Editor’s Note: This week we’re at the 235th AAS Meeting in Honolulu, HI. Along with a team of authors from Astrobites, we will be writing updates on selected events at the meeting and posting each day. Follow along here or at astrobites.com. The usual posting schedule for AAS Nova will resume next week.
Dannie Heineman Prize: Making a Habitable Planet (by Ellis Avallone)
Prof. Ted Bergin from the University of Michigan discusses the required ingredients for a habitable world.
This morning started off with Edwin (Ted) Bergin (University of Michigan), the winner of this year’s Dannie Heineman Prize, discussing the formation of habitable worlds. He began by thanking all of his collaborators, placing special emphasis on the students who had “taught [him]so much” and the band Rush that “helped [him]survive grad school.” Bergin began his talk by highlighting some of the diversity work he’s been involved in, a notable venture being a workshop at the University of Michigan to discuss the effects of unconscious bias in the faculty hiring process and how to work against these biases.
Bergin then moved on to the main focus of the talk, carbon — specifically its journey from the molecular cloud the Sun ...