Chemistry Alumnus Arthur Spivack to Co-Chair NASA’S Astrobiolgy Science Conference

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Spivack (V SB'80, PhD '86) is currently Professor of Oceanography at URI's Graduate School of Oceanography.

Art Spivack wears black plastic glasses and stands in front of ocean water.
Dr. Arthur “Art” Spivack, SB ’80, PhD ’86

Chemistry alumnus Arthur Spivack (V SB ’80, PhD ’86) is set to Co-Chair NASA’S Astrobiolgy Science Conference (AbSciCon) this May in Providence, Rhode Island. Held every two years, AbSciCon will assemble the the astrobiology community to share research, collaborate, and plan for the future. AbSciCon 2024 will be held from May 5 – May 10 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

The inaugural AbSciCon was held in 2000 at NASA Ames Research Center with 100 attendees. Over two decades later, the event  has evolved into a major outlet for over 1,000 members of the astrobiology community to share and exchange ideas with colleagues around the globe.

Spivack earned his undergraduate degree from MIT in 1980, and went on to earn a PhD from the MIT-Woods Hole Institute Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering in 1986. He is currently a Professor of Oceanography at University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, where he specializes in the chemistry of the earth and utilizing chemistry to understand geology, biology, and climate.