|Dr. Dismukes recently retired as Chief Scientist for Human Factors in the Human Factors Research & Technology Division at NASA Ames Research Center
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Previously, Dr. Dismukes was Director of Life Sciences at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He received his PhD in biophysics from Pennsylvania State University and received postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has published papers in basic and applied psychology, neuroscience, and science and social policy. He holds airline transport pilot, B737 and Citation type, and glider instructor ratings.