UW Astrobiology in the News – Fall 2019

A BBC news story — “Could NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope detect alien life?” — covers research in a recent publication by UWAB Alum Joshua Krissansen-Totton (ESS, 2019) and professor David Catling (ESS), along with colleagues at Oxford University.You can read the full article here.

Professor Jody Deming (Oceanography) was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAFKI) for her Ocean Memory Project! Her project was one of 3 inaugural projects selected for the new NAFKI Challenge Grants and will focus on building a thriving community of interdisciplinary researchers focused on the theme of Ocean Memory.
You can read all about the project in this UW News Article.

Grad Student Andrew Lincowski’s (Astronomy) work and recent paper published in The Astrophysics Journal was featured in a UW News article. The paper reports the results of Andrew (and other VPL team members’) efforts to produce the most rigorous physical models of the atmospheres of the planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1. You can read the full article here.

Professor Sharon Doty (SEFS) and her lab were featured in a recent issue of Discover Magazine, with an article titled “The Fix Is In: Could a marriage between corn and bacteria solve the world’s fertilizer problem?” You can read the full article here.

UWAB Alumnus Jaclyn Saunders (Oceanography, 2016) recently had a paper published in PNAS on work that she did in grad school at the UW (as a NASA NESSF fellow)! Jaci is currently following up on the findings during her postdoc (as a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow) at MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The paper was also featured in a recent UW News article.

Postdoctoral Researcher Mike Wong (Astronomy) authored a feature story for The Planetary Society’s December 2018 issue of The Planetary Report. The online version of the article is here.

Mike was also recently featured on an episode of Planetary Radio talking about the emergence of life, based on this article.

You can find a transcript and a recording of the discussion on their website.

Grad Student Jacob Lustig-Yaeger’s (Astronomy) recent paper on the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system was covered in a UW News Article which you can read here.

UWAB Alum Steven Sholes’ (ESS, 2019) latest paper on martian paleoshorelines was featured in a Research Spotlight on Eos.

Three(!) of our alums, Dr. Giada Arney, Dr. Shawn Domagal-Goldman and Dr. David Smith have all been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers!

The PECASE award “is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology”   You can read more about the award here.