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Dates: Wed, Sept 18 8:00AM – 12:00PM PDT and Thurs, Sept 19 1:00PM – 5:00PM PDT
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Astrobiology Institute (NAI) is hosting a virtual Workshop Without Walls on Astrovirology to review and advance the science of understanding what a virus is, their origin, ecology, impact on evolution, and their role in exobiology as a biosignature.
This virtual workshop will be over two half-days to enabled global scientific exchange with no attendance costs or travel required. Topics covered will presented in a manner to reach a range of scientific understanding including students, researchers, educators, science writers, and members of the general public.
This virtual workshop will consist of presentations and time for questions or discussion periods, facilitated through an online multi-user video-conferencing system hosted by the technical facilities of the NAI.
Science Organizing Committee:
Gareth (Gary) Trubl, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Trubl1@llnl.gov
Kathryn Bywaters, NASA Ames/SETI, email@example.com
Kenneth Stedman, Portland State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Penelope Boston, NASA Ames, email@example.com
Schedule: (talk length/time for questions)
Day 1 – Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 8:00AM – 12:00PM PDT
Theme: Origins and Evolution
8:00–8:30 | Welcome and Introductions | Penny Boston, Ken Stedman | 30/0
8:30–9:00 | Detecting Life Universally (in Water) | Steven Benner (Foundation For Applied Molecular Evolution, USA; firstname.lastname@example.org) | 20/10
9:00–9:30 | Small Circular DNA Viruses: The muddy “playground” of recombinant, reassortant, and highly diverse viruses | Arvind Varsani (Arizona State University, USA; Arvind.Varsani@asu.edu) | 20/10
9:30–10:00 | Viruses never do as they’re told, and there’s a good reason for it: bacteria-phage coevolution as a driver of diversity | Britt Koskella (University of California Berkeley, USA; email@example.com) | 20/10
10:00–10:30 | Viral symbiosis: New rules for pre-cellular evolutionary tempo and mode | Rachel Whitaker (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA; firstname.lastname@example.org) | 20/10
10:30–10:40 | Break
10:40–11:10 | Viral infection modes and invasion fitness across a continuum from lysis to latency | Joshua Weitz (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA; email@example.com) | 20/10
11:10–11:40 | Possibilities and pitfalls of expanded host range mutations | Siobain Duffy (Rutgers University, USA; firstname.lastname@example.org) | 20/10
11:40–12:00 | Closing remarks | Ken Stedman | 10/10
Day 2 – Thursday, September 19, 2019, 1:00PM – 5:00PM PDT
Theme: Ecology and Exobiology
1:00–1:10 | Opening remarks | Ken Stedman | 10/0
1:10–1:50 | Virus taxonomy: What is it and why should I care? | Evelien Adriaenssens (Quadram Institute Bioscience, UK; email@example.com) | 30/10
1:50–2:20 | Astrovirology in marine systems: how virus-microbe interactions accelerate evolution and generate organismal diversity | Nigel Goldenfeld (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA; firstname.lastname@example.org) | 20/10
2:20–3:00 | Viral ecogenomics: exploring viral diversity and virus-host interactions from metagenomes | Simon Roux (Joint Genome Institute, USA; email@example.com) | 30/10
3:00–3:30 | Life detection and viruses as biosignatures | Kathryn Bywaters (NASA Ames/SETI, USA; firstname.lastname@example.org) | 20/10
3:30–3:40 | Break
3:40–4:10 | Using stable isotopes to track viruses in soils | Gary Trubl (Lawrence Livermore National Lab USA; Trubl1@llnl.gov) | 20/10
4:10–4:40 | Astrovirology – What’s missing? | Ken Stedman (Portland State University, USA; email@example.com) | 20/10
4:40–5:00 | Acknowledgements | Penny Boston, Ken Stedman, Gary Trubl, Kathy Bywaters | 15/5
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