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Sara Walker
Arizona State University
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Professor Sara Walker is an astrobiologist and theoretical physicist interested in the origin of life and how to find life on other worlds. While there are many things to be solved, she is most interested in whether or not there are laws of life - related to how information structures the physical world - that could universally describe life here on Earth and on other planets. Sara's research team aims to develop new theory for living systems, to explain their origins, and to identify them on other worlds. The team studies living processes across many scales: from the microscale interactions of the chemistry happening within cells to the macroscale interactions of societies and planets. At Arizona State University she is Deputy Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, Associate Director of the ASU-Santa Fe Institute Center for Biosocial Complex Systems and Assistant Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. She is also Co-founder of the astrobiology-themed social website, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Blue Marble Space. She is active in public engagement in science, with appearances at the World Science Festival and on "Through the Wormhole" and NPR's Science Friday.

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This user is listed as an organizer for the following meetings:

  1. Information Transitions in Life


This user is listed as a presenter for the following agenda items:

  1. Evolving Chemical Systems/Talk 3 + Large Group Discussion
  2. Major Transitions in Life: Origins to Translation/Abstract models of life as applied to origins and transitions


This user is listed as an attendee for the following meetings:

  1. Evolving Chemical Systems
  2. Major Transitions in Life: Origins to Translation