Talk topic: Human challenges of long-duration space travel
Speaker: Dr Katya May (Nurse Researcher, Gold Coast University Hospital Emergency Department; Member of the Centre for Environment and Population Health, Griffith University.)
About the Speaker: Dr May supports the development and execution of clinical research at the Gold Coast University Hospital Emergency Department. Katya’s multi-disciplinary education began in the USA and includes degrees in Political Science and Portuguese from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's degree & training as a Nurse Practitioner from Yale. After healthcare development consultancy work in Nicaragua and Ghana, she moved to Australia in 2002 and completed a PhD at Griffith on the social determinants of health.
To balance the formal education, Katya has a long-standing interest in space exploration and technology. These varied interests seem eclectic - space & technology, multicultural education, health care provider, researcher - but are understandable. They all contribute towards her inspiration to be a STEM ambassador. She has presented at schools and universities in the USA, Australia, Honduras, and Brazil. As a STEM ambassador, she inspires students to learn about making humans a multiplanetary species; by linking their interests to the study of STEM disciplines.
6-7:30pm Dinner and mingle
7:30-9pm Talk followed by Q&A