Please save the date of Nov. 15, 2021, from 2 PM EST to 4 PM EST, for the next in our series of human-spaceflight events from Bioastronautics@Hopkins.

This will be the first of an occasional series of mini-symposia, each approximately two hours long, with a keynote speaker, panel discussion, and audience interaction. We hope you will join us for this event, as well as similar events in the future, involving various topics related to human spaceflight. These events are hosted by the Commercial and Government Program Office of the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering.  

The topic of the first mini-symposium will be Systems Medicine for Spaceflight. Our speakers will be Dr. Jennifer Fogarty, Dr. Erik Antonsen, and Dr. Kris Lehnhardt. Please REGISTER HERE for the symposium.

For more information, please contact Mark Shelhamer at 


Mark Shelhamer

Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

(Organizing committee: Linda McLean, Mallika Sarma, Nabila Ali)





JENNIFER FOGARTY (LinkedIn) is Director of Applied Health and Performance at Sophic Synergistics. She previously held several positions with the NASA Human Health and Performance Directorate, including serving as Chief Scientist of the Human Research Program. She has a PhD in Physiology from Texas A&M University, a BS in Biology from Stockton University, and is co-editor of Fundamentals of Aerospace Medicine. ERIK ANTONSEN (LinkedIn) is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Center for Space Medicine. He was formerly Assistant Director for Human Systems Risk Management, and before that Element Scientist for Exploration Medical Capabilities, both at NASA. He has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and provided medical support for the Red Bull Stratos and StratEx high altitude skydive missions. KRIS LEHNHARDT (LinkedIn) is Element Scientist for Exploration Medical Capabilities in the NASA Human Research Program, and Associate Professor and Attending Physician at Baylor College of Medicine. He has an MD from Western University, a BSc in Bio-Medical Sciences from the University of Guelph, and serves as a Medical Specialist reservist in the Royal Canadian Air Force.


Astronauts’ Cardiovascular Fitness in Space and Return to Earth (9/22/2021 9 AM to 10 AM EDT)

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Staying Healthy in Space Conference (9/29/2021 12 PM to 3:30 PM EDT)

“Staying Healthy in Space” is an upcoming conference taking place on September 29, 2021 (5 pm – 8:30 pm, BST) in which SpaceTech Analytics business development consultant Rand Simberg and speakers from the space-medical community will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the coming rapid growth in the number of humans working, playing, and perhaps even living in space – as a key part of expanding human presence in space and in generating economic benefit both off-planet and terrestrial, from space activities. Speakers will address the issues, potential solutions to them, and identify areas of necessary research to better understand both the issues and best solutions.

Register here!

College students work for NASA! – NASA SUITS 2022 (due 9/30/2021)

Interesting in putting together a team to help develop spacesuit displays? NASA is recruiting undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members from universities across the nation to participate in the Artemis Student Challenges and NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) challenge. SUITS provides a hands-on opportunity for students to engage in NASA’s Artemis mission and design information displays within augmented reality (AR) environments to assist astronauts in lunar surface exploration. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design spacesuit user interfaces that can be used when NASA sends astronauts to the Moon! Create a team and participate in this authentic, unparalleled learning experience. The letter of intent is due September 30, 2021, and the deadline to apply for SUITS is October 28, 2021.

Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen, U.S. national, and permanent resident graduate student research that has significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future.

NASA Headquarters has released a solicitation, titled NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities – Fall 2022 (NSTGRO22), on September 2, 2021. The solicitation is available by visiting the following URL: Please note that this solicitation replaces the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) solicitation.

This call for graduate student space technology research solicits proposals on behalf of individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities (see solicitation for complete eligibility requirements).

Proposals in response to NSTGRO22 must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES and are due on November 2, 2021, by 6 PM ET/3 PM PT. NSTGRO22 requires university submission of proposals; students must coordinate with both a faculty advisor (who will serve as Principal Investigator – PI – on the grant) and an Authorized Organizational Representative of the submitting university. Please see Section 3.0 – Eligibility Information in the solicitation for special instructions for undergraduate students and those not currently in graduate school (i.e., who do not yet know the university where they will be pursuing their graduate studies in fall of 2022).

Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of grants to accredited U.S. universities with the designated faculty advisor as the PI.

The financial and programmatic support for NSTGRO comes from STMD. These awards are a component of the Space Technology Research Grants Program which engages the entire spectrum of academic researchers, including graduate students. Awards resulting from this solicitation are planned to coincide with the start of the 2022 academic year and are subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

Comments and questions may be addressed by email to the Space Technology Research Grants Program, at Responses to inquiries will be answered by email and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation; anonymity of individuals/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.