Feb 15, 2022

Exploration & Origins Colloquium 2022: Space Exploration, Origins, & Astrobiology

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The ExplOrigins early career group invites you to join the 2022 Exploration and Origins Colloquium on February 17th–18th, 2022! The live broadcast portion of this colloquium will begin at 10am ET on February 18th.

We are thrilled to have Dr. Amy Mainzer as our plenary speaker. Dr. Mainzer is a professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona, principal investigator of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission, and lead of NASA’s Near-Earth Object (NEO) Surveyor mission. She also has achieved excellence in science communication, serving as the science curriculum consultant, on-camera host, and executive producer of the PBS Kids series Ready Jet Go! and as the science consultant for the Netflix movie Don’t Look Up.

Our program also highlights current astrobiology, origins, and space science projects presented by a cast of early career researchers from the Atlanta area.

10:00 a.m.
Welcome Speech, Breakfast (Tyler Roche)

10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
Talks Section 1:
Clathrates, Cubesats, and Characterization (Christina Buffo)
Bacterial Clathrate-Binding Proteins in the Deep Subsurface Biosphere: Implications for Gas Clathrate Stability and Habitability (Abigail Johnson)
Virtual Super-Resolution Optics with Reconfigurable Swarms (VISORS): a Two-CubeSat Formation-Flying Telescope for Coronal Observation (William Rawson)
Characterization and Thermal Analysis of Metal Phosphites and Their Role in Astrobiology (Kimberly Faye Meyberg)

11:05 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Talks Section 2:
All about Mars (Taylor Plattner)
Geochemical and Mineralogical Evidence Against Hydrothermal Conditions in Eridania Basin, Mars (Emily Hughes)
Modeling the behavior of mud flows on Mars (Abigail Russ)
Testing the Hypothesis of Ancient Volcanism in Arabia Terra, Mars (Grace Fanson)

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