1. October 5 - 6, 2017, NAI EC In-person Meeting

    The NAI Executive Council meeting on October 5-6, 2017 will be held in Cambridge, MA and hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) NAI Team.

    Desi Bridges
    (510) 468-2413

    Please fill out the NAI EC Meeting RSVP page by September 1, 2017. We use this information for transportation planning and communication.


    The NAI EC meeting will be held at:
    Doc Edgerton Room
    Residence Inn Boston Cambridge

    Lodging Reservations

    Residence Inn Boston Cambridge
    120 Broadway
    Six Cambridge Center
    Cambridge, MA 02142
    Ph: (617) 349-0700

    For public transportation directions from Boston Logan International Airport to the Residence Inn, click here.

    Room Block Name: NASA Astrobiology EC Meeting
    Room Block Dates: October 4-7, 2017
    Room Rate: $296.00/night
    Room Block Reservation Deadline: September 6, 2017

    To book a room, visit the Marriott (Residence Inn) website.


    Thursday, October 5, 2017

    06:30–08:30 BREAKFAST in Hotel Lobby

    08:30–08:45 Welcome and Introductions (Doc Edgerton Room)
    Penny Boston and Roger Summons

    08:45–10:00 NAI 2.0 at its 20th Anniversary

    10:00–10:30 BREAK

    10:30–12:00 Institute Programs
    - Reassesment of Student Programs
    - Minority Institution Research Support Program (MIRS) – View Slides
    - The NAI International Partners Program – View Slides
    - NAI Fellows Program (New!)
    - Scheduling Next Year’s EC Meeting

    12:00–12:45 LUNCH

    12:45–01:30 PI in camera Session (Team PIs only)

    01:30–02:00 Report-out from in camera Session (EC, NAI Central, NASA HQ)

    02:00–03:00 Seminar by Luis Campos, Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology

    03:00–3:30 BREAK

    03:30–05:00 NAI 2.0 Brainstorming Session

    05:00 Adjourn

    06:30 GROUP DINNER

    EVOO Cambridge
    350 3rd Street (in Kendall Square)
    Cambridge, MA 02142

    View the Dinner Menu
    Directions from the Residence Inn to EVOO

    Friday, October 6, 2017

    06:30–08:30 BREAKFAST in Hotel Lobby

    08:30–08:45 Introduction to MIT Team (Doc Edgerton Room)
    Roger Summons

    08:45–10:00 Presentations
    - Tayler Mackey
    - Kelsey Moore
    - Emily Matys
    - Emmy Smith

    10:00–10:30 BREAK

    10:30–12:00 Presentations, continued
    - Hannah Kaplan
    - Francis Macdonald
    - Tanja Basak
    - Greg Fournier

    12:00 LUNCH

    01:30–04:00 Tour of Media Lab and other MIT Facilities – Bldg E14 Lobby (75 Amherst St)

    About the Media Lab Tour:
    The MIT Media Lab transcends known boundaries and disciplines by actively promoting a unique, antidisciplinary culture that emboldens unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas.

    The Lab creates disruptive technologies that happen at the edges, pioneering such areas as wearable computing, tangible interfaces, and affective computing. Today, faculty members, research staff, and students at the Lab work in over 27 research groups and initiatives on more than 450 projects that range from digital approaches for treating neurological disorders, to advanced imaging technologies that can “see around a corner,” to the world’s first “smart” powered ankle-foot prosthesis. Lab researchers are committed to delving into the questions not yet asked, whose answers could radically improve the way people live, learn, express themselves, work, and play.

    Learn more here: https://www.media.mit.edu/about/mission-history/