Golden Webinars – Sara Seager – "Mapping the Nearest Stars for Habitable or Inhabited Worlds"

The ‘Golden Webinars in Astrophysics’ series seeks to bring forefront research in astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology to the public in the English and Spanish language. Our speaker of the Golden Webinar on September 4th, 2020 was Sara Seager. The full title of her talk was “Mapping the Nearest Stars for Habitable or Inhabited Worlds: Exoplanets and the Search for Atmospheric Biosignature Gases”.

Dr. Seager is credited with laying the foundation for the field of exoplanet atmospheres, while her current research focuses on the future search for signs of life by way of atmospheric biosignature gases. Dr. Seager was and is involved with a number of space-based exoplanet searches including as the Deputy Science Director for the NASA mission TESS, as the PI for the on-orbit JPL/MIT CubeSat ASTERIA, and as lead for the Starshade Rendezvous Mission — a space-based mission concept under technology development for direct imaging discovery and characterization of Earth analogs.

The panel of the September 4th, 2020 ‘Golden Webinar’ consisted of:
• Sara Seager – speaker
• Patricio González – interpreter, patricio.gonzalez.interprete@gmail.com
• Thomas H. Puzia – co-host, faculty at the Institute of Astrophysics (IA)
• Evelyn Johnston – co-host, postdoc at IA
• Felipe Barrientos – director of IA
• Ezequiel Treister – faculty at IA
• Hernan Quintana – professor emeritus at IA
• Carolina Cenzano – graduate student at IA
• Sergio Best – graduate student at IA
• Melissa Hobson – postdoctoral researcher at IA
• María Paula Ronco – postdoctoral researcher at IA
• Paul Eigenthaler – postdoctoral researcher at IA
• Kateryna Kravchenko – Postdoctoral Fellow at the European Southern Observatory, Cerro Paranal
• Surangkhana Rukdee – Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Astrophysics at the Harvard College Observatory (HCO) and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory | Harvard & Smithsonian
• Konrad Tristram – Astronomer at the European Southern Observatory, Cerro Paranal
• Dennis Crabtree – Director Emeritus at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and the Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Institute of the National Research Council of Canada, in Victoria, BC
• John Carpenter – Observatory Scientist at the Joint ALMA Observatory
• Ricardo Acevedo – Q&A manager, outreach team IA
• Daniela Fernandez – Q&A manager, outreach team IA
• Carol Rojas – Q&A manager, head of outreach Las Campanas Observatory

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Sara Seager’s new book: https://www.amazon.com/Smallest-Lights-Universe-Memoir-ebook/dp/B07N5HR46S/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=smallest+lights+in+the+universe&qid=1599854864&s=books&sr=1-1

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