Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. 24/7 Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



EXO WORLDS
First SETI Institute Fellows Announced
by Staff Writers
Mountain View CA (SPX) May 09, 2017


illustration only

At its first annual gala fundraiser, held on April 22nd, the SETI Institute recognized three dedicated individuals, universally respected for their exceptional contributions to scientific research and STEM education and outreach. Director of Education, Edna DeVore, Senior Astronomer Dr. Seth Shostak and Senior Scientist Mark Showalter, were honored as the first "Fellows of the Institute" at a special VIP ceremony.

More than 30 years the SETI Institute has been asking questions such as, "How does life begin?"; "How does intelligence evolve?"; "Are there other planets like Earth?"; and "Are we alone?."

DeVore, Shostak, and Showalter have taken up the quest to understand the origin and nature of life in the universe, worked tirelessly to share and explain what they have discovered and learned, and have served as leaders, mentors, explorers, and teachers.

"Mark, Edna and Seth have distinguished themselves throughout their careers through groundbreaking work and an uncompromising commitment to excellence and innovation," said Bill Diamond, President and CEO of the SETI Institute.

"With a combined 63 years of service to the Institute, they have earned the respect of their colleagues and peers in the scientific and science education communities and it is entirely fitting to be honoring their achievements in naming them as the Institute's first Fellows."

Edna DeVore is and astronomy educator, and former planetarium director, Today, she is the Director of Education at the SETI Institute. Just a few of her achievements include education and public outreach for NASA missions: Kuiper Airborne Observatory, NASA's Astrobiology Institute, SOFIA - including the Airborne Astronomers Ambassadors program - and Kepler.

Today, she leads the team that conceived of and is now implementing Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts, which created eclipse boxes for Girl Scout troops to prepare for the upcoming total eclipse of the Sun, as well as the ongoing development of space science STEM badge projects. She also oversees the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates summer internship program that pairs students with SETI Institute scientist mentors. Edna has worked with the SETI Institute for 25 years, and has also served as acting CEO for two years.

"I am honored to be selected as one of the first Fellows of SETI Institute," said Edna. "I truly enjoy being a part of the Institute community where my colleagues are always pursuing new questions and making new discoveries. It's exciting to learn with them, and to share our quest for life in the universe with students, teachers and the public."

Edna is bringing the excitement and knowledge of science to new generations and it's difficult to think of anything more important.

Seth Shostak is perhaps best-known as host of the SETI Institute's radio show and podcast, Big Picture Science. Seth is also the Institute's Senior Astronomer, and provides oversight and guidance to Institute's radio SETI observing programs. Seth is a prolific writer, having written several books, both for the academic and scientific community, and for the general public, as well as hundreds of articles on science and SETI for newspapers, magazines, and websites.

He is a frequent guest speaker and teacher and presents at science and astronomy events throughout the country. Seth is the editor of the SETI Institute magazine "Explorer" and can also be found on Capitol Hill testifying before congressional committees on science and technology.

"I am pleased and honored to be named a Fellow of this organization, but to be honest the real honor is being able to work at an organization that is asking some really big questions - questions that everyone asks," said Seth.

"Had I been born a century earlier, the questions addressed by the SETI Institute would certainly be around, but it simply wouldn't have been realistic to even hope for answers. Today - with enormously improved technology and deeper scientific knowledge - we've moved from speculation to experimentation. Now that's pretty exciting."

Seth has been with the SETI Institute for 26 years and through his work has intrigued, inspired, and informed countless people, young and old.

Mark Showalter is a Senior Scientist at the SETI Institute whose work is largely focused on the planetary rings and moons. Mark is known for his persistence in planetary image analysis, which is what led to his discoveries of three planetary rings and six moons.

These include Saturn's tiny ring-moon, Pan, and the two smallest known moons of Pluto, Kerberos and Styx. Mark is a co-investigator on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. He is also manages the Ring-Moon Systems data archive of NASA's Planetary Data System.

"My 12 years at the SETI Institute have been the best of my career," said Mark. "I am deeply honored, and I look forward to representing the Institute in my new capacity."

Mark has already discovered more moons than Galileo, but there are surely more discoveries to come.

The SETI Institute is grateful for the service, contributions, and passion that its new Fellows continue to share with the scientific community and the wider world. Future Institute Fellows will be named based on extraordinary contributions and leadership.

EXO WORLDS
Breakthrough Listen Publishes Initial Results
New York NY (SPX) Apr 21, 2017
Breakthrough Listen - the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe - has released its 11 events ranked highest for significance as well as summary data analysis results. It is considered unlikely that any of these signals originate from artificial extraterrestrial sources, but the search continues. Further, Listen has submitted for publication in a leading astrophysics journa ... read more

Related Links
SETI Institute
Lands Beyond Beyond - extra solar planets - news and science
Life Beyond Earth


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

EXO WORLDS
NASA Receives Proposals for Future Solar System Mission

'Road to Nowhere': Retired Cosmonaut Reveals How It Feels to Walk in Space

Orion Motor Ready for Crewed Mission

Orbiting at 250 Statute Miles, Florida Tech Experiment Tested

EXO WORLDS
Testing Prepares NASA's Space Launch System for Liftoff

GSLV Successfully Launches South Asia Satellite

ISRO Successfully Launches GSAT-9 'SAARC' South Asian Communication Satellite

First Contract under Booster Propulsion Technology Maturation BAA Complete

EXO WORLDS
Seasonal Flows in Valles Marineris

NASA Rover Curiosity Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars

Is Anything Tough Enough to Survive on Mars

Japan aims to uncover how moons of Mars formed

EXO WORLDS
China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission

China to conduct several manned space flights around 2020

Reach for the Stars: China Plans to Ramp Up Space Flight Activity

China's cargo spacecraft completes in-orbit refueling

EXO WORLDS
AIA report outlines policies needed to boost the US Space Industry competitiveness

Allied Minds' portfolio company BridgeSat raises $6 million in Series A financing

Blue Sky Network Targets Key Markets For Iridium SATCOM Solutions

How Outsourcing Your Satellite Related Services Saves You Time and Money

EXO WORLDS
First luminescent molecular system with a lower critical solution temperature

Space radiation reproduced in the lab for better, safer missions

Stenciling with atoms in 2-dimensional materials possible

High temperature step-by-step process makes graphene from ethene

EXO WORLDS
First SETI Institute Fellows Announced

Taking the pulse of an ocean world

Astrophysicists find that planetary harmonies around TRAPPIST-1 save it from destruction

Two Webb instruments well suited for detecting exoplanet atmospheres

EXO WORLDS
Not So Great Anymore: Jupiter's Red Spot Shrinks to Smallest Size Ever

Waves of lava seen in Io's largest volcanic crater

The PI's Perspective: No Sleeping Back on Earth!

ALMA investigates 'DeeDee,' a distant, dim member of our solar system




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement