Dr. Charles Oman

Dr. Charles M. Oman has more than 35 years of experience in astronautics and aeronautics. He is a leading scientist in researching the physiological and cognitive limitations of humans in aircraft and spacecraft and developing new ways of improving human-vehicle effectiveness and safety. Oman is currently team leader for NSBRI’s Sensorimotor Adaptation Team, a position he has held since the Institute’s inception in 1997. In this position, Oman manages scientists conducting nine projects at seven institutions. Projects focus on finding solutions to space motion sickness and body-orientation problems experienced during and after space missions. He has been a member of MIT’s faculty since 1972 and has served as director of MIT’s Man Vehicle Laboratory since 1992. Oman has had seven sensorimotor experiments fly on the space shuttle and served as team leader for the International Space Station, Human Research Facility. He was a member of the NASA Advisory Council's Space Station Utilization Advisory Subcommittee for five years and served as its chairman in 2004. Oman has won numerous awards, including the Laurence R. Young Space Biomedical Research Award in February 2009.

Broadcast 1113 (Special Edition)

Guests: Dr. Tom Jones, Dr. Charles Oman, Ron Small. Topics: Spatial disorientation, space motion sickness, vertigo, solutions. Our guests today, Dr. Jones, Dr. Oman, and Ron Small, are involved in a research project with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) to assist pilots in real-time to overcome spatial disorientation for aviation and space. We also talked about motion sickness, particularly space motion sickness, and ways to combat it. Physiology plays a big part in both disorientation and motion sickness, so you will want to hear what our guests had to say.

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