Press Release

NASA Announces Space Radiation Material Research Grants

By SpaceRef Editor
August 3, 2004
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NASA Announces Space Radiation Material Research Grants

NASA has selected 19 researchers to conduct ground-based
research in space radiation biology and space radiation
shielding materials. Sponsored by NASA’s Exploration Systems
Mission Directorate, this research will use the NASA Space
Radiation Laboratory (SRL) and the Alternating Gradient
Synchrotron at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National
Laboratory on Long Island, N.Y.

The SRL provides beams of radiation that are the same type
and energy as found in space. They will be used for studies
in radiation physics and biology in order to accurately
predict and manage radiation risk in space.

NASA received 70 proposals in September 2003 in response to
this research announcement. All proposals were peer-reviewed
by scientific and technical experts from academia, government
and industry. The awarded grants total approximately $13.5

“To enable the accomplishment of the Vision for Exploration,
protecting humans from the damaging effects of cosmic
radiation is one of the most critical problems that NASA must
solve,” said Guy Fogleman, associate director for human
health and performance. “These newly selected research
projects are an integral part of NASA’s strategy to solve
this problem,” he added.

For more information on space research and a listing of the
selected researchers, listed by state, along with their
institutions and their research titles, please see:

Space Radiation Shielding, Selectee List

Benton, Eric

Eril Research Inc

Space Radiation Shielding Testing using the NASA Deep Space Test Bed

Grulke, Eric

University of Kentucky

Synthesis and Analysis of Nanoparticle Composites for Space Radiation Shielding

Zhong, Wei Hong

North Dakota State University

Hybrid Composites with Reactive Nano-matrix for Cosmic Radiation Shielding

Wilson, John

Langley Research Center

Ebeam-Cure Fabrication of Polymer Fiber/Foam/Matrix Composites for
Multifunctional Radiation Shielding

Sudarshan, Tirumalai

Materials Modification, Inc

Novel Radiation Shielding and
Structurally Efficient Materials for Space Missions

Space Radiation Biology, Selectee List

Britt, Anne

University of California

Arabidopsis as a Model for the Study of
DNA Double Strand Break (DSB) Repair and
DSB Induction by Space Radiation

Pluth, Janice
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Fundamental Biological Studies of
Protein Phosphorylation Profiles After HZE Exposure

Limoli, Charles

University of California, San Francisco

Mechanisms of High LET Radiation Induced Genomic
Instability in the CNS

Chen, David

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

DNA Damage Responses Induced by HZE Particles in Human Cells

Bailey, Susan

Colorado State University

HZE Radiation: Modulation of Genetic Effects by RNA Interference of NHEJ

Hlatky, Lynn

Harvard Medical Center

Computational Modeling of Chromosome Aberrations Produced by HZE Particles

Dingfelder, Michael

East Carolina University

Patterns of Energy Deposition by HZE Particles in Cellular Targets

Amundson, Sally

Center for Radiological Research, Columbia University

Functional Genomic and Signaling Responses to HZE Particle Radiation

O’Banion, M. Kerry

University of Rochester Medical Center

HZE Radiation Effects on Neuroinflammation: Role of COX-2

Ware, Jeffrey

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

The Role of Free Radicals in Space Radiation-Induced
Malignant Transformation

Behravesh, Esfandiar

Universities Space Research Association

Evaluation of the Late Effects of Heavy-Ion Radiation
on Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Braby, Leslie

Texas Engineering Experiment Station

Methods for Real Time Measurement of Dose and Charged Particle Spectrum

Wu, Honglu

NASA Johnson Space Center

Cytogenetic Study of Heavy Ion-Induced Chromosomal Damage in Human Cells

Yu, Yongjia

University of Texas Medical Branch

Impact of HZE Particles Exposure on Proliferation and
Differnetiation of Human Neural System Cells

SpaceRef staff editor.