Updated 4/19/2012 4:00 PM

ASEN 5506 Bioastronautics Seminar


Spring 2012

1:00-1:50 Weds

Rm. ECCR 1B51


Instructor: Prof. David Klaus

Office: ECAE 107

Email: klaus@colorado.edu


Bioastro Research Group:  http://spot.colorado.edu/~klaus/BioastroResearchGroup.htm


Overview: Bioastronautics is a specialty area of bioengineering that encompasses biological, behavioral and medical concerns governing humans and other living organisms in a space flight environment; and includes design of payloads, space habitats and spacecraft life support systems.  In short, it spans the study and support of life in space.


Objectives: Bioastronautics Seminar is focused on areas that address space flight medical and biological research topics ranging from human responses to molecular-level concerns, with insight into related engineering design challenges associated with human space flight vehicles and spacesuits. Weekly seminars will be presented by students and guest speakers, as available. This forum provides an opportunity to prepare for upcoming conferences, thesis defenses or other technical presentations you may be planning to give.  Audience feedback is an integral part of the process, which is intended to help you hone your presentation critical thinking skills.  In some cases, we may utilize a ‘repeat performance’ of an earlier presentation that has been revised based on comments.  This has proven to be a valuable exercise for improving communication effectiveness and is interesting to see the improvement made over the baseline.  We will also work on giving ‘elevator speeches,’ discuss suggestions for giving effective presentations, and talk about how to prepare a resume or academic Curriculum Vitae (CV).


Text: None, based on current literature and ongoing research updates


Grading: Grade will be derived from regular attendance and active participation.  Course can be taken for 1 credit (attendance only) or 2 credits (presentation required)


Primary Expectations:

- Attend weekly meeting and provide comments/feedback to speakers

- Opportunity to give a presentation summarizing your research interests (required for 2 credit option)

- Assemble a resume or an academic CV (and set up as a web page, optional)


Secondary Objectives:

- Gain familiarity with CU Bioastronautics emphasis area

- Keep up with relevant NASA and Commercial Space Programs (research and exploration)

- Explore an interest for pursuing a topic as a Master’s or PhD thesis

- Identify (and seek) funding/fellowship opportunities (NASA, NSF, FAA, AIAA, CU, etc.)

- Discuss (and seek) career opportunities in industry, government and academia


Co/Prereq: ASEN 5016, 5158 (or concurrent or instructor consent)


Spring 2012 AGENDA (to be incrementally populated as the semester progresses)








Jan 18

Prof Klaus

Introduction / Overview


Jan 25

Prof Klaus

Effective Presentations


Feb 1

Jennifer Mindock (PhD Candidate)

Development and Application of Spaceflight Performance Shaping Factors for Human Reliability Analysis


Feb 8

Prof Klaus

Effective Presentations (continued)


Feb 15

Sarah O.

Space Radiation Risk and Implications for Exploration Missions


Feb 22

Joe Tanner

Shuttle Mission STS-82: Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) at L+15 years!


Feb 29

Prof Louis Stodieck

Overview of BioServe Space Technologies


Mar 7

Dr. Alex Hoehn

Overview of Human Space Flight Research at the Technical University of Munich (TUM)


Mar 14

Jeremy K.

Why We Like Space


Mar 21

Robert W.

Case Study for the Capability of a Planetary Mobile Habitat: ATHLETE


Mar 28

Spring Break



Apr 4

Chris M.

Space Suit Thermal Control - Past, Present & Future


Apr 11

Milton "Skip" Smith

Space Law


Apr 18

Luis Z.

Hardware R&D for Yeast Genomics Studies in Space


Apr 25

Heather H.

Improving Habitability, Mood & Diet through Bioregenerative Food Systems


May 2

Prof Klaus

Wrap up