American Society for Gravitational and Space Research

Job Opening - Space Biosciences Research Branch (Code SCR) at NASA Ames Research Center is currently seeking applicants for the position of Supervisory Research AST, Biological Studies. See position posted on USAJobs and is open until 3/27/2015.


NASA has announced the roll-out of the Physical Science Informatics (PSI) data repository for physical science experiments performed on the International Space Station (ISS). The PSI system is now accessible and open to the public. This will be a resource for researchers to data mine the PSI system and expand upon the valuable research performed on the ISS. Click on latest news for more information.


The application period for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's (NSBRI) First Award Fellowship Program is now open until June 5 2015. One-year fellowships are available to pursue research in any U.S. laboratory conducting space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. See latest news for more information on how to apply.


Sixteen proposals were selected as part of two NASA coordinated research announcements, the Human Research Program’s (HRP) "Human Exploration Research Opportunities--International Life Sciences Research Announcement" and Space Biology’s "Research Opportunities for Flight Experiments in Space Biology (ILSRA). Click here for full text and award list.


Plant Gravitational and Space Biology has a presence in the 2015 meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists – mini-symposium and poster focus – learn more here: http://plantbiology.aspb.org/ or contact mini-symposium chair (Anna-Lisa Paul) at alp@ufl.edu.  Read more in Latest News.


Bring 'Chics in Space' to the ISS. Three teenage sisters in the DreamUp program powered by Nanoracks are raising funds via crowd sourcing to send their Garden of Eton, a hydroponic garden' to the International Space Station. Click here for more information.


How research in space could help treat old age on Earth - See Washington Post article about Millie Hughes-Fulfords's research on the International Space Station.


AAS, NASA and CASIS announce the call for papers for the 2015 International Space Station Research and Development Conference (SSRDC) to be held at the Boston Marriott - Copley Place, MA July 7-9, 2015. Abstracts have been extended until March 17, 2015.  Click here for submittal instructions.

 


Space Florida has entered into an innovative bi-lateral partnership with Israel’s Office of the Chief Scientist to support joint aerospace research & development projects. Florida and Israeli companies are invited to form teams and submit joint applications for this program. The application deadline is Monday, March 16, 2015. Go to http://www.spaceflorida.gov/israelpartnership for more info.


King's College in London, in collaboration with the Space Medicine Office of the European Astronaut Centre, is interested in having a fully funded student work on any aspects of research carried out in your laboratories during the period of June to August 2015. If you wish to provide a very brief project idea or then please contact: Nancy.Khederlarian@wylelabs.de of the ESA Space Medicine Office.


Congratulations to Dr. John Kiss, dean of the Graduate School at University of Mississippi on receiving a NASA Medal for Outstanding Public Leadership for his exceptional contributions in spaceflight research in the fundamental biology of plants in support of NASA’s exploration mission.


The Joint Conference of 6th International Symposium on Physical Sciences in Space (ISPS-6) and 10th International Conference on Two-Phase Systems for Space and Ground Applications (ITTW2015) organized by JASMA (The Japan Society of Microgravity Application) and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) will be held on 14-18 September, 2015, at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. More information can be found at: http://www.jasma.info/isps-6_ITTW2015/. Call for abstracts has been extended to...


Congratulations to recently elected ASGSR president-elect, Dr. April Ronca, and newly elected board of governors, Dr. Jamie Foster (University of Florida), Dr. David Urban (NASA Glenn Research Center), Dr. Portonovo Ayyaswany (University of Pennsylvania), Ms. April Spinale (CASIS), and Mr. Rich Bolling (Techshot). Thanks to all who voted. 


The 30th annual meeting of ASGSR was a huge success this year at the Westin-Pasadena, CA. We had record attendance this year with 550 participants, including many high school students who energized us! Thanks to all who came, and look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C. November 10-14, 2015 at the Westin-Alexandria.


Congressional Update: ASGSR applauds 114th US House of Representatives for its bipartisan approval of H.R. 810 NASA Authorization Act of 2015.The House committee recognizes the importance of a discovery based fundamental Space Life and Physical Sciences Program within NASA. Reference section 718 in bill text. Click here for bill text.


The Obama administration announced on January 8th, 2014 its support to extend the life of the ISS from 2020 to 2024.  See blogpost, jointly authored by Administrator Charles Bolden and OSTP Director John Holdren on this subject at http://blogs.nasa.gov/bolden/.  Congress needs to ratify the extension through appropriations and authorization procedures.


See ASGSR latest news to see what gravitational research is currently on board the International Space Station. ASGSR members, Dr. John Kiss and Dr. Simon Gilroy talk about their research. 


Congressional Update: ASGSR applauds 114th US House of Representatives for its bipartisan approval of H.R. 810 NASA Authorization Act of 2015.The House committee recognizes the importance of a discovery based fundamental Space Life and Physical Sciences Program within NASA. Reference section 718 in bill text. Click here for bill text.

Welcome!

asgsb_image2Welcome to the home page of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR). ASGSR was formerly known as the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB). As of June 2012, the ASGSB began its transformation to ASGSR as a result of historical membership vote to expand the charter to include basic and applied physical sciences. The heritage of the society was founded in 1984 to foster research, education and professional development in the multidisciplinary fields of gravitational research.  ASGSR brings together a diverse group of scientists and engineers to encourage an exchange of ideas bridging basic and applied biological and physical science research and technology in space and gravitational sciences. The members represent academia, government, and industry interests bonded by a common issue - how living organisms and physical systems respond to gravity.

 

What is Gravitational Research?

The effects of gravity on biology and physical systems have been acknowledged since Galileo’s time, but it has only been since the 1960s that gravitational biologists and physical scientists could also explore an environment where the force of gravity can be removed. It was quickly realized that the near-absence of gravity has a fundamentally unique effect on many biological and physical systems that cannot be investigated for any duration of time on Earth.  With the birth of the space age, the opportunity for experimentation over the full spectrum of gravity levels became a reality, and a new environment and research tool became available. Our goal is to explore the response of biology and physical systems to novel environments, and to understand biological and physical phenomena associated with changes in gravitational signals - especially those associated with spaceflight and analogs for extraterrestrial environments.

We seek to expand the knowledge of the impact of these environments on biology and physical systems, and to mentor the next generation of scientists and engineers. We are scientists in academic, commercial and federal laboratories seeking to understand how gravity shapes our world. Gravity is a fundamental force in which the effects on biological and physical systems are not well understood. Understanding how gravity acts upon fundamental life and physical world mechanisms parlays into thousands of applications. For space exploration to succeed, this requires a better grasp of gravity.

This includes key insights into osteoporosis, calcium signal transduction, muscle metabolism, combustion, fluid physics, and quantum gases obtained through research in microgravity environments. This research has given us a new way to look at the world and our place in it - using gravity (or lack of) as a research tool Join us today to further this valuable endeavour.
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