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December 2013

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Assessment to Enhance Air Force and Department of Defense Prototyping for the New Defense Strategy
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Assessment to Enhance Air Force and Department of Defense Prototyping for the New Defense Strategy: A Workshop Summary

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Billions of Earth-sized Habitable Planets Likely to Exist in our Galaxy

The New York Times
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Astronomers using data supplied by NASA's Kepler spacecraft report that as many as 40 billion habitable planets exist in our galaxy.

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published University of California, Berkeley grad student Erik Petigura's paper which "represents a major step toward the main goal of the Kepler mission" to measure the fraction of sun-like stars that have Earth-size planets. "It seems that the universe produces plentiful real estate for life that somehow resembles life on Earth," Mr. Petigura said.


The New York Times feature includes an interactive Tally of Planets, as well as a video animation by UC Berkeley/UH-Manoa/Illumina Studios of Kepler's field of view and the "Goldilocks zone" of  habitable planets.


Related Reports: New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Limits of Organic Life in Planetary Systems, and Review of Science Requirements for the Terrestrial Planet Finder:Letter Report




Leadership Changes in DEPS

Cherry A. Murray completes her second term as chair of DEPS at the end of this year.  Dr.  Murray is Dean of Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Previously she served as principal associate director for science and technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and before joining Lawrence Livermore in 2004, she served for 26 years on the technical staff at Bell Laboratories concluding her service there as senior vice president for physical sciences and wireless research.  

Succeeding Dr. Murray as DEPS chair beginning in 2014 will be Steven E. Koonin Professor of Information, Operations & Management Sciences at New York University and Director of the NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress. Previously Professor Koonin served as Undersecretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and, before joining DOE in 2009, as BP's Chief Scientist. He came to BP in 2004 after almost three decades as Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology, serving as the Institute's Vice President and Provost for the last nine years.

Upcoming Meetings

December 2, 2013
Determinants of Market Adoption of Advanced Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Technologies
Board on Energy and Environmental Sciences
Keck Center
Washington, DC

December 3-4, 2013
Overcoming Barriers to Electric Vehicle Deployment
Board on Energy and Environmental Sciences
Keck Center
Washington, DC

December 4, 2013
Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics
Board on Mathematical Sciences & Their Applications
Keck Center
Washington, DC

December 12, 2013
Human Spaceflight: Public and Stakeholder Opinions Panel Meeting 4
Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board/Space Studies Board
Keck Center
Washington, DC

December 13, 2013
Space-based Additive Manufacturing of Space Hardware
Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board
Keck Center
Washington, DC

December 17-18, 2013
Review of Army Research Laboratory Programs for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions
Laboratory Assessments Board
Keck Center
Washington, DC



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