Friday Seminar Series
Friday, Nov. 22
PE-2028, 12:00 p.m.
Heather Carnahan, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, will give a talk on
"Human performance in zero gravity: Implications for healthcare and wellness in space".
My presentation will be an overview of the experience and challenges of doing research in zero gravity environments. First, I will discuss the relevance of our research to issues of healthcare during space flight. In particular, some of the challenges of living and working in zero gravity environments for prolonged periods will be introduced (e.g., physical effects of a low-gravity environment, psychological effects of isolation from Earth and inaccessibility of terrestrial medical facilities. The various approaches that are used to simulate space flight for experimental purposes will then be presented and some experiments that demonstrate the influence of reduced gravity on motor and cognitive performance will be discussed. There will be a description of the challenges of collecting human data during parabolic flight (e.g., motion sickness) and collectively our data provide evidence for the importance of exercise for maintenance of health in extreme environments.
For inquiries, please contact Dr. Fabien Basset School of Human Kinetics and Recreation