Performance Measures,” which was presented at the 2013 Human Research Investigators Workshop.

 

March

 

Shaowen Hu, Ph.D. was selected DSLS Scientist of the Month for his poster, “A multiscale computational model of the response of swine epidermis after acute irradiation,” which was presented at the 58th Annual Radiation Research Society meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 30–October 3, 2012.

 

February

 

Myung-Hee Kim, Ph.D. was selected DSLS Scientist of the Month for her poster, “Probabilistic Forecast of Solar Particle Fluence for Mission Durations and Exposure Assessment in Consideration of Integral Proton Fluence at High Energies,” which was presented at the AGU Meeting in San Francisco, California, December 3–7, 2012. The title of the session was Strategies and Innovative Approaches for the Future of Space Weather Forecasting: Science and Infrastructure II.

 

January

 

Minli Wang, M.D. was selected DSLS Scientist of the Month in January for her poster, “Novel Smad Proteins Localize to IR-induced Double-strand Breaks: Interplay between TGFb and ATM Pathways,” presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Radiation Research Society held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 30–October 3, 2012.

 

2012

December

 

Artem Ponomarev, Ph.D. was selected DSLS Scientist of the Month in December for his poster, “Calibration and mathematical modeling of the SIS a-particle irradiator system, developed for radiobiological applications” presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Radiation Research Society held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 30–October 3, 2012.  

 

November

 

Megumi Hada, Ph.D. was selected DSLS Scientist of the Month in November for her poster, Chromosome Aberrations in Human Lymphocytes and Fibroblasts after Exposure to Very Low Doses of High LET Radiation.  Dr. Hada’s poster was presented at the recent Annual Meeting of the Radiation Research Society in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

October

 

Jessica Scott, Ph.D. was featured as DSLS Scientist of the Month during October for her poster “Novel Ultrasound Assessment of Dynamic Muscle.”  The poster was presented on August 9 , 2012 to attendees of the Innovation Challenge Day at the Collaboration Center at Johnson Space Center. The session featured projects awarded Spring Innovation Challenge Grants and was open to the JSC workforce including JSC Senior Staff and Directorate Management.

 

September

 

Marguerite Sognier, Ph.D. was selected as the DSLS Scientist of the Month for her poster, “Countermeasure for Skin Disorders” which was presented at the following venues: NASA “Tech and Tell” Poster Session, August 9, 2012. (Dr. Byerly presented for the team). The poster was voted #1 by the Center Directors as being the Best New Technology Idea for NASA. By invitation to JSC Center Director (Coats), the Director of Engineering and Director of Human Health and Performance, and other NASA Senior Staff, August 27, 2012. (Only posters that were voted #1  at Tech & Tell were chosen for this event).

 

August

 

Yongfeng Li was selected as DSLS Scientist of the Month for his poster, “Stochastic Modeling of DNA Fragments Rejoining,” presented at the 23rd Annual NASA Space Radiation Investigators Workshop in Durham, North Carolina. 

 

July

 

Christian Otto, M.D., MMSc. and Peter Norsk, M.D. for their poster, NASA's Current Evidence and Hypothesis for the Visual Impairment and Intracranial Pressure Risk, which was presented in Aberdeen, Scotland at The 33rd Annual International Gravitational Physiology Meeting, June 2012

 

June

 

Christian Westby’s poster, “The Change In Lower Limb Venous Compliance Is Different Between Women And Men Following 60 Days Of Head-down Bedrest But Is Not Associated With Venoconstrictor Dysfunction,”  was presented at the 2012 Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego. This abstract won Christian the prestigious NSBRI Beginning Investigator Award.

 

May

 

Virginia Wotring's poster, Changes in Liver Metabolic Gene Expression after Radiation Exposure was presented at the Experimental Biology Meeting held in San Diego, California in April 2012.

 

April

 

Ianik Plante's poster New modeling approaches to investigate cell signaling in radiation response was presented at the 14th International Congress of Radiation Research in Warsaw, Poland, August 28–September 1, 2011.

 

March

 

Susana Zanello's poster Contribution of Spaceflight Environmental Factors to Vision Risks was presented at the NASA Human Research Program Investigators Workshop, February 2012, in Houston, Texas.

 

February

 

Myung-Hee Y. Kim's poster Statistical Projection of Solar Cycle 24 for the Exposure Estimates was presented at the 2011 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California.

January

 

James Fiedler and Dr. Rob Ploutz-Snyder, presented, FDR doesn’t tell the whole story: Joint influence of effect size and covariance structure on the distribution of the false discovery proportiona at the 2011 Joint Statistical Meeting of the American Statistics Association in Miami Beach, Florida.

 

2011

December

 

Shaowen Hu's poster, A Biomathematical Model of Lymphopoiesis and its Application to Acute and Chronic Irradiation Assessment, was presented at the 18th IAA Humans in Space Symposium in Houston, Texas.

 

November

 

Johnny Conkin's poster, Decompression Sickness After Air Break in Prebreath Described With a Survival Model, was presented this year at the 82nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association in Anchorage, Alaska. 

 

October

 

Sara R. Zwart’s poster, Vitamin D Supplementation and Immune Response to Antarctic Winter, was presented at the 18th IAA Humans in Space Symposium in Houston, Texas.

 

September

 

Artem Ponomarev, Space Radiation Program Element Scientist at the NASA Johnson Space Center, was the scientist recognized during September 2011.  He presented the poster, The Distribution of Chromosomal Aberrations in Human Cells as Predicted by a Generalized Time-Dependent Model of Radiation-Induced Aberration Formation at the September 2010 annual meeting of the Radiation Research Society in Maui, Hawaii.

 

August

 

Ajit Mulavara, the first DSLS scientist honored, was recognized during August for his poster, Visual Performance Challenges to Low-Frequency Perturbations after Long-Duration Space Flight, and Countermeasure Development, presented at the 2011 NASA Human Research Program Investigators' Workshop. Dr. Mulavara is a scientist in the NASA Johnson Space Center Neuroscience Laboratory.