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Dan Barry was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, but considers South Hadley, Massachusetts his hometown. He is a former astronaut who currently spends his time building robots for his own company, Denbar Robotics. Barry's work and research has been supported by the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Grass Foundation and the American Heart Association of Michigan. He has five patents and has had over 50 articles published in scientific journals. 
For his work and accomplishments, Barry has received numerous special honors and awards over the years, including the 1971 McMullen Engineering Award, the 1984 Young Investigator Award from the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from St. Louis University in 1996; the Vladimir Komarov Diploma from Federation Aeronautique Internationale in 1998; an Honorary Life Membership from the United States Tennis Association in 1999, inclusion in the list of 100 Most Notable Princeton Graduate School Alumni of the 20th Century in 2001, and both the Paul J. Corcoran Award from Harvard Medical School and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Beloit College in 2003. 
Barry is a member of the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Association of Academic Physiatrists, Sigma Xi (a scientific group), Association of Space Explorers and the United States Tennis Association. 
In 1971, Barry graduated from Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana. In 1975, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University. In 1997, he received a master of engineering degree and a Master of Arts degree in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton University. In 1980, he received a doctorate in electrical engineering/computer science, also from Princeton. In 1982, he received a doctorate in medicine from the University of Miami. In 1985, Barry completed an internship and a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the University of Michigan. He was then appointed by the University of Michigan as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in the Bioengineering Program. He spent the summers of 1985-1987 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, working in skeletal muscle physiology at the Marine Biological Laboratory. 
Barry was offered tenure at the University of Michigan in 1992. At the same time, he was selected by NASA to train at the Johnson Space Center and opted to relocate to Texas. He completed one year of training and qualified for assignment as a mission specialist on Space Shuttle flight crews. A veteran of three space flights, Barry has logged over 734 hours in space, including four space walks. He retired from NASA in April, 2005. 
Barry currently lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts with his wife of 24 years, Sue. They have two children, Jenny and Andy, and one dog, Windy. He enjoys flying, tennis, sailing, ultimate Frisbee and running. His birth date is December 30, 1953. 
Colors  Red, yellow 
Scents Cookies in the oven 
Flowers Stargazer lily, sunflower 
Board Games Go 
Video Games Starcraft 
Sports to Play Tennis, basketball, ultimate Frisbee 
Sports Teams Red Sox, Patriots 
Outdoor Activities Stargazing, walking at night, sailing (Hobie Getaway 16' catamaran), windsurfing, snorkeling 
TV Shows SURVIVOR, The West Wing 
Movies Apollo 13, Dirty Harry, Speed 
Actors Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks 
Actresses Sandra Bullock 
Music Beach Boys, Beatles, Jim Croce, Bruce Springsteen, Broadway music (e.g. Wicked) 
Magazines American Scientist, Servo, Discover 
Books/Authors Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 
Cereals Cap'n Crunch, Sugar Smacks 
Fruits Plum 
Snack Foods Ruffles 
Cookies White chocolate macadamia nut 
Candy Bars Butterfinger 
Alcoholic Drinks Frozen strawberry margarita 
Non-Alcoholic Fruit smoothie 

Dan Barry has a wikipedia article as Daniel T. Barry.

Interesting , thank you Claude .

Almost Famous

This Thursday night’s premiere of Survivor Panama: Exile Island ordinarily wouldn’t cause much of a stir in the space blogosphere. But in case you missed it, one of the 16 contestants for the reality show’s $1 million prize is former shuttle astronaut Dan Barry. His competition includes Courtney, a 31-year-old performance artist from L.A. who teaches fire dancing, Aras, a 24-year-old yoga instructor from Santa Monica who used to play pro basketball in Lithuania, and Tina, a 45-year old female lumberjack from Wisconsin who owns the world champion "Chics with Axes" team.

Long-time NASA watchers will be interested to learn from Barry’s Survivor bio that his favorite movies are Apollo 13, Dirty Harry and Speed, he cheers for the Red Sox and his preferred cereals are Cap’n Crunch and Sugar Smacks. Those sorts of details always were omitted from his NASA astronaut biography in favor of stuff like "He spent the summers of 1985-87 at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, supported by the Grass Foundation for work in skeletal muscle physiology and as the Associate Director of the Grass Foundation Fellowship Program."

As an astronaut, Barry flew aboard three shuttle missions between 1996 and 2001, including two to the international space station, and performed four successful spacewalks. He is widely considered one of the smarter guys on the planet. His Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton and medical degree from the University of Miami earned him the nickname "Dr. Dr. Dan."

Barry apparently will need all of his smarts to "outwit, outplay and outlast" the other 15 people who are "stranded on an island off the coast of Panama." Maybe that NASA survival training will come in handy.

My money is on Tina.

The Modern Renaissance Man, Dan Barry GS '80 Has Been Inventor, Astronaut and Doctor

By Kate Carroll
Princetonian Staff Writer

The Daily Princetonian

An astronaut who has logged four space walks, an inventor who holds five patents, a robot designer and a doctor, Dan Barry GS '80 has entered yet another exciting role — as a competitor on "Survivor: Panama – Exile Island," airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.

After a long and varied career — from the halls of academia to outer space — Barry has decided to test his mettle on the notorious reality show.

"Now that he is retired as an astronaut, he thought, 'What can I do?' " Barry's niece Ann Easley said.

During the first four episodes, Barry has already formulated a specific strategy.

There are a total of 16 competitors on "Survivor" and when the show began, the group was split into four four-person teams. Barry, 52, forged alliances with his three "older men" teammates and later encouraged his team to recruit a fifth, an "older woman," to their group.

"He's trying to get five people to agree that they will not vote each other off," Easley, who was appointed by Barry to speak for him until he is voted off or wins, said. "It's a really neat strategy."

Barry's plan, if successful, will keep him in the game until his allies are the only ones remaining. "That's when everything can start imploding," Easley explained.

Even so, Easley said she thinks Barry has a good chance of winning because he has kept his integrity, giving no reason for other participants to dislike him.

"We think that, so far, he's the most stand-up person in terms of being loyal and being honest," Easley said. "I don't see him doing a lot of backstabbing on that show, which is kind of what that show is made of."

Barry was a "Survivor" fan before he even came on the show.

"Anyone who knows my uncle knows that he is always up for a good game, loves to play games, loves to solve puzzles, and his mathematical brilliance made him decide that "Survivor" would be a great way to challenge himself both mentally and physically," Easley said.

This was not the first big change Barry made in his life.

After receiving a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, Barry moved to Princeton, where he earned two masters degrees and a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science.

In 2001, he was listed as one of the 20th century's 100 Most Notable Princeton Graduate School Alumni.

Easley said she remembered going to visit him on the East Coast when she was younger.

"We all had stickers from Princeton. He used to pass out stickers saying 'here's the Princeton mascot, put them all over your house,' " she added.

After earning his Princeton doctorate, Barry continued on to the University of Miami Medical School, where he received his M.D. He then traveled to the University of Michigan as a resident and eventually professor. Though e was offered tenure at Michigan in 1992, he decided to go to NASA instead and completed training to be a mission specialist on a Space Shuttle flight crew. He soon logged 734 hours in space, going on three space flights and four space walks. In 2005, he retired as an astronaut and promptly started his own robotics company.

Now he's on TV, and in this newest challenge, his family will support him regardless of his success. "The family is excited for him and we're rooting for him," Easley said. "We know he's got the brain and we know he's got the brawn."


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