Scott Hubbard is The Carl Sagan Chair for the Study of Life in the Universe,which was established at the SETI Institute in 1997. At my request, he graciously agreed to answer a few questions on Monday. Here are his replies. Any mistakes or misunderstandings in reporting his views are my own.
1) Could you explain for a moment your work at SETI? - As the Carl Sagan Chair I provide strategic direction and guidance to about 50 scientists engaged in the broad study of life in the Universe. Those include aspects of space science, planetary ring systems and so forth. My job is to help identify new areas of research, to help scientists diversify their research portfolios, to find funding opportunities and to create a sense of team work.