1. Fifth Baruch S. Blumberg/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology Announced

    Lucianne Walkowicz has been selected as the fifth Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. Image source: TED. Image credit: None Lucianne Walkowicz has been selected as the fifth Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. Image source: TED.

    The fifth Baruch S. Blumberg/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology has been announced. Lucianne Walkowicz, astronomer based at the Adler Planetarium, will begin her 12-month residency with the Kluge Center on October 1, 2017.

    As Chair, Walkowicz intends to work on a project entitled “Fear of a Green Planet: Inclusive Systems of Thought for Human Exploration of Mars.” Her project will create an inclusive framework for human exploration of Mars—a vision that encompasses both cutting-edge research on Mars as a place of essential astrobiological significance and weaves in lessons from the diverse histories of exploration on Earth. In addition to studying stellar magnetic activity and the effect on planetary suitability for extraterrestrial life at Adler Planetarium, Walkowicz is a TED senior fellow and artist.

    The 2017-2018 Baruch S. Blumberg/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology announcement is available through the Library of Congress.

    Source: [Library of Congress]