A recent Science Advances paper, lead by group members Harrison Smith and Hyunju Kim, was just featured in ASU Now. The press release titled "ASU scientists study organization of life on a planetary scale" gives a beginner-friendly overview of their work related to the identification of general organizing principles across all biology.
The full press release can be found here:
This summer, group member Siyu Zhou will be heading to Intel AI as a Graduate Intern to further develop his machine learning skills. Huge congrats to Siyu!!
Sara Walker is a guest on a podcast series created by Carl Zimmer on the theme "What is Life?". The episode is one of six in a series featuring leading researchers. Here are the links to the episodes:
Episode 1. Carlos Mariscal: What Do We Mean When We Ask, “What Is Life?”
Episode 2. Sara Imari Walker: If We Find Alien Life, Will We Even Know It?
Episode 3. Jim Cleaves: The Origin of Life, From Frankenstein to a Laboratory Flask
Episode 4. Caleb Scharf: How Did Life Begin?
Episode 5. Jeremy England: Why Does Life Exist?
Episode 6: Steven Benner: How Weird Can Life Get?
Sara Walker spent the day filming with the World Science Foundation's World Science Scholars Program, developing a course on "Life as the Next Frontier in Physics" for a group of high school students with exceptional math talent. The course will go live in February!
The report emphasizes the utility of systems-level thinking for astrobiology questions, as well as the need to consider planets as an integrated whole and habitability on a continuous spectrum (rather than a binary yes/no). More details can be found in the popular press release and the consensus report.
Harrison smith accepts Position as Research Scientist at the earth-life science institute in Tokyo, Japan
What is life? How did life arise from non-life? What did life look like at its origin?
Big Biology is a podcast that tells the stories of scientists tackling some of the biggest unanswered questions in biology. Tune into Episode 9 of the podcast to hear hosts Art and Marty talk with Sara walker about how life might have arisen on Earth and why biologists and physicists should work together to find a theory of life.
Sara Imari Walker