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Project Title: A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA

PIN: DEPS-ASEB-16-01        

Major Unit:
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Aeronautics & Space Engineering Board DEPS
Space Studies Board DEPS


Graham, Sandra

Subject/Focus Area:  Behavioral and Social Sciences; Biology and Life Sciences; Engineering and Technology; Health and Medicine; Math, Chemistry and Physics; Policy for Science and Technology; Space and Aeronautics

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   01/12/2017

Mr. Daniel L. Dumbacher - (Co-Chair) - (Co-Chair)
DANIEL L. DUMBACHER is a professor of Engineering Practice, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. At Purdue, Mr. Dumbacher specializes in program and project management, complex, state-of-the-art systems engineering, and propulsion and power systems engineering. He has been instrumental in the development of the Purdue Systems Collaboratory, an effort to integrate better the engineering disciplines with business, political science, communications, and philosophy. Mr. Dumbacher began his career at NASA in 1981 where he served in numerous engineering and management roles for a wide variety of missions. Prior to Purdue, Mr. Dumbacher served as deputy associate administrator in the Exploration Systems Development Division, for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. Prior to this, he served as director of the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, leading 1,400 civil service and 1,200 contractor employees supporting the Space Shuttle propulsion elements, Ares I and Ares V launch vehicle development, earth science payloads, planetary science payloads, lunar science payloads, International Space Station global science operations, International Space Station environmental and life support activities. He has been awarded NASA’s Silver Snoopy Award, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious service, and Purdue’s W. A. Gustafson Outstanding Teacher Award, among others. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Alabama, and completed the Senior Managers in Government study program at Harvard University. Mr. Dumbacher has authored several publications and given numerous presentations, in addition to offering Congressional testimony.

Dr. Robert J. Ferl - (Co-Chair) - (Co-Chair)
ROBERT J. FERL is professor and director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research at the University of Florida (UF). Dr. Ferl’s research agenda includes analysis of the fundamental biological processes involved in plant adaptations to environments, with an emphasis on the particular environments and opportunities presented by the space exploration life sciences. He is an expert in the area of plant gene responses and adaptations to environmental stresses and the signal transduction processes that control environmental responses. The fundamental issues driving his research program include the recognition of environmental stress, the signal-transduction mechanisms that convert the recognition of stress into biochemical activity, and the gene activation that ultimately leads to response and adaptation to environmental stress. Most recently these studies have led to the examination of protein interactions as fundamental mechanisms for metabolic regulation of plant biochemistry. His work has also looked at the application of basic science to the questions of advanced life support for NASA’s exploration initiative. Dr. Ferl’s work has been funded by NASA, NSF, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and he has frequently been asked to serve as a scientific adviser and reviewer for national agencies including NASA, NSF, and USDA. Dr. Ferl serves as the director of the virtual center for Exploration Life Sciences, a joint academic research and education venture between UF/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), and the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC). He has also served on the Science Council of the Division of Space Life Sciences of the Universities Space Research Association. In 2016 he was presented the AIAA 2016 Jeffries Aerospace Medicine and Life Sciences Research Award and the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal. He received his Ph.D. in biology from Indiana University. He has served on the Plant and Microbial Biology Panel of the 2011 Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space and currently serves as the co-chair of the Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space, a standing committee of the SSB and ASEB.

Dr. Reza Abbaschian
REZA ABBASCHIAN is the William R. Johnson, Jr. Family Professor and Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. He has served as dean of the Bourns College of Engineering for over ten years. The emphasis of his research is the fundamental understanding of the role of interfaces on the processing and/or properties of material. Current projects involve investigations in solidification, high pressure-high temperature growth of diamond crystals, and electromagnetic levitation processing of alloys. Prior to his appointment at UCR, Dr. Abbaschian was the Vladimir A. Grodsky Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida, where he also served as chair of the department for 16 years. His awards include the TMS Educator Award, Structural Material Division's Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award, TMS Leadership Award, ASEE Donald E. Marlowe Award, Davis Productivity Award of the State of Florida, and the Albert Sauveur Achievement Award. Dr. Abbaschian received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Alan R. Hargens
ALAN R. HARGENS is a professor of orthopaedic surgery and the director of the Clinical Physiology Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center. His recent research concerns gravity effects on the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems of humans and animals. He also investigates exercise devices to maintain astronaut health and performance in microgravity and partial gravities. This research is translated to aid post-surgical treatment and rehabilitation of orthopaedic patients and to improve performance of athletes. Dr. Hargens has edited eight books and published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and 56 chapters. He also holds eight patents. Prior to joining the faculty of UCSD, Dr. Hargens was the senior research physiologist (1996-2000) and a space station project scientist (1988-1997) at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. He has received numerous academic awards and professional honors, including the 2008 Recognition Award from the American Physiology Society History Group, the Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Orthopaedic Research Society, the Outstanding Performance Award from NASA, and the Nello Pace Award for Outstanding Leadership in and Contributions to the Field of Gravitational Physiology. He received his Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. He served on the Integrative and Translational Research for the Human System Panel of the 2011 Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space.

