With the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, Prof. Victoria Meadows was named the new Director of the University of Washington Astrobiology (UWAB) Program.She took the reins from Prof. Woody Sullivan (Astronomy) who served UWAB tirelessly for the past six years.
Victoria Meadows is an Associate Professor with the Astronomy Department and the Principal Investigator of the Virtual Planetary Laboratory (VPL), which is headquartered at UW and funded through the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI). Her scientific expertise is in planetary and extrasolar planet modeling and observations. Prior to joining the UW Astronomy and Astrobiology faculties in 2007, she worked for thirteen years at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and California Institute of Technology, as a team member on both the Hubble and Spitzer space telescope missions.
Click HERE to read the Director's Message.
Graduate students in astrobiology are an industrious lot; rarely is there a dull moment in their academic lives. A recent survey of students uncovers that our astrobiologists-in-training can be found looking for answers in the lab, in the air, in the arctic, and beyond....
This year, thanks to a generous gift from astrobiology supporter Robert Frost, we added a popular productive "Astrobiology Coffee Break" that inspired conversation and collaboration week after week.
From Puget Sound to McMurdo Sound, UWAB graduate students spend much of their time in the field conducting cutting-edge research, amassing hands-on experience, and gaining new insights into the dynamic field of astrobiology.
Thursday, 23 February 2012
7:30pm ~ 210 Kane Hall
ASSESSING THE HABITABILITY OF MARS:
Dr. Pamela Conrad
On the evening of February 23, leading astrobiologist Dr. Pamela Conrad will give a public talk on the Mars Science Laboratory -- NASA's current and most-ambitious mission to the Red Planet. This event will be free and open to the public.
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