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You're invited to lecture on medical care in space

South Atlantic Plankton BloomNASA Flight Surgeon and Upstate Medical alum Joseph P. Dervay MD gives a lecture that is free and open to the public from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 23. He will discuss the health and medical care of space shuttle and International Space Station crew members and offer his insights into the challenges of lunar exploration class missions.

Dervay, class of 1984, speaks as part of Upstate's 136th Medical Alumni Reunion, in the Medical Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Avenue.

He has served as lead crew surgeon or deputy crew surgeon for eight Space Shuttle missions and two International Space Station missions. He supported an additional 35 missions in the NASA Mission Control Center. His roles have included work in Russia during the US/Russian Shuttle-Mir Program, support during the John Glenn STS-95 flight and crew surgeon for STS-88, the first assembly flight of the International Space Station.

An awards and scholarship presentation follows Dervay's talk from 5 to 6 p.m.