1. Luis Campos Begins Tenure as Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology

    Dr. Luis Campos begins his tenure as the fourth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. Image sources: University of New Mexico/Library of Congress Image credit: None
    Dr. Luis Campos begins his tenure as the fourth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. Image sources: University of New Mexico/Library of Congress

    On October 3, 2016, Luis Campos began his twelve month residency at the Kluge Center as the new Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology.

    Campos plans to use the collection at the Library to explore the connection between astrobiology and synthetic biology. Synthetic biology seeks to engineer novel forms of life; astrobiology seeks to discover novel forms of life. Both are “fields deeply concerned with developing a comprehensive understanding of the full potential of living systems,” says Campos.

    The appointment announcement from the Library of Congress was released on June 28, 2016.

    Luis Campos will be the fourth Chair in Astrobiology, following David Grinspoon (2012-2013), Steven J. Dick (2013-2014), and Nathaniel Comfort (2015-2016).

    Source: [Library of Congress]