Hello and welcome to the future of human resiliency. We are excited to let you know about our newly-launched, non-profit effort to support research into enabling human life on Earth and in space, "human resiliency" for short. We already have exciting work going on with our first awarded fellow, a PhD student by the name of Morgan Irons. Morgan is researching soil microbial population dynamics and soil aggregation, implications for food security and agroecosystem soil health.
Morgan first starting promoting her ideas about agriculture in the extreme environments of space and Earth and about current problems with food security at space conferences. Her ideas have captured the attention of researchers and enthusiasts, so much so that she has spoken at 19 national and international industry, academic, and student conferences and colloquia, has been a guest on five podcasts, and has been featured in numerous news articles and as a Person of the Year with Vice Motherboard. All of this resulted in an invitation to be a subject matter expert at the StarHab Development Workshop held by NASA Centennial Challenges in 2019.
Morgan's research has already attracted some corporate sponsors, and was just awarded the 2019 American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) Ken Souza Memorial award, which gives her a future flight for her experiment onboard a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. With this award, Morgan's research includes Earth studies, microgravity studies on the ISS, and control studies of the effects of launch and return on samples, much of which has been funded. You can learn more about this research on Morgan's project page.
Our research and fellowship activity has already achieved great results, but we know we can achieve much more. In addition to needing more funding to support Morgan's research, we also have other researchers applying for fellowships with proposals for important work. We need support from more corporate sponsors, individual donors, and the scientific community. We hope you will choose to follow the work we are commencing, and support it by donating today.