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NASA astronaut Dr. Lee M. Morin

Nov. 3, 2018 - NASA astronaut Dr. Lee M. Morin served as the keynote speaker at the "Health Law and Policy in Space" event hosted by the University of Houston Law Center's Health Law & Policy Institute on Nov. 2.

Morin's talk was titled "The New Era Ahead in Space Exploration." He was selected as an astronaut in 1996.

Morin holds several degrees including a Doctorate of Medicine and Microbiology from New York University. The retired U.S. Navy Captain flew aboard STS-110 in 2002, which delivered the S0 (S-Zero) Truss, which was the first time the station’s robotic arm was used for spacewalking and the first time that a crew’s spacewalks were based from the station’s Quest Airlock.

Morin performed two spacewalks during STS-110 totaling 14 hours and nine minutes. He is currently assigned to the Exploration Branch, where he works on the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle.

Prior to Morin's discussion was a panel featuring the following speakers:

  • Erik Antonsen, the assistant director of Human Systems Risks Management at NASA
  • Dr. Penelope Bonnen of the Baylor College of Medicine
  • Rebekah Davis Reed, chief of the Space and Occupational Medicine Branch (SD3) at NASA
  • Benjamin Sproule a graduate of the George Washington Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Victoria Sutton, the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy at the Texas Tech University School of Law

The panel was moderated by Professor Seth J. Chandler, the Law Foundation Professor of Law.

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