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SETI Institute Achievements: Q2 2022 Activity Report

SETI Institute Achievements: Q2 2022 Activity Report

Activity Report 2022 Q2 - JWST

More than 100 SETI Institute scientists are advancing humanity’s understanding of the universe. They are discovering new exoplanets, exploring the surface of Mars, scanning the galaxy for signs of technologically advanced civilizations and piecing together clues that can tell us how planets, stars and the universe formed. Our education team is empowering educators to inspire and train the next generation of groundbreaking scientists. And our outreach efforts reach and excite millions of people around the world.

Here is a taste of what we have been doing:

More than 50 papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals:

  1. Beddingfield, C. B.; Cartwright, R. J.; Leonard, E.; Nordheim, T.; Scipioni, F. (2022) Ariel's Elastic Thicknesses and Heat Fluxes, The Planetary Science Journal, 3, 5.
  2. Cody, A. M., Hillenbrand, L. A., Rebull, L. M. (2022) The Many-faceted Light Curves of Young Disk-bearing Stars in Taurus as Seen by K2, The Astronomical Journal, 163, 212
  3. Obbard ,R.; Bradley, A.; Rigor, I. (2022) Remotely Monitored Buoys for Observing the Growth and Development of Sea Ice In Situ, Journal of Oceanic and Atmospheric Technology, 39, 8.
  4. Pahlevan, K.; Schaefer, L.; Elkins-Tanton, L.; Desch, S.; Buseck, P. (2022) A primordial origin of hydrospheric deuterium enrichment on Mars, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, in press.
  5. Tremblay, C. D.; Price, D.; Tingay, S. (2022) A Search for Technosignatures toward the Galactic Centre at 150 MHz, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 39, E008.

Conferences, Abstracts, Proceedings:

  1. Harman, P. K.; Clark, C., Cody, S. (April 1, 2022) Exploring Visible and Invisible Light and Energy in a Three-Dimensional Learning Setting, National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) National Conference, workshop.
  2. Jenniskens P.; Gural, P.; Samuels, D.; Albers, J.; Rau, S.; et al. (June 13-17, 2022) Dynamical and physical properties of 400 CAMS detected meteor showers, Meteoroids 2022, abstract.
  3. Lee, P.; McKay, C. P.; JSchutt, J. W.; Ahmad, J.; Quinn, G.; et al. (May 4-6, 2022). Roving and caving on Mars: Critical needs for Science and Human Exploration Science Objectives for the Human Exploration of Mars Workshop, abstract 6018.
  4. Sheikh., S. Z. (June 27-30, 2022) A review of electromagnetic transmission SETI, Penn State SETI Symposium 2022.
  5. Warren-Rhodes, K. A.; Cabrol, N. A.; Phillips, M.; Hinman, N.; Kalaitzis, F.; et al. including the SETI NAI Team. (May 15-20, 2022) Decoding the Patterns of Lie: Toward Predictive Search and Biosignature Detection in the Salar de Pajonales (Chile), A Blueprint for Mars and Beyond. Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon22), abstract 203-01.


  1. Spry, J. A. (2015-Ongoing) Mission support to the NASA Office of Planetary Protection for the New Horizons, OSIRIS-REx, Parker Solar Probe, ARTEMIS, InSight, MarCO, Solar Orbiter, EM1, EM1 secondary payloads (cubesats) and Psyche.
  2. Tremblay, C. D. (2022) Installation and testing on the Very Large Array Commensal Open-Source Multimode Interferometric Cluster (COSMIC) that is being designed and built to complete all-sky SETI surveys.
  3. Wohler, B.; Twicken, J. D.; Tenebaum, P.; Smith, J. C.; Caldwell, D. A.  (Ongoing) Science Processing Operations Center (SPOC) pipeline data processing for NASA TESS mission.
  4. Zupanska, A. (Ongoing) A plant scientific payload BRIC-27 scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on December 23, 2023.


  1. Andersen, D. T. (Summer 2022) Preparing for 2022 Field Expedition to Lake Untersee, Antarctica (Oct-Dec).
  2. *Lee, P. (2022) Haughton-Mars Project (HMP)-2022 Planning. We are returning to Haughton Crater, Devon Island, High Arctic, this summer after skipping two summers due to travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. HMP-2020 was cancelled. HMP-2021 took place in Oregon.HMP-2022 will return to Devon Island.
  3. *Sobron, P. (2022) Field work at Geldingadalir, Iceland. Our team deployed a suite of ruggedized, handheld spectroscopic instruments and studied the biogeochemistry of volcanism on other planetary bodies.

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