Mars: Fiction vs Research- April 2019

Ever seen a movie and wondered “are there aliens on Mars”? Join us for a review of how Mars has been portrayed on the silver screen through time. We’ll look at perceptions of the red planet and how both fact…

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Ever seen a movie and wondered “are there aliens on Mars”? Join us for a review of how Mars has been portrayed on the silver screen through time. We’ll look at perceptions of the red planet and how both fact and fiction have shaped our views.

Before starting her undergraduate degrees in Astrophysics and Geology at West Virginia University, Caitlin received a patent on earthquake forecasting methodology. She then worked on radio pulsars, theoretical seismology, and rocket science at West Virginia University.

In 2012, she interned at the USGS Astrogeology Team in Flagstaff, Arizona, working on Martian mineral spectroscopy. In 2015, Caitlin started graduate school at the University of Arkansas working on her Ph.D. in space and planetary science. She helped plan and build the Pluto Laboratory at the Arkansas Center for Planetary Simulations and now manages it. Caitlin’s current research includes analyzing cryo-geology of Pluto from New Horizons data, experimental ice spectroscopy, collaborating on Ceres geology, and works on her previous Mars and earthquake work on occasion.

She enjoys presenting at conferences, forming collaborations, and outreach as a NASA Solar System Ambassador. The United States’ division of Junior Chamber International named Caitlin one of its 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Americans. This is in addition to being the 2018 “Outstanding West Virginian” recipient. Caitlin also guest hosts a mini-radio show with the local NPR radio station KUAF 91.3 called “Scratching the Surface.”

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