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October 7th–26th, 2018: Visiting the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany.

August 23rd, 2018: Gave an invited Skype talk to a Simon Fraser University kids camp on alien life.

July 12th, 2018: Gave an invited Skype talk to a Simon Fraser University kids camp on alien life.

July 11th, 2018: Presented public planetarium show. New Solar System Discoveries. William J. McCallion Planetarium, 7pm.

June 24–27th, 2018: Presented a talk and poster at the Science of Early Life Conference at McMaster University.

June 18th, 2018: Interview with Science Sessions, the PNAS podcast program went live on PNAS website.

April 29th, 2018: Received the Cozzarelli Prize at the National Academy of Sciences Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC for PNAS paper: Origin of the RNA World: The Fate of Nucleobases in Warm Little Ponds.

  The Fairmont Washington, DC . Ben K. D. Pearce (third from left) and other awardees holding Cozzarelli Prize award certificates after the National Academy of Sciences morning award presentations. April 29, 2018.

The Fairmont Washington, DC. Ben K. D. Pearce (third from left) and other awardees holding Cozzarelli Prize award certificates after the National Academy of Sciences morning award presentations. April 29, 2018.

March 23rd, 2018: Review article, "Constraining the Time Interval for the Origin of Life on Earth," published in Astrobiology.

March 7th, 2018: Participated as a panelist at the Astronomy & Space Exploration Society (ASX) panel discussion on the requirements and search for extraterrestrial life: 'Is Anybody Out There?' University of Toronto, 7pm

  University of Toronto ASX Panel Discussion: Is Anybody Out There?    Ben K. D. Pearce (far left) and panel discussing the requirements and search for life beyond Earth. March 7th, 2018.

University of Toronto ASX Panel Discussion: Is Anybody Out There? Ben K. D. Pearce (far left) and panel discussing the requirements and search for life beyond Earth. March 7th, 2018.

Feb 22nd, 2018: Won the Cozzarelli Prize for PNAS paper: Origin of the RNA World: The Fate of Nucleobases in Warm Little Ponds.

Feb 15th, 2018: Gave an invited talk to the McMaster Undergraduate Academic Astronomy Club. Astrobiology: The Beginnings of Life and Our Place in the Cosmos. McMaster University

Jan 31st, 2018: Presented public planetarium shows. New Solar System Discoveries. William J. McCallion Planetarium, 5:45pm, 7pm.

Jan 13–19th, 2018: Presented poster at Origins of Life Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) and Gordon Research Conference (GRC) in Gavelston, TX.

Dec 30th, 2017: Interview with CBC Quirks and Quarks aired at noon EST on CBC Radio and Sirius XM.

Nov 30th, 2017: Gave a talk on our recently submitted paper about the inventory of fatty acids in meteorites and their potential reaction pathways. Astrophysics Journal Club. McMaster University.

Nov 20th, 2017: Presented a paper on the formation of uridine in microdroplets at Astrobiology Journal Club. McMaster University.

Nov 8th, 2017: Presented public planetarium shows. Asteroids: Vermin of the Sky. William J. McCallion Planetarium, 7pm, 8:15pm.

Oct 6th, 2017: Research featured on popular youtube channel SciShow.

Oct 3rd, 2017: Manuscript accepted for publication in Astrobiology: Constraining the Time Interval for the Emergence of Life on Earth.

Oct 3rd, 2017: Interviewed live on Radio Sputnik World Service, Moscow about recent PNAS article.

Sept 6th, 2017: Presented public planetarium shows. Introductory Astronomy for Kids. William J. McCallion Planetarium, 5:45pm, 7pm.

Aug 28th, 2017: Manuscript accepted for publication in PNAS: Origin of the RNA World: The Fate of Nucleobases in Warm Little Ponds.

Aug 22nd, 2017: Visit to Bumpass Hell warm little pond analog site in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California.

  Bumpass Hell.  Ben K. D. Pearce pointing out potential analogs to warm little ponds on the early Earth at Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA. August 22nd, 2017.

Bumpass Hell. Ben K. D. Pearce pointing out potential analogs to warm little ponds on the early Earth at Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA. August 22nd, 2017.

July 21st, 2017: MSc Thesis Defense. Origins Institute, 10:30am.

  Phoenix Bar & Grill.  Ben K. D. Pearce holding the traditional Phoenix chalice and signature book after the successful completion of his Master's defense. July 21st, 2017.

Phoenix Bar & Grill. Ben K. D. Pearce holding the traditional Phoenix chalice and signature book after the successful completion of his Master's defense. July 21st, 2017.

June 28th, 2017: Presented public planetarium show. Asteroids: Vermin of the Sky. William J. McCallion Planetarium, 7pm.

June 14th, 2017: Presented the case for ponds in a debate of vents vs. ponds for the site of the origin of life. Origins Institute Summer Research Afternoon, McMaster University.

  Origins Institute Summer Research Afternoon.  Andrew Tupper (left) and Ben K. D. Pearce (right) debating hydrothermal vents vs. warm little ponds as a site for the emergence of life. June 14th, 2017.

Origins Institute Summer Research Afternoon. Andrew Tupper (left) and Ben K. D. Pearce (right) debating hydrothermal vents vs. warm little ponds as a site for the emergence of life. June 14th, 2017.

May 3rd, 2017: Presented public planetarium shows. Introductory Astronomy for Kids. William J. McCallion Planetarium, 5:45pm, 7pm.

April 26th, 2017: Gave a talk at Astrobiology Science Conference. Steps to the RNA World: The Survival and Evolution of Nucleobases in Warm Little Ponds. Mesa, AZ.

   Astrobiology Science Conference 2017.    Ben K. D. Pearce (4th from left) and debate panel comparing warm little ponds to hydrothermal vents as a site for the origin of life. April 26, 2017.

Astrobiology Science Conference 2017. Ben K. D. Pearce (4th from left) and debate panel comparing warm little ponds to hydrothermal vents as a site for the origin of life. April 26, 2017.

Feb 15th, 2017: Presented public planetarium shows. Asteroids: Vermin of the Sky. William J. McCallion Planetarium, 7pm, 8:15pm.

Nov 24-25th, 2016: Attended the Canadian Space Exploration Workshop 2016. Montreal, QC

Oct 26th, 2016: Presented public planetarium shows. Dammit Jim! I'm an Astronomer. William J. McCallion Planetarium, 7pm, 8:15pm.

Oct 11th, 2016: Gave an invited talk at Physics & Astronomy Graduate Student Symposium Day. The Survival and Accumulation of Genetic Precursors Delivered to Warm Little Ponds on Early Terrestrial Planets. McMaster University.

Aug 31st, 2016: Presented public planetarium show. Tour Around the Solar System. William J. McCallion Planetarium, 7pm.

Aug 17th, 2016: Presented public planetarium show. Dammit Jim! I'm an Astronomer. William J. McCallion Planetarium, 7pm.

May 18th, 2016: Gave an invited talk at Planet and Star Formation Coffee. Meteorites and the RNA World. Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany.

May 1st–July 29th, 2016: Researched abroad at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and the Institute of Organic Chemistry. Heidelberg, Germany.

March 31st, 2016: Presented public 3D theatre show. Einstein's Universe: A 3D Exploration of the Cosmos. Origins Institute 3D Theatre, 7pm.

March 23rd, 2016: Gave an invited talk to the McMaster Undergraduate Academic Astronomy Club. Astrobiology: Is there Life Beyond Earth? McMaster University