Schedule and Events

Plenary Speakers

Randy Noka
Tribal Elder of the Narragansett Indian Tribe
Charlestown, Rhode Island
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Opening Plenary
Sunday, 05 May 2024
05:00PM (ET)
Ballroom A

Member and Tribal Elder of the Narragansett Indian Tribe. Former Narragansett Tribal Council Member and Tribal Ambassador. Former Executive Officer for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), for the United South & Eastern Tribes (USET) and for the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society. Principal and Chief Consultant on Aboriginal & Tribal Affairs for Nokasett, LLC consulting services. Board Member of Native Green. Environmental, human rights, and civil rights advocate.

Cristina Cabrera
Executive Director
NESAWG (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group)
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Opening Plenary
Sunday, 05 May 2024
05:00PM (ET)
Ballroom A

Executive Director of NESAWG (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group). Community organizer, water protector, and social and environmental justice organizer for twenty five years. Urban community grower, Master Gardener, and URI soil tester. Co-founder of Native Green; co-founder of Global Village Farms. Former executive director of two social and environmental justice grassroots organizations. Co-Founder of two architectural design and construction businesses. Popular Educator and Spanish-English interpreter and translator. Background in Architecture, Urban Design & Planning, Project Management, and Business Management.

Tim Lyons
Distinguished Professor of Biogeochemistry
University of California, Riverside
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Plenary
Monday, 06 May 2024
08:30AM (ET)
Ballroom A

Tim Lyons is a Distinguished Professor of Biogeochemistry in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at University of California-Riverside. He is Director of the UCR Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center and the Wilber W. Mayhew Endowed Chair in Geo-Ecology. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geochemical Society, and the American Geophysical Union.

Lyons is the 2022 recipient of the Arthur L. Day Medal from the Geological Society of America and has been honored with visiting professorships and fellowships throughout the world. He holds a B.S. in engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, an M.S. in geology from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from Yale University. His primary research interests include astrobiology, geobiology, ancient climate, coevolution of Earth’s early life and environments, and the search for life beyond our solar system.

Martina Preiner
Max Planck Research Group Leader
Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology
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Plenary
Thursday, 09 May 2024
08:30AM (ET)
Ballroom A

Martina Preiner studies possible transition points between geo- and biochemistry at the Max-Planck-Institute for terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany. She is currently focusing on two things: organic cofactors as a missing link between the abiotic and the biotic and the influence of porosity on mineral catalysis.

OSIRIS-REx

Jason Dworkin
Senior Scientist
Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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Public Lecture
Thursday, 09 May 2024
06:15PM (ET)
Ballroom A

Jason Dworkin works in the Solar System Exploration division NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as the senior scientist for astrobiology. He is the project scientist for the OSIRIS-REx mission and founded the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory at Goddard where he studies organic compounds from meteorites and sample return material including OSIRIS-REx and Hayabusa2.

Rachel Funk
Astromaterials Curator
Johnson Space Center, NASA
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Public Lecture
Thursday, 09 May 2024
06:15PM (ET)
Ballroom A

Rachel Funk works in Astromaterials Curation at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. She works as an astromaterials processor specializing in sample handling and manipulation of astomaterials. She currently works with the OSIRIS-REx and Hayabusa2 collections. She is also the lab manager for both of those collections.

Pierre Haenecour
Assistant Professor
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona
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Public Lecture
Thursday, 09 May 2024
06:15PM (ET)
Ballroom A

Pierre Haenecour is an Assistant Professor in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona. As a Co-investigator on the OSIRIS-REx mission, he investigates the compositions, microstructure, and abundance of insoluble organic matter (IOM) and presolar grains in Bennu samples. He is also the OSIRIS-REx Sample Analysis Data Management Working Group Lead.

Hannah Kaplan
Research Space Scientist
Planetary Systems Lab, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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Public Lecture
Thursday, 09 May 2024
06:15PM (ET)
Ballroom A

Hannah Kaplan is a research space scientist in the Planetary Systems Laboratory at Goddard Space Flight Center. She uses infrared spectroscopy to understand the composition of planetary surfaces, asteroids, and meteorites, with the goal of determining the distribution of water and organics in our Solar System. She is a member of the OSIRIS-REx science team and the Lucy L’Ralph instrument science team.