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This Week On The Space Show

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jan 6, 2014 10:32 am
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The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston at www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, January 6, 2014, 2-3:30 PM PST (22-23:30 GMT)
, Executive Director of AIAA returns to discuss the upcoming AIAA SciTech Conference 2014 (www.aiaa.org/scitech2014).
Dr. Sandra Magnus began her NASA career in 1996 with training for flight assignment as a mission specialist. She gained much international experience working with the European Space Agency (ESA), with the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), and with Brazil on facility-type payloads.



She also traveled to Russia in support of testing and product development.  Dr. Magnus flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, last year. In addition, she flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in November 2008, served as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after four and a half months. Following her assignment on Station she served at NASA Headquarters in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Her last duty at NASA, after STS-135, was as the deputy chief of the Astronaut Office. Before joining NASA she worked at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft on military aircraft programs.  Born and raised in Belleville, Ill., Dr. Magnus graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1986 with a degree in physics and in 1990 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering, and holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Georgia Tech (1996). She has received numerous awards, including the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the 40 at 40 Award (given to former collegiate women athletes to recognize the impact of Title IX).   AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and nearly 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit www.aiaa.org.

2. Monday, January 6, 2014, 6 PM PST (January 7, 2 GMT)
return for a sequel to our recent radiation Classroom program. Be sure to read the listener comments and responses on the blogs for the Dec. 17, 2013 program as we will be talking about that information and more.

Dr. Jurist
was simultaneously a physicist and a medical researcher before becoming involved in business.  He earned degrees in biophysics and nuclear medicine while he was at the UCLA School of Medicine with his dissertation work performed in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery.  Dr. Jurist has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in the Medical School’s Division of Orthopedic Surgery and in the Space Science and Engineering Center.  In the former, he studied human factors in space flight during Apollo and what was then called Apollo Applications and organized a metabolic bone disease laboratory for translational research.  In the latter during the early 1970s, he was team leader of the group that transmitted the first medical imaging over communications satellite links in a precursor to telemedicine. In the business arena, he created and ran a biomedical engineering consulting firm, was president of a successful outpatient surgical center, and founded a nonprofit medical research institute and ran it for four years.  Dr. Jurist is experienced in evaluating a business plan and in running a business.  He has applied his experience to the developing NewSpace industry as an investor in several small NewSpace corporations, supported R&D in others with corporate grants, and has partly funded academic propulsion, robotics, and biodynamics research groups at multiple universities.  Among other professional organizations, he is currently a Life Member of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots, an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, an Emeritus member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society.  His teaching and research activities revolve around his present positions of Adjunct Professor of Space Studies in the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at UND and Adjunct Professor of Biophysics and Aviation at Rocky Mountain College.

Dr. Jim Logan
held numerous positions in his twenty-year career at NASA including Chief of Flight Medicine and Chief of Medical Operations. He served as Mission Control Surgeon, Deputy Crew Surgeon or Crew Surgeon for twenty-five space shuttle missions and Project Manager for the Space Station Medical Facility, a telemedicine-based inflight medical delivery system for long duration missions. A founding board member of the American Telemedicine Association, Dr. Logan has consulted for as a variety of international and domestic healthcare organizations as well as the RAND Corporation and the Department of Defense. Board certified in Aerospace Medicine and recipient of NASA’s Distinguished Speakers Award, his lecturing activities have taken him to thirteen countries including the Peoples Republic of China.  Dr. Logan has been a Provost for International Space University in Strasbourg, France and has been featured on the Public Broadcast System (PBS), CanadaAM, The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and numerous radio talk shows. He recently completed a medical fellowship in Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and now resides in Austin, Texas.

3. Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 7-8:30 PM PST (January 8, 3-4:30 GMT)
Dr. Alice Gorman
from Australia comes to discuss space archaeology with us.
Dr Alice Gorman is a professional archaeologist who has worked for over 20 years in Indigenous heritage management, providing heritage advice for mining industry, urban development, government departments, local council, and Aboriginal Native Title groups. Her research involves the archaeology and cultural heritage management of space exploration, focusing on orbital debris (eg Vanguard 1), terrestrial launch sites such as Woomera and Kourou, and tracking stations such as Orroral Valley in the Australian Capital Territory. She pioneered the concept of space as a cultural landscape, and is the only archaeologist currently studying orbital debris. As well as space archaeology, she is a specialist in stone tool analysis, and the Aboriginal use of bottle glass after European settlement.  She joined the Archaeology Department at Flinders University in 2005 to teach in the Graduate Program in Cultural Heritage Management. From 2012 until 2014 Alice is on leave from Flinders while undertaking the role of Senior Cultural Heritage Adviser with Ecology and Heritage Partners, Adelaide.  Alice is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Space Industry Association of Australia, and the World Archaeological Congress Space Heritage Task Force. Her research on space exploration has been featured in National Geographic, The Monocle, Archaeology Magazine, Financial Review, and ABC Radio. She publishes the blog Space Age Archaeology, which is archived by the National Library of Australia as a significant scientific publication. In 2013 she was a TEDxSydney speaker. She has contributed op-ed articles about space and space heritage for Space.Com. She tweets as @drspacejunk.  She is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Mt Stromlo Observatory at the Australian National University, and on the Organizing Committee of the Australian Space Science Conference.

4. Friday, January 10, 2014, 9:30-11 AM PST (17:30-19 GMT)
returns to the show, this time to discuss his latest book on the science of ocean waves.
Jack B. Zirker donned the robes of astronomer emeritus on 1 January 1996. In addition to his prominent scientific career, Jack played a pivotal role in the evolution of the solar facilities on Sacramento Peak and in the formation of the National Solar Observatory.  Jack first came to Sunspot in 1954 as a summer student. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1956 for investigations in collaboration with R.N. Thomas and R.G. Athay on the temperature structure of the chromospheres and lower corona derived from non-LTE analysis. During the years 1956-1964 at Sacramento Peak, Jack’s work included elucidating the properties of photospheric filigree, a fine-scale magnetic structure discovered by R.B. Dunn. Between 1964 and 1976, Zirker was a professor at the University of Hawaii and participated in the development of Mauna Kea as an observing site.  Jack returned to Sunspot in 1976 to assume the directorship of the Sacramento Peak Observatory, which had just been transferred from the US Air Force to the National Science Foundation. His leadership was strongly felt during those years of transition and re-orientation. In the early 1980s, Jack was instrumental in the formation of the National Solar Observatory as a consolidation of SPO with the solar section of the Kitt Peak National Observatory and, shortly thereafter, as a division of NOAO.  Jack Zirker’s broad scientific interests are reflected in over a hundred scientific papers and several books, including a well-known monograph on solar eclipses and a recently-completed biography of Robert Dicke. His research has included mechanisms of coronal heating, the physics of prominences and their fine structure, flare mechanisms and energy distribution, and the use of non-redundant arrays for high-resolution imaging.  His latest book addresses the science of ocean waves.

5. Sunday, January 12, 2014, 12-1:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT)
First Open Lines program for 2014. All science, STEM and space calls welcome. First time callers are especially welcome. Join the discussion.

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