Dr. Yiguang Ju
YIGUANG JU is the Robert Porter Patterson Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and director of the Sustainable Energy Program at Princeton University. Professor Ju’s research interests include energy, combustion, and propulsion in the areas of near limit combustion, microscale combustion, plasma assisted propulsion, alternative fuels, chemical kinetics, multiscale modeling, and functional nano-materials. Previously, Professor Ju was the Changjiang Professor and director of the Thermophysics Institute at Tsinghua University. He has received a number of awards including the Distinguished Paper Award from the International Symposium on Combustion (2011, 2015), the NASA Director’s Certificate of Appreciation award (2011), and the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2011). He has published more than 180 refereed journal articles. He is the president elect of the Eastern State Section of Combustion Institute (International), an ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Fellow, and an associate editor for AIAA Journal, Proceedings of Combustion Institute, and Frontiers in Energy. He earned his Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Tohoku University in 1994.

Dr. Dominique Langevin
DOMINIQUE LANGEVIN is the research director at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides of the University of Paris-Sud. She works in the field of Soft Matter, with contribution to systems such as liquid crystals, polymer solutions, colloidal dispersions, microemulsions, emulsions and foams. She is familiar with a variety of experimental techniques, among them scattering of radiation (light, X-ray, neutrons), microscopy (optical, AFM) and rheology. Previously, she was director of Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal in Bordeaux, one of the largest laboratories in colloid science, where she created a surface of fluids group. Dr. Langevin is a member of Academia Europea and has received various awards, among them the CNRS silver medal, the L’Oreal Unesco award for Women in Science, and the Overbeek gold medal for interface and colloidal science. Dr. Langevin is the chair of the microgravity panel of the European Space Sciences Committee, the sister committee of the SSB in Europe. She received her Ph.D. from the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

Dr. Gloria Leon
GLORIA R. LEON is professor emerita of psychology at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in mental health psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Leon served for 10 years as director of the Clinical Psychology graduate program at the University of Minnesota, and seven prior years as assistant/associate director. She continues to carry out research and serve on advisory committees in both space and disaster-related areas. She has conducted extensive research on personality, behavioral functioning, and team processes of different polar expedition groups, studying teams composed of single gender, mixed gender, and cross-national members. Dr. Leon recently completed longitudinal research projects with Danish military groups in Greenland as an analog for Mars missions. Over a 13 year period, she was co-PI on NASA-funded research on the development and testing of cooling garments for space purposes, with implications for better monitoring of astronauts during extended extravehicular activities. She has twice been awarded the NASA Certificate of Recognition for the creative development of a technical innovation and is the recipient of the NASA JSC Group Achievement Award to the Sex and Gender Report Team. Dr. Leon has served as a member of several National Academies committees including the Committee on NASA’s Research on Human Health Risks, the Planning Committee for the Workshop on Analog Environments for Research on Health Impacts of Space Travel, the Committee on Aerospace Medicine and Medicine of Extreme Environments (CAMMEE), and the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space, Human Behavior and Mental Health panel. She has also served on the NASA Decadal Gender Review Committee, and on NASA peer review panels. She was a member of the external advisory committee (EAC) of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), advising the Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial team. Dr. Leon currently is completing a four year term as chair of the NASA Human Research Program Standing Review Panel in the Behavioral Health and Performance area, now merged into the Human Factors Behavioral Performance element.

