Science in Philosophy, Philosophy in Science – Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra

By Kurt Ger Jacob Haqq-Misra is a research scientist at Blue Marble Space Institute of Science. His areas of focus include planetary habitability, atmospheric dynamics, environmental ethics, extraterrestrial life, and space settlement (he has an upcoming book on the subject with the University Press of Kansas). He completed his Ph.D. in meteorology and astrobiology (2010) and his M.S. in meteorology (2007) from Penn State University. He also holds degrees in astrophysics and computer science from the University of Minnesota (2005). […]

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Venusian Phosphine: A Call for Further Research

Written by Sarah Treadwell If you have never heard of phosphine before, be prepared to see it as the hot new buzz word in planetary science.  A press release by the Royal Astronomical Society revealed that the presence of phosphine was detected in the atmosphere of Venus by a team of researchers, including one of our scientists from BMSIS. While phosphine can be made in the laboratory and has been previously detected on Jupiter and Saturn, there’s no currently known […]

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Dr. Mrina Nikrad’s Unconventional, yet, Perfect Journey to Curing Diseases

By Elisabeth Lee One of the biggest worries an undergraduate student may have is whether or not they are pursuing the proper degree or chasing the perfect career. But as senior scientists and researchers shower their wisdom upon younger students, there is a common theme of uncertainty and an overall normalization to adjust what you pursue as you gain more experiences. Dr. Mrina Nikrad is a senior scientist at the pharmaceutical company Editas Medicine, and she takes part in developing […]

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Forward Contamination of Mars

Submitted by Esma Bozlak to fulfill the ethics in science requirement for the Young Scientist Program at BMSIS. Mars has attracted the attention of scientists from the past to present, and going to Mars to explore with robots as well as with humans has been of interest to many people. Many successful, as well as unsuccessful, Mars missions have been attempted since the beginning of the space age. The first successful launch was done with Mariner 4 in 1964. It was the […]

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All-Seeing Eye: Dr. Anamaria Berea

By Kurt Ger As I opened up Zoom to get to my interview with Dr. Berea, I felt nervous. The brief hour I’d spent looking her up beforehand to get an idea of what I could ask had returned entirely too many answers. A PhD in economics, another in computational social sciences, winning a Keck Futures Initiative grant as a postdoc, her research published in six places and supported by institutions across the United States, data scientist and AI mentor […]

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