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Thomas & Margaret Tredici Award

June 28, 2019

Thomas & Margaret Tredici Award

This award was established by Thomas J. Tredici and sponsored by an endowment fund managed by the Aerospace Medical Association Foundation. It is given for the most significant contribution to aerospace ophthalmology and vision science.

Karina Marshal-Goebel (center right), accepts the Tredici award from Douglas Ivan (center left), representing Dr. Tredici, while Kim Broadwell (left), representing the Foundation, and AsMA President Vermeiren (right) look on.
   Karina Marshall-Goebel, Ph.D., was the 2019 recipient of the Thomas J. and Margaret D. Tredici Award. She was honored for her dedication to studying the mechanisms underlying the Spaceflight Associated Neuro-Ocular Syndrome (SANS) that occurs in astronauts during long-duration spaceflight missions on the International Space Station, and developing countermeasures to prevent the structural and functional ophthalmic changes associated with SANS. She has published more than 10 peer reviewed scientific articles related to SANS and is determined to develop the optimal countermeasure for SANS, enabling the safe and healthy future of human spaceflight. Throughout her educational endeavors, she has consistently achieved academic excellence and has dedicated her research career to understanding the changes that occur during long-duration spaceflight. Her master’s thesis was the first published work describing ocular changes that occur during 6-month missions on the International Space Station, a topic which has since gained considerable attention in the aerospace community.
   Dr. Marshall-Goebel earned a B.A. in Biology at the University of Vermont, Burlington, in 2010 and an M.Sc. in Space Studies at International Space University in France in 2011. She graduated from the University of Cologne Faculty of Medicine, Germany, in 2017 with a Ph.D. in Health Science with a focus on Physiology. In 2009, she was a Summer Scholar in the Geophysical Laboratory at the Carnegie Institute
for Science, Washington, DC, and in 2011 served as a Research Intern at the Astronaut Office/Space Life Sciences Summer Institute at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX. Later in 2011 she served as Junior Science Officer in the Physical Engineering and Space Sciences Unit of the European Science Foundation, Strasbourg, France. In 2012, she became a Graduate Research Fellow at the Department of Space Physiology, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany, until 2017. From 2016-2018, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Neural Systems Group at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. In 2018, she took her present position as a Senior Scientist in the Cardiovascular and Vision Laboratory, KBRwyle, at NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.
   Dr. Marshall-Goebel’s awards and honor include scholarships from the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the University of Vermont, Boeing, the Hemholtz Association of German Research Centers, and the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) Fellows. She was also awarded a travel grant from the Albertus Magnus Graduate Center at the University of Cologne and was chosen for Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ List for Science and Healthcare. She is a member of the American Physiological Society, Women in Aviation, the European Science Foundation Interdisciplinary College of Research Associates, and AsMA.