As the year comes to a close, we’re delighted to bring you one last SETI Live! On June 9, 2022, NASA announced that the agency is commissioning a study team to examine unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) – that is, observations of events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena – from a scientific perspective. The study will focus on identifying available data, how best to collect future data, and how NASA can use that data to move the scientific understanding of UAPs forward.
On October 21, 2022, NASA announced the selection of 16 individuals to participate in this independent study team, one of whom is Anamaria Berea, an associate professor of Computational and Data Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also a research affiliate with the SETI Institute and a research investigator with Blue Marble Space Institute of Science in Seattle. Her research is focused on the emergence of communication in complex living systems and on data science applications in astrobiology, for the science of both biosignatures and technosignatures. She uses a wide range of computational methods to uncover fundamental patterns in the data.
Today, Anamaria joins communications specialist Beth Johnson for a special SETI Live to discuss the committee, her research, and the science of UAPs. If you enjoy this SETI Live, and others we’ve brought to you throughout 2022, please make a gift to our end-of-year fundraiser.