Feb. 12, 2020
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‘Science on Saturday’ features the development of diagnostic medical instruments for use in space

Carrie L Martin, martin59 [at] llnl.gov, 925-424-4715

WHO: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists Matt Coleman and Matthias Frank, along with David Loftus from NASA Ames Research Center, will partner with Tracy High School teacher Erin McKay to present “Health in Space: Developing New Tools for the Trip to Mars.” This is the second lecture in the 2020 Science on Saturday series that delves into the mysteries of space.

WHAT: This talk will cover the collaboration between LLNL and NASA Ames to develop a novel diagnostic instrument to help provide medical care on deep space missions. The technology consists of a blood analysis system, based on microfluidics, together with a breath analysis system that uses carbon nanotube sensors. The technology is designed to support future missions to the moon and Mars, and it is expected to be used for terrestrial medicine as well, in a variety of arenas where medical resources are limited.   

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 15

  • First presentation: 9:30 a.m.
  • Second presentation: 11:15 a.m.

WHERE: Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore

NOTE: Science on Saturday is sponsored by LLNL's University Relations and Science Education Program. Lectures are free and open to the public and specifically targeted to middle and high school students. No pre-registration is required; seating is on a first-come basis. For more information about Science on Saturday, visit the web or contact Joanna Albala, Education Program manager, at (925) 422-6803 or albala1 [at] llnl.gov (email).