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(Washington, DC) March 22 2017

Dr. Rob Ferl (University of Florida), former ASGSR president 2014-2015, testified on Capitol Hill, at the hearing entitled The ISS after 2024: Options and Impacts held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Click here for playback of hearing and Dr. Ferl’s written statement

House Space Subcommittee Hearing:The ISS after 2024: Options and Impacts

It is the policy of the United States to support full and complete utilization of the International Space Station through at least 2024. What happens to the ISS after that date remains an open question. The hearing will examine the range of choices facing our nation and the impacts of those various options.

Wintesses:

Mr. William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, NASA

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, Executive Director, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration

Mr. Eric Stallmer, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Dr. Robert Ferl, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research, University of Florida

 

Applications will be considered from researchers in quantitative disciplines (mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering, as well as other data-intensive areas including but not limited to finance, physics, climate modeling, and astronomy) and biomedical disciplines (including but not limited to biological, behavioral, social, environmental, and clinical domains). Researchers coming from a broad diversity of quantitative and biomedical backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Researchers in the biomedical domain must demonstrate their experience working with microbiome big data (e.g. data from sources including but not limited to whole or metagenomics analyses, transcriptomics, metabolomics, or other big data approaches involving microbial communities from human and/or other environmental niches with a health or biomedical research implication). A committee will select approximately 30 applicants to take part in the Lab. Selected participants will have their travel and hotel expenses fully covered by BD2K TCC. Applicants must be willing to commit to stay for the entire Innovation Lab. More information can be found at http://www.bigdatau.org/innovationlab2017

The newly established Translational Research Institute (TRI) led by Baylor College of Medicine seeks innovative and disruptive technologies, techniques, and counteThe newly established Translational Research Institute (TRI) led by Baylor College of Medicine seeks innovative and disruptive technologies, techniques, and countermeasures to reduce the health and performance risks to astronaut crew members during space exploration missions. Proposers must submit a letter of intent through https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/ by April 10, 2017, in order to submit a full proposal. A preproposal webinar, during which TRI management will answer questions regarding the research announcement, will be held on March 23, 2017, and is open to all interested proposers. Full details of this research announcement can be obtained by navigating to the following website: https://www.bcm.edu/centers/space-medicine/translational-research-institute/funding  rmeasures to reduce the health and performance risks to astronaut crew members during space exploration missions.

Proposers must submit a letter of intent through https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/ by April 10, 2017, in order to submit a full proposal.Full details of this research announcement can be obtained by navigating to the following website: https://www.bcm.edu/centers/space-medicine/translational-research-institute/funding

NASA and NSF Select 6 Proposals for Dusty Plasma Investigations

NASA’s Physical Sciences Research Program and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will fund 6 proposals to investigate dusty plasmas, a state of plasma that contains microparticles in addition to electrons, ions, and neutral gas. Four of the projects will be flight investigations that will be performed under microgravity conditions on the joint ESA (European Space Agency) and the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, Plasma Kristall-4 (PK-4, launched 29 Oct 2014) experimental facility on board the International Space Station. Two of the projects will be ground investigations related to the PK-4 experiments and potential follow-on microgravity experiments in the field of dusty plasma physics.

The Meatball at work for us!

NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results (source: NASA)

Public access to NASA-funded research data now is just a click away, with the launch of a new agency public access portal. The creation of the NASA-Funded Research Results portal on NASA.gov reflects the agency’s ongoing commitment to providing broad public access to science data.

 “At NASA, we are celebrating this opportunity to extend access to our extensive portfolio of scientific and technical publications,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman. “Through open access and innovation we invite the global community to join us in exploring Earth, air and space.”

NASA now requires articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings be publicly accessible via the agency’s PubSpace:

https://www.nihms.nih.gov/db/sub.cgi

PubSpace is an archive of original science journal articles produced by NASA-funded research and available online without a fee. The data will be available for download, reading and analysis within one year of publication.

While the agency always has made access to its research a high priority, the focus now is to make NASA science data more easily accessible via “one-stop shopping.” This increased public access is intended to accelerate the dissemination of fundamental research results to advance scientific knowledge and help ensure the nation's future prosperity.

The NASA-Funded Research Results portal is in response to a 2013 request from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, directing science-funding agencies to develop plans to increase access to the results of federally-funded research. NASA’s public access plan was developed in coordination with the science and technology research community across the agency. NASA will continue to consult with the scientific community, academic institutions, publishers and other federal agencies to implement this plan and increase access to research results.

 “Making our research data easier to access will greatly magnify the impact of our research,” said NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan. “As scientists and engineers, we work by building upon a foundation laid by others.”

For more information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/open/researchaccess