The Massey Dialogues – Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar on Earth Research that Matters for Life on Other Planets

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The Massey Dialogues – Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar on Earth Research that Matters for Life on Other Planets

Wednesday, April 1 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT


Dr. Sherwood Lollar has found water where no one thought it was. What does this tell us about potential for elsewhere in the Universe?

Principal Des Rosiers will interview Senior Fellow and Earth Sciences Professor Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar about the most important aspects of her research, followed by a conversation with former Junior Fellow Dr. Si Yue Guo, a Postdoctoral Researcher In Physical Chemistry at The Matter Lab, and Michael O’Shea, Junior Fellow and PhD Student in Higher Education, about the impact Dr. Sherwood Lollar’s talk has on their own work, and what among her ideas they would like to see pushed further.

The Dialogues are open to the public – we invite everyone to join and take part in what will be a very informative online discussion. Massey Members are asked to please RSVP their attendance below.

Click here Wednesday at 12:00pm EST to join this livestream event. Participants are invited to submit questions to the speakers in real time via the youtube channel’s chat function as well as through Twitter with the hashtag #MasseyDialogues.

Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar , Companion of the Order of Canada and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is a University Professor in Earth Sciences at the University of Toronto. She is a Canada Research Chair in Isotopes of the Earth and Environment, Past-President of the Geochemical Society and Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Sherwood Lollar has published extensively in research on stable isotope geochemistry and hydrogeology, the fate of carbon-bearing fluids and gases such as CO2, CH4 and H2 in ancient fracture waters in the Earth’s crust, and the role of deep subsurface microbial populations in carbon cycling. She has been a recipient of many academic awards (including the NGWA Darcy Lecturer, Canada Council Killam Fellowship and NSERC Accelerator, and Steacie Awards), the 2012 Eni Award for Protection of the Environment, 2012 Geological Society of America Geomicrobiology and Geobiology Prize, 2014 International Helmholtz Fellowship, 2016 NSERC John Polanyi Award, 2016 Bancroft Award for the Royal Society of Canada and 2018 Logan Medal of the Geological Association of Canada. Sherwood Lollar is currently Director of the Earth, Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences Division of the Royal Society of Canada. She is 2018 Chair of the United States National Academy of Sciences Review for the Strategy for Astrobiology and the Search for Life in the Universe.


Dr. Si Yue Guo is a postdoctoral researcher in physical chemistry in Prof. Alan Aspuru-Guzik’s group at the University of Toronto where she is developing a new approach for computation using chemical reactions. An alumna Junior Fellow of Massey College, she has a Joint Honours BSc in Physics and Mathematics from McGill University and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Toronto, where she studied the reaction dynamics of molecules at crystal surfaces in Prof. John Polanyi’s lab.


Raised in Chicago, Michael O’Shea is now a Junior Fellow and PhD Student in Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for the Studies in Education. Prior to Massey College, he worked in a number of public service, community non-profit, and higher education roles in the U.S. and Canada. Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. in Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College. He studied at McGill University on a Fulbright Scholarship. In his free-time he enjoys playing basketball in the Athletic Center, walking the streets of Chicago, and playing jigs and tangos on the accordion.




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Wednesday, April 1
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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