2010: NASA Group Achievement Award "For outstanding support to the US far infrared scientific community in preparation for Herschel observations."
2005: AEGIS Video and Film Production Award Winner, "Do the Stars Really Move?" Spitzer Science Center
Senior Research Astronomer Steven Lord joined the SETI Institute in 2014.
Steve's interests include understanding how new stars are formed in galaxies, specifically, what promotes spiral galaxy star formation in contrast to colliding galaxy star formation.
Steve also has a keen interest in astrobiology, and is a member of the Herschel HEXOS team, charged with surveying the vast chemical complexity found within the Orion Nebula and Sgr B. The molecular chemistry therein may point the path to prebiotic interstellar chemical evolution. Steve’s Herschel Space Observatory research follows a history of KAO, ISO, and Spitzer-driven spectroscopic discoveries, and is turning now toward ALMA as the source for new data.
Steve has a long-time involvement with SETI research and endeavors. He served four summers at the NASA Ames SETI office (before NASA discontinued its overt SETI involvement). He helped design early instrumentation (Project Oasis), and pioneered his own radio astronomy SETI searches.