Wed 20 Jun 2018, 05:00 pm
Wed 20 Jun 2018, 06:30 pm
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This is world leading Science and Technology from experts in their fields.
Dr. Lindsay Hays is the Deputy Program Scientist for NASA’s Astrobiology Program.
With a research background in organic geochemistry, she received her PhD in Geobiology from MIT in “Biogeochemical Proxies for Environmental and Biotic Conditions at the Permian-Triassic Boundary”. Dr. Hays did a research postdoc at Harvard University and a management postdoc at NASA HQ, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the 2015 Astrobiology Strategy, a guiding document for the Astrobiology Program.
She then worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Mars Program Office where she served as the Mars Sample Return Science System Engineer and worked on formulation of sample science and astrobiology investigations for future robotic missions, as well as long-term planning for potential human missions to the red planet.
Now, back with NASA HQ, Dr. Hays manages organization and operations for the Astrobiology Program, as well as serving as a co-lead for the Center for Life Detection which has been tasked with updating and upgrading the Ladder of Life Detection in response to increased Scientific Research and Instrument Development in this field.
Dr. Mitch Schulte has an A.B. and a Ph.D., both in Earth & Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mitch is a Program Scientist with the Mars Exploration Program in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. As a Program Scientist, Mitch is responsible for and manages the science content of a number of NASA’s Mars missions. Currently, he oversees the Mars Exploration Rover (Opportunity), the U.S. contribution to the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) instrument on the European Space Agency ExoMars rover mission, and NASA’ss Mars 2020 Rover mission. He is also the lead scientist for for the Mars Data Analysis and Habitable Worlds Programs for the Mars Exploration Program and Planetary Science Division.
As a researcher, Mitch has focused primarily on understanding the geology and geochemistry of hydrothermal environments and the life that inhabits them. He also is interested in biosignatures and life detection in ancient Earth and extraterrestrial samples.