A Neolithic jar.  Photo credit: Georgian National Museum/Mindia Jalabadze

A Neolithic jar. Photo credit: Georgian National Museum/Mindia Jalabadze

Mike and Karen are co-authors on a new paper in PNAS reporting the earliest evidence of winemaking in Georgia.  They performed the crucial chemical analysis that led to the finding that ancient potsherds over 8,000 years old contained the chemical signatures of grape wine. 

Notable media coverage:

CNNBBC News, ReutersNational GeographicTIMENew York Times, US News & World ReportNPRWashington Post, NewsweekDaily Mail, The Guardian, International Business TimesWine Spectator, and many others.

This research is recognized by Guinness World Records as the Oldest Wine.

 

 


Mike was featured in the new Boise State University 2017 commercial.  The video made its debut on Saturday, September 2, 2017 on ESPN for the Troy vs. Boise State football game.


GRADUATE STUDENT'S NASA FELLOWSHIP TO AID METEORITE RESEARCH

Phillip Hammer, a master’s student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been selected for a prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF).  For more information, click here.


DR. MIKE CALLAHAN RECEIVES ELSI ORIGINS NETWORK (EON) SEED GRANT

Mike Callahan has received the first-ever ELSI Origins Network (EON) Seed Grant to investigate the synthesis and breakdown of organics in meteorite parent bodies due to long-term, high-energy radiation. The internationally collaborative research project involves researchers at Harvard University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Boise State University (with Callahan as principal investigator). For more information, click here.


  Artist concept credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight   Center/ Chris Smith

Artist concept credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/ Chris Smith

Our research on nucleobases and nucleobase analogs in carbonaceous meteorites received national and international media coverage (over 300 stories), which included articles appearing on CNN (front page), TIME, The Washington Post, Popular Science, Space.com, FoxNews.com, MSNBC.com, Astronomy, Chemical and Engineering News, The New York Times, US News & World Report, and International Business Times.  Mike's YouTube video discussing this research received over 97,000 views in less than 10 days (147,000+ views total), and was one of the most popular planetary science videos ever at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.  He was also featured on the Discovery Science Channel show “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” (Season 3, Episode 1), which was the 2nd highest rated hour in that time slot in the history of the Science Channel.  Our research was ranked #2 on TIME’s top 10 space moments of all of 2011 (The launch of the multibillion dollar Mars Science Laboratory was ranked higher).  

Notable media coverage:

NASA press release:  http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/dna-meteorites.html

YouTube video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g7AKVZ3HC4

TIME: Top 10 space moments of 2011:  http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2101344_2101210_2101220,00.html

TIME (DNA in Space? Biological Building Blocks Found in Meteorites):  http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2087758,00.html

Science Channel’s Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT7byONmkR0

CNN Broadcast (NASA looks to 2012 and beyond):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gUXBEr2jbw

 


  Photo credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight   Center/Mike Callahan

Photo credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Mike Callahan

Mike's research developing advanced analytical methods for the examination of microgram-sized samples of carbonaceous meteorites also resulted in a NASA Goddard web feature and media coverage.

Notable media coverage:

NASA Goddard web feature:  http://www.nasa.gov/content/new-technique-could-be-used-to-search-space-dust-for-lifes-ingredients/index.html

Cover Story and Interview with The Column:  http://images2.advanstar.com/PixelMags/lctc/digitaledition/march20-2014-uk.html#2


Our research identifying Vitamin B3 in eight carbonaceous meteorites resulted in a NASA Goddard web feature.  In a follow-up study, we found that Vitamin B3 could be synthesized on interstellar icy dust grain analogs, which also resulted in a NASA Goddard web feature and media coverage.

Notable media coverage:

NASA Goddard web feature 2014: http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/vitamin-b3-might-have-been-made-in-space-delivered-to-earth-by-meteorites/#.V4Z9zlcfWHp

NASA Goddard web feature 2015: http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/nasa-researchers-find-frozen-recipe-for-extraterrestrial-vitamin

  Photo credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Mike Callahan

Photo credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Mike Callahan


  Photo credit: Michel Py

Photo credit: Michel Py

Our research collaboration with Dr. Patrick McGovern (University of Pennsylvania Museum) involving the earliest biomolecular archaeological evidence for grape wine and viniculture from France also resulted in significant media coverage including TIME, BBC News, Discover Magazine, NPR, NBCNews, Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, Science News, Nature, Scientific American, New Scientist, and LiveScience.  Mike was interviewed by science reporters for TIME, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and WHYY Newsworks. 

Notable media coverage:

TIME article:  http://science.time.com/2013/06/06/enjoy-old-french-wine-hows-2500-years-for-you/

 


Miscellaneous Media

Naturejobs.com article:  http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/articles/10.1038/nj7394-405a

US News & World Report “Mysteries of Space” special issue:  http://www.usnews.com/products/features/science-products-mysteries-of-space

The Planetary Society - Planetary Radio:  http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2011/435.html