GMU Offers Pandemics Course

George Mason University (GMU) is offering a Pandemics, Bioterrorism, and International Security Course from July 22-24, 2015, at GMU's Arlington Campus from 9 AM to 5 PM. This non-credit course will introduce participants to the challenges facing the world at the intersection of health and security.

Who should attend: Professionals and academics in public health, the life sciences, industry, law enforcement, emergency management, international affairs, and national security who have responsibilities for preventing, preparing for, or responding to pandemics or bioterrorism.

Registration is $1195 ($1395 after June 15) and includes Continuing Education Units and Certificate, all course materials, catered lunches and coffee breaks, and a networking reception. Discounts for GMU alumni and groups of three or more are available. For more information, please see the course flyer; to register, please visit

Call for Unpublished Research

Dr. Suzanne T. Bell and her colleagues are working on a quantitative review and data-mining effort for NASA’s Behavioral Health and Performance (BHP) Element focused on team research that has been conducted in long-duration exploration analogue environments. They are seeking in press, unpublished, or difficult to find/obtain (e.g., technical reports) research that includes team data collected in environments analogous to long-duration space flight.
Inclusion criteria:
The variables included in our request are broad: any team factors, team processes, emergent states, or team outcomes. Appropriate research context, however, is narrow. Teams should have faced at least one of the conditions expected for long duration space flight such as isolation, confinement, a dangerous environment, or living and working together. Examples of appropriate settings include research on: fire fighters, Polar exploration teams, deployed teams in combat, submariners, teams in space simulations (e.g., MARS 500, ECOPSY), etc.
What we are requesting from you:
If your research examined teams in analogue environments, we would very much appreciate anything that you are willing to share. Data will likely be appropriate if it can be used to calculate a meta-analytic effect between two team-level variables or if it can be used for benchmarking rates of change or occurrence for one or more variables collected over time in one or more teams. If you have data but nothing written up, I can send you a coding form for you to complete that will capture relevant situational characteristics, predictor and outcome categorizations, and effect sizes or benchmarking data.
Who to contact:
Information and questions can be sent to me at We would appreciate receiving an e-mail from you by June 1, if you have data that may be included.

IASS Call for Papers

The International Air Safety Summit (IASS) is held annually and provides a forum for examining safety matters of special concern to the international aviation community.  Mark your calendar for the this year's IASS. It will be held in Miami, Florida, U.S., from Monday, November 2 through Wednesday, November 4, 2015.  

If you are interested in being a presenter at this important aviation safety summit, please submit a brief abstract (up to 200 words) and a 1-page resume or curriculum vitae including your contact information no later than June 27, 2015. Submissions can be electronic, by email attachment (preferred) to or by fax to +1 703.739.6708.
For complete information about the Call for Papers, the list of topics scheduled to be covered, and a copy of the submission form and instructions, please click here.

AsMA Response to Draft Legislation on Third Class Medical Certification

Section 2 of the draft legislation titled Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (H.R. 1062 and S. 571) makes significant changes to the medical certification requirements for a large portion of U.S. Private Pilots.  The Aerospace Medical Association leadership and committees have carefully reviewed the draft legislation and a letter was sent to the FAA Administrator, members of the U.S. Congressional General Aviation Caucus, members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, as well as the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation.  The letter describes concerns with Section 2 of the draft legislation and encourages the use of the FAA Notice of Prposed Rule Making Processes so comments and concerns from the public can be properly voiced and considered by the rule makers.


AsMA Response to Pilot Mental Health Issue

AsMA President, Philip J. Scarpa, Jr., MD, MS, reponds to Pilot Mental Health Issues. Learn more about AsMA's efforts related to pilot mental health issues by visiting our Pilot Mental Health webpage.

Members - Ensure You Receive Blast E-mails

Blast e-mails offer an efficient and effective method for distributing important information to the AsMA members.  It recently came to our attention that some AsMA members are not receiving our Vertical Response blast e-mails.  This may be due to the settings in your network firewall or SPAM filters.  We use a blast e-mail service provided by Vertical Response to send you important information.  The Vertical Response domain name in the e-mail address may be triggering your network or computer filters to block the delivery of our blast e-mails.  There are simple steps you can take to add the Vertical Response domain to your Safe Senders List.  Read the directions for adding the Vertical Response domain to your Safe Senders List here.

We recently established an AsMA Blast E-mails webpage on our website.  AsMA Members should log into the Members Only section and select the "AsMA Blast E-mails" link from the menu on the left side of the Members Only Home Page.  You will be able to see the recent blast e-mails sent to AsMA members.

NSBRI First Award Fellowship Program Soliciting Applications

The application period for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's (NSBRI) First Award Fellowship Program is now open. One-year fellowships are available to pursue research in any U.S. laboratory conducting space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. 

NSBRI’s First Award Fellowship Program allows future space life scientists, engineers, and physicians to train as independent investigators with one year of support at universities, research institutes, government laboratories, or commercial entities nationwide.

Fellowships enable young scientists to manage their own space-related biomedical research projects while continuing to learn from experienced faculty mentors. The program serves as a mechanism to strengthen the high-tech workforce of the future, with alumni of the program having successfully transitioned into positions within academia, industry, or government. 
Applicants are required to submit proposals with the support of a mentor and an institution, and all proposals will be evaluated by a scientific peer-review panel. Selected applicants receive a stipend, allowance for health insurance, and travel funds for related scientific meetings. This year's applicants can potentially spend part of their fellowship in Russia, via the NSBRI-Institute of Biomedical Problems  (IBMP) International Postdoctoral Exchange Program.

Detailed program and application submission information is available at: The application deadline is June 5, 2015 at 5 p.m. EST. Questions may be directed to Dr. Amanda Smith Hackler at or 713-798-3013. For additional information about NSBRI's First Award Fellowship Program please visit:

NSBRI is a 501(c)3 organization funded by NASA. Its mission is to lead a national program to mitigate the health risks related to human spaceflight and to apply the discoveries to improve life on Earth. Annually, the Institute's science, technology, and education projects take place at approximately 60 institutions and companies across the United States. For more information, please visit

66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2015)

The IAC is the one place and time of the year when all space actors come together. Global, multidisciplinary and covering all space sectors and topics, it offers everyone the latest space information, developments but above all contacts and potential partnerships. Each year, the IAC changes country, theme and local organizer, enabling all to learn more about, and be a part of the world space scene.

Aeromedical Lessons Learned from Columbia Shuttle Mishap

Reflecting current efforts and understanding, Loss of Signal aims to present the story of Columbia from an aerospace medical angle, focusing holistically on what is important for future investigations and analysis of spacecraft mishaps. This book is written by those who participated in the crew recovery and analysis and is written from their first-hand perspective of the events. The loss of a human crew implies sensitivities that must be balanced against the public and industry need to know, with the guiding principle being prevention of further mishaps and enhanced protection for crewmembers.

Learn more here.