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Women in Astrobiology

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This is a fairly informal group created as a safe place to post/discuss topics in astrobiology that may have a gender component.  Note, this group is meant to be inclusive, you don’t have to be a woman to support women in astrobiology or care about issues like work-life satisfaction. 

For the moment I am mostly cross-posting professional development opportunities that come up on the Women in Planetary Science Blog (these are mostly applicable to any gender), but I would love input from others across the disciplines that make up astrobiology.  Please post relevant opportunities and issues below.

For starters, check out this post with a list of resources helpful to students and postdocs (or any early career people for that matter :). I am sure you have your favorite resources as well, so I would love to add to the list.

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Also check out inspiring interviews with female planetary scientists here.  

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Harassment in the field?

Started by Melissa Kirven-Brooks. Last reply by Melissa Kirven-Brooks Apr 8, 2016. 5 Replies

Hi everyone: i joined this forum to draw particular attention to the ad for positions at the Cal Academy because I am told that they would particularly like to recruit talented women, however I just…Continue

Tags: field, the, in, Harassment

Astrobiology Newsletters - which do you subscribe to?

Started by Kelsi Singer. Last reply by Sanjoy Som Dec 21, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi All,My friend Malene asked which astrobiology-relevant newsletters or e-mail lists I use to get info about upcoming events and opportunities.  I get the…Continue

NASA GIRLS mentoring program

Started by Sanjoy Som. Last reply by Kelsi Singer Aug 17, 2012. 1 Reply

This was just sent out by NASA HQ. It might be of interest to this group!NASA COMPLETES PILOT PROGRAM FOR ONE-ON-ONE VIRTUAL MENTORING OF MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLSWASHINGTON -- NASA's new virtual mentoring…Continue

Tags: mentor, nasa, mentoring, astrobiology, in

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Comment by Julia DeMarines (Teaspoon) on June 26, 2015 at 11:45am
Pretty cool stuff! It's been a great week overall for America! Keep it up! Upwards!

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Comment by Kelsi Singer on June 26, 2015 at 10:00am

cool! :)  thanks for sharing - hadn't heard of the Datanauts yet :P


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Comment by Julia DeMarines (Teaspoon) on June 26, 2015 at 9:42am

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Comment by Kelsi Singer on November 13, 2014 at 8:52pm
Love it! I would be tempted to make a shirt out of it to wear at the New Horizons encounter to offset certain, uh bad tastes, at another recent spacecraft event... but we are all wearing the same New Horizons shirts so that is already set ;) :P
Comment by I Haritina Mogosanu on November 13, 2014 at 8:09pm

totally cool fabric!!


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Comment by Julia DeMarines (Teaspoon) on November 13, 2014 at 7:53pm

ALSO! HEY LADIES!!!! check out this AWESOME women in science fabric. I need to quilt my life in this. http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2883304


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Comment by Julia DeMarines (Teaspoon) on November 13, 2014 at 7:53pm

Also, Kennda... the link wasn't working for me :( anyone else have problems?


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Comment by Julia DeMarines (Teaspoon) on November 13, 2014 at 7:49pm

Cool Kennda! Too bad I'm not in Mountain Time anymore :(


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Comment by Kelsi Singer on February 12, 2014 at 9:29am

Sounds great Kennda!  

Comment by Kennda Lynch on February 12, 2014 at 8:12am

Greetings Everyone,

I wanted to let you all know about a cool STEM outreach activity that I'm working with here in Montana. It is called "Women's STEM Round-Up!" It is a day long workshop where female scientists from across the state of Montana come to Carrol College spend the day with young women (ages 12-17) and get them excited and inspired about pursuing STEM careers. The day includes a series of lectures coupled with hands-on activities in a variety of science and engineering careers. I will be running the 1st astrobiology-focused workshop for this annual event on February 22nd. Here is the site for more details - http://www.explorationworks.org/stem-round-up-2014/

If you know any young ladies who could benefit from this workshop, please let me know or go straight to the website and have them sign up.

Also, if there are any SAGANET folks in the Montana area who would like to help out with this activity...please message me!

Cheers,

Kennda

 

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Using tried and tested methods of constructing habitats from ethnobotanical and ethnozoological useful species for self sustainability on Mars

Posted by Andrew Planet on June 26, 2020 at 8:00am 0 Comments

To maximize crop yields on Mars it would be advantageous to do away with annuals and biannuals by engineering the latter into perennials as standard. Not only would that entail far less work to grow produce as the act of replanting is made obsolete, but per given cultivated area perennials bring forth more food and materials with less demand from the soil than the equivalent of annuals.

Imagine a superfood annual such as lentils engineered into a lentil tree for which there already…

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Free astrobiology webinars for kids, summer 2020

Posted by Julia Brodsky on June 13, 2020 at 12:28pm 0 Comments

This summer, Art of Inquiry hosts free space exploration and astrobiology webinars for middle-school students and their families all over the world.



Here is a list of what was covered so far, as well as an updated schedule of webinars:

The search for life in the Universe, Dr. Alex Tsapin, JPL (retired)

The history of SETI, SETIQuest editor, Larry…

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Radiolysis-powered life

Posted by Andrew Planet on June 11, 2020 at 9:56pm 7 Comments

This paper greatly extends the possibility of what a Goldilocks zone can be.  Its no longer the Goldilocks zone as a single expanse, its the Goldilocks zones for a particular area

https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/pdf/10.1098/rsif.2016.0459

¿Are the Venusian sulphuric acid clouds the by product of long dead anoxogenic photosynthetic organisms?

Posted by Andrew Planet on May 4, 2020 at 2:51pm 2 Comments

I just read the piece at the link below entitled "Study: Life might survive, and thrive, in a hydrogen world."

I'd been thinking on similar lines recently, on different atmospheres with early life, but I was considering anoxogenic bacteria whose byproduct is sulfur instead of molecular oxygen. ¿Had life evolved on Venus could its sulfuric clouds be the signature byproduct of such life with no branches ever evolving to produce the equivalent of Earth's Great…

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Discussion Forum

Harassment in the field?

Started by Melissa Kirven-Brooks. Last reply by Melissa Kirven-Brooks Apr 8, 2016. 5 Replies

Hi everyone: i joined this forum to draw particular attention to the ad for positions at the Cal Academy because I am told that they would particularly like to recruit talented women, however I just…Continue

Tags: field, the, in, Harassment

Astrobiology Newsletters - which do you subscribe to?

Started by Kelsi Singer. Last reply by Sanjoy Som Dec 21, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi All,My friend Malene asked which astrobiology-relevant newsletters or e-mail lists I use to get info about upcoming events and opportunities.  I get the…Continue

NASA GIRLS mentoring program

Started by Sanjoy Som. Last reply by Kelsi Singer Aug 17, 2012. 1 Reply

This was just sent out by NASA HQ. It might be of interest to this group!NASA COMPLETES PILOT PROGRAM FOR ONE-ON-ONE VIRTUAL MENTORING OF MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLSWASHINGTON -- NASA's new virtual mentoring…Continue

Tags: mentor, nasa, mentoring, astrobiology, in

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