Buzz Aldrin Space Institute co-hosting Leaders Engaging Globally

Buzz Aldrin Space Institute co-hosting Leaders Engaging Globally

The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute will be co-hosting Leaders Engaging Globally Speakers Series on Friday, April 22 at 1:30PM at Florida Tech – Harris Commons Room 244.


Dr. Kanas is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. For over 35 years, he con-ducted research on people under stress. He has over 200 professional publications and is the recipient of the Dr. J. Elliott Royer Award for academic psychiatry. Since 1970, he has studied and written about psychological and interpersonal issues affecting people living and working in space. For over 15 years, he was a NASA-funded principal investigator, doing psychological research with astronauts and cosmonauts. He is a member and former trustee of the International Academy of Astronauts. Together with Dietrich Manzey, he is the co-author of the book Space Psychology and Psychiatry (2nd ed.), which was given the 2004 International Academy of Astronautics Life Science Book Award. In 1999, Dr. Kanas received the Aerospace Medical Association Raymond F. Longacre Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in the Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects of Aerospace Medicine. In 2008, he received the International Academy of Astronautics Life Science Award. He continues to write and serve as a consultant to NASA on the psychosocial aspects of human space travel. He published another book on space psychology in 2015 enti-tled Humans in Space: The Psychological Hurdles.

Culture and Space

Dr. Nick Kanas will provide insights regarding culture and space. Cultural and language differences among crew members and mission control personnel can impact on long duration space missions. Three aspects of culture may play a role: national, occupational, and organizational. These will be discussed, and data from on-orbit space missions will be presented to illustrate their relevance. By understanding the importance of culture, we can better plan for future multinational long duration space missions, such as an expedition to Mars.

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