Explorigins Colloquium Detailed Schedule


We are excited to present the latest information on our Explorigins colloquium this week as part of Space Science Week @ Tech! See the flyer and schedule below for additional information and a detailed schedule.

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Wed, Feb 17th 5–6 PM (Join here: https://bluejeans.com/488994566)

    • Poster Session

Thu, Feb 18th, Starting at 10:15 AM (Join here: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/fjxqjbgp)

    • 10:15—Welcome and Introduction
    • 10:30—Astrobiology graduate certificate ceremony
    • 10:45—Talks, 10 min talk + 5 min discussion
      • Bhanu Kumar (Graduate Student, MATH)
      • Rebecca Guth-Metzler (Graduate Student, CHEM)
      • Abigail Johnson (Graduate Student, OSE)
      • Tony Burnetti (Postdoc, BIO)
    • 11:45—Plenary talk, Prof. Lisa Yaszek (LMC)
    • 12:45—Lunch
    • 1:30—Talks, 15 min talk + 5 min discussion
      • Micah Schiable (Research Scientest, ChBE)
      • Prof. Chris Carr (AE and EAS)

Thu, Feb 18th, Starting at 2:15 PM (Register here: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/xecvbzja)

    • Watch party for the landing of the Perserverance rover on Mars, co-hosted with CSTAR

Note: This event has separate registration.

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Plenary Speaker: Prof. Lisa Yaszek

Talk Title: A Brief History of Astrobiology Science Fiction, 5BCE–Present

Abstract: In this talk, Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies Dr. Lisa Yaszek demonstrates how science fiction artists anticipate, dramatize, and extend our ideas about astrobiology. After briefly reviewing astrobiology themes in ancient and medieval world literature, Dr. Yaszek explores three aspects of this discipline that fascinate modern scientists and speculative artists alike: exobiology, the origins of life, and planetary habitability. She concludes by considering the increasingly global and self-reflexive nature of recent astrobiology stories across media. 


Bio: Lisa Yaszek is Regents’ Professor of Science Fiction Studies in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. Her books include Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women’s Science Fiction (Ohio State, 2008); Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction (Wesleyan 2016); and Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century (co-edited with Isiah Lavender III, Ohio State, 2020). Yaszek ideas have been featured in The Washington Post, Food and Wine Magazine, and USA Today, and she has been an expert commentator for the BBC4’s Stranger Than Sci Fi, Wired.com’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, and the AMC miniseries James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. A past president of the Science Fiction Research Association, Yaszek currently serves as a juror for the John W. Campbell and Eugie Foster Science Fiction Awards.

2021 Exploration and Origins Colloquium

Dear Astrobiology, Origins, and Space Enthusiasts,

The ExplOrigins early career group invites you to join the 2021 Exploration and Origins Colloquium! This virtual colloquium will have events spanning two days: 

Wednesday, February 17th: Poster Session 

Thursday, February 18th: Research talks and Mars 2020 Perserverance Landing viewing

Our aim is to highlight work involving space exploration; biological, geological, and astronomical origins; and astrobiology of any sub-field at Georgia Tech and beyond.

Through this colloquium, we hope to:

      • forge relationships between diverse individuals of various fields, experience levels, and backgrounds
      • expand our internal awareness of local work an dinnovations
      • encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary understanding
      • provide a professional growth opportunity for early career individuals including undergraduates, graduates, and post-docs

For registration and abstract submission, complete the form linked below by the end of the day on January 21st (see update below). Announcement of selected speakers and poster presentations will be made on January 25th.

Update: The abstract deadline has been extended to January 29th! Get those abstracts in!