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Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space

This is a joint activity with ASEB


Scope

The overarching purpose of the committee is to support scientific progress in space research in the biological, medical, and physical sciences and assist the federal government in integrating and planning programs in these fields. The scope for CBPSS spans plant and microbial biology, animal and human physiology, and basic and applied physical sciences, in the context of understanding the role of gravity in living and physical systems in order to develop capabilities required for space exploration, and using the space environment as a tool of science to advance knowledge. The CBPSS provides an independent, authoritative forum for identifying and discussing issues in space life and physical sciences between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public. The CBPSS will also monitor the progress in implementation of the recommendations of the Recapturing a Future for Space Exploration: Life and Physical Sciences Research for a New Era (RFSE) decadal survey--building on the survey that was tasked with establishing priorities for an integrated portfolio of biological and physical sciences research in the decade of 2010-2020. In fulfilling these responsibilities, the committee may formulate and oversee ad-hoc studies related to the implementation of the RFSE survey and on issues in biological and physical sciences more broadly, including:

  • The scientific quality and the potential for discovery in the field;
  • The impact of scientific advances on the implementation of the decadal survey recommended activities and the translation of scientific knowledge to human exploration missions;
  • The impact of changing budget priorities, especially those that challenge the fundamental assumptions of RFSE, on the implementation of decadal survey priorities and on the balance between exploration-focused and basic scientific research more broadly; and
  • The potential impact on a recommended course of action at a decision point described in the decadal survey. 
     

Meetings

October 27-29, 2015
Irvine, CA

March 31-April 2, 1015
Washington, DC
View Agenda | View Presentations
View the NRC Space Science Week Outline Agenda

October 7-8, 2014
Washington, DC
View Agenda


Current Membership

View Bios

Elizabeth R. Cantwell, Arizona State University (Co-Chair)
Robert J. Ferl, University of Florida (Co-Chair)
Kenneth M. Baldwin, University of California, Irvine
Robert L. Byer (NAS/NAE), Stanford University
Ofodike A. Ezekoye ,The University of Texas at Austin
Ronald G. Larson (NAE), University of Michigan
Richard E. Lenski (NAS), Michigan State University
James a. Pawelczyk, The Pennsylvania State University
Krystyn J. Van Vliet, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Peter W. Voorhees, Northwestern University
Eugenia Y-H Wang, University of Louisville
Erika Wagner, Blue Origin

Staff

Sandra J. Graham, Senior Program Officer
Dionna Williams, Program Associate

Past Meeting Presentations
We have posted only presentations which have been made available to us by the presenter.


March 31-April 2, 2015
In order of Agenda

Gregory Johnson
Mike Roberts

Marshall Porterfield (1)
Dan Berrios
Francis Chiaramonte
Rick White
Todd Harris
Benjamin Hitz
Jenifer Lee
Anup Mahurkar
Ronald Pryzygodzki
Aaron Black
Paramyir Dehal
Ravi Madduri
Aleksandar Milosavjevic
Todd Smith
View Plenary Session Slides

October 7, 2014

Marshall Porterfield
Francis Chiaramonte
David Tomko
Mark Lee
Rod Jones
Gale Allen

Relevant Links

Recapturing a Future for Space Exploration: Life and Physical Sciences Research for a New Era (2011)