Dr. John Jurist

Dr. Jurist was simultaneously a physicist and a medical researcher before becoming involved in business. He earned degrees in biophysics and nuclear medicine while he was at the UCLA School of Medicine with his dissertation work performed in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Jurist has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in the Medical School’s Division of Orthopedic Surgery and in the Space Science and Engineering Center. In the former, he studied human factors in space flight during Apollo and what was then called Apollo Applications and organized a metabolic bone disease laboratory for translational research. In the latter during the early 1970s, he was team leader of the group that transmitted the first medical imaging over communications satellite links in a precursor to telemedicine. In the business arena, he created and ran a biomedical engineering consulting firm, was president of a successful outpatient surgical center, and founded a nonprofit medical research institute and ran it for four years. Dr. Jurist is experienced in evaluating a business plan and in running a business. He has applied his experience to the developing NewSpace industry as an investor in several small NewSpace corporations, supported R&D in others with corporate grants, and has partly funded academic propulsion, robotics, and biodynamics research groups at multiple universities. Among other professional organizations, he is currently a Life Member of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots, an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, an Emeritus member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society. His teaching and research activities revolve around his present position as Adjunct Professor of Biophysics and Aviation at Rocky Mountain College and his previous Adjunct Professorship at the Space Studies Department of the University of North Dakota.

Broadcast 325 (Special Edition)

This program is a special presentation by Drs. John Jurist, Sam Dinkin and myself at the University of North Dakota Department of Space Studies on April 12, 2005. This two hour presentation was in the form of a two hour interactive workshop with faculty and students both present for the workshop and on the internet as UND presented the program as a webcast to their alumni, distant learning students, and to the Space Show family of listeners. The audio only is archived on The Space Show website.

Broadcast 243 (Special Edition)

Dr. John Jurist returned to the Space Show to discuss entrepreneurial and start-up space businesses from the perspective of an experienced and sophisticated investor. Dr. Jurist, having invested in several space business ventures in recent years, shared with Space Show listeners his insights, perspectives and lessons learned from having been closely associated with many companies striving to build a successful space operating/business company. His views and comments might be surprising to many Space Show listeners.

Broadcast 133 (Special Edition)

Dr. John Jurist is the guest on this edition of The Space Show. Dr. Jurist discusses the biomedical factors associated with suborbital flights, including acceleration, radiation exposure, reduced atmosphere pressure, gas issues and more. We will also address many of these issues for orbital space flight and longer space missions to Mars, including the pros and cons for using nuclear powered vehicles. Dr. Jurist will also discuss the regulatory issues of today compared to what they were forty years ago.

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