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October 30, 2020 -- Space Biology Publications - Fiscal Year 2020 Available.

Space Biology Publications - Fiscal Year 2020, a bibliography of Space Biology articles published during FY2020, is now available for download (PDF) on the Task Book website at Space Life and Physical Sciences Research Highlights. The bibliography was compiled from the SPACELINE Current Awareness lists, which are distributed weekly by NASA Research & Education Support Services. Please contact the Current Awareness Senior Editor: Robyn Ertwine (spaceline@nasaprs.com) if you would like to receive the weekly lists.


August 24, 2020 -- Task Book has a new name.

Task Book has a new name -- "Task Book: Biological & Physical Sciences Division and Human Research Program". The Space Biology and Physical Sciences programs within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate's Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications (SLPSRA) Division have transitioned to the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) where they now constitute the Biological and Physical Sciences (BPS) Division of SMD. To reflect the change, the Task Book name has been changed to "Task Book: Biological & Physical Sciences Division and Human Research Program".


November 26, 2019 -- Task Book New Look.

Task Book has a new look, with images representing investigators' research projects now displaying in a slide show on the Home page. Images also display in the Results section and at the individual project reports. The images are as submitted by principal investigators to Task Book. Individual project results now display in an abbreviated format highlighting priority information, with easily expandable sections. An "Expand All" button is also available to display reports as in previous Task Book versions.


November 15, 2019 -- Space Biology Publications - FY2019 Available.

Space Biology Publications-FY2019, a bibliography of Space Biology articles published during FY2019, is now available for download (PDF) on the Task Book website at Space Life and Physical Sciences Research Highlights. The bibliography was compiled from the SPACELINE Current Awareness lists, which are distributed weekly by NASA Research & Education Support Services. Please contact the Current Awareness Senior Editor: Robyn Ertwine (spaceline@nasaprs.com) if you would like to receive the weekly lists.


October 25, 2018 -- Space Biology Publications - FY2018 Available.

Space Biology Publications-FY2018, a bibliography of Space Biology articles published during FY2018, is now available for download (PDF) on the Task Book website at Space Life and Physical Sciences Research Highlights. The bibliography was compiled from the SPACELINE Current Awareness lists, which are distributed weekly by NASA Research & Education Support Services. Please contact the Current Awareness Senior Editor: Robyn Ertwine (spaceline@nasaprs.com) if you would like to receive the weekly lists.


October 24, 2017 -- Space Biology Publications - FY2017 Available.

Space Biology Publications-FY2017, a bibliography of Space Biology articles published during FY2017, is now available for download (PDF) on the Task Book website at Space Life and Physical Sciences Research Highlights. The bibliography was compiled from the SPACELINE Current Awareness lists, which are distributed weekly by NASA Research & Education Support Services. Please contact the Current Awareness Senior Editor: Robyn Ertwine (rertwine@nasaprs.com) if you would like to receive the weekly lists.


May 30, 2017 -- SPACELINE Current Awareness Lists Available.

SPACELINE Current Awareness Lists are now available on the Task Book site at SPACELINE. These lists are compiled weekly and contain citations to articles from peer-reviewed journals and other recent publications of interest in the space life sciences.


October 24, 2016 -- Space Biology Publications - FY2016 Available.

Space Biology Publications-FY2016, a bibliography of Space Biology articles published during FY2016, is now available for download (PDF) on the Task Book website at Space Life and Physical Sciences Research Highlights. The bibliography was compiled from the SPACELINE Current Awareness lists, which are distributed weekly by NASA Research & Education Support Services. Please contact the Current Awareness Editor: Robyn Ertwine (rertwine@nasaprs.com) if you would like to receive the weekly lists.


August 24, 2016 -- Space Life & Physical Sciences Research Highlights archives are now available for download (PDF).

Archived Research Highlights of selected Space Life and Physical Sciences research (PDF) are available for download at the Space Life and Physical Sciences Research Highlights site; scroll down below the 2015-2016 highlights. Research Highlights were produced from 1999-2003, by NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research, predecessor to the Space Life & Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division.


May 13, 2016 -- Research Highlights available featuring plant biology and immunology work in space.

Research Highlights featuring plant biology and immunology work in space by space biology researchers are now available for download (PDF) on the Task Book website at Space Life and Physical Sciences Research Highlights.


November 6, 2015 -- Space Biology Publications-FY2015 Available.

"Space Biology Publications-FY2015," a bibliography of Space Biology articles published during FY2015, is now available for download (PDF) on the Task Book website at Space Life and Physical Sciences Research Highlights. The bibliography was compiled from the SPACELINE Current Awareness lists, which are distributed weekly by NASA Research & Education Support Services. Please contact the Current Awareness Editor Robyn Ertwine (rertwine@nasaprs.com) if you would like to receive the weekly lists.


August 19, 2015 -- Space Life and Physical Sciences Research Highlights Available.

Research Highlights of selected Space Life and Physical Sciences research (PDF) are now available for download on the Task Book website at Space Life and Physical Sciences Research Highlights. This page will be updated as more research highlights are produced.