Dr. W. Carl Lineberger
W. CARL LINEBERGER (NAS) is the E.U. Condon Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a fellow of JILA, a joint University of Colorado-NIST facility. His research interests include the structure and stability of ions and free radicals, photoelectron spectroscopy of anions, and photophysics and dynamics of cluster ions. His work is primarily experimental, using a wide variety of laser-based techniques to study structure and reactivity of gas phase ions. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Colorado, Dr. Lineberger held various positions including that of research physicist at the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory and chair of JILA. Dr. Lineberger is a member of the NAS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received many awards including the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry, the William Lloyd Evans Award, and the Sierra Nevada Section of ACS Distinguished Chemist Award. Dr. Lineberger received his B.E.E., M.S.E.E., and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has served on several National Academies committees including the Committee on Responsible Science, the Laboratory Assessments Board and the Joint Advisory Group on Becoming the Online Resource Center for Ethics Education in Engineering and Science.

Dr. Elliot M. Meyerowitz
ELLIOT MEYEROWITZ (NAS) is a HHMI-GBMF Plant Science Investigator, the George W. Beadle Professor of Biology, and former chair of the Division of Biology at the California Institute of Technology. He has made outstanding contributions toward the understanding of development in plants and animals. Dr. Meyerowitz’s work was crucial in establishing Arabidopsis thaliana as a model plant for molecular-genetic studies. He has identified Arabidopsis genes that regulate flower development and genes that determine responsiveness to the plant hormone ethylene. Dr. Meyerowitz is a member of the NAS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and is a foreign member of the French Académie des Sciences and the U.K.’s Royal Society. He is a recipient of the Ross Harrison Prize, the Wilbur Cross Medal and the Richard Lounsbery Award. He earned his M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in biology from Yale University. Dr. Meyerowitz has served on several National Academies committees including the Committee on Space Biology and Medicine, the Committee on a New Biology for the 21st Century and the Commission on Life Sciences. More recently he has served on the 2016 NAS Nominating Committee, the Council of the National Academy of Sciences, and is currently a member of both the International Temporary Nominating Group for Class II: Biological Sciences and the 2017 NAS Class II Membership Committee.

Dr. Todd J. Mosher
TODD J. MOSHER is the vice president of engineering for Syncroness, where he leads the Syncroness product development engineering organization in developing medical, aerospace, and other commercial products. Dr. Mosher has 25 years of experience as an engineering professional working in industry and serving as a professor at two universities. He has directed the design of both human spaceflight and robotic spacecraft projects. Previously, Dr. Mosher was the senior director of strategic opportunities for Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Exploration Systems business area within the Space Systems Group. In that role he led the formation of strategic partnerships with Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance, Draper Laboratory, Aerojet Rocketdyne, the Walt Disney Corporation, and Lucasfilm. He directed the proposal efforts for the next phase of the NASA Commercial Crew Program and NASA's next Commercial Resupply Services contracts. Prior to that role, Dr. Mosher was the director of design and development for the Dream Chaser program managing the design team for all of the major subsystems and a staff of over 100 SNC engineers and contractors while keeping design and development milestones on schedule and within budget. He has been recognized as one of The Denver Post Colorado Top Thinkers (2012) and the University of Colorado Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Recent Alumni award (2012). At SNC, he was awarded the Explorer’s Cup Management Team Award (2012), the SNC Director of the Year (2011), and the STAR Award for Technical Excellence (2010). Dr. Mosher holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, an M.S. in systems engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a B.S. in aerospace engineering from San Diego State University. He has served on multiple National Academies studies including co-chairing the Committee on NASA Technology Roadmaps and serving as a member of the Committee on Assessment of NASA Laboratory Capabilities and the Committee to Review NASA’s Exploration Technology Development Programs.

Dr. Elaine S. Oran
ELAINE ORAN (NAE) is the Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD). She also is an emeritus scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, adjunct professor at the University of Michigan, and a visiting professor at Leeds University in the United Kingdom. Her research interests span computational fluid dynamics and its application to reactive and complex flows, deflagrations, detonations and multiphase flows, rarefied gas flow, high-performance computing and parallel architectures, turbulence in reacting and nonreacting flows, astrophysical phenomena, shocks and shock interactions in gases and condensed phases, nonequilibrium molecular dynamics applied to physical and biological systems, and numerical methods for noncompressible flow. Previously, Dr. Oran was the senior scientist for Reactive Flow Physics at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in physics from Yale University. Dr. Oran serves as a member of the National Academies Committee on Human Rights, a member of the NAE’s Awards Committee, as the Search Committee Executive of the Aerospace Engineering Search Committee, as a member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, and as a member of the Applied Physical Sciences Panel for the 2011 Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space.

