Special Sessions

Are We Alone in the Universe? The Science and Strategies to Search for Evidence of Past Life on Earth, the Solar System, and Beyond
In Memory of Jack Farmer—Father of Exopaleontology, Face of Astrobiology, Teacher to Thousands Around the World

Poster session:
Sun., 15 Oct., 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m., David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Hall B (presenters available from 9–11 a.m.).

Oral session:
Sun., 15 Oct., 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 335.

Advocates: Maria Farmer, Alice Baldridge, Nicholas Lang, Sherry Cady

Endorsers: GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Geobiology Geomicrobiology Division; ExxonMobil; NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory


From microbes to Mars, Paleontology to Planetary Protection, from science education to a strategy for Solar System Exploration. The legacy of one man's works chipped away at the centuries-old question. Are we alone in the universe? Following Jack's comprehensive approach to his work that integrated what seemed like disparate fields into a unified interdisciplinary approach that revolutionized the search for life in the universe and influenced the creation of groundbreaking fields in space exploration such as astrobiology and exopaleontology.

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