AsMA Associate Fellows Group

The information portal for the Associate Fellows Group of the Aerospace Medical Association

COVID-19 Pandemic

Please check your email for an announcement from AsMA about the Atlanta meeting (still proceeding at this point in time). Also keep an eye on the AsMA website for announcements:

Here are some resources collated from providing public health advice (covers international statistics and USA and Australia-specific). (The text for resources 3-7 was provided by The Hill website.)


WHO situation reports

The Hill – Here are some of the best maps to track the coronavirus epidemic

Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard

Johns Hopkins University has developed an interactive web-based dashboard to visualize and track confirmed coronavirus cases in real-time. The dashboard illustrates the location and number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries for all affected countries. It was developed to provide researchers, public health authorities and the public with a user-friendly tool to keep tabs on the outbreak as it unfolds. (or go to

The World Health Organization COVID-19 dashboard

The World Health Organization has made a similar map available that breaks down the number of confirmed cases, deaths, and countries, areas or territories with cases. 

Nextstrain COVID-19 dashboard

Nextstrain is an open-source project that tracks pathogen genome data. Its map is more technical and provides more information about how the disease has spread. It breaks down the genome of the virus, alongside a map showing how the virus has traveled country to country. 

The New York Times COVID-19 dashboard

The New York Times offers easy-to-read charts and graphs, as well as text stats breaking down the situation around the world. COVID -19 dashboard

A 17-year-old computer whiz from Seattle built an interactive map to keep the world updated on the COVID-19 pandemic. The website has been visited by 12 million people since it was launched by Avi Schiffmann in December, according to The Times of Israel. The site automatically scrapes data from sources all around the world and updates every minute. It offers stats on confirmed cases, serious cases, deaths and recoveries.

Worldometers – includes both statistics and graphs

The Washington Post – Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

The Lancet – COVID-19 and Italy: what next?

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now

stayinghomeclub – A list of all the companies WFH or events changed because of COVID-19 (contributions to the lists are accepted)

Hygiene resources

Good technique for hand washing and using hand sanitiser
In studies, washing hands with soap and water for 15 seconds (about the time it takes to sing one chorus of “Happy Birthday to You”) reduces bacterial counts by about 90%. When another 15 seconds is added, bacterial counts drop by close to 99.9%.


Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents



USA CDC – Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready

USA CDC – Resources for Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings Before and During an Outbreak

USA CDC – FAQs for Event Organisers and Individuals

USA CDC – Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission

USA CNN – State by State breakdown

SmartTraveller – Advice re USA

Time Magazine – Here’s how fast the virus could infect over 1 million Americans

Atlanta Magazine – Coronavirus cancels Atlanta


AsMA Announcements


Australia – Victorian Department of Health COVID-19 health alerts–COVID-19

Australian Government Department of Health
COVID-19 resources
COVID-19 health alerts

General health advice

SmartTraveller – COVID-19 Advice

Information about international outbound travel insurance and cancellation, etc. (the situation has changed now as the Australian Government Travel Advisory has been lifted to Level 4 – check what your airline is offering by way of refunds or credits or flight changes).

Aeromedical Retrieval Study Participants needed!

If you are a physician or nurse working in aeromedical retrieval, you may be interested in assisting with this study.

For further information please contact Sqn Ldr Tania Thomas:

Aeromedical Retrieval Study

Australian Space Awards 2020 Finalist

Congratulations to our AFG Chair, Dr Rowena Christiansen, who has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2020 Australian Space Awards in the category of “Academic of the Year”, representing the space life sciences. There are so many wonderful Australians on the list being recognised for their contribution to the space sector. Good luck to all!

Dr Rowena Christiansen

Fellowship in Perspective

Be sure to read the wonderful reflection by Dr Joe Ortega, AsMA President, on the meaning of “fellowship” on the February 2020 President’s Page:

AsMA Award Nominations closing soon!

AsMA is still seeking award nominations from members (closing on January 15th). Read more about the awards:

Earlybird registration for Atlanta is open!

Earlybird registration is open for the AsMA meeting in Atlanta this May. Please come along to the AFG Breakfast (open to all conference attendees and guests) as this is a great “meet and greet” opportunity and a chance for interested people to learn more about the AFG, the Fellows Group and AsMA Committees. We are planning to have several several guest speakers as well as the annual business meeting of the AFG, which will include the induction of new Associate Fellows and the presentation of annual awards and certificates.

Call for new AFG members

The time of year has come to call for new members of the AFG. Applications to join the AFG are currently open until December 31. If you are already a member, please think about encouraging others to apply.

Member opportunities closing soon!

Dear Associate Fellows, we have two reminders for you:

(1) AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting and Scientific Program Committee participation survey

If you have submitted an abstract, plan on attending the AsMA meeting in Atlanta or the AsMA Scientific Program Committee meeting in Alexandria on November 21, or are interested in serving as a session co/chair, then we invite you to complete our online survey no later than November 14:

If you cannot attend the Alexandria meeting but would like to participate as a remote reviewer, please contact as soon as possible.

(2) Invitation to self-nominate for Fellowship consideration

The AFG will submit its list of recommended candidates to the AsMA Fellows Group just before Thanksgiving. Candidates must have at least seven years membership in AsMA plus at least 130 points on the Fellows Scoring Sheet emailed out to members. Previously unsuccessful candidates are invited to reapply.

To apply:
(1) Fill in the Fellows Scoring Sheet (Excel spreadsheet);
(2) Complete the online application form:; and
(3) Upload your CV and the scoring sheet to Dropbox:
File name format:

Applications will close at midnight Pacific Time on Wednesday November 20, and the list of names will be forwarded to the Fellows Group shortly afterwards. The Fellows Group will contact nominees directly with a link to complete an online scoring sheet. The preparatory work each AFG candidate has undertaken in completing the attached scoring sheet will considerably facilitate this process.

For further information:
For any problems or concerns, please email

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AFG Newsletter September 2019

We are pleased to bring you the attached newsletter, which includes a number of updates to cover our news since the AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas and the subsequent meetings of the AFG leadership group.

Please read the newsletter and consider nominating for one of our remaining leadership team vacancies or signing up for an AFG-sponsored Panel at the next AsMA meeting in Atlanta, or providing us with some suggestions about reinvigorating two of the evening receptions at the next AsMA meeting.

We would also like to remind you that all our news updates are also posted on Facebook and Twitter.
Please join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter!

Service Awards – Congratulations to all the recipients!

Congratulations to all the AFG Annual Service Award recipients who received awards and certificates at the recent AFG Breakfast at the AsMA meeting in Las Vegas.

  1. Ellingson Award – Dr Michael Harrison
  2. Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service to the AFG – Dr Punita Masrani
  3. Service Awards – Executive Members retiring from their current office
    Dr Sanjay Gogate – for his work as Chair-Elect during the 2018-19 year
    Dr Rebecca Blue – for her work as Secretary over the past two years
    Dr Rowena Christiansen – for her work as Chair during the 2018-19 year
  4. Service Awards – Committee Chairs who have made a substantial contribution to the AFG
    Dr Punita Masrani – for her work as Chair of the Ellingson Award 2017-19
    Dr Patricia MacSparran – for her work as Chair of the Merchandising Committee
    Dr Dana Windhorst – for his work as Chair of the Nominations Committee
  5. Certificates Acknowledging Service – Deputy Committee Chairs who have contributed to the work of the AFG over the past year but are retiring from their current roles:
    Dr Kai-Wood Ma
    Professor Dr Munna Khan
    Dr Clifton Nowell
    Dr Ed Powers

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