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The Gustaf Arrhenius Symposium

11/04/2019 - 8:00am to 7:30pm
The Great Hall at UC San Diego
Event Description: 

Please join us for the Gustaf Arrhenius Symposium, taking place at the International House Great Hall at UC San Diego, just off North Torrey Pines, on Monday, November 4th. The symposium will honor longtime Scripps Oceanography Professor Gustaf Arrhenius and the many contributions he made to our understanding of the origins and limits of life and planetary geochemistry. The program begins at 8AM and ends with an evening reception.

RSVP here.

Detailed agenda and flyer here.

  • 8–8:30 am Breakfast
  • 8:30–9 am Opening Remarks
  • 9–9:30 am Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy, Scripps Research Institute - In search of the chemistries leading to the origins of life
  • 9:30–10 am Stephen Mojzsis, University of Colorado, Boulder - Before Life: Geophysical and geochemical constraints on molecular evolution
  • 10–10:30 am Mark Van Zuilen, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris - Traces of life in ancient silica deposits
  • 10:30–11am Break
  • 11–11:30 am Chris Greenwell, University of Durham - Life on the edge? Studying biomolecules at layered mineral interfaces
  • 11:30-12 pm Steve d’Hondt, University of Rhode Island - Coring for Life
  • 12-12:30 pm Jan Amend, University of Southern California - Another chemolithotrophic metabolism missing in nature—sulfur comproportionation
  • 12:30–1:45 pm Lunch
  • 1:45–2:15 pm George Cody, Carnegie Institution for Science - Shedding light into the dark history of the solar system: Molecular and isotopic studies of extraterrestrial organic solids in primitive meteorites
  • 2:15–2:45 pm Meenakshi Wadhwa, Arizona State University - Cosmochemical implications of studies of short-lived radionuclides in meteorites
  • 2:45–3:15 pm Ed Young, UC Los Angeles - The oxidation state of extrasolar planetary rocks
  • 3:15–3:45 pm Break
  • 3:45–4:15 pm Abigail Fraeman, NASA, JPL - Exploring the sedimentary rock record of Mars: Clues to past environments and habitability
  • 4:15–4:45 pm Jennifer Blank, NASA, Ames Research Center - TBD
  • 4:45–5:15 pm James Day, Scripps Institution of Oceanography - Pioneer in the Wild West: The contributions of Gustaf Arrhenius to our understanding of the Solar System
  • 5:15–5:30 pm Asoka Mendis and Mark Thiemans, UC San Diego - Personal reflections
  • 5:30–5:45 pm Melvin Simon, Agouron Institute - Closing Remarks
  • 5:45–7:30 pm Reception
For more information on this event, contact: 
Lihini Aluwihare
(858) 822-4886
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