1. September 11-15, 2016, NAI EC In-person Meeting

    The NAI Executive Council meeting on September 11-15, 2016 will be held in Polson, Montana and hosted by the Georgia Tech-Montana team.

    POCs:
    Desi Bridges (510) 468-2413
    Estelle Dodson (650) 996-0850

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


    Where

    Flathead Lake Biological Station
    32125 Bio Station Ln, Polson, MT 59860
    http://flbs.umt.edu

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    Travel Planning

    You can fly into either Missoula or Kalispell airport.

    Van pickup from the airports to FLBS will be available Sunday, September 11.

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    Lodging Reservations

    Option 1: FLBS Housing
    Reservations are now being made using the RSVP form (also listed above). Payment will be taken onsite by FLBS staff. If you have any questions about lodging please contact Desi Bridges, desireemoi.r.bridges@nasa.gov.

    Option 2: Red Lion Inn
    209 Ridgewater Dr, Polson, MT 59860
    (406) 872-2200

    Room Block Name: NASA Astrobiology Institute
    Room Block Dates: September 11-13, 2016
    Room Rate: $95/night (plus tax). Additional cost for occupancy over 2.
    Room Block Reservation Deadline: August 5, 2016


    Schedule

    Monday, September 12 – Elrod Building

    08:00-08:30 BREAKFAST

    08:30-08:45 Welcome: Jim Elser, Flathead Lake Biological Station Director, Frank Rosenzweig, “Reliving the Past” Team PI

    08:45-09:00 Opening Remarks: NAI Director, Penny Boston

    09:00-10:30 Technology/Instrument Development for Astrobiology Missions

    10:30-11:00 BREAK

    11:00-12:00 Update from NASA HQ

    12:00-12:45 LUNCH for PIs

    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 Synergy Themes / Science Working Groups / WWWs

    03:00-03:30 BREAK

    03:30-04:30 NAI Annual Science Report/ NAI Website

    04:30-05:00 Other Business
    • Format and schedule for 2017 NAI EC meetings
    • Continued submission of “Nuggets”
    • Other

    05:00 Adjourn for Group Picture

    06:15 GROUP DINNER: BBQ at the Dining Hall at FLBS

    08:00-09:15 Major Evolutionary Transitions
    Keynote Speaker: Doug Erwin (Smithsonian Institute)

    09:15 Adjourn and Discussion


    Tuesday, September 13 – Elrod Building

    08:00-08:30 BREAKFAST at FLBS cafeteria

    08:30-10:30 Major Evolutionary Transitions (continued)
    “Reliving the Past” Team Presentations (12+3 minutes)
    • Frank Rosenzweig (PI, GaTech/MT) — Overview
    • John McCutcheon (Co-I Montana)
    • Vaughn Cooper (Co-I, Pittsburgh)
    • Matt Herron (Co-I, Georgia Tech)
    • Margie Kinnersely (Co-I, Montana)
    • Will Ratcliff (Co-I, GaTech)
    • Betul Kacar (Co-I Harvard)
    • Scott Miller (Co-I, Montana)

    10:30-11:00 BREAK and DISCUSSION

    11:00-12:30 Major Evolutionary Transitions: Guest Speakers (25+5 minutes)
    • Paul Sniegowski (Co-I, U Penn)
    • Will Ratcliff (Co-I, Georgia Tech)
    • Neil Blackstone (Northern Illinois University)
    • Nicole King (UC-Berkeley)

    12:30-02:30 LUNCH, DISCUSSION

    02:30-05:00 Major Evolutionary Transitions: Guest Speakers (25+5 minutes)
    • Paula Welander (Stanford)
    • Chris Reinhard (UCR Team Co-I, GaTech)
    • Bob Blankenship (Washington University)
    • Greg Fournier (MIT Team, Co-I)
    • Wrap-up: Eric Smith & Frank Rosenzweig

    05:00 Adjourn & Group Picture

    06:00 NETWORKING and DINNER at the Flathead Brewery, Big Fork, MT

    09:00 Return to FLBS
    For those needing to depart, shuttle will be provided to Missoula or Kalispell.


    Wednesday, September 14 – Optional Field Trip to Glacier National Park – Tim Lyons (UCR)

    07:30-08:00 BREAKFAST at FLBS cafeteria

    08:00 Assemble vans and cars

    08:30-05:30 ~1h drive to Glacier National Park, West Entrance
    Route: Going to the Sun Road over Logan Pass to St. Marie’s, MT

    DINNER at Izaak Walton Inn Essex, MT

    09:30 Return to FLBS
    For those needing to depart early AM, shuttle will be provided to Missoula or Kalispell.


    Thursday September 15

    07:30 Shuttle to Missoula or Kalispell airport if you depart late AM or PM