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Resilience Symposium 2022: 

In Awe of Space



Your curiosity brought you here. Stay and register for this 2-day event to learn about the awe-inspiring work of current and former NASA employees as well as other space experts.

Innovation. Curiosity. Resilience. Teamwork. Awe.


These terms are all synonymous with space experts at NASA and beyond. For the 2022 edition of the Resilience Symposium, we are bringing in space experts and sharing their knowledge with you.


Be intrigued by what they say and importantly let their words motivate you to enhance the resilience you already have in you. 


And of course it is once again free.

Everyone deserves to have positive mental health and that certainly includes you. 

See the schedule here

Hosted in New York City, taking place virtually via Zoom.


An once again, 100% free again.

Hosted by:

Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Fogarty, PhD
  • Chief Science Officer

  • Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine

  • She previously spent over 16 years with NASA supporting medical operations and the NASA Human Research Program (HRP), including three years as chief scientist and two years as deputy chief scientist.

  • More on Dr. Fogarty (outside link)

  • LinkedIn

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Supported by:

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Opening Remarks

H. Blair Simpson, MD, PhD

Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons 

Interim Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute 

Interim Psychiatrist-in-Chief, NewYork Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Irving Medical Center 

Director of the Center for OCD and Related Disorders, New York State Psychiatric Institute/ Columbia University

More on Dr. Simpson (outside link)


Featured Expert Panelist

Mitchell E. Rudin

Chairman and CEO of Sevills North America

More on Mitch here (outside link)



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Dacher Keltner, PhD

Professor, University of California - Berkeley

Co-Director of the Greater Good Science Center

Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory

More on Dr. Keltner (outside link)


His new book: Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life

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Space Expert Speakers
(in order of speaking)

Day 1

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Lauren Blackwell Landon, PhD

Research Scientist

Team Risk Discipline Scientist, Human Factors and Behavioral Performance Element, Human Research Program


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Tanya Harrison, PhD​

Director of Science for Impact, Planet Labs

Fellow of the University of British Columbia’s Outer Space Institute

Former Director of Research for Arizona State University’s NewSpace Initiative

Former NASA Mission Operations Specialist

More on Dr. Harrison (outside link)


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Sara E. Whiting, PhD

Deputy Element Scientist-Spaceflight Analogs

Research Operations and Integration Element

Human Research Program

NASA Johnson Space Center

More on Dr. Whiting (outside link)

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Graham E. Lau, PhD​

Director of Communications and Marketing, Blue Marble Space
Director of Logistics, University Rover Challenge

Research Scientist, Blue Marble Space Institute of Science

Host, Ask an Astrobiologist

More on Dr. Lau (outside link)



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Day 2

Alexandra (Sandra) Whitmire, PhD

Deputy Element Scientist for Human Factors and Behavioral Performance


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Shawn Domagal-Goldman, PhD

Branch Head, Planetary Systems Laboratory

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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Yolanda Shea, PhD

Project Scientist

CLARREO Pathfinder

NASA Langley Research Center

More on Dr. Shea (outside link)


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Michelle Hanlon

Space Lawyer

Co-founder For All Moonkind

Co-Director Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi

President of the National Space Society

More on Michelle (outside)


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Kartik Sheth, PhD

Program Scientist

Astrophysics division within NASA's Science Mission Directorate

More on Dr. Sheth


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Expert Panelists
(in order of speaking)

Day 1

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Jill Harkavy-Friedman

Senior Vice President of Research

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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John Bale

Managing Director and Co-Founder

Fortem Australia



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Steve Joiner

Dean, College of Leadership & Public Service

Executive Director, Institute for Conflict Management

Lipscomb University

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Norm Taylor

Editor in Chief

Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being

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Day 2

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J. John Mann, MD

Paul Janssen Professor of Translational Neuroscience in Psychiatry and Radiology;

Director, Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology Division, Department of Psychiatry;

Co-Director Columbia Center for Prevention and Treatment of Depression

More on Dr. Mann (outside link)


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Michael Yansick

Supervisory Special Agent

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Instructor, Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy


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Clare Fowler, PhD 

Executive Vice President

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Tania Kura

Deputy Commissioner

New Zealand Police

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Space Expert Speakers

2022 Schedule


Day 1 - Wednesday, December 14
(all times NYC/est. time)

Opening Remarks
8:45am - 8:55am
H. Blair Simpson, MD, PhD

Keynote: The Role of Human Space Exploration Is To Inspire and Unite
9:00 - 9:50am
Jennifer Fogarty, PhD

Human exploration has throughout time functioned as an inspirational endeavor that unites and at times galvanizes a community and culture toward a common goal. At times exploration also represents the most selfless and selfish act humans can engage in.
However, since the dawn of spaceflight, the ability of humans around the globe to visualize almost in real time what it means to journey to other planets among the stars has been a spectacular source of inspiration and unification. It’s important to reflect on and accept the responsibility of that power to inspire and unite. 

