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Announcing the PCE3 Seminar Series 2021

The NASA Astrobiology Program invites you to share and discover in the new Seminar Series of its Research Coordination Network: Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments (PCE3). The PCE3 Seminar Series is designed to highlight diverse origins of life research from all over the world, spark interdisciplinary discussion, and facilitate research connections among the PCE3 community. A primary goal of this series is to showcase the work of talented early career scientists in PCE3 sciences.

The series will begin on Thursday, June 3rd, from 1:00-2:30 pm (EST) and be held every 3rd Thursday on a continuing basis. Shifts in the seminar hours will occur with notice later in the year for inclusion of participants in Europe/Australasia. Additionally, sessions will be recorded with the permission of the speakers and uploaded to the PCE3 YouTube channel.

Each seminar will feature two speakers (~25 min each) at an early-career stage, supplemented by brief overviews and occasional presentations from mid-to-late career researchers. Speakers are asked to present recent research geared for engagement of the non-specialist, followed by discussion with the audience. Our aim is that the talks will lay a foundation for stimulating discussions and collaborations.

Please use this link to register for the series. After signing up you will receive an email with instructions on joining the Zoom meeting. You only need to register once to attend any of the upcoming seminars. If the Zoom meeting reaches capacity, the seminar will be live-streamed to the PCE3 YouTube channel for concurrent viewing.

If you are in or lead a lab that conducts research aligned with PCE3 and would like to give a talk, don’t be shy! Please reach out to the organizers.

Seminar #1 with Zoe Todd & Zachary Cohen 

Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST


  • Zoe Todd, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Washington, Catling Lab

  • Zachary Cohen, Graduate Student, University of Washington, Keller Lab

  • Topical Introduction by Roy Black, Affiliate Professor, University of Washington

Seminar #2 with Tyler Roche & Bryce Clifton 

Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST


  • ​Tyler Roche, Graduate Student, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hud Lab

  • Bryce Clifton, Graduate Student, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hud and Grover Labs

  • Topical Introduction by Nicholas Hud, Regents Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Seminar #3 with Joshua Arriola & Hannah Rutledge 

Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST


  • Joshua Arriola, Graduate Student, University of California San Diego, Muller Lab

  • Hannah Rutledge, Graduate Student, University of California San Diego, Tezcan Lab

  • Topical Introduction by Ulrich Muller, Associate Professor, University of California San Diego

Seminar #4 with Ben Pearce & Jay Forsythe 

Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST


  • Ben Pearce, Graduate Student, McMaster University, Pudritz Lab

  • Jay Forsythe, Assistant Professor, College of Charleston

  • Topical Introduction by Bruce Damer and David Deamer, University of California Santa Cruz

Seminar #5 with Damanveer Grewal & Chenguang Sun 

Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST


  • Damanveer Grewal, Graduate Student, Rice University, Dasgupta Lab

  • Chenguang Sun, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin

  • Topical Introduction by Rajdeep Dasgupta, Maurice Ewing Professor, Rice University

* Seminar #5 recording is anavailable

Seminar #6 with Sukrit Ranjan & Meng Guo 

Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST


  • Sukrit Ranjan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University

  • Meng Guo, PhD Candidate, Yale University, Korenaga Group

  • Topical Introduction by Jun Korenaga, Professor, Yale University

Seminar #7 with Art Omran & Craig Walton 

Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST


  • Art Omran, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of North Florida

  • Craig Walton, PhD Candidate, University of CambridgeTopical

  • Introduction by Dr. Matthew Pasek, Professor, University of South Florida


Seminar #8 with Ben Uveges & Gareth Izon 

Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST


  • ​Ben Uveges, Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Gareth Izon, Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Topical Introduction by Roger Summons, Schlumberger Professor of Geobiology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


* Seminar #8 recording is unavailable

Seminar #9 with Lucas Smith & Danna Qasim

Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST


  • Lucas Smith, Graduate Student, University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

  • Danna Qasim, Postdoctoral Researcher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Astrochemistry Laboratory

  • Topical Introduction by Rachel Smith, Head of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab and Curator of Meteorites at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Associate and Adjunct Professor


Seminar #10 with Saehyun Choi & McCauley Meyer

Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST


  • Saehyun Choi, Graduate Student, Pennsylvania State University, Keating Lab

  • McCauley Meyer, Pennsylvania State University, Bevilacqua Lab

  • Topical Introduction by Christine Keating, Shapiro Professor of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University


Join PCE3 on                              to continue the discussion.

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