Podcaster: Host : Fraser Cain ; Guest: Dr. Jane Shevtsov, Dr. Brian Koberlein, Chris Carr, Pam Hoffman

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Title: Weekly Space Hangout – Making Soil for Space Habitats with Dr. Jane Shevstov (NIAC Phase 1 Selection)

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Description:  Today’s story:

  • The largest rotating objects in the Universe.
  • SMBHs blowing winds early.
  • Everything in the summer skies.

Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain )

Special Guest: This week we are very pleased to welcome Dr. Jane Shevtsov, Mathematical Biology Instructor at UCLA, to the WSH. Her project proposal, Making Soil for Space Habitats by Seeding Asteroids with Fungi, is one of NASA’s 2021 NIAC Phase I selections.

Originally from Ukraine (which was then part of the Soviet Union), Jane and her family came to the United States when she was 7. She grew up in Los Angeles, and later earned a BS in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from UCLA in 2005. In 2021 she earned her PhD in Systems Ecology from the University of Georgia.

In her spare time, Jane is an avid reader and enjoys rock wall climbing.

To learn more about her NIAC proposal, visit the project’s NASA webpage (

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