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Conquering Space: Inside the world of Aerospace Research - AWIS Palo Alto
Stanford University -Medical School Office Building (MSOB) Room 303
Stanford, CA
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Have you ever wonder what it is like to work at NASA? Do you want to hear stories from behind the scenes of NASA science? Register for the NASA-Ames all-stars women scientist panel!

Dr. Cook is the Integration and Test Lead for a volatile-sensing instrument on the Resource Prospector Mission, which will prospect and drill for water ice at the lunar poles in the 2020s. She has also led the development of a Mars orbiter mission concept called Aeolus, which aims to measure annual Martian weather patterns.

Dr. Li is a Lead Scientist for the development of Nanotechnology based sensor arrays and miniature instrument for chem/bio detection with application in space, medical, and environmental monitoring. Her expertise includes sensor chip design, sensing materials development, electronics for data acquisition and hardware interfacing.

Dr. Iraci is a Principal Investigator for the Alpha Jet Atmospheric eXperiment (AJAX) Project, which measures greenhouse gases over California and Nevada, and observes ozone and pollution levels over the Pacific Ocean. Recent flights have collected data to support validation of NASA's OCO-2 satellite, as well as the recently-launched TROPOMI sensor.

Dr. Liddell is a Staff Scientist for the BioSentinel Mission, which was selected to fly to deep-space as a secondary payload on the Orion Shuttle in 2020. With her background in DNA repair and molecular genetics, Dr. Liddell helps in developing a biosensor to detect, measure, and correlate the impact of deep-space radiation to living organisms over long flight durations beyond Low Earth Orbit.

Dr. Wilhelm is an early-career planetary scientist and organic biogeochemist whose research focus is on biomarker preservation and life detection in martian and icy-world analog environments. She has done field work in eastern Antarctica and the Atacama Desert in Chile. She is also a member of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Science Team and a Co-Investigator on an instrument proposal for the Europa Lander mission. She recently completed her PhD in Planetary Science at Georgia Tech in 2017 and obtained her bachelors in Earth Science from Cornell University in 2012.

Dr. Kirven-Brooks is a Staff Scientist for the NASA Astrobiology Institute. She has worked at NASA Ames for 22 years. In her first ten years at Ames, she has served as a Science Lead on the development of hardware for the International Space Station: an Incubator and a Cell Culture Unit, and also the Deputy Project Scientist and Project Scientist for Space Station and Shuttle experiments. She now works in the field of astrobiology, working to answer some very basic questions such as how did life begin, how has it resolved, and where should we look for life outside of the Earth. Before Ames, Dr. Kirven-Brooks had a brief career as a tech writer.

About AWIS: Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a global non-profit organization that inspires bold leadership, research, and solutions that advance women in STEM and drive systemic change. AWIS Palo Alto is the local chapter of AWIS, providing career support and building community among women in STEM in the Peninsula.
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Stanford University -Medical School Office Building (MSOB) Room 303 (View)
1265 Welch Road
Stanford, CA 94305
United States


Education > Workshops
Other > Technology
Social > Adult

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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