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Nov. 17, 2010

Dream Job: Space Doc

by Leslie Taylor


Video by RockStarsofScience

In this video, Bernard A. Harris Jr., who was selected as one of the 2010 "Rock Stars of Science," describes the three questions he is most frequently asked. Dr. Harris was a crew medical officer during two space flights, and in 1995, he became the first African American to walk in space. As a researcher for NASA, he studied musculoskeletal physiology and disuse osteoporosis; conducted clinical investigations of space adaptation; and developed in-flight medical devices to extend Astronaut stays in space.

His profile on the Rock Stars of Science shares these details:

Occupation: Physician, Astronaut and Venture Capitalist
Alternative career choice: Musician
What do rock stars and scientists have in common: Rhythm and the love of music. Scientists look for order in life and Rock Stars express that order in music.
I tend to approach life: Plan for the future but live in the present.
Biggest misconceptions about me or my work: Is that I am all work and no play...I like having fun too!
Worst part-time job ever: Working maintenance for a hotel.
Longest med school study session: Studying pharmacology as a second year medical student.
Best moment in medicine/research: Conducting the 1st Telemedicine conference from the space shuttle.

About Leslie Taylor

Leslie is Science Friday’s Web editor. She has a background in oceanography and is passionate about getting non-scientists and young people to realize how cool science can be.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Science Friday.

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