June 12, 2013 -- Live Summary graph chart from FY 2004 to present of Task Book Tasks/Principal Investigators available.

Maps / Metrics -- Live Summary graph chart from FY 2004 to present of Task Book Tasks/Principal Investigators shows counts of Tasks and Principal Investigators by NASA Program via pull-down menu for Human Research, Space Biology, Physical Sciences, or ALL programs. Chart can be saved as PDF.


May 3, 2013 -- Bibliography Module Released.

The new Task Book Bibliography Module (Search Bibliography in the menu on the left hand side, or Bibliography Search) allows searching for publications, as reported by NASA SLPSRA investigators in their annual and final Task Book reports. The Bibliography Module allows searching by:

  • Author
  • Investigator (Lastname and/or Firstname)
  • Co-Investigator (Lastname and/or Firstname)
  • Title of publication
  • Forum (Meeting Name)
  • Source (name of the publication source, whether journal, book or book chapter, conference proceedings, NASA technical report, etc.)
  • Bibliography Type (for example, Abstracts for Journals and Proceedings, Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals, Awards, Books/Book Chapters, Papers from Meeting Proceedings, Patents, among others)
  • NASA Program (Human Research, Space Biology, Physical Sciences)
  • Fiscal Year (fiscal year in which the publication was published)
  • Other search options include NASA-specific program data, including:
    • Research areas within NASA programs
    • Human Research Program Elements, Risks, Gaps
    • Solicitation (Funding Source)
    • Directed Research

Results are displayed by Investigator name and the task within which the publication results fall. Results are further distinguished by the particular task report (reporting year) in which the publication was reported. Hyperlinks to the actual Task Book reports are provided, as well as hyperlinks to publication information, as available.

NOTE that searching for publications is quite different from searching tasks. Authors may be investigators or investigators may be authors but most authors are not investigators. Some publications may not include the Investigator as an author, although the publication can be attributed to the Investigator's task. Investigators may be authors (and not investigators) before or after they are funded as investigators. Search results depend on what investigators report in their Task Book reports. There may be some duplicate citations, as some reports contain cumulative publications instead of publications for the specific reporting period, or some publications reported in one year's report as "in press" appear in subsequent reports as published. In other instances, there may be collaborative research by two or more Investigators, who all report the same publication.

These features need to be taken into account if a comprehensive analysis is sought. Interest in finding publications resulting from a particular task or investigator may best be found by searching the particular task, using the "Search Task Book" feature to search for Task Book reports and then reviewing the Cumulative Bibliography feature at the top of each Task Book report's Bibliography section.

An Export feature will be available in the near future.


June 29, 2012 -- Task Book reports are now printable.

Task Book reports are now printable as PDFs using the Print icon, allowing reports to be printed as displayed.


October 11, 2011 -- Task Book name change to "Space Life & Physical Sciences Research & Applications Division Task Book".

The Task Book name has changed to "Space Life & Physical Sciences Research & Applications Division Task Book", per the newly formed Space Life & Physical Sciences Research & Applications (SLPSRA) Division within NASA's new Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate. The new directorate, which combines the Space Operations and Exploration Systems mission directorates, focuses on International Space Station operations and human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. SLPSRA has been created to execute high quality, high value research and application activities in the areas of Space Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Human Research, and Crew Health and Safety by mitigating the risks to the crews, and conducting research and developing technologies that will allow humans to travel safely and productively in the environment of space. For further information, go to http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/slpsra/index.html.


November 4, 2010 -- Improvements were made to support live report/map of Tasks and PIs by state.

It provides live Task / Prinicipal Investigator counts of state on a map available from FY 2004 to present.

A chart is provided to show the trend and counts of research projects.


August 25, 2010 -- Advanced Capabilities Division Research & Technology Task Book has been improved to enhance usability and functionality.

Revisions and improvements include the following:

  • The Fiscal Year search menu defaults to All Reports FY04-present. If a specific year is preferred, the Fiscal Year desired may be saved as default for multiple searches without resetting the FY each time.
  • Search results now provide access to all submitted and approved Task Book reports by fiscal year on a single page. Now, when a user clicks on a task title hyperlink to retrieve information on the particular task, reports for all years will be displayed by fiscal year tabs at the top of the screen.
  • Individual tasks are now listed only once for each search. This change makes it significantly easier to scan the resultant list for a particular task.
  • Search results are now sortable for PI Name, Project Title, Start Date, HRP Element and HRP Risk
  • The Key Word field has been expanded to search the following:
    • Project Title
    • Task Description
    • Task Progress
    • Grant/Contract Number
    • Research Impact
    • PI Lastname (whole word)
    • CoI Lastname (whole word)
    • Flight Mission/Program
    • Discipline/Program
    • SubDiscipline/Element
    • Human Research Program Elements
    • Human Research Program Risks
    • Human Research Program Gaps
  • The Investigator/Co-Investigator name fields have an autosuggest function to quickly locate investigators.
  • Individual task reports can now display a Cumulative Bibliography for a specific task.
  • The HRP Element, Risk, and Gap are now displayed for each HRP task, assigned based on IRP Rev A, dated January 2009.
  • Tasks may be searched via HRP Risks and Gaps.