LibraryThing Review Wings In Orbit is a comprehensive overview of the Space Shuttle, as well as the various technologies that brought it into being, as well as the technologies that resulted from it. The book has full
Dr. Helen W. Lane is Chief Scientist for Biological Sciences and Applications Space Life Sciences at NASA/Johnson Space Center and the lead for the Space Life Scineces Academy that focuses on education for the NASA employees as well as outreach for K-20. Previously she was Manager of University Research and Affairs for NASA's Johnson Space Center. Dr. Lane has also managed NASA's Advanced Human Support Technologies Program, which includes innovative work in food science and technologies for extended-duration spaceflight. She was Acting Director of Technology Transfer Office and branch chief for biomedical operations and research that included the nutrition research laboratory and clinical medicine. As NASA's Chief Nutritionist, she led efforts to define nutritional requirements for healthy crew members during spaceflight. Her research and administrative functions have included setting the nutrition standards for the International Space Station and the joint U.S.- Russian Shuttle-Mir flights. Her research focused on energy and protein requirements as well as space-food nutritional quality. Dr. Lane has also completed clinical and basic science research on selenium and breast cancer. Dr. Lane received her B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida. She attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1994. She served as Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of Texas Medical Center from 1977 to 1984 and as Professor of Nutrition at Auburn University from 1984 to 1989. At present she serves as Adjunct Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. As a registered dietitian, she is active in the American Dietetics Association and a member of the American Society for Nutrition.