What is the goal of Exploration and Origins (at Georgia Tech)?

    • To bring together people interested in Exploring the cosmos and understanding the Origins of life
    • To provide a space for the discussion of planetary science, origins of life chemistry and biology, and space exploration technology
    • To bring together researchers from across the Georgia Tech to explore new avenues of collaboration
    • To serve as a networking resource early career scientists to meet and learn from researchers outside their area of expertise
    • To function as a resource for students to communicate and help direct the shared goals of the Georgia Tech Astrobiology community

The Explorigins Group is an interest and discussion group to bring together young researchers with a needfully diverse set of backgrounds to discuss and explore all variety of recent topics pertaining to the Origins and Evolution of Life, the Exploration of our Solar System, and the Search for Habitable Planets Beyond Earth.

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Photo of a classroom of people sitting at rows of desks for an ExplOrigins meeting
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ExplOrigins 2019 Meeting Schedule

Friday’s from 1:55 – 2:45pm in ES&T L1105

8/23/2019: Intro, Astrobiology: Britney Schmidt

8/30/2019: Seminar on the role of minerals in the origin of peptides: Aaron McKee

9/6/2019: Discussion: Intro to Astrobiology: Micah Schaible and Elizabeth Spiers

9/13/2019: Discussion: Chemical Origins of Life: David Fialho and Moran Frenkel-Pinter

9/20/2019: Discussion: Certificate Programs and Training Grant: Jen Glass, Frank Rosenzweig

9/27/2019: Discussion: Biosphere evolution on Earth and elsewhere: Tony Burnetti

10/4/2019: Discussion: Ocean World Habitability and Exploration: Chase Chivers and Chinmayee Govinda Raj

10/11/2019: Exoplanet Geochemistry: Hilairy Hartnett (ASU)

10/18/2019: Discussion: The Big Picture from Small Bodies and Small Sats: Ky Hughson and Phillip Szot

10/25/2019: Reconciling Plausible Prebiotic Chemistry with Plausible Prebiotic Environments: Nick Hud

11/1/2019: Course Review, Feedback, and Planning

11/8/2019: EAS Grad Student Seminar: None

11/15/2019: High Impact Chemistry: Design and Testing an Icy Moon Penetrator Organic Analyzer: Amanda Stockton

11/22/2019: Reconstructing a billion-year-old ecosystem from a drop of oil: Nur Gueneli

11/29/2019 ————————– Thanksgiving Break

12/6/2019: Easy and Hard in the Origins of Life: Eric Smith