Publication and Outreach

An essential outcome of scientific research is publication—dissemination of results to the scientific community at large. The record of peer-reviewed publication, especially of spaceflight experiments, by funded investigators in NASA’s life sciences programs needs to be improved, as does the usefulness of the Spaceline Archive to the scientific community.

  • NASA should provide funding for data analysis and publication of flight experiments for a sufficient period to insure analysis of the data and publication of the results.

  • NASA should insist on timely dissemination of the results of space life sciences research in peer-reviewed publications. For investigators with previous NASA support, the publication record should be an important criterion for subsequent funding.

  • NASA should take as a high priority the completion of data entry into the Spaceline Archive and should ensure that access to the archive is simple and transparent.

Professional Education

NASA should make every effort to ensure the professional training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in space and gravitational biology and medicine.

  • NASA should take as high priority the support of a small, highly competitive program of postdoctoral fellowships for training in laboratories of NASA-supported investigators in academic and research institutions external to NASA centers.

REFERENCES

1. Space Science Board, National Research Council. 1987. A Strategy for Space Biology and Medical Science for the 1980s and 1990s. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.

2. Space Science Board, 1987, A Strategy for Space Biology and Medical Science for the 1980s and 1990s, p. xi.

3. Space Science Board, 1987, A Strategy for Space Biology and Medical Science for the 1980s and 1990s

, p. 4.

4. Space Studies Board, National Research Council. 1991. Assessment of Programs in Space Biology and Medicine 1991. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.

5. Space Science Board, National Research Council. 1987. A Strategy for Space Biology and Medical Science for the 1980s and 1990s. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.

6. Wilson, J.W., Cucinotta, F.A., Shinn, J.L., Kim, M.H., and Badavi, F.F. 1997. Shielding strategies for human space exploration: Introduction. Chapter 1 in Shielding Strategies for Human Space Exploration: A Workshop (John W. Wilson, Jack Miller, and Andrei Konradi, eds.). National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

7. Space Science Board, National Research Council. 1987. A Strategy for Space Biology and Medical Science for the 1980s and 1990s. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.

8. Space Studies Board, National Research Council. 1991. Assessment of Programs in Space Biology and Medicine 1991. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.



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