1. February 7 - 8, 2017, NAI EC In-person Meeting

    The NAI Executive Council meeting on February 7-8, 2017 will be held in Pasadena, CA and hosted by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

    Desi Bridges (510) 468-2413, desireemoi.r.bridges@nasa.gov
    Estelle Dodson (650) 996-0850, estelle.dodson@nasa.gov

    Please fill out the NAI EC Meeting RSVP page. We use this information for transportation planning and communication.


    The NAI EC meeting will be held at:
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Bldg 233, Room 305E

    4800 Oak Grove Dr
    Pasadena, CA 91109

    Lodging Reservations

    The Westin Pasadena
    191 N Los Robles Ave
    Pasadena, CA 91101
    (626) 792-2727

    Room Block Name: NASA Astrobiology Institute EC Meeting
    Room Block Dates: February 6-9, 2017
    Room Rate: $175.00
    Room Block Reservation Deadline: January 7, 2017

    To book a room, go to: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1611254146&key=1CC85CF0

    Room details: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/rooms/index.html?propertyID=1453


    Visitors will need to provide this completed form to Desi Bridges (desireemoi.r.bridges@nasa.gov).

    You must bring original hardcopies of your ID and any necessary papers when onsite at JPL.

    Also because of the implementation of the REAL ID Act, those with a driver’s license from the following states may require a second form of ID (such as a passport, military ID, or Enhanced Driver’s License):
    - American Samoa
    - Minnesota
    - Missouri
    - Washington

    A full list of acceptable IDs is available at https://centerwide.arc.nasa.gov/detail.php?32846.


    Tuesday, February 7th

    08:00–08:30 BREAKFAST

    08:30–08:45 Welcome and Introductions

    08:45–10:00 Institute Business
    - AbSciCon planning/ International Partners
    - Maximizing the impact of summer internships
    - Updates from NAI Synergy Themes
    - Other

    10:00–10:30 BREAK

    10:30–11:15 PI in camera Session (Team PIs only)

    11:15–11:45 Report-out from in camera Session (EC, NAI Central, NASA HQ)

    11:45–01:00 LUNCH and walk to “Left Field”

    01:00–03:00 JPL Team-A Mission Planning (held in “Left Field” in a nearby building)
    - Introduction by JPL Innovation Foundry
    - Identification of a Universal Biomarker

    03:00–03:30 BREAK

    03:30–05:00 JPL Team-A Mission Planning (continued)
    - Break-out Sessions
    - Summary and Wrap-up

    05:00 Adjourn

    06:30 GROUP DINNER
    Roy’s Restaurant
    641 East Colorado Blvd
    Pasadena, CA 91101
    (626) 356-4066

    Wednesday, February 8th

    08:00–08:30 BREAKFAST

    08:30–10:15 JPL Icy Worlds Team Science Presentations

    08:30 – 08:50 Diana Blaney – Principal Investigator – Mapping Imaging Spectrometer for Europa (MISE) Instrument

    08:50 – 09:15 Michael Russell (JPL) – Is Helicoidal Green Rust the Missing Link Between Hydrothermal Chemistry and Biochemistry?

    09:15 – 09:30 Marc Baum / John Moss (Oak Crest) – Green Rust Synthesis for Early Earth Vent Environment Simulations

    09:30 – 09:45 Vince Aguirre (Oak Crest) – Nitrogen Redox Catalyzed by Green Rust in Hydrothermal Precipitates

    09:45 – 10:00 Laurie Barge (JPL) – Hydrothermal Chimneys: Electrochemistry, Phosphorus Chemistry, and Organic/Mineral Feedbacks

    10:00 – 10:15 Erika Flores (JPL) – Amino Acid Synthesis in Iron Oxyhydroxides Simulating Alkaline Hydrothermal Systems

    10:15–10:35 BREAK

    10:35 – 11:00 Steve Vance (JPL) – Probing the Habitability of Ocean Worlds

    11:00 – 11:25 Michael Brown (Univ. of Washington) – A Sea Change in Solution Thermodynamics

    11:25 – 11:45 Bob Pappalardo – Project Scientist – Europa Clipper Mission – Mission Overview

    11:45 – 12:05 Christophe Sotin – Icy Moons: Interior Structure and Dynamics

    12:05 – 12:30 Tuan Vu – Chemistry of Frozen Brines: Application to Icy Worlds

    12:30–01:20 LUNCH

    01:30–04:00 Tour of JPL
    - Astrobiology Lab – Laurie Barge
    - Ice Chemistry Lab – Paul Johnson
    - Von Karman Museum Tour
    - Spacecraft Assembly Facility Tour