2010 Annual Science Report

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Titan Reporting  |  SEP 2009 – AUG 2010

EPO Activity: Ffame Outreach to University and College Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Project Progress

The book Life, the Universe, and the Scientific Method (S. A. Benner, author, with illustrations by Jake Fuller, 320 pp) was targeted to science students in one of the classical disciplines encompassed by astrobiology (geology and planetary science, chemistry, physics, biology, informatics, engineering), helping them learn about the other disciplines. It was adopted as a teaching text at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. The book has supported public lectures at universities across the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, and China, including these:

Title: The Role of Planet Earth in Life’s Origins
Place: Boston, MA
Organization: Harvard University Origins Program
Dates: October 5-8, 2009

Title: Life in the Universe (photo attached)
Place: University of Florida
Organization: Undergraduate Astrophysics Society
Dates: April 2, 2010

A special outreach activity presenting astrobiology to community college and college faculty under the auspices of an NSF-funded tutorial program.
Title: Synthetic Biology
Place: Atlanta Georgia
Program: NSF Nucleic Acids Tutorial
Organization: Georgia State University
Dates: May 25- May 27, 2010

Outreach to specialist university audiences:

Title: Synthetic Biology
Place: Austin, TX
Organization: University of Texas @AUS
Dates: January 14-16, 2010

Title: Paleogenetics
Place: Austin, Texas
Organization: University of Texas @AUS
Dates: April 29-30, 2010

Title: Synthesizing Artificial Genetic Systems
Place: Hangzhou, China
Organization: 6th Sino-US Chemistry Professors Conference (SINO-US-6)
Dates: June 13-17, 2010

Title: Synthesizing Artificial Genetic Systems
Place: Beijing, China
Organization: Tsinghua University
Dates: June 18, 2010

Title: Synthesizing Artificial Genetic Systems
Place: Beijing, China
Organization: The Chinese Academy of Science
Dates: June 22, 2010

Title: Synthesizing Artificial Genetic Systems
Place: Chengdu. China
Organization: Sichuan University
Dates: June 24, 2010

Title: Synthesizing Artificial Genetic Systems
Place: Beijing, China
Organization: Peking University
Dates: June 28, 2010

Title: Synthesizing Artificial Genetic Systems
Place: Beijing, China
Organization: Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Science
Dates: June 29, 2010

Title: Synthesizing Artificial Genetic Systems
Place: Shanghai, China
Organization: Shanghai institute of Organic Chemistry (Chinese Academy of Science)
Dates: July 2, 2010