NASA invited Dr. Sandra Hunter, associate professor in Athletic Training and Exercise Science, to be part of a panel of five leading experts in the U.S. tasked with generating a report on “the role of sex/gender and the physiological and psychological adaptations to long duration flight.”
Dr. Hunter’s work will focus specifically on sex differences in the musculoskeletal system and their implications on space flight. The report, which is due in May 2013, will be presented to the National Academy of Sciences and may also be included in a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy briefing.
Dr. Hunter was also featured in a recent Runner’s World article on the competitive difference between male and female runners. Along with graduate student Alyssa Stevens, Hunter looked at distributions of the male-female time gap in race finishers. The full article is online at the Runner’s World website.