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.
Bill Bottke, Southwest Research Institute
PRESENTED ON February 23, 2015
- A Spectral Database for Earth-Like Exoplanets Lisa Kaltenegger, Cornell University — December 1, 2014
- Hotwired Life: Microbial Energy Acquisition by Electron Transfer Across the Biotic-Abiotic Interface Moh El-Naggar, University of Southern California — October 27, 2014
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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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AbGradCon (Astrobiology Graduate Conference) provides a unique setting for astrobiologically-inclined graduate students and early career researchers to come together to share their research, collaborate, and network. AbGradCon 2014 marks the tenth year of this conference—each time in a different place and organized by a different group of students, but always with the original charter as a guide.
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.
PRESENTED ON February 18, 2015
- 8th International Workshop on Thermodynamics, Disequilibrium and Evolution (TDE) Laura Barge, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory — November 10, 2014
- Workshop on Thermodynamics, Disequilibrium and Evolution (TDE) Douglas Galante, CNPEM — September 24, 2014
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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.
Steven Dick, Unknown Institution
PRESENTED ON September 18, 2014
- Ancient Earth, Alien Earths Various Speakers — August 20, 2014
- Finding Alien Life: On Earth, on Mars, and Throughout the Cosmos Steven Benner, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution — May 22, 2014
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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.
Jordan Okie, Unknown Institution
COMING UP April 6, 2015
- Polarimetry of Exoplanetary Atmospheres: Haze, Molecules, and Biosignatures Svetlana Berdyugina, Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik — March 2, 2015
- Collaborative Practices in Astrobiology Research: The NASA Astrobiology Institute Arsev Umur Aydınoğlu, NASA Astrobiology Institute — February 9, 2015
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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.
Every first Tuesday of the month, S.A.G.A.N. (saganet.org) hosts a program called “Talk to an Astrobiologist”, where the public is invited to interact with a high-profile astrobiologist, who replies to questions on video. Each session lasts about an hour.
The Space Telescope Science Institute presents live and on-demand webcasts related to science, technology, and business to the scientific community and the public at-large. Live webcasts, production services, and the webcast archive are managed by the Information Technology Services division of the Space Telescope Science Institute.
Jill Mikucki, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
PRESENTED ON April 4, 2014
- Titan: Ingredients for Life Catherine Neish, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center — March 7, 2014
- Compositions and Temperatures of Exoplanet Atmospheres With HST/WFC3 Avi Mandell, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center — February 7, 2014
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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.
Metal and Metalloid Tolerance Mechanisms of Metal Hyperaccumulator Plants and Their Applications for Human Extraterrestrial ColoniesJohn Freeman, NASA Ames Research CenterPRESENTED ON December 2, 2014
- The Origin of Microbial Species: Peering Into Microbial Genomes to Understand Microbial Adaptation Into New Ecological Niches Rika Anderson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — November 25, 2014
- Earliest Earth to the Origin of Life Norman Sleep, Stanford University — November 18, 2014
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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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Jan Amend, University of Southern California
PRESENTED ON April 5, 2013
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.