1. NAI Awards Early Career Scholarships for Travel to Western Australian Field Sites

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    The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) has selected six early career astrobiologists to participate in a 10-day trip to astrobiology-relevant field sites in Western Australia. The 2018 Australian Astrobiology Tour is organized by the Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA) and led by Professor Martin Van Kranendonk, a leading expert in Precambrian geobiology. The field trip will include visits to remote sites of fossilized stromatolites from the c. 1.8 Ga Duck Creek Dolomite and c. 2.4 Ga Turee Creek Group, and a walk through the transition across the rise of atmospheric oxygen (the GOE).

    The six early career scientists selected are:

    Huan Cui, University of Wisconsin
    Nadja Drabon, Stanford University
    Maeva Millan, Georgetown University
    Sukrit Ranjan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Kirsten Siebach, Rice University
    Eddie Schwieterman, University of California, Riverside

    Congrats to our awardees!

    More information on the Western Australia Astrobiology Grand Tour is available at: http://astrobiology.nz/aam2018/2018/01/15/event-2-astrobiology-grand-tour/.