About Shawna

Dr. Shawna Pandya is a physician, citizen-scientist astronaut and aquanaut, martial artist and public speaker.

Zee News’ DNA | Shawna’s work with Project PoSSUM

By | February 10th, 2017|Categories: News|

DNA: Meet Shawna Pandya, the third Indian-origin female space scientist

Here’s What the Next Generation of Space Travellers Might Be Wearing

By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: News|

"They have to deal with pooping inside a pressurized space suit. That's where NASA is spending their money.” With the advent of commercial spaceflight, more people will be travelling into space, and they'll need something to wear. This week, at a lab inside an Ottawa airport, astronaut candidates have been trying on a new prototype of [...]

Meet some of Canada’s keenest astronaut candidates

By | August 8th, 2016|Categories: News|

Canadians have a shot at being hired as an astronaut for the first time since 2009. The Canadian Space Agency is accepting applications for two astronaut positions until Aug. 15. The recruitment campaign was announced on June 17. As of July 19, 3,372 Canadians had applied. Over the course of a year, they'll be whittled down to a short list [...] – Cool Careers: Shawna Pandya

By | July 14th, 2016|Categories: News|

Want to meet a real life superstar? Let us introduce you to Dr. Shawna Pandya - a medical doctor AND a citizen science astronaut. Who would have thought you could have not just one but TWO amazing careers? We talk to Shawna who tells us where her passions lie- hope she inspires you as much as [...]

Doctor Cosmonaut: Shawna Pandya

By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: News|

It takes a lot of hard work to make it into space, and that’s only Shawna Pandya’s side job. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TELUS Optik Local supports compelling, original stories told by filmmakers from BC and Alberta by

Global Woman of Vision: Shawna Pandya

By | May 16th, 2016|Categories: News|

Physician, astronaut, black belt, entrepreneur — Shawna Pandya is constantly reaching for the stars. For the multi-talented Shawna Pandya, excelling in one field isn’t enough — she has a list of accomplishments in fields from medicine to space science to martial arts. “I’m kind of a person who is like a jack of all trades,” says [...]

Project Poseidon 100-Day Undersea Expedition Names Crew

By | May 4th, 2016|Categories: News|

The SeaSpace Exploration & Research Society has selected the aquanaut crew and dive team for Project Poseidon, an unprecedented 100-day undersea research expedition at the Aquarius undersea laboratory. Owned and operated by Florida International University, Aquarius is the world's only operational undersea laboratory, making it a very unique research platform, that enables aquanauts to live, eat, [...]

Twenty Minutes In Space

By | April 1st, 2016|Categories: News|

A local doctor will train for years — mentally, physically and emotionally — for the chance at a trip to space that could impact our knowledge of climate change.   The plane was about to take off as Shawna Pandya, an Edmonton doctor, listened to the debriefing. But it wasn’t your typical “the emergency doors are [...]

Edmonton doctors undergo Astronaut training

By | October 11th, 2015|Categories: News|

Two Edmonton doctors are going to space. At least that’s the hope, after Shawna Pandya and Michael Gallagher spent a week training in Project PoSSUM’s far-out Scientist-Astronaut Course at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. The medical doctors donned spacesuits, rode on aerobatic flights and experienced changing gravity environments as part of the training that could ultimately [...]

Edmonton woman gives a meal, hygiene products for homeless Edmontonians after Florida man arrested

By | November 9th, 2014|Categories: News|

An Edmonton women is hoping more people will make an effort to help feed the city's homeless after a 90-year-old Florida man was arrested this week for giving meals to the less fortunate. Dr. Shawna Pandya, a neurosurgical resident at the University of Alberta and ex-NASA researcher, said she was inspired by the story of 90-year-old [...]