Guest: Leslie A. DeChurch
Professor of Communication Studies, Chair of the Communication Studies Department, Courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University, USA
Are we really going to Mars? The astronautical community certainly believes the answer is "yes." Scientists all over the world are solving puzzles related to rocket reusability, human resistance to radiation exposure, and terraforming Mars to warm it up and give it a breathable atmosphere. The scientific challenges of a Mars mission are not confined to physical science - the social and organizational sciences will play an essential role. A central mission parameter for deep space exploration is teamwork, and NASA’s risk assessment for teamwork is currently “Red - requires mitigation”. In this talk, I consider the teamwork challenges posed by a Mars mission, and share the latest research being done to address those challenges.
Leslie A. DeChurch is an academic and expert in teamwork and leadership in organizations. Her research seeks to build high-functioning teams that work in scientific innovation, space exploration, healthcare, and the military. She leads the ATLAS lab: Advancing Teams, Leaders, and Systems. ATLAS conducts laboratory and online experiments, meta-analytic integrations, and field studies of teams and leaders to understand their core organizing processes. Her research program on teamwork and leadership has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes for Health (NIH), National Aeronautical and Space Agency (NASA), and Army Research Office (ARO). DeChurch holds a PhD in Organizational Psychology and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP).
The seminar takes ususally place every third Wednesday of the month at 13:30 CET/CEST online via zoom and consists of a 40-minute talk followed by a 40-minute discussion.
The zoom link for the meeting will be send via email to all registered members of the space-exploration mailing list. You can register here.