1. Recipients of NASA Early Career Collaboration Awards

    We are pleased to announce the selections for the April 2016 Early Career Collaboration Award.

    Steffen Bueseccher, Arizona State University

    Daniel will collaborate with Hiroshi Imanaka (NASA Ames Research Center), “Deciphering the Role of Abiotic N2O formation on atmospheric N2O in the Archaean and implications on the faint young Sun paradox.”

    Ben Galeota-Sprung, University of Pennsylvania

    Ben will travel to University of Pittsburgh to collaborate with Vaughn Cooper to examine how mutation rates evolve over time.

    Daniel Gregory, University of California, Riverside

    Daniel will visit Steve Romaniello and Aleisha Johnson at Arizona State University to examine the rates and mechanisms of pyrite oxidation.

    Sally Potter-McIntyre, Southern Illinois University

    Sally will travel to Utah for fieldwork and to the University of Colorado, Boulder to work with Tom McCollom to analyze the origin and history of jarosite.

    Mary Sabuda, Michigan State University

    Mary will collaborate with the Hoehler lab at NASA Ames and travel to the CROMO field site in support of “Investigations of Methane, Sulfur, and Iron in the Serpentinite Subsurface using Depth-Resolved Biogeochemical Analyses, Stable Isotope Geochemistry, and Microcosm Approaches.”

    Zhirui Zeng, Stanford University

    Zhirui will collaborate with the Summons lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to examine “Archaeal Lipid Biomarker GDGTs Biosynthesis.”

    More information about past recipients and the Early Career Collaboration Award is available at http://nai.nasa.gov/funding/nasa-astrobiology-early-career-collaboration-award/.