The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) congratulates David Dinges, PhD, Editor in Chief of SLEEP and a past member of the AASM Board of Directors, on receiving the 2007 Distinguished Public Service Medal from the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA).

This is the highest award the agency bestows upon non-government personnel whose distinguished accomplishments contributed substantially to the NASA mission.

Dr. Dinges currently serves as scientific Team Leader for the "Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors Team" of the NASA-supported National Space Biomedical Research Institute, where he is concerned with developing, preventing and countering behavioral problems that develop during prolonged human habitation in space.