Dr. James A. Pawelczyk
JAMES A. PAWELCZYK is an associate professor of physiology and kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Pawelczyk served as a payload specialist on STS-90 Neurolab. During the 16-day Spacelab flight, the seven-person crew aboard NASA space shuttle Columbia served as both experiment subjects and operators for 26 individual life sciences experiments focusing on the effects of microgravity on the brain and nervous system. Dr. Pawelczyk’s primary research interests include the neural control of circulation, particularly skeletal muscle blood flow, as it is affected by exercise or spaceflight. Dr. Pawelczyk is a member of the American Physiological Society and the American College of Sports Medicine. He has won numerous awards, including the Young Investigator Award from the Life Sciences Project Division of the NASA Office of Life and Microgravity Science Applications (1994) and the NASA Space Flight Medal (1998). He has served on NASA’s Human Exploration Operations Research Subcommittee. He earned his B.A. in biology and psychology, from the University of Rochester , an M.S. in physiology from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in biology (physiology) from the University of North Texas. Dr. Pawelczyk has previously served as a member of the National Academies Review of NASA Strategic Roadmaps: Space Station Panel, Committee on NASA’s Bioastronautics Critical Path Roadmap, Committee to Review NASA’s Space Flight Standards, Planning Committee for the Issues in Space Science and Technology Workshop Series, Committee on NASA’s Research on Human Health Risks, Committee on Aerospace Medicine and Medicine of Extreme Environments, and the Space Studies Board. He also served as chair of the Integrative and Translational Research for the Human Systems Panel of the 2011 Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space. He currently serves as a member of the National Academies Committee to Review NASA’s Evidence Reports on Human Health Risks and the Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space.

Dr. James T'ien
JAMES T’IEN is the Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. T’ien’s research interests are in the areas of combustion, propulsion, fire research and chemically reacting flows. He has received numerous awards, including a Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Fellowship in Jet Propulsion, Public Service Medal from NASA and Space Processing Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics . In addition, he is an Honorable Member of the Combustion Institute’s Chinese Taipei Section and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dr. T’ien earned his Ph.D. in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University. He served as a member of the Applied Physical Sciences Panel of the 2011 Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space, and on the National Academies Committee to Identify Innovative Research Needs to Foster Improved Fire Safety in the United States.

Dr. Mark M. Weislogel
MARK M. WEISLOGEL is a professor in the Thermal and Fluid Sciences Group in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University (PSU). Dr. Weislogel has research experience from government and private institutions. While employed by NASA, he proposed and conducted experiments relating to microgravity fluid mechanics. He continues to make extensive use of NASA ground-based low-gravity facilities such as drop towers and low-gravity aircraft and has completed experiments on the space shuttle, the Russian Mir space station, and the ISS. While in the private sector, Dr. Weislogel served as principal investigator for applied research projects concerning high-performance heat transport systems, micrometeorite-safe space-based radiators, microscale cooling systems, emergency oxygen supply systems, and astronaut sleep stations. His research at PSU includes passive noncapillary cooling cycles for satellite thermal control and capillary fluidics at both micro- and macro-length scales. His teaching interests include heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and applied mathematics as it relates to these subjects. He earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Dr. Weislogel served as a member of the Applied Physical Sciences Panel for the 2011 Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space.

Dr. Gayle E. Woloschak
GAYLE E. WOLOSCHAK is a professor of radiation oncology and radiology in the Department of Radiology and the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Her research is focused on nanocomposites and genes controlling radiosensitivity and motor neuron dysfunction. Dr. Woloschak’s work is oriented toward function use of nanocomposites for intracellular manipulation, imaging, and gene silencing. Her work on motor neuron disease is designed to understand the molecular basis for the combined abnormalities from a molecular-cellular perspective. Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty in 2002, Dr. Woloschak was the senior molecular biologist in the Biosciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Woloschak has served as a member of the National Institute of Health’s radiation study section and as chairman of NASA’s peer review radiation biology committee. She received her Ph.D. in medical sciences (microbiology) from the Medical College of Ohio. Dr. Woloschak previously served as a member of the steering committee for the 2011 Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space as well as a member of the survey’s Integrative and Translational Research for the Human System Panel. She has served on numerous other National Academies committees as well, including the Committee to Review NASA's Evidence Reports on Human Health Risks, the Committee on the Analysis of Cancer Risks in Populations Near Nuclear Facilities and the Committee on Evaluation of Radiation Shielding. She is currently a member of the standing Committee on Aerospace Medicine and Medicine of Extreme Environments.