I am Jason Wright, the winner of the SETI Institute's 2019 Drake Award. AMA!
I am a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State and a member of its Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds. In 2018, I launched Penn State’s first graduate-level course in SETI, one of only two in the United States. In addition to my SETI work, I studies stars, their atmospheres, their magnetic activity, and their planets. I am the project scientist for NEID, a NASA project to provide the US community with a premier planet-finding instrument at Kitt Peak National Observatory, a principal investigator of NExSS (NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Science, and a member of The Habitable Zone Planet Finder team at Penn State, which searches the very nearest stars for planets that could host liquid water.
Recent video: https://youtu.be/T5P_eq85gzg
[Edit: Thanks for the great questions, everyone. I'm signing off now to get ready for the ceremony tonight, then the flight back to State College. Cheers!]