Life at the SETI Institute: Meet Dr. Jon Jenkins -- Video

05/19/2010 04:09 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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This one-minute excerpt comes from a special colloquium celebrating the 25th anniversary of the SETI Institute.

Watch a video of Dr. Jon Jenkins giving a one-minute summary of his work.

2010-05-19-Jenkins.jpgJon Jenkins joined the SETI Institute and the Carl Sagan Center in 1992 as a Principal Investigator. Shortly after arriving at the SETI Institute, he became interested in detecting planets by analyzing measurements of stars to search for small drops in brightness corresponding to when a planet crosses in front of its star, blocking out a small fraction of the light. Dr. Jenkins is currently the Co-Investigator for Data Analysis for the NASA Kepler spacecraft. He led the design and implementation of the Science Operations Center Science Pipeline, which processes the pixel data from Kepler to detect signatures of transiting planets.