1. Victoria Meadows Receives the 2018 Drake Award

    Dr. Victoria Meadows received SETI's Drake Award in June 2018. Image Source: University of Washington. Image credit: None
    Dr. Victoria Meadows received SETI's Drake Award in June 2018. Image Source: University of Washington.

    Victoria Meadows wants to know what life beyond Earth looks like. How can we tell whether a neighboring exoplanet located 4 or 20 or 100 lightyears away from Earth is able to sustain life? At the NASA Astrobiology Institute Virtual Planetary Laboratory, Victoria and her team are developing computer models to understand how stars and planets interact to enable a planet to support life, and how even primitive life might impact its planetary environment in ways we could detect and interpret over interstellar distances.

    On June 14, 2018, the SETI Institute will recognize Victoria S. Meadows with the 2018 Drake Award in celebration of her contributions to the field of astrobiology and her work as a researcher, leader and inspiration for everyone working in her field.

    Read the full press release from the SETI Institute.

    Vikki Meadows standing next to her Astrobiology comic history likeness before the Drake Award ceremony. Image source: Melissa Kirven-Brooks / NAI. Image credit: None
    Vikki Meadows standing next to her Astrobiology comic history likeness before the Drake Award ceremony. Image source: Melissa Kirven-Brooks / NAI. Meadows receives her award at the 2018 Drake Award ceremony. Image source: Melissa Kirven-Brooks / NAI Image credit: None
    Meadows receives her award at the 2018 Drake Award ceremony. Image source: Melissa Kirven-Brooks / NAI

    Source: [SETI]