Tessa Fisher was interviewed recently by NASA Astrobiology's outreach program as part of an on-going series, asking astrobiologists what they were most excited about for the upcoming Mars Perseverance rover, launching later this month.
Dylan Gagler passed his Master's thesis defense, titled "Universal Biochemistry Within and Across Biological Domains and Levels of Organization on Earth", and is now officially a Master of Science!
ELife graduate student Tessa Fisher is proud to announce that her short story "Recovering the Lost Art of Cuddling" has been published in the anthology _Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Winters_ from Worldweaver Press. The story features a microbiologist trying to survive an oncoming blizzard in a radically sustainable future. Check out the piece here.
Check out John Malloy's first Nature publication - his opinion piece in Nature Careers explains how graduate students should not be responsible for paying costs for travel (even in the case of reimbursement). It is often a choice between furthering one's career and going into debt, which is an institutional problem within academia.
Pilar Vergeli & Dylan Gagler, both graduate students, attended the 8th Annual Earth-Life Space Institute Symposium in Tokyo, Japan last week! Pilar presented a poster on models of biospheres on both terrestrial and aquatic worlds - she is developing a new approach using metagenomic data to generate planetary scale models of ecosystems. Dylan presented a poster on classifying enzymes across environmental conditions.
Graduate student John Malloy attended the Biology & Information Coding Theory workshop in Alexandria, Virginia and presented his work on the emergence of chirality within biochemical networks. The workshop was also organized by his undergraduate academic advisor, Dr. Ivan Erill of University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Congratulations to lab member Jake Hanson for recently submitting the preprint titled "Integrated Information Theory and Isomorphic Feed-Forward Philosophical Zombies"! The paper is currently available on ArXiv here.
Huge congrats to Dr. Harrsion Smith, Dr. Hyunju Kim, and Prof. Sara Walker for earning the "best paper" award at the 2019 Conference on Artificial Life, for work presented by Harrison titled "Biochemical Networks Display Universal Structure Across Projections and Levels of Organization". The abstract is available here.
Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Douglas Moore is headed to the 2019 Conference on Artificial Life (ALife 2019), held in Newcastle, to present a paper titled "Inferring a Graph's Topology from the Games Played on It", co-authored with Prof. Sara Walker. The full paper is available in the conference proceedings here.
Lab alumni Dr. Harrison Smith is also presenting at ALife a paper titled "Biochemical Networks Display Universal Structure Across Projections and Levels of Organization", co-authored with Dr. Hyunju Kim and Prof. Sara Walker. The abstract is available here.
Both Doug Moore and Harrison Smith, along with lab alumni Cole Mathis, were selected for lightning talks at the meeting. The full program for the conference can be found here.
Graduate student John Malloy will travel to Salt Lake City Utah, to deliver a talk titled "The Evolution of Chirality" at the Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference 2019. More details here.
Sara Imari Walker