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Online Event: Health in Space: Daring to Explore

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Enjoy remarks by our dignified speakers at this special live-streamed presentation!

Join us on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 5:30PM for the preview opening reception of Health in Space: Daring to Explore!

This online event is live-streamed for the public.

Special speaker series begins at 6:00PM

Program ends at 7:30PM with ribbon cutting

ZOOM Invitations will be sent to all registered attendees in advance of the event.


Program Schedule:

6:00PM – Michelle Rinard, Curator, Manager of Exhibitions and Development, Opening Remarks (MC Microphone) (5MIN)

6:05PM – Max Downham, Executive Director, International College of Surgeons (10 MIN)

6:15PM – Madelaine Fequiere, Canadian Consul General of Chicago (10 MIN)

6:25PM – Dr. Jordan Bimm, University of Chicago (15 MIN)

6:40PM – Stephen Toyoda, Japanese Culture Center (10 MIN)

6:50PM – Dr. Shane Farritor, Virtual Incision (15 MIN)

7:05PM – Daniel S. Goldin, NASA’s longest-tenured Administrator (25 MIN)

7:30PM – Ribbon Cutting and Photographs (10 MIN)


Speaker Profiles:

Daniel S. Goldin, NASA’s longest-tenured Administrator

The Honorable Daniel S. Goldin is an entrepreneurial and scientific visionary, with the distinction of serving as NASA’s longest-tenured Administrator from April 1992-November 2001 reporting to three U.S. Presidents. He is credited with the re-emergence of NASA after the Cold War, as he diplomatically fostered east-west international cooperation and oversaw the redesign, construction, and initial operation of the $120B International Space Station, as well as guided the initial concept of the James Webb Space Telescope to assure it would see back to the beginnings of creation. As the founder of Cold Canyon, an innovation advisory company, and as a senior advisor to Cerberus Capital Management, his career spans space exploration and science, aeronautics, air traffic management, national security systems, semiconductors, advanced sensors, hypersonic, communications, and artificial intelligence. With his accumulated experience, Mr. Goldin is a highly sought-after leader in advancing American technologies and Businesses.

Madeleine Féquière, Consul General of Canada in Chicago, United States

Madeleine Féquière (BA, Concordia University, 1985) is a recognized expert in leadership, corporate credit administration, credit risk and operations, credit enhancements and international trade. Over the course of her career, Ms. Féquière has held global executive positions for companies in diverse sectors of the economy, including agri-food, technology, software, telecommunications, pulp and paper and personal care.

Shane Farritor PhD, MS, Virtual Incision

Shane Farritor, Ph.D., M.S., holds a doctorate and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and is currently a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to his work at the university, Shane studied at the Kennedy Space Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Shane holds over 170 patents and has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles in the field of robotics.

Dr. Jordan Bimm, University of Chicago, Assistant Instructional Professor of Science Communication and Public Discourse in the Parrhesia Program

Jordan Bimm is a historian of science, technology, and medicine focused on the human and biological aspects of space exploration. His forthcoming book, Anticipating the Astronaut, examines the surprising history of pre-NASA space medicine test-subjects contributing to early visions of an ideal spacefaring body, including push-button soldiers, high-altitude Indigenous people, mountaineers, women pilots, and animals. His current project, Putting Mars in a Jar, recovers the forgotten military origin of astrobiology—the study of potential extraterrestrial life—through a history of U.S. Air Force life-on-Mars simulations in the 1950s. He holds a PhD in Science & Technology Studies (STS) from York University in Toronto, and was most recently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University.

Stephen Toyoda, President, Japanese Culture Center

Stephen Tatsuo Toyoda is the current President and son of Aikido Association International founder, Fumio Toyoda Shihan. He has been studying Aikido since the age of three. After graduating with a degree in Biology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Mr. Toyoda served as an uchideshi under Y. Kobayashi Soshihan in Tokorozawa, Japan. Mr. Toyoda is the dojo cho of Tenshinkan Dojo in Chicago, IL and has taught extensively throughout the United States and world.

Max C. Downham, Executive Director, International College of Surgeons

Max C. Downham is the International Executive Director of the International College of Surgeons (ICS), an organization of 8,000 surgeons in more than 100 countries that serves as the parent body of the International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS). He holds a BSChE degree from Purdue University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His career in industry includes experience at the medical instrumentation firm Nuclear-Chicago and as Senior Vice President of the pharmaceutical firm G. D. Searle & Co., where he was a lead member of the NutraSweet commercialization team. He is responsible for the overall management of ICS, including membership, surgical team coordination, selection of young surgeons for scholarship awards, publication of the College’s surgical journal, and management of the International Museum of Surgical Science.


About the Exhibits:

Health in Space: Daring to Explore

The Health in Space: Daring to Explore exhibition was developed by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, one of three museums under Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency.

New Technologies in Space Medicine

The International Museum of Surgical Science developed the New Technologies in Space Medicine exhibition in partnership with NASA, Virtual Incision, Axiom Space, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH), and the Japanese Culture Center.

Program will be livestreamed for a public audience.

For questions, contact Michelle Rinard at michelle@imss.org or at 312-642-6502 ext. 3118


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