The first annual Arizona Astrobiology Conference, organized in part by EFLIFE members Pilar Vergeli, Hikaru Furukawa, and John Malloy, occurred Oct 2-3rd and featured presentations by:
and Sara Walker.
PhD student Jake Hanson is a panelist in the 1st Mathematical Consciousness Science Seminar, exploring Integrated Information Theory and it's role in defining consciousness.
This will take place on Sept 15 at 6am AZ time (3pm Berlin time).
Natalie Elliot provides a wide ranging perspective on current views of the origins of life, including comments from Sara Walker. Read the essay here.
Philip Ball writes in the Guardian about expanding ideas on what life could be, with Sara Walker weighing in suggesting "We don’t need new definitions for life. What we need is new theories getting at the underlying principles that govern living physics in our universe." Read the full article here.
Professor Walker joins Dr. Drew this week for a conversation on emergence and more. Listen to the episode here.
Congratulations to first-year PhD student Alexa Drew, who was awarded the highly competitive First Year Fellowship through the School of Earth and Space Exploration! This award will support Alexa's work on finding biosignatures on Europa and other planetary bodies within the Solar System.
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.
Sara Imari Walker