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.
Jim Green, NASA Planetary Science Division
PRESENTED ON January 16, 2018
- What Can Extant Genomes Reveal About Early DNA Metabolism? Isaac Cann, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — November 21, 2016
- What We Talk About When We Talk About Earth's Oxygenation Noah Planavsky, Yale University — October 31, 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 January 31, 2017
- Exoplanet Biosignatures Workshop Without Walls Science Organizing Committee — July 27, 2016
- Upstairs Downstairs: Consequences of Internal Planet Evolution for the Habitability and Detectability of Life on Extrasolar Planets February 17, 2016
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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.
PRESENTED ON April 9, 2018
- 2018 Georgia Tech Astrobiology Colloquium Invited Speakers — March 30, 2018
- Habitable Worlds 2017 Invited Speakers — November 13, 2017
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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.
Oxygen Is a Key Biosignature Gas -- But Would We Ever Expect Oxygenic Photosynthesis to Evolve on an Exoplanet? Lessons From the Early EarthNiki Parenteau, NASA Ames Research CenterPRESENTED ON April 24, 2018
- Dune Casts Preserved by Partial Burial: The First Identification of "Ghost Dune" Pits on Mars! Mackenzie Day, University of Washington — April 3, 2018
- Geophysical Investigations of Habitability in Ice-Covered Ocean Worlds Steven Vance, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory — November 28, 2017
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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.
Simone Marchi, Southwest Research Institute
PRESENTED ON December 7, 2016
- Life in the Universe - the Science of Astrobiology Carl Pilcher, NASA Astrobiology Institute — March 30, 2016
- NASA Astrobiology Debates: Eastern Championship Live Webcast Various Contestants — March 6, 2016
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Once a month, SAGANet (saganet.org) hosts a program called “Ask an Astrobiologist”, where the public is invited to interact with a high-profile astrobiologist, who replies to twitter and chat questions live on video. Each session lasts about an hour.
Shawn Domagal-Goldman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
PRESENTED ON March 20, 2018
- Ask an Astrobiologist Featuring Dr. Sara Imari Walker Sara Walker, Arizona State University — February 28, 2018
- Ask an Astrobiologist Featuring Dr. Sean Raymond Sean Raymond, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux — January 25, 2018
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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 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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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.
PRESENTED ON August 3, 2017
- GSFC Summer Research Associate 2016 Presentations NAI GSFC Summer Research Associates — August 4, 2016
- GSFC Summer Research Associate 2015 Presentations NAI GSFC Summer Research Associates — August 6, 2015
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NAI’s University of California, Riverside “Alternative Earths” Seminar Series and Events.
Richard Ernst, Carleton University
PRESENTED ON November 1, 2016
- It's a Gas! A New Look at the Role of Iron in the Ancient Greenhouse Jennifer Glass, Georgia Institute of Technology — May 19, 2016
- Analyzing Alien Worlds: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Characterizing Exoplanets Stephen Kane, San Francisco State University — May 10, 2016
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Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute present 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.
Lujendra Ojha, Johns Hopkins University
PRESENTED ON November 3, 2017
- Astrobiology and the Antropocene Epoch David Grinspoon, NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology — October 6, 2017
- Planets, Life, and the Universe Lecture Series (2009 - Present) October 24, 2014
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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.
Dustin Trail, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PRESENTED ON September 12, 2005
- Simulating Groundwater Radiolysis With Oxidation of Pyrite by Hydrogen Peroxide Solution Liliana Lefticariu, Indiana University, Bloomington — August 8, 2005
- Exploring Planet-Forming and Debris Disks Daniel Apai, University of Arizona Murray Silverstone, University of Arizona — June 20, 2005
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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.
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.
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.
Jan Amend, University of Southern California
PRESENTED ON April 5, 2013
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.