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  1. FameLab Astrobiology…and the Winner Is…


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    Join us in congratulating Brendan Mullan from Pennsylvania State University on winning the 2012 FameLab Astrobiology competition! The Finals were held on Monday, April 16th during the Astrobiology Science Conference in Atlanta, GA. The judges selected one winner from among the 11 finalists, whose presentations can all be seen here. Brendan joins the winners of FameLab competitions from all over the world this June in the UK, and will represent the United States in the FameLab International Final event!

    FameLab was set up in 2005 by Cheltenham Festivals in partnership with the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and ...

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  1. NASA and Library of Congress Select First Astrobiology Chair


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    David Grinspoon

    NASA and the Library of Congress have announced the selection of David H. Grinspoon to be the first Baruch S. Blumberg NASA-Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology.

    The chair, selected through an international competition, is named for the late Nobel Laureate and founding director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, Baruch “Barry” Blumberg. Applications are solicited by the Library of Congress and reviewed by a panel jointly established by the Library and NASA. The prestigious position was created in November 2011.

    Grinspoon will be in residence for a year beginning November 2012 at the library’s scholarly research organization ...

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  1. FameLab Astrobiology Finals – Live Webcast!


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    The 2012 FameLab Astrobiology Finals will be broadcast live on NASA TV as well as over the internet! The event will be held from 7-9 PM (EDT) on Monday, April 16th.

    The livestream will be available at http://livestream.com/FameLabAstrobiology and at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv. Check local listings for the NASA TV channel number in your area.

    FameLab Astrobiology is a science communication extravaganza! Over the past few months, more than 70 early career astrobiologists have gathered at sites across the USA (and on YouTube) to compete in FameLab Astrobiology preliminaries. Eleven have emerged as finalists.

    Each ...

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  1. Sao Paulo School of Advanced Science-Evolution


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    The undergraduate students, graduate students, and post docs of the astrobiology community are invited to apply to the 2012 Sao Paulo School of Advanced Science, held from 19-31 August, 2012 on Ilhabela, an archipelago 200km from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The school will be organized around the theme of evolution, addressing topics such as paleontology, phylogenetics, homology, and character evolution, and will feature instructors from both North and South America. Visit the School website for more information and application materials.

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  1. Issue #3 of the Graphic Novel Is Here!


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    Building on #'s 1 and 2, issue #3 focuses on the robotic exploration of the inner solar system, and the legacy it has bequeathed to astrobiology. Once again, issue #3 delivers stunning graphics and a compelling storyline! Download a pdf or mobile app.

    Join us for a special “book signing” event at AbSciCon! Bring your copies or get them there and meet Aaron Gronstal, the artist behind the astrobiology graphic novels!

    For copies of issue #3, please contact Daniella Scalice at daniella.m.scalice@nasa.gov

    Source: [NASA Astrobiology Program]

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  1. AbSciCon Program Announced


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    The Astrobiology Science Conference website has been updated with new information about the conference.

    The Scientific Program is now available. For more information, visit the Astrobiology Science Conference 2012 Website.

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  1. 2012 Santander Summer School


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    Organics in the Murchison meteorite (USDOE)

    The 2012 International Astrobiology Summer School will be held at the summer campus of the Spanish National University (UIMP), Palacio de la Magdalena, Santander, Spain on June 18-22. This year’s theme is “Origins of the Building Blocks for Life.” Confirmed lecturers include: George Cody, Carnegie Institution of Washington; Jamie Elsila, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Karen Meech, University of Hawaii; and Alessandro Morbidelli, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Nice.

    Additional information about the school and applications for student scholarships are available at the school website.

    The school is co-sponsored by the NASA ...

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  1. Ground Truth


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    Jeff Moersch squints at the heat maps of the Laguna Negra terrain produced by his thermal imager. Credit: Henry Bortman

    In the sixth report from the 2011 Planetary Lake Lander Expedition to Chile’s Laguna Negra, scientists begin characterizing the geology of the Laguna Negra basin. Equipped with a portable infrared spectrometer, they record infrared spectra from various rocks throughout the region. The team is performing important 'ground truth’ experiments to verify mineralogical data collected by orbiting satellites.

    Source: [astrobio.net]

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  1. 2012 Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference


    The 2012 Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference will be held on August 27–30, 2012, preceded by the Research Focus Group splinter, August 24-26. The conference will be held at the California Institute for Technology (Caltech), with an outreach event at the University of Southern California (USC), and a field-trip to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

    The conference will consist of three days of scientific sessions, two evenings of public outreach and education activities, and a one day field trip to JPL. The talks and poster sessions will draw on the success of past AbGradCons as a venue for early career ...

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  1. Dawn at Laguna Negra


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    As the nearly full moon sets in the west, early light on Cerro Echaurren is reflected on the still water of Laguna Negra. Credit: Henry Bortman

    In his fifth report, Astrobiology Magazine’s Expeditions Editor, Henry Bortman, provides a first-hand account of what it’s like to camp on the shores of Chile’s Laguna Negra during the 2011 Planetary Lake Lander Expedition. Like a woodwind chorus, native birds ring in the dawn, Bortman surveys the lay of the land – from bolder fields to to icy glaciers that surround the lake.

    The Planetary Lake Lander (PLL) team has traveled to ...

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  1. The Pale Blue Blog


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    The Pale Blue Blog, now available at Astrobiology Magazine. http://astrobio.net/paleblueblog/

    The Astrobiology Magazine is now welcoming the addition of the Pale Blue Blog – a unique collection of individual bloggers who voice their opinions on matters ranging from the evolution of life to extrasolar planets. According to the organizers, the new science blog is “about 'Pale blue dots,’ in the way that Carl Sagan once referred to the Earth.”

    From Pale Blue Blog:
    This blog aims to be a little different than your “traditional” science blog, in much the same way an interactive classroom is different from a ...

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  1. Stormy Skies and Garden Worlds


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    Before the storms moved in, researchers collected samples and took measurements along the shore of Laguna Negra. Here Luis A. Rivas (l) monitors the temperature and other physico-chemical properties of the lake’s water. Commodore Chris Haberle has his hand on the tiller. Credit: Henry Bortman

    In the fourth report from the 2011 Planetary Lake Lander (PLL) Expedition, the skies above Chile’s Laguna Negra go dark and thunder rolls in the distance. Dramatic weather brings biological sampling efforts at the Andean lake to a temporary halt. Instead, the PLL team spends their time working with samples that have already ...

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  1. FameLab Astrobiology in Houston


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    We need you in Houston! Sign up today to participate in FameLab Astrobiology at the Lunar and Planetary Institute on January 13th. FameLab is a science communication competition that focuses on building your skills with workshops on good communication practices. The workshop in Houston will be led by the Co-Directors of the National Association for Interpretation. Competitors will present a three-minute piece on their research or an astrobiology-related topic of their choosing. Those topping the competition in Houston will go on to the final at AbSciCon in April…the winner there will go on to the FameLab International final in ...

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  1. New Astrobiology Chair at Library of Congress


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    APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NOW FEBRUARY 13TH

    Candidates should apply directly using the online form. Nominations should be submitted in writing to scholarly@loc.gov.

    NASA and the Library of Congress have established the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA-Library of Congress chair in Astrobiology at the Library’s scholarly research organization, the John W. Kluge Center in Washington. The chair is named for the late Nobel Laureate and founding director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, Baruch
    “Barry” Blumberg.

    Astrobiology is the study of the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. Astrobiology addresses three fundamental questions: How did life ...

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  1. OASES of Life


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    Chris German, Chief Scientist of the OