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Zachary Adam recipient of the 2017 Origins Project Postdoctoral Lectureship Award

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Posted on March 15, 2017 - 6:04pm

Zachary AdamThe Origins Project is pleased to announce Zachary Adam is the recipient of the 2017 Origins Project Postdoctoral Lectureship Award. This $10,000 award, the largest of its kind in the world, is offered to promising young scholar-scientists on the basis of their scholarly achievement and potential, as well as their skills in science communication. Part of the award is a week-long residency at Arizona State University where Adam will offer a series of departmental colloquia and a large public lecture on the topic of his expertise in early April.

"Understanding the Origin of life is one of humanity's most interesting questions and one of the first questions the Origins Project turned to after it began here at ASU in 2009. There have been a number of exciting developments since that time, and Zachary Adam is playing a key role in some of the most exciting research collaborations that might tell us, within a decade perhaps, how life originated on Earth. It will be great to have him here to discuss, with both the scientific community, and the public, the newest research in this field.”

Adam is a research associate at Harvard University in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Harvard Origins Initiative. His research focuses on the broad theme of “Physicochemical automata and life’s origins,” which will be the basis for the talks he is scheduled to give during his time at ASU.

"I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to share new results and perspectives that have generated much excitement among my colleagues over the last few years of our work together! We hope that our study into unique geochemical conditions that can support prebiotic nucleotide precursor production will inspire novel experiment designs for the future, and perhaps a re-evaluation of the likelihood of creating complex networks of interacting compounds on our young planet prior to the establishment of life.”

“With sincerest thanks to the ASU Origins Project, it is my hope that this award also serves to honor the hard work carried out by my teammates at the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative and Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, the Earth-Life Science Institute in Japan, and the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science."

For more information on the public lecture, stay tuned to https://origins.asu.edu/events.

The Origins Project Postdoctoral Lectureship Award is one of many awards and scholarships that the Origins Project has available to students, researchers, and scholars. For more information visit https://origins.asu.edu/awards-scholarships.

For more information contact Amelia Huggins at Amelia.Huggins@asu.edu or 480-965-0053.