NASA Space Radiation Summer School, June 5–23, 2017, with student arrival on May 31
NASA SPACE RADIATION SUMMER SCHOOL AT THE BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY
The NASA Space Radiation Summer School (“NSRSS”) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory is designed to provide a “pipeline” of researchers to tackle the challenges of radiation exposure to humans who will travel on space exploration missions. Co-sponsored by NASA’s Space Radiation Research Program, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Translational Research Institute, the three-week course has been offered each summer for more than a decade through an open, competitive application process.
Application to the program is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with an interest in the radiation sciences, including physics, biology, and engineering. Faculty can be considered as auditors under special circumstances. Both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens may apply to the program. Due to the intense nature of the course, applicants must demonstrate oral and written proficiency in the English language. All selected students must satisfy Brookhaven National Laboratory and Department of Energy safety and security requirements in order to be admitted.
This concentrated, multidisciplinary program is taught by leading university and national laboratory biologists and physicists actively engaged in NASA space radiation research and BNL experts in charged particle experimentation and methods. Each “professor” lectures on his/her research specialty, with topics focused on those needed to support human space flight. These topics include basic principles in radiation biology and biophysics, including DNA damage and repair, cytogenetics, cell cycle effects, programmed cell death, mutagenesis, genomic instability, epigenetics, cell and tissue signaling, and early and late effects on normal tissues (including the central nervous system, cardiovascular effects and effects on other normal tissues). A strong emphasis is placed on linking mechanistic aspects of these biological processes to carcinogenesis and possible late degenerative effects following exposure to space radiation. The lectures also include a substantial focus on physics to support the special needs of research on space radiation. These lectures include an introduction to radiation physics, track structure, the interaction of spaceflight radiations with matter, the space radiation environment, charged particle dosimetry, accelerator operations and space radiation protection. The course also includes a research practicum as part of the core curriculum.
The Scientific Director for the 2017 NASA Space Radiation Summer School is Dr. Amy Kronenberg. Dr. Kronenberg is a Biophysicist Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Information about applying to the 2017 NASA Space Radiation Summer School is available at the link below.