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2004 Annual Science Report

University of Hawaii, Manoa Reporting  |  JUL 2003 – JUN 2004

UH NAI Visiting Faculty Scholars Program

Project Summary

The University of Hawaii (UH)-NAI has established a Visiting Faculty Scholars program that brings external collaborators to work with local researchers.

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3 Teams
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Project Progress

The University of Hawaii (UH)-NAI has established a Visiting Faculty Scholars program that brings external collaborators to work with local researchers. The program will inject a breadth of innovative ideas to the UH-NAI, and strengthen our interdisciplinary research. We have secured a two-bedroom apartment in the University of Hawaii Faculty housing complex across the street from the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) to host our visitors up to three months each year. The director of the Institute for Astronomy has agreed to pay for the other 75% of the year for IfA visitors to make this apartment a viable resource. Further, the IfA has contributed $4,000 toward furnishing the facility. The facility was set up during June, 2004, and our first visitor, Akiva Bar-Nun, has arrived from Tel-Aviv University for a period of two months. Already, there has been considerable interaction among team members with our first visitor. In addition, we have established a visitor committee (NAI team members: Gaidos, Kaiser, and Reipurth), and the IfA has established a visitor committee, and a policy document has been set up regarding criteria for use of the visiting faculty facility. Our team is now entertaining proposals for additional visitors. The committee will meet quarterly, and review applications consisting of a short proposal and a curriculum vitae.

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    Karen Meech Karen Meech
    Project Investigator
    F. Scott Anderson

    Kimberly Binsted

    James Cowen

    Eric Gaidos

    David Jewitt

    David Karl

    Klaus Keil

    Rolf-Peter Kudritzki

    Michael Mottl

    Tobias Owen

    Bo Reipurth

    Jeff Taylor

    Objective 1.1
    Models of formation and evolution of habitable planets

    Objective 1.2
    Indirect and direct astronomical observations of extrasolar habitable planets

    Objective 2.1
    Mars exploration

    Objective 2.2
    Outer Solar System exploration

    Objective 3.1
    Sources of prebiotic materials and catalysts

    Objective 3.2
    Origins and evolution of functional biomolecules

    Objective 4.1
    Earth's early biosphere

    Objective 4.3
    Effects of extraterrestrial events upon the biosphere

    Objective 5.1
    Environment-dependent, molecular evolution in microorganisms

    Objective 5.2
    Co-evolution of microbial communities

    Objective 5.3
    Biochemical adaptation to extreme environments

    Objective 6.1
    Environmental changes and the cycling of elements by the biota, communities, and ecosystems

    Objective 6.2
    Adaptation and evolution of life beyond Earth

    Objective 7.1
    Biosignatures to be sought in Solar System materials

    Objective 7.2
    Biosignatures to be sought in nearby planetary systems