Dear Astrobiology Community,
I hope everyone is having a nice fall semester. It has been a great honor and privilege (and a lot of fun) to serve as co-director of the Georgia Tech Astrobiology Program, with the generous funding from Georgia Tech College of Sciences Sutherland Dean’s Chair over the past several years. I was fortunate to follow in the footsteps of Martha Grover’s excellent leadership of the program. I am now very happy to announce that Frances Rivera Hernández and Christopher Carr will be taking over as Georgia Tech Astrobiology Program co-directors going forward. I will stay on as co-director of the Georgia Tech Astrobiology Graduate Certificate Program.
I’m very proud of the many achievements of this program, including establishment of the Georgia Tech Astrobiology Graduate Certificate Program (with 29 recipients and counting!), GT Astrobiology Fellows Program (with 15 recipients to date), and the Fall Astrobiology Distinguished Speaker Series and Fall Social Event (with 3 highly successful events to date). I am also so impressed by the excellence in programming and organization of the annual ExplOrigins Symposium, the ExplOrigins early career group, and the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Seminar series. Even during the darkest days of the pandemic, this community has grown and thrived, thanks in large part to the incredible work of the early career astrobiology leaders at Georgia Tech. I am very grateful to all of you!
Wishing everyone a very healthy and happy holiday season.
Director, B.S. in Environmental Science Program
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences & Biological Sciences (courtesy)
Georgia Institute of Technology