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Dr. Joan Vernikos

Photo: Paula Jo Jaconetta

Photo: Paula Jo Jaconetta

Broadcast Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific—BBS Radio, Station One, found here.

Special Feature Edition:
Dr. Joan Vernikos, former director of Life Sciences—NASA

For her research and leadership in the space sciences, Joan received numerous awards including the Strughold and Leverett Awards from the Aerospace Medical Association, the Jeffries Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Women in Aerospace, NASA's Exceptional Scientific Achievement and two Exceptional Leadership Awards.

In 2009 her work for the health and safety of astronauts was recognized by the American Astronautical Society with the Melbourne W Boynton Award. 

Dr. Vernikos with Senator John Glenn, the first American in space Photo: Geoffrey C. Hazzan

Dr. Vernikos with Senator John Glenn, the first American in space
Photo: Geoffrey C. Hazzan

In 2010 her work of bringing her research results from space to help people on earth live active independent lives by Managing Stress and Healthy Aging was recognized by the Hellenic American Womens' Council (HAWC) with their Aristeon Award. The International Academy of Astronautics also awarded her the Life Sciences Book Award for her book The G-Connection: Harness Gravity and Reverse Aging.