2009 Annual Science Report
University of Hawaii, Manoa Reporting | JUL 2008 – AUG 2009
The computational astrobiology summer school (CASS) is a two week program, followed by a semester of mentored independent work, which has the following goals:
- To introduce computer science and engineering (CS&E) graduate students to the field of astrobiology, – To introduce astrobiologists to the tools and techniques that current methods in CS&E can provide, and – To encourage interdisciplinary projects that will result in advances in astrobiology.
We have begun planning the Computational Astrobiology Summer School for August 2010, and are exploring the possibility of supplemental funding for Canadian attendees from the Canadian Space Agency.
PROJECT INVESTIGATORS:Kimberly Binsted
PROJECT MEMBERS:Mary Kadooka
RELATED OBJECTIVES:Objective 1.1
Formation and evolution of habitable planets.
Indirect and direct astronomical observations of extrasolar habitable planets.
Outer Solar System exploration
Sources of prebiotic materials and catalysts
Origins and evolution of functional biomolecules
Origins of energy transduction
Origins of cellularity and protobiological systems
Earth's early biosphere.
Production of complex life.
Effects of extraterrestrial events upon the biosphere
Environment-dependent, molecular evolution in microorganisms
Co-evolution of microbial communities
Biochemical adaptation to extreme environments
Effects of environmental changes on microbial ecosystems
Adaptation and evolution of life beyond Earth
Biosignatures to be sought in Solar System materials
Biosignatures to be sought in nearby planetary systems