Grad Student John Malloy and Prof. Walker head to Evolution of Complex Life Conference at Georgia Tech
Grad student John Malloy and Prof. Sara Walker are headed to next week's Evolution of Complex Life Conference to be held at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta GA.
John Malloy is presenting a poster on the evolution of life's chirality, and Prof. Walker will deliver an invited talk on information processing in living systems. A detailed schedule and more information about the event can be found here.
Sara Walker provides a prospective on Stuart Kauffman's new book in this week's issue of Nature, where she argues solving the origin of life will require new physics to answer the most pressing questions. Read the review here.
Sara Walker will speak at next week's Breakthrough Discuss meeting at University of California, Berkeley. Breakthrough Discuss is an annual academic conference, sponsored by the Breakthrough Initiatives, focused on life in the Universe and novel ideas for space exploration. Prof Walker's talk is titled "Searching for the ‘Laws of Life’ - A Guidebook for Reprogramming Planets" and focuses on work in our research group on universal principles governing biochemical networks and how this can be applied to planetary science, with focus on one of our favorite icy moons - Enceladus. For more details on the meeting, and live broadcast info, click here.
Sara Walker to Deliver seminar in series celebrating women in origins of life, Artificial Life and Astrobiology Research
Professor Sara Walker will kick off a research showcase at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery featuring women in origins of life, artificial life and astrobiology research, delivering a seminar on March 28th!
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?
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, graduate student Siyu Zhou will be heading to Intel AI as a Graduate Intern to further develop his machine learning skills, focusing on reinforcement learning. Huge congratulations to Siyu!!
Sara Imari Walker