Please introduce yourself, where you are from, and a little bit about you. 

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Welcome Kamesh! I hope you get to meet Sara Imari Walker on S.A.G.A.N. I think she is well versed in your 1. - cheers

Thanks a lot Sanjay ! . Yes, I can see it from Sara's profile now and it would be awesome to get to discuss things with her. 


My parents named me Jordan, I am an adventurer, I have hitch hiked around the U.S., lived in a car, and learned how to dumpster dive for anything that I need. I never wear shoes or a shirt.

I graduated highschool and started working for an oil company where I got paid to help geologist study rocks in other countries. I got a chance to visit many places around the world this way and after two years of saving up I decided to pursue a degree in biology. I got bored and after completing my sophmore year I decided to travel more while living out of my car while working jobs off of craigslist and by word of mouth. Last summer I stopped in the middle of the desert in Nevada and saw the stars basically for the first time. This made me wish I could get a job with both biology and astronomy. The next day I went to an internet cafe and found out what Astrobiology was. I went back to school and I currently just got accepted to Arizona State U. for the Astrobiology program. Although I don't know if I can live out of my car there because I hear it's kinda hot so I may have to get a place.

Other interest - Currently I am into rock climbing, I got a job right now working as a rock climbing instructor at a rock gym. I also like super powers, fruit, and all kinds of art.

Hello! My name is Deanna McCool (cool last name right?) and I am a 21 year old student at the University of Nevada, Reno. I am currently majoring in Astrobiology, minoring in Astrophysics/Biophysics.

Space has been a huge part of my life since I was a little girl, and I love meeting people who share that interest with me. So feel free to shoot me an IM or friend me. I don't bite ;)

I'm Stephen van Vuuren. I'm an independent filmmaker in Greensboro, NC working on a film called "In Saturn's Rings" that was inspired by love of Saturn & Titan that I got from reading Cosmos as a kid. The film is dedicated to Carl Sagan (and Stanley Kubrick).

I'm always looking for volunteers interesting in helping with the outreach efforts as the film aims to inspire interest in space exploration.

Welcome Stephen! Sounds exciting! What sort of volunteers are you looking for? 

We are looking for volunteers to help with several areas:

  1. We need help finding distance data on a number images of galaxy images being used in the film.
  2. We always need people interested in doing image processing on space images.
  3. We need feedback/advisory input on accuracy of photoanimation
  4. We are looking for additional people with web/database and java programming skills to help with large scale image downloading (we will be releasing all the tools we are developing open source when the film comes out)
  5. Right now, were running a Kickstarter for real orchestral score and need some online social media volunteers to help spread the word.

Not much at all :)

Hi Stephen, this sounds great. We could put out an announcement out in the next newsletter, just send the info. you'd want to send out to You could also post a separate forum post about "In Saturn's Rings", the volunteers you need, and the Kickstarter campaign - we can promote the post on our twitter and FB feeds to help get the word out. Good luck!!

Welcome to so many new members! Very exciting to see where you are all coming from and what your interests are!

Hi everyone! 

I'm a PhD student in Materials Science at Arizona State University, and I just found out about SAGAN when I saw a talk from Sara Walker at the Space Vision 2013 conference last week! her talk about science fiction driving science fact was pretty awesome.

My research isn't directly space related, but I have worked on single-photon resolution detectors in the x-ray region, so thats definitely applicable to astronomy! Right now I'm working on high temperature superconductors and Quantum Computing.

I love science outreach stuff, so I've recently started a science podcast ( or we're on iTunes--search for "LASER Science Podcast" [LASER stands for "let's agree science and engineering are rad]) for discussing recent scientific publications--kind of like a journal club. So if you are doing science that you enjoy, and wouldn't mind recording a conversation about your research over skype (or in person if you're in Phoenix) please please contact me so I can interview you!

Hi Cameron, welcome to SAGAN! I am glad you enjoyed the talk. I'd be happy to do a conversation recording sometime - love the LASER acronym.


My name is Vanessa and I am currently in the process of applying to graduate schools in hopes of studying astrobiology!  More specifically, I am mainly interested in prebiotic chemistry, early microbial evolution, and life outside of Earth/in extreme environments. I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in biochemistry in 2011 and I have been working in a non-science field since then.  

I am currently living near Seattle and I absolutely love the outdoor activities available in the Pacific Northwest. I love hiking, beach-combing, and rock collecting. (This is starting to sound like a dating profile...)

I am really dedicated to STEM outreach, especially for women and minorities.  I would love to see a future crop of professors that is much more diverse than it is currently.  

I am really happy I found this community and I hope that I can contribute in meaningful ways over the course of my astrobiology journey.  

Please don't hesitate to contact me, I am always looking for friends with similar interests.  I am also hoping to find a informal mentor.  I have already completed my undergraduate degree and thus I don't qualify for S.A.G.A.N.'s mentorship program.  I would appreciate any information anyone can offer me!

If you are in the Seattle area and would like to meet up, let me know!



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