Activity Report of the SETI Institute August 2016

With the fall breezes beginning their appearances here in Mountain View, our Summer Interns have gone back to school after impressing us with their summer projects.  However, SETI Institute scientists are still keeping busy.  They continue to unravel more puzzles about our local celestial neighbors as well as other worlds many light-years away.  Every day, researchers at the SETI Institute are expanding both our knowledge and understanding in the quest to find life beyond Earth.

This work includes publications in peer-reviewed journals, research presentations and speaking engagements, technical reports, intellectual property filings, and more.  

As part of our public outreach commitment to share the Institute’s science and research, we present our monthly “Activity Report of the Carl Sagan Center” which catalogs the work of our scientists.

In the August 2016 report, among the numerous publications you will see: “Planetary Candidates Observed by Kepler VII. “The First Fully Uniform Catalog Based on the Entire 48-month Data Set (Q1–Q17 DR24),” published by The Astrophysical Journal Supplement; “Shielding Biomolecules from Effects of Radiation by Mars Analog Minerals and Soils,” accepted by the International Journal of Astrobiology; and “M Stars in the TW Hya Association: Stellar X-Rays and Disk Dissipation,” revealed in The Astronomical Journal.

Also in this report you will find ongoing participation by SETI Institute scientists at conferences and events, including preparing for speaking opportunities such as a Kepler presentation at the Presidio in San Francisco and asteroid discussions at Evergreen Community College in San Jose.  One of our SETI Institute scientists also participated in the India Spaceward Bound Expedition with numerous stops across the subcontinent. 

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