Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920
May 27, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lisa De Nike
Research Institute Board
Jonathan A. Bagger has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). Bagger is the vice provost for graduate and post-doctoral programs and special projects and the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
"NSBRI's Board is gaining a research expert from one of the country's leading universities," said Bobby R. Alford, NSBRI board chairman and chief executive officer. "His expertise will help NSBRI in its mission to protect astronaut health and improve health care on Earth."
Bagger has more than 25 years of academic research experience in physics and astronomy. He began his career in 1983 as a physicist at Stanford University. He then joined the faculty at Harvard University before moving to Johns Hopkins in 1989 to become a professor of physics and astronomy. Bagger became chair of the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2002, a position he held until being named vice provost in 2008. He received the Krieger-Eisenhower professorship in 2003.
In addition to his duties at Johns Hopkins, Bagger is a member of the Space Telescope Institute Council, a fellow of the American Physical Society and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of High Energy Physics and Physics Reports.
Bagger received his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from Dartmouth College. He spent a year at England's Cambridge University before earning his master's and doctoral degrees in physics at Princeton University.
NSBRI is a NASA-funded consortium of institutions studying the health risks related to long-duration spaceflight and developing countermeasures to mitigate the risks. The Institute's science, technology and education projects take place at more than 60 institutions across the United States.
NSBRI projects address space health concerns, which include bone and muscle loss, cardiovascular changes, radiation exposure, neurobehavioral and psychosocial factors, remote medical care and research, and habitability and performance issues such as sleep cycles and lunar dust exposure. Research findings also impact the understanding and treatment of similar medical conditions experienced on Earth.