Expert Panelist: Dacher Keltner, PhD

Session 1: The Awe of Teams in Space
10:00 - 10:50am
Lauren Blackwell Landon, PhD

Astronauts live and work together for many months in a stressful, extreme environment. I discuss the risks that may cause performance loss or interpersonal frictions, and how NASA selects, trains, and supports astronaut crews. With the right stuff, astronaut crews can be greater than the sum of their parts.
Expert Panelist: Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman

Session 2: Using Space to Save the Earth: NASA's Legacy in Earth Observation 
11:00 - 11:50am
Tanya Harrison, PhD

When you hear "NASA," you probably think of rovers on Mars and satellites flying through the Solar System, but NASA also has an entire fleet of satellites helping scientists understand the Earth system. This discussion will focus on how space-based data is being used to directly help life here on Earth.
Expert Panelist: John Bale

11:50 - 12:10m
Lunch Break

Session 3: Building Resilience with NASA Spaceflight Analogs 
12:10 - 1:00pm
Sara Whiting, PhD

In addition to spaceflight, NASA’s Human Research Program conducts ground-based studies to better understand physiological and behavioral resilience factors, and develop countermeasures that promote crew resilience, safety, and mission success.
Ground studies occur in several facilities including NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA), undersea and polar research stations, prolonged head-down tilt bedrest, and parabolic flight. This session will detail these flight analog settings and highlight how NASA conducts experimental research into behavioral health and performance resilience.

Expert Panelist: Steve Joiner

Session 4: Connecting to the Cosmos 
1:10 - 2:00pm
Graham Lau, PhD
The context with which we place ourselves in the universe is crucial to our shared collective understanding of what life is and our future here on Earth (and maybe beyond). In this talk, we’ll explore the perspectives of humanity through space exploration and astrobiology.
Expert Panelist: Norm Taylor

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Day 2 - Thursday, December 15
(all times NYC/est. time)

Session 5: Resiliency in Future Exploration Missions
9:00 - 9:50am
Sandra Whitmire, PhD

NASA has a history of successful spaceflight missions and astronauts are known for their incredible achievements and strength. In future exploration missions, however – including long duration missions to the moon and Mars –new challenges to behavioral health and performance of the crew, await. In this session, I’ll discuss “resiliency” in the context of future missions, and highlight ways through which research in behavioral health and human factors will help to support our exploration crews.
Expert Panelist: Mitch Rudin

Session 6: Are We Alone? Studying a thus-far-lonely universe, together
10:00 - 10:50am
Shawn Domagal-Goldman, PhD

We are entering an era of astrobiological exploration of the universe, where NASA and its partners are designing missions with the explicit goal of searching for signs of life beyond Earth. We will be sending spacecraft throughout the Solar System to search for habitable environments and search those environments for signs of life. And we have a concept for a powerful new space telescope that can search for globally habitable planets beyond the Solar System, and that was designed to see how common or rare Earth-like biospheres are.
Each of these studies is inherently complex, requiring a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of the environmental context of any life detection. And each mission will be unique, with unprecedented capabilities. This means that in addition to scientific and engineering excellence, success will require excellence in team building and culture. The global teams that embark on this endeavor have the potential to re-define the view of our place in the cosmos.

Expert Panelist: John Mann, MD

Session 7: Unraveling Climate Change Mysteries from Space: The Testimony of Earth-Reflected Sunlight
11:00 - 11:50am
Yolanda Shea, PhD
For decades, NASA has collaborated with partners around the nation and the world to design state-of-the-art instruments that observe Earth from space. Always eager to push the limits, NASA and its partners are also designing new instruments with unprecedented accuracy that will give us a better understanding of how and why our global climate is changing.
Some of these instruments use Earth-reflected sunlight that travels back to space, which is a powerful tool that carries with it information about the physical aspects of our home planet. Scientists all over the globe have used and will continue to use Earth-reflected sunlight to illuminate the mysteries of our home planet’s evolving climate system.

Expert Panelist: Michael Yansick

11:50am - 12:10PM

Lunch Break

Session 8: Why We Care About Bootprints on the Moon
12:10 - 1:00pm
Michelle Hanlon
It’s hard to care about bootprints sunk in soil 238,900 miles away as humanity focuses on emerging from an unforgiving virus while coping with a geopolitical unease. But how humans treat those bootprints and the historic lunar landing sites upon which they are found will speak volumes about who we humans are and who we seek to become.
This presentation will discuss the importance of recognizing human heritage in outer space both in order to preserve our history, but, perhaps more importantly, to assure a successful and sustainable future as a multi-planetary species. Kinship emerges from heritage, and it is this kinship that must be harnessed as our generation makes foundational decisions about the governance of human activities in space.
Expert Panelist: Clare Fowler, PhD

Session 9: An Immigrant's Tale: From Mumbai to NASA
1:10 - 2:00pm 
Kartik Sheth, PhD

While nearly all immigrant experiences highlight resilience, each is
different and has its own tale.  I will share my journey and some
selected vignettes that demonstrate the importance of awe and how that
allowed me to be resilient time and time again.

Expert Panelist: Tania Kura

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