The Director’s Seminar series features talks from scientists who are invited by the NAI Director to present their research results to the community. A primary goal of the seminars is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration across NAI teams and within the astrobiology community at large.
Eric Herbst, University of Virginia
PRESENTED ON March 10, 2014
- Amino Acid Analysis of Titan Tholins and Comparison With Other Prebiotic Reaction Systems Henderson Cleaves, Carnegie Institution of Washington — February 10, 2014
- Astrobiology and the Anthropocene Epoch David Grinspoon, NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology — December 16, 2013
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The Workshop Without Walls concept was developed by the NAI as part of its mandate to use modern information technology to foster interdisciplinary and collaborative research among widely distributed investigators.
Martin Van Kranendonk, University of New South Wales
PRESENTED ON May 20, 2013
- Stellar Stoichiometry Workshop Steven Desch, Arizona State University — April 11, 2013
- Present-Day Habitability of Mars Workshop David Paige, University of California, Los Angeles — February 4, 2013
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The focus on collaborative technologies has enabled a unique phenomenon to emerge: the Workshop Without Walls. This structure brings together scientists from across the astrobiology community in a focused environment combining presentations with rich discussion.
Daniel Apai, University of Arizona
COMING UP March 16, 2014
- Habitability of Icy Worlds Workshop Patricia Beauchamp, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory — February 5, 2014
- Astrobiology Science Conference 2012 AbSciCon — April 16, 2012
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Keeping the community up to date on timely events, new research developments, and emerging trends is a priority. These talks are not topically related, but are presented here as a special collection.
Carl Pilcher, NASA Astrobiology Institute
PRESENTED ON September 20, 2011
As a way to build community, this seminar series provided an opportunity for early career astrobiologists to share their work with one another and with the astrobiology community at large.
Jennifer Glass, Georgia Institute of Technology
PRESENTED ON March 3, 2014
- Information Hierarchies, Chemical Evolution and the Transition From Non-Living to Living Matter Sara Walker, Arizona State University — February 3, 2014
- UV Radiation Tolerance of Tardigrades Daiki Horikawa, Université Paris Descartes — April 24, 2012
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Each year, summer interns at the NAI’s Goddard Center for Astrobiology present their work. Via collaborative technologies, they are able to present to the entire astrobiology community—adding an important dimension to their educational experience.
Team Overview Seminars describe the work of the fourteen NAI teams and NAI Central. They offer an opportunity to find out more about the science, E/PO and other activities being performed by the NAI teams and the NAI Central office.
The University of Washington seminar series is hosted by the NAI Virtual Planetary Lab (VPL) team live from the University of Washington campus in Seattle.
Drew Gorman-Lewis, University of Washington
PRESENTED ON December 3, 2013
- An Early Earth Predisposed to Phosphorylation of Organics Matthew Pasek, University of Arizona — November 26, 2013
- Organic Geochemistry From Hydrothermal Vents on Earth to the Great Lakes of Titan Christopher Glein, Arizona State University — November 19, 2013
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The NASA Astrobiology Program is conducting research around the globe, developing unique instruments to investigate some of Earth’s most remote and extreme environments in the search for life. Not only are they are expanding the knowledge we have of our planet; they are building and testing tools, systems and technologies for future NASA missions.
In this series of videos, meet the researchers and learn about their work in unique and dramatic areas on Planet Earth.
Nathalie Cabrol, SETI Institute
PRESENTED ON February 13, 2014
- 2. Planetary Lake Lander (PLL) Introduction Nathalie Cabrol, SETI Institute — February 13, 2014
- 3. Planetary Lake Lander (PLL) - Adaptive Systems Nathalie Cabrol, SETI Institute — February 13, 2014
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Ravi Kopparapu, Pennsylvania State University
PRESENTED ON May 3, 2013
- Life Underground Jan Amend, University of Southern California — April 5, 2013
- Follow Your Curiosity: The Search for Habitable Environments on Mars Daniel Glavin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center — March 1, 2013
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The Big Picture Science radio show and podcast engages the public with astrobiology through lively and intelligent storytelling. Science radio doesn’t have to be dull. The only dry thing about our program is the humor. Big Picture Science takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style.
While NASA celebrates 50 years of Solar System exploration in 2012, the last two of those years saw an unprecedented cluster of activity. From comet and asteroid encounters to landing an analytical chemistry laboratory on the surface of Mars, we have dared and learned much. Throughout it all, fundamental research has provided the foundation and impetus for exploration. These talks give the state of the art in astrobiology research in 2012.