Review of NASA’s Evidence
Reports on Human Health Risks
2014 LETTER REPORT
Committee to Review NASA’s Evidence Reports
on Human Health Risks
Board on Health Sciences Policy
Carol E. H. Scott-Conner, Daniel R. Masys,
Catharyn T. Liverman, and Margaret A. McCoy, Editors
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COMMITTEE TO REVIEW NASA’S EVIDENCE REPORTS
ON HUMAN HEALTH RISKS
CAROL E. H. SCOTT-CONNER (Chair), University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City
DANIEL R. MASYS (Vice Chair), University of Washington, Seattle
SUSAN A. BLOOMFIELD, Texas A&M University, College Station
KAREN S. COOK, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
SUNDARESAN JAYARAMAN, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
CHERYL NICKERSON, Arizona State University, Tempe
JAMES A. PAWELCZYK, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
ROBERT L. SATCHER, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
RANDALL SHUMAKER, University of Central Florida, Orlando
JACK STUSTER, Anacapa Sciences, Inc., Santa Barbara, CA
GAYLE E. WOLOSCHAK, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
LAURENCE R. YOUNG, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
CATHARYN T. LIVERMAN, Study Director
MARGARET A. MCCOY, Study Director
CLAIRE F. GIAMMARIA, Research Associate
JUDITH L. ESTEP, Program Associate
ANDREW M. POPE, Director, Board on Health Sciences Policy
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JAY C. BUCKEY, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
MARY L. CUMMINGS, Duke University
PETER A. HANCOCK, University of Central Florida
CHRISTINE E. KASPER, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
DAVID M. KLAUS, University of Colorado Boulder
ANDREW LIU, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Man Vehicle Lab
DEAN M. OLSON, Wright State University
NEAL PELLIS, Universities Space Research Association
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