Virtual Regional Meetings

The Sky is Not the Limit: Taking Sensory into the Final Frontier

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Open only to SSP Members ​

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Speaker: 1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT

Group Activity: 2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT

The challenge of providing astronauts with a safe, nutritious, yet appetizing food source can seem as big as space itself. NASA deals with no freezers or refrigeration, supplies that must be able to last for multi-year missions, meeting nutritional requirements for spaceflight, severe weight and bulk limits, a captive clientele that can show their displeasure in front of millions of viewers, and oh — no crumbs!
Please join the Society of Sensory Professionals for a presentation and discussion with Dr. Grace Douglas, Ph.D. – Advanced Food Technology Lead Scientist at the NASA Johnson Space Center on the unique challenges, but also the commonalities, with food production and sensory testing for out of this world consumers.

Dr. Grace Douglas
serves as the lead scientist for NASA’s Advanced Food Technology research effort to determine methods, technologies, and requirements to develop a safe, nutritious, and palatable food system that will promote astronaut health during long duration space missions. Her responsibilities include assessing the risk of an inadequate food system to crew based on vehicle design and mission concept and developing the research path that will ensure the food system meets crew health requirements on both commercial and NASA spaceflight vehicles. She holds degrees in food science from Penn State and North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in Functional Genomics from North Carolina State University.

This program qualifies for Certified Food Scientist (CFS) renewal contact hours (CH). CFS Certificants may claim a maximum of 2 CH for their participation in this program. For more information, please visit or email

How to Attend

A total of 17 regions will be hosting the discussion. As an SSP member, you are encouraged to participate in the event, which stimulates conversation and networking among local sensory professionals.

If you would like to receive more information regarding this event or the specifics of your location, please contact your regional meeting host to obtain additional details.

Regional Meeting Hosts

​​Location ​Ho​​st
​Arkansas ​OPEN
​Beloit Tina Gupton
​Chicago Katie Buss
​California - Northern Dawn Chapman, Ellie King
​California - Southern Suzanne Pecore
​DFW Katie Marston
​Florida Gillian Dagan
Kansas/Missouri ​Tegan Jepsen​
​Minnesota Natasha Dsouza, Kimberley Greenwood,
Kate​ Courchane
​Michigan Alisa Doan​
​New England Sharon Yellin
​North NJ & NY Westchester Erin Riddell​
​Central NJ & Philadelphia area Rachel Toner​​
​North Carolina Alicia Jenkins
​Ohio Christa DeMasie
​Omaha Katie Lynch​
Pacific Northwest ​Preetha Jayasingh
​Pennsylvania Tricia Wilson​
​Tennessee (East) Curtis Luckett
Wisconsin Pairin Hongsoongnern, Elise Hubbard
​Toronto, Canada Margaret Van De Gevel
​Australia Jeanine De Diana
​​UK Lauren Rogers​
Thank you to all of the regional hosts for their time and dedication in preparing for this event!

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If you are interested in hosting a regional meeting, please contact Lydia Lawless for additional details. Hope you are all able to attend this great regional meeting!