1. Library of Congress Symposium: Life As It Could Be: Astrobiology, Synthetic Biology, and the Future of Life

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    Luis Campos, the 2016-2017 Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, is hosting a symposium entitled “Life As It Could Be: Astrobiology, Synthetic Biology, and the Future of Life.”

    Date/Time: Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Location: The John W. Kluge Center, Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building

    What is life? How might life have emerged on Earth or on other worlds? And how might we engineer the future of life—what might we make life to be? Astrobiologists and synthetic biologists grapple with these questions every day. To further explore the intersections between these sciences and the humanities, the Library of Congress is bringing together scientists, scholars, artists, and journalists for a special symposium on the intersections of astrobiology and synthetic biology.

    The event is free and open to the public. A video of the symposium will be available after the event at the Kluge Center website and on the Library of Congress YouTube channel.

    Participants:
    Luis Campos – Associate Professor, Department of History, University of New Mexico and current Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology
    Mary Voytek – Senior Scientist for Astrobiology at NASA
    Nicola Twilley – Contributing Writer, newyorker.com
    Giada Arney – NASA Goddard
    Betul Kacar – University of Arizona
    Jason Kelly – Ginkgo Bioworks
    Valerie Thompson – Book Review Editor, Science Magazine
    Jennifer Joy and Benumerata Muhammad
    Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg – Royal College of Art
    Andy Gracie – Digital Artist
    Joe Davis – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    For more information, visit the Library of Congress website.

    Source: [Library of Congress]