7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 7 July
Right now multiple spacecraft are circling over Mars, searching for discovery that would inspire humankind as much as any in our history.
Sarah Stewart Johnson will trace the evocative history of our explorations of Mars, from Galileo to William Herschel to Carl Sagan, recount how have scoured this enigmatic planet for signs of life and tell us how current missions are seeking to prove that we are not alone.
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Sarah Stewart Johnson’s scientific research focuses on the evolution of planetary environments, particularly with regard to the search for life on Mars. She has created models of the early Martian atmosphere, completed field seasons in Antarctica, Australia and Madagascar, conducted research at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and worked on the NASA Science Teams for the Opportunity, Spirit, and Curiosity Mars Rovers.
Sarah also worked as a White House Fellow for the President’s Science Advisor during the first term of the Obama Administration. Just prior to joining the Georgetown faculty in 2014, she was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows.
She is a Goldwater, Truman, and Rhodes Scholar, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. She holds a B.A. in mathematics and environmental studies from Washington University in St. Louis, a second B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics and M.Sc. in biology from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in planetary science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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