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March 29, 2002

NASA ADMNISTRATOR NAMES TASK FORCE TO REVIEW BIOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe has selected an independent task force to provide recommendations regarding the research priorities of the agency's Office of Biological and Physical Research (OBPR). Designated the Research Maximization and Prioritization Task Force, REMAP will serve as a follow on to the International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation (IMCE) Task Force, which last year evaluated the budget and management challenges facing the International Space Station program. REMAP is chartered to perform an independent review and assessment of research productivity and priorities for the entire scientific, technological and commercial portfolio of OBPR and to provide recommendations on how best to achieve its research goals within the President's budget request. Chaired by Dr. Rae Silver, an original member of the IMCE panel and professor of Natural and Physical Sciences at Columbia University, the REMAP task force will provide important guidance on how to maximize the scientific returns on many NASA programs, including the space station. "The space station project should be driven by specific research objectives and will be as integral a part of NASA's future as any of our research centers here on Earth," Administrator O'Keefe said. "When people look back and ask what was important about the International Space Station, it will be the scientific achievements that will be remembered." Dr. David Shirley, Director Emeritus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California, will serve as REMAP Vice Chair. He was a

protege of Dr. Glenn Theodore Seaborg, who worked on the Manhattan Project and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1951. Along with Dr. Silver, fellow IMCE task force members Dr. Richard Roberts, 1993 Nobel Laureate and Research Director of New England Biolabs in Massachusetts and Dr. Anthony Acrivos, Einstein Professor of Science and Engineering, City University of New York will be among the distinguished members that make up the REMAP Task Force. "The charter of this task force is important and will literally help set the bar for NASA's future science and research efforts on the International Space Station," said Mary Kicza, newly appointed Associate Administrator of OBPR. "Its contributions will have a profound impact and will help the agency and our international partners realize the full potential of this unique space laboratory." The REMAP Task Force will convene its first session in April. By June, the panel is expected to provide its report to the NASA Advisory Council, which will review the findings and formally present its recommendations to Administrator O'Keefe. The complete list of members follows. Detailed biographies are available on the Internet at: http://spaceresearch.nasa.gov -endREMAP TASK FORCE MEMBERSHIP Rae Silver (Chair) Behavioral Endocrinology Helene L. and Mark N. Kaplan Professor of Natural and Physical Sciences, Columbia University, N.Y.

David Shirley Nuclear Physics Director Emeritus of (Vice Chair) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and

Professor Emeritus, Univ. of California at Berkeley Andreas Acrivos Fluid Dynamics Einstein Professor of Science and Engineering, City Univ. of New York Roger Beachy Plant Genomics President, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, Mo. Plant Physiology Former Director, Wisconsin Center for Space Automation and Robotics, Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison Formerly Eli Lilly and

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Harold Metcalf Atomic Physics Distinguished Teaching Professor, State University of New York At Stony Brook Patricia Morris Materials Science Chemical Sensor Technology Manager, DuPont Company, Wilmington, Del. Elaine Oran Combustion Science Sr. Scientist, Reactive Flow Physics Naval Research Laboratory Washington, D.C. Professor and Head,

Mary Jane Osborn Microbial Biology Univ. of Connecticut

Health Center, Farmington, Conn. James A. Pawelczyk Cardiovascular Noll Physiological Neurophysiology Research Center, Penn State University Frederick Pohland Environmental Engineering Professor and Edward R. Weidlein Chair of Environmental Engineering, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Richard Roberts Biotechnology - Genomics Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1993; Research Director, New England Biolabs, Beverly, Mass. Rhea Seddon Aerospace Medicine Former Astronaut, Assistant Chief Medical Officer, Vanderbilt Medical group, Nashville, Tenn. Gary Stein Cell Biology Haidak Distinguished Professor and Chair Of Cell Biology, Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Mass.

Fred Turek Sleep and Professor, Circadian Biology Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Raymond Viskanta Mechanical Engineering W.F.M. Goss

and Heat Transfer Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. George Whitesides Nanotechnology Mallinckrodt In Biomolecules Professor of Chemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Pierre Wiltzius Materials Sciences Director, Beckman and Engineering Institute for Advanced Science & Technology, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana Laurie Zoloth Bioethics NASA Advisory Council; Professor of Ethics, San Francisco State Univ.