Author Archives: Benu Atri

By: Benu Atri Science Hack Day is a 2-day-all-night event where anyone excited about making weird, silly or serious things with science get together at a venue to see what they can create within 24 consecutive hours. People form multidisciplinary teams over the course of a weekend: particle physicists team up with school kids, scientists join forces with musicians, and molecular biologists collaborate with electrical circuit building enthusiasts. This excellent video from SHD-2013 beautifully captures the essence of the event: On October 23-24 2015, the 6th annual Science Hack Day took place at the GitHub headquarters in San Francisco. I was very fortunate to have been invited to attend as a science ambassador. Being a part of this accomplished group of folks was incredible! Check out the bios of all the other ambassadors. As an ambassador, I was to participate in the event, give an optional science hack related talk…

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By: Benu Atri I was recently invited to attend the 1st Blue Marble Science Symposium held in the exquisite Hilton Hotel in Downtown, Chicago on Sunday, 14th of June, 2015. Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra and Dr. Sanjoy Som, co-founders of the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science (BMSIS) who are also members of the organizing committee of Astrobiology India, organized the symposium. BMSIS is a non-profit research institute with an interdisciplinary approach to studying the relationship between Earth system science, space exploration, and the future of humanity. The attendees of the Blue Marble Science Symposium were a mix of undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early career investigators from United States as well as international institutions and many of these were BMSIS scientists. The timing of the Blue Marble Symposium was impeccably chosen to be a day before the start of the Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon) 2015, also held at the same venue. AbSciCon…

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Are we alone? Is there life elsewhere in the Universe? Astrobiology attempts to answer such questions. To explain what Astrobiology is, and comment on its status as a research topic in India and India’s first interplanetary mission ‘Mangalyan’, or the Mars Orbiter Mission, Dr. Preeti Nema was invited to the All India Radio Science Magazine program. Dr. Preeti Nema, is a research scientist at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, Seattle. She is an astrobiologist, microbiologist, science communicator and is also one of the core team members of Astrobiology India. Here is a segment of the radio program featuring her comments:

Space Pioneer award for the year 2015 was presented to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the Science and Engineering category during the 34th Annual International Space Development Conference held at Toronto in Canada during May 20 -24, 2015. National Space Society (NSS) of USA presented this award in recognition of ISRO’s efforts in accomplishing Mars Mission in its very first attempt. Read More…

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