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January 2000

Woody Sullivan to Discuss Astrobiology at SAS Annual Awards Banquet

by George Best
January Meeting

Woody Sullivan
Professor of Astronomy
University of Washington

Saturday, January 29
6 p.m.

Yankee Diner
5300 24th Ave NW Seattle

RSVP by January 15 to:

Gerald W. West
9103 27th NW
Seattle, WA 98117

It's time for our annual awards banquet with a great speaker, awards, great food and door prizes. Our featured speaker is the UW’s Woody Sullivan, who will discuss the new graduate program in Astrobiology.

Astrobiology, the study of life in the universe has recently become established as an exciting scientific field. It focuses on Earth’s extreme microbial environments (hydrothermal vents, polar sea ice, abyssal microbial communities, and subterranean chemo-autotrophic systems). These extreme ecosystems, inhabited by bacteria and archaea, can serve as analogs and models for the development of extraterrestrial life.

Sullivan received his PhD in 1971 from the University of Maryland and joined the faculty of the UW in 1973. He is interested in the search for extraterrestrial life. Indeed, he has been a major contributor in the SETI project, which many of us are involved with.

The banquet is Saturday, January 29, at the Yankee Diner in Ballard. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and Sullivan’s talk starts at 7 p.m. RSVPs are due by January 15. (See the form on page 6.) For directions and a map, see the SAS Web page at

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