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Two new articles have just been published based upon research from LAB scientists. It's exciting to see our work make such ripples in the popular press out there. Check them out for a great overview of some of our recent efforts.


First up is an article from Cosmos. This is a great overview of a lot of approaches we take to agnostic biosignature detection - from extremophiles, to chemical composition, all the way up to technosignatures. They give a great overview of our science from AbSciCon 2022 and interviewed a number of our members from the conference:


https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/alien-life-even-be-life-as-we-know-it/




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Next is an article from The Economist on how we can improve our search for aliens. This article is covering recent work and publications from Dr. Lu Chou and Dr. Grefenstette.


https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2022/05/25/how-to-improve-the-search-for-aliens




Sarah Johnson was just interviewed by David Baron for the Library of Congress Podcast, Space on the Page.


Full Description from the Podcast:


"The hunt for life on Mars has entered a new phase. NASA’s Perseverance Rover is collecting rock samples that, when returned to Earth, may reveal whether life once existed on the red planet (and perhaps still does). Biologist Sarah Stewart Johnson explains how new discoveries about Mars and a better understanding of life on Earth have propelled this quest, and she ponders what the answers might say about life elsewhere in the universe. Johnson is author of “The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World.”"


Listen to the full podcast here

The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World


LAB PI Prof. Sarah S. Johnson will be giving the upcoming Carl Sagan Lecture for the Biogeosciences and Planetary Sciences Sections at AGU 2021. This prestigious honor will highlight Prof. Johnson's research into finding signs of life outside of Earth, and allow her to share her perspective on the importance of taking an agnostic approach to such investigations. I love hearing Prof. Johnson talk about the search for life throughout the universe, and I find her passion to be infectious. I can't think of a better scientist to highlight the work from LAB at AGU!



Image description: Portrait photo of Dr. Sarah Johnson in her laboratory at Georgetown University.


Description from AGU's website:


Information on the lecture

The Carl Sagan Lecture is presented annually and recognizes a scientist who embodies Carl Sagan’s interest in astrobiology, as well as his effective science communication skills. This lecture honors the life of Carl Sagan, an astronomer and astrophysicist who was a leader in establishing the field of astrobiology. Sagan was also a tireless educator, author, and advocate for the space sciences.

The Sagan Lecture is presented at the AGU Fall Meeting. During even-numbered years, the Biogeosciences section manages the lecture and in odd-numbered years, the Planetary Sciences section sponsors the lecture.



https://eos.org/agu-news/2021-agu-section-awardees-and-named-lecturers

https://www.agu.org/Honor-and-Recognize/Honors/Section-Awards/Carl-Sagan-Lecture