Afshin Khan & SustainSpace Win Overall Prize at ESA Contest

BMSIS scientist Dr. Afshin Khan, along with her team member Mark Ciotola, was selected as the overall winner for the 2017 Space Exploration Masters competition. The contest was initiated by the European Space Agency (ESA) as well as other government and private space organizations. The team’s project was titled “Plant germination during spaceflight to test for adaptability of crops in long term space missions.” Dr. Khan and colleagues plan to continue developing their idea for improving plant yield through space […]

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Count Down To The Future

A new article and podcast by Scientia features five of our young scientists working at the NASA Ames Research Center. Meg Cheng Campbell, Ryan T. Scott, Samantha Torres, Matthew Murray, and Eric Moyer have all worked in the space biosciences division with their research advisors to understand the effects of long-term spaceflight on humans. Congratulations to this outstanding team of scientists! [Read the Scientia article] [Listen to the SciPod podcast]

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TED Talk by Armando Azua-Bustos

How can Earth teach us about extraterrestrial life? In his TED Talk, The most Martian place on Earth, Dr. Armando Azua-Bustos takes us on a tour of the Atacama Desert, his childhood home now turned into his astrobiological laboratory. Searching for signs of life on Mars, or other planets, requires careful understanding of how organisms can survive in dry and extreme environments, and Dr. Azua-Bustos’ research helps to reveal the conditions that we might find life both there and elsewhere. […]

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Ryan Scott Receives ASBMR Young Investigator Award

Young Scientist Ryan Scott and his team were awarded the 2017 ASBMR (American Society for Bone Mineral Research) “Young Investigator Award.” Other team members who worked on our research with Ryan at NASA Ames Research Center include Mohit Nalavadi, Sulekha Anand, Yasaman Shirazi, and Josh Alwood. Ryan will give a presentation of his results, titled “Zoledronate and Mechanical Loading Treatments During Simulated Weightlessness: Cancellous Structure and Osteocellular Responses” at the 2017 ASBMR Annual Meeting in Denver this September. Congratulations to […]

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Eddie Schwieterman Receives NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Eddie Schwieterman has been selected for the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) fellowship in astrobiology. Dr. Schwieterman will work with the NASA astrobiology institute lead team at the University of California at Riverside, with advisor Prof. Timothy Lyons, on a project titled “Visualizing alternative Earths through time and space.” Congratulations and good luck to Eddie! [view the list of astrobiology NPP recipients]

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