1. NAI Newsletter

    With this issue of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) Newsletter, we are merging the content of the NAI Newsletter with the International Astrobiology Newsletter (IAN), https://ian.arc.nasa.gov. IAN has been hosted by the NAI for many years as a service to the international astrobiology community, a community which itself has provided the newsletter’s content. Because there existed numerous sites that report on the science of astrobiology, IAN focused on activities such as astrobiology conferences and conference sessions, workshops and educational events, career opportunities, and proposal calls. This and future issues of the NAI Newsletter will incorporate content from IAN, providing a more comprehensive update on activities in the growing field of astrobiology.

    The European Astrobiology Institute

    Wolf Geppert introduces the new virtual institute. https://europeanastrobiology.eu

    AbSciCon 2019 Call for Proposals

    AbSciCon Session Proposal Submissions are now open! Deadline is 6 November 2018, 11:59 PM ET.


    Was Life on the Early Earth Purple?

    Early life-forms on Earth may have been able to generate metabolic energy from sunlight using a purple-pigmented molecule called retinal.

    Reassessing Exoplanet Meteorology from the Thermal Phase Variation

    A thermal model applied to light curves of planet-bearing stars accurately reproduces much of the large-scale data of existing full-orbit photometry captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope.

    Laughing Gas Could Have Helped Warm Early Earth

    Scientists find a potential mechanism to explain how nitrous oxide could have filled the “greenhouse gap.”

    Geoelectrodes and Fuel Cells for Simulating Hydrothermal Vent Environments

    Scientists use fuel cell experimental techniques to simulate black smoker hydrothermal vents.

    Upcoming Events and Deadlines

    Nov 5 – 6, 20184th NoR HGT & LUCA Conference: Molecules to Microbes, Athens, Greece

    Dec 10 – 14, 2018AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, DC, USA (Registration Open)

    Jan 29 – Feb 1, 2019Mars Extant Life: What’s Next?, Carlsbad, NM, USA (Abstract Submission Deadline: Nov 15, 2018)

    Mar 4 – 8, 2019Kepler & K2 Science Conference V, Glendale, CA USA (Presentation Abstract Submission Deadline: Nov 15, 2018)

    Mar 18 – 22, 201950th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX, USA (Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan 8, 2019)

    Mar 31 – Apr 5, 2019New Quest in Stellar Astrophysics IV: Astrochemistry, Astrobiology, and the Origin of Life, Puerto Vallarta, MX (Pre-Registration Open)

    April 4 – 6, 20192nd International Conference on Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Astrobiology, Auckland, NZ (Early Registration Deadline: Nov 20, 2018)

    May 14 – 16, 2019Humans to Mars Summit (H2M 2019), Washington DC, USA (Early Registration Open)

    May 27 – 31, 20193rd Advanced School on Exoplanetary Science, Vietri sul Mare, Italy (Registration Deadline: Mar 1, 2019)

    Jun 17 – 20, 2019From Stars to Planets II, Gothenburg, SE

    Jul 22 – 26, 2019Ninth International Conference on Mars, Pasadena, CA, USA (Indication of Interest Due: Mar 6, 2019)

    Aug 19 – 23, 2019Extreme Solar Systems IV, Reykjavik, IS

    Nov 4 – 8, 20194th COSPAR Symposium: Small Satellites for Sustainable Science and Development, Herzliya, IL

    Jan 13 – 17, 20207th International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration, Ushuaia, AR (Abstract Submission Period Opens: Sep 13, 2019)

    Jobs and Funding Opportunities

    Nov 1Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Geochemistry – Earth/Planetary Processes, Brown University Application Deadline (for Priority Consideration)

    Nov 1NASA Postdoctoral Program Application Deadline

    Nov 1Faculty Position in Geophysics and Geochemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Application Deadline

    Nov 1National Air and Space Museum Postdoctoral Earth and Planetary Sciences Fellowship Application Deadline

    Nov 1Tenure-track Faculty Position in Geochemistry Application Deadline

    Nov 8Junior and Senior Research Space Scientist (Ocean Worlds and Icy Worlds), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Application Deadline

    Nov 15Mars Extant Life: What’s Next? Conference Student Travel Grant Deadline

    Nov 16Assistant Professor in Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University Application Deadline

    Nov 26Research Space Scientist (Habitability and Exobiology), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Application Deadline

    Dec 3NASA Astrobiology Early Career Collaboration Award Application Deadline

    Dec 15Bateman Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University Application Deadline

    Dec 31Postdoc Position: Emergence of Metabolism and Mineral-Organic Chemistry on Early Earth and Ocean Worlds Application Deadline

    OpenAssistant Professor, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, CU Boulder

    Open – NASA SMD Seeks Volunteer Reviewers