Johnson Family Series

Johnson Family Lecture Series in Science Presents

Sarah E. Moran, Ph.D.
Strange New Worlds: Exoplanet Atmospheres through the Eyes of the James Webb Space Telescope
April 24, 6:30 p.m.
Lecture begins at 7 p.m.
Jenkin and Barbara David Theater (Alumni Hall) at Park University, 8700 NW River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152

Sarah MoranSARAH MORAN, PH.D., the first Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Arizona, will discuss the chemistry, clouds and climates of worlds within and beyond the solar system as observed by the James Webb Space Telescope. Moran will put into context what these discoveries mean for finding habitable — and possibly inhabited — worlds in the future, as steps are taken along the road to answering the big question: Are we alone?

In early September 2022, Moran was among the team of scientists that discovered the first detection of carbon dioxide in an exoplanet with the Webb telescope, and her work was featured in a Science magazine article in January. Moran earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree and Master of Arts degree, both in planetary sciences, from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in astrophysics from Barnard College / Columbia University in New York.