PEN Distinguished Lecture Series

The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience was created in association with the Foundations Proseminar course for graduate students in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program. Since its inception, the series has grown!

The lecture series focuses on the intersection of the Science of Learning (learning across the lifespan) and Educational Neuroscience (learning across early life). Scientists and researchers who are pioneers in the fields of Cognitive-Educational Neuroscience, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Child Development come to Gallaudet University's campus to talk about their research.

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All lectures are open to the public and are video recorded for online distribution.

PEN DLS brochure for 2022-2023

Spaceflight and Spatial Orientation: The Role that Gravity Plays

Thursday, 22 April 2021
Headshot of Dr. Millard F. Reschke
Dr. Millard F. Reschke


Dr. Reschke began his career with NASA during the final Apollo flights and continued as Principal and Co-Investigator, Mission Scientist, Project Scientist on Apollo Soyuz, Skylab, over 120 Shuttle Flights, Shuttle-Mir, and ISS. He initiated NASA’s parabolic flight program at JSC, managing Life Sciences on that plane for 18 years. He currently serves as NASA’s Chief of Neuroscience with responsibility for investigating astronaut health related to neural changes as a function of space flight. He has been instrumental in representing international flight programs with ESA, DLR, CNRS JPL, CNES, RSA and major universities around the world. Current work centers around the evaluation of changes in human sensory function and the impact that modification in vestibular and related sensory changes have on functional behavior immediately after crew return from the International Space Station with the aim of developing countermeasures for future exploratory missions (Mars and Moon landings). Dr. Reschke was awarded NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal, NASA’s highest form of recognition who, by distinguished service, ability, and vision has personally contributed to NASA’s advancement of United States’ interests.