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Two Flight Surgeons Supporting Wyle's Bioastronautics Contract Selected for New Astronaut Class
Date:7/1/2009

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Two flight surgeons supporting Wyle and its NASA Bioastronautics Contract have been selected for the next astronaut class.

NASA announced last week that Dr. Kjell Lindgren and Dr. Serena Aunon, both assistant professors at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, are among nine new astronauts selected from a pool of 3,565 applicants. UTMB is one of Wyle's major subcontractors on its Bioastronautics contract, which provides medical support and other life sciences related services to NASA

Dr. Lindgren is assigned to support NASA Mission Control and the International Space Station through the NASA/Wyle Bioastronautics Contract. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1995 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Mandarin Chinese. Dr. Lindgren studied medicine at the University of Colorado and graduated in 2002. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., and a residency in Aerospace Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Tex. He is board certified in both Emergency and Aerospace Medicine.

In addition to supporting International Space Station operations from the Surgeon console in Mission Control, Dr. Lindgren is assigned to the Constellation Program, providing human systems support for the Orion Module design. Several months out of the year, Dr. Lindgren also supports operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, supporting astronauts training on Russian systems. He coordinated the Skylab Medical Operations Summit; a two-day meeting with Skylab astronauts and flight surgeons that sought to leverage Skylab expertise into recommendations for future Constellation operations. Recommendations from the summit are currently in the publication process
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