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U. STUDENT HONORED BY NASA FOR CREATING A RESPIRATION MONITOR

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has honored a University of Utah doctoral student for his development of a respiration device to monitor the physical fitness of astronauts.

The device is designed to improve the measurement of oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide output, and thus help assess the physical fitness of astronauts based on America's future orbiting space station.Joseph Orr, Thatcher, Ariz., a doctoral student in bioengineering, received a plaque and $150 from NASA for the device, which was built in the University School of Medicine's department of anesthesiology.

Standard methods of gas exchange monitoring require calibration of the flow meter with each use, officials said. But a series of flow meters on the Utah device automatically measures maximum oxygen uptake per minute, carbon dioxide production and total lung ventilation.