Natalie Batalha, professor of astronomy & astrophysics and director of the Astrobiology Initiative, has received the UCSC Presidential Chair appointment to support her work to unite the sciences, humanities, and arts in a search for evidence of life on earth.
Understanding the origins of life on this planet could offer hints about where to search for life elsewhere, says Natalie Batalha, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “It has very significant implications for the future of space exploration.”
Original story from Science News.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS), the major organization of professional astronomers in North America, has established a new accolade, Fellow of the AAS, to honor members for extraordinary achievement and service.
UCSC Newsroom — Alumna Natalie Batalha, who made Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people on Earth, has discovered approximately 4,000 new planets—some of which may turn out to be capable of supporting life.