The Director’s Seminar series features talks from scientists who are invited by the NAI Director to present their research results to the community. A primary goal of the seminars is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration across NAI teams and within the astrobiology community at large.
Noah Planavsky, Yale University
COMING UP October 31, 2016
- Bowling With Astrobiologists: A Twisted Path Toward the Origin of DNA Nathaniel Comfort, Johns Hopkins University — October 3, 2016
- SHERLOC: On the Trail of Potential Biosignatures on Mars Luther Beegle and Rohit Bhartia (JPL) — April 25, 2016
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The Workshop Without Walls concept was developed by the NAI as part of its mandate to use modern information technology to foster interdisciplinary and collaborative research among widely distributed investigators.
PRESENTED ON July 27, 2016
- Upstairs Downstairs: Consequences of Internal Planet Evolution for the Habitability and Detectability of Life on Extrasolar Planets February 17, 2016
- Hadean Earth-Moon System Workshop Martin Van Kranendonk, University of New South Wales — May 20, 2013
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AbGradCon (Astrobiology Graduate Conference) provides a unique setting for astrobiologically-inclined graduate students and early career researchers to come together to share their research, collaborate, and network. AbGradCon 2014 marks the tenth year of this conference—each time in a different place and organized by a different group of students, but always with the original charter as a guide.
The focus on collaborative technologies has enabled a unique phenomenon to emerge: the Workshop Without Walls. This structure brings together scientists from across the astrobiology community in a focused environment combining presentations with rich discussion.
COMING UP November 29, 2016
- TDE Workshop: Requirements for Origin of Life Field Investigations Various Speakers — October 4, 2016
- ExoClimes 2016 Various Speakers (See description for full list) — August 1, 2016
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The NASA Postdoctoral Program has been extraordinarily successful in supporting new leaders in the astrobiology community. Upon completion of their postdoctoral fellowships, the Astrobiology Fellows are given the opportunity to present a seminar to share their work with one another and with the astrobiology community at large.
Melissa Rice, Western Washington University
PRESENTED ON June 6, 2016
- Chemical Gardens, Chimneys, and Fuel Cells: Simulating Prebiotic Chemistry in Hydrothermal Vents on Ocean Worlds Laura Barge, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory — June 1, 2016
- The Synthesis of an Artificial Genetic Polymer: From Small Molecules to Proto-Nucleic Acids Tammy Campbell, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo — March 7, 2016
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Keeping the community up to date on timely events, new research developments, and emerging trends is a priority. These talks are not topically related, but are presented here as a special collection.
Carl Pilcher, NASA Astrobiology Institute
PRESENTED ON March 30, 2016
- NASA Astrobiology Debates: Eastern Championship Live Webcast Various Contestants — March 6, 2016
- NASA Astrobiology Debates: Western Championship Live Webcast Various Contestants — October 18, 2015
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Each year, summer interns at the NAI’s Goddard Center for Astrobiology present their work. Via collaborative technologies, they are able to present to the entire astrobiology community—adding an important dimension to their educational experience.
Team Overview Seminars describe the work of the fourteen NAI teams and NAI Central. They offer an opportunity to find out more about the science, E/PO and other activities being performed by the NAI teams and the NAI Central office.
Every first Tuesday of the month, S.A.G.A.N. (saganet.org) hosts a program called “Talk to an Astrobiologist”, where the public is invited to interact with a high-profile astrobiologist, who replies to questions on video. Each session lasts about an hour.
The Space Telescope Science Institute presents live and on-demand webcasts related to science, technology, and business to the scientific community and the public at-large. Live webcasts, production services, and the webcast archive are managed by the Information Technology Services division of the Space Telescope Science Institute.
- Planets, Life, and the Universe Lecture Series (2014 - Present) October 24, 2014
- Blood Falls: Portal Into an Antarctic Subglacial Microbial World Jill Mikucki, University of Tennessee, Knoxville — April 4, 2014
- Titan: Ingredients for Life Catherine Neish, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center — March 7, 2014
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NAI’s University of California, Riverside “Alternative Earths” Seminar Series and Events.
Jennifer Glass, Georgia Institute of Technology
PRESENTED ON May 19, 2016
- Analyzing Alien Worlds: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Characterizing Exoplanets Stephen Kane, San Francisco State University — May 10, 2016
- Mercury Transit & Beyond: Planetary Discoveries Inside and Outside Our Solar System Stephen Kane, San Francisco State University — May 9, 2016
The University of Washington seminar series is hosted by the NAI Virtual Planetary Lab (VPL) team live from the University of Washington campus in Seattle.
Yonqin Jiao, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
PRESENTED ON October 18, 2016
- Tectonics, Climate, and Planetary Life Potential Adrian Lenardic, Rice University — October 11, 2016
- Bioenergetics and Habitability in Hydrothermal Systems and the Subseafloor Jan Amend, University of Southern California — May 24, 2016
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The Origin Of Life Focus Group Seminar Series presents two talks on closely related subjects, one each from a senior scientist and an early career scientist.
The NASA Astrobiology Program is conducting research around the globe, developing unique instruments to investigate some of Earth’s most remote and extreme environments in the search for life. Not only are they are expanding the knowledge we have of our planet; they are building and testing tools, systems and technologies for future NASA missions.
In this series of videos, meet the researchers and learn about their work in unique and dramatic areas on Planet Earth.
Nathalie Cabrol, SETI Institute
PRESENTED ON February 13, 2014
- 2. Planetary Lake Lander (PLL) Introduction Nathalie Cabrol, SETI Institute — February 13, 2014
- 3. Planetary Lake Lander (PLL) - Adaptive Systems Nathalie Cabrol, SETI Institute — February 13, 2014
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Jan Amend, University of Southern California
PRESENTED ON April 5, 2013
The Big Picture Science radio show and podcast engages the public with astrobiology through lively and intelligent storytelling. Science radio doesn’t have to be dull. The only dry thing about our program is the humor. Big Picture Science takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style.
While NASA celebrates 50 years of Solar System exploration in 2012, the last two of those years saw an unprecedented cluster of activity. From comet and asteroid encounters to landing an analytical chemistry laboratory on the surface of Mars, we have dared and learned much. Throughout it all, fundamental research has provided the foundation and impetus for exploration. These talks give the state of the art in astrobiology research in 2012.