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Toastcaster 132: How Isolation in Space Translates to Life on Earth Today – Dr. Shawna Pandya

April 18, 2020


[22:28] In this episode, Greg speaks with Dr. Shawna Pandya whose three page bio and credentials list includes: physician, scientist-astronaut candidate, teacher and martial artist with degrees in medicine, neuroscience, space studies and more.

Dr. Pandya shares with us a little about her journey and about her self-proclaimed Batman/ Bruce Wayne persona while opening up on how she’s been able to live out her childhood dreams.

She also shares about how her training prep for space travel has helped her prepare not only to deal with life in a COVID-19 world but also gives us lessons in leadership, communication, teamwork and critical decision-making in a high-risk, high-reward situation that can be applied to anyone, anywhere in our world.

This includes her very timely insight on how isolation in space can help us better learn about isolation we’re currently experiencing on Earth.

Dr. Shawna Pandya lives in Edmonton, Canada and can be reached at, or on Twitter & Instagram @ShawnaPandya – when she’s not training in zero-gravity.

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