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Jason Dworkin, Chief of the Astrochemistry Laboratory
08.24.10
 
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[silence] [music] Jason Dworkin: My name is Jason Dworkin, I'm the chief of the Astrochemistry Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

I also work in the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory here. Right now, my primary job is to be chief of the Astrochemistry Laboratory, which is really a management position, so my job there is solving other people's problems.

And when they come up with a science problem they're stuck with, give, uh, a knowledgable perspective that isn't quite so entrenched in the day-to-day that can really help them solve their problems as well as putting together two problems together that are in different projects and see how they work.

When I'm not doing that, I'm actually working in the laboratory--the Astrochemistry Laboratory--where we're studying organic compounds from extraterrestrial samples, from simulations of extraterrestrial samples, and from Earth analogs extraterrestrial environments.

The most exciting part about what I do at work are, uh, are really two things. And partly, it's...or, mostly, it's the people I work with. Particularly, the people in this laboratory--the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory-- are just tremendously talented, motivated, interesting people and we work together very, very well, which is one of the reasons that this laboratory is a success.

In addition, the work itself is very interesting, very exciting. We're pushing back some really interesting frontiers of science, making new discoveries all the time, and really trying to get at some of these unanswered questions that have been plaguing science for decades, and in some cases, humanity for existence. [silence]

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