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Bioastronautics Symposium: Space for All – Opening Spaceflight to People with Disabilities

With Dr. Sheyna Gifford | Sarah Hasnain | Dr. Bonnielin Swenor |

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Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering and Johns Hopkins Alumni Association

Presented by Hopkins at Home and Bioastronautics @ Hopkins.

Please join us September 26 at 2 p.m. EDT for the fifth in a series of mini-symposia presented by Hopkins at Home and Bioastronautics @ Hopkins, introduced and moderated by Dr. Mark Shelhamer (Director of the JHU Human Spaceflight Lab). This session will focus on making space travel inclusive for people with disabilities and features Dr. Sheyna Gifford, Sarah Hasnain, and Dr. Bonnielin Swenor and includes a live Q&A session moderated by Dr. Mallika Sarma.

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Dr. Sheyna Gifford

Dr. Gifford is an associate professor of Orthopedics and the rehabilitation physician for St. Louis University.  She is board certified in rehabilitation medication,  a senior Aeromedical Examiner for the FAA, and the head of Medical Operations for Astroaccess, a mission to expand inclusion and disability representation on Earth and in space.

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Sarah Hasnain

Sarah Hasnain is a software engineer and physicist with a focus in human systems at Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium. Hasnain is obtaining a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She has experience in software, space mission operations, physics, human-centered design, and organizational strategy.

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Dr. Bonnielin Swenor

Dr. Swenor is the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center, which aims to shift the paradigm from “living with disability” to “thriving with a disability” through research, education and policy. Dr. Swenor’s research is motivated by her personal experience with low vision and focuses on three overlapping areas: removing barriers to health and economic wellbeing for people with disabilities, addressing health care disparities for the disability community; and ensuring people with disabilities have equitable access to education and are included in research. Dr. Swenor, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, holds joint appointments at the School of Medicine’s Wilmer Eye Institute and in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.