Dr Yvonne Cagle
NASA Astronaut, flight surgeon
Yvonne Cagle is a NASA Astronaut and flight surgeon. After earning her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University, Dr. Cagle earned an M.D. from the University of Washington.
Dr. Cagle retired as a Colonel in the United States Air Force (USAF) where she served as a Senior Flight Surgeon. She is the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, United States Air Force Air Staff Exceptional Physician Commendation and National Technical Association Distinguished Scientist Award.
In 2012 Dr. Cagle was a Brussels TEDx Speaker and has held adjunct professorships with Stanford University, UC Davis, and The University of Texas Medial Branch. Dr. Cagle, in collaboration with NASA, is currently a Visiting Professor at Fordham University, NY where she was awarded an honorary Ph.D. recognizing her cumulative body of career work advancing science, medicine, technology, and humanity.
Dr Jennifer Blank
research scientist, Mars Curiosity Rover
Jen Blank (@jenblank) is an astrobiologist at the NASA Ames Research Center in the heart of Silicon Valley.
She is a member of the Mars Curiosity rover science team and studies Mars analog environments on Earth, focusing on the potential of water-rock interactions to support microbial life and the geochemical signatures of such life that are captured in the rock record.
Jen earned BS/BA degrees in Geology/English from Stanford, an MS in Oceanography from the University of Washington, and a PhD in geochemistry from CalTech. She's also studied fluid evolution and phase changes in real time using diamond cell pressure chambers and vibrational spectroscopy.
Scaling up, she's fired large cannons to generate conditions akin to those of a comet hitting the earth - and found that amino acids can polymerize to peptides in these ballistic impacts. When not working, Jen spends time with her thoroughbred, Billy, and coding.
Director, New Zealand Astrobiology Network
Hari is on the board of the Space Science Festival, KiwiSpace Foundation, Mars Society New Zealand, and former executive member of the NZ Institute for Intelligence Professionals.
She took part in the analogue Mars missions in Utah at the Mars Desert Research Station as the first NZ crew, and received the NASA Ames internship for planetary protection. Hari is also an organizer for Spacewardbound New Zealand, with participation from NASA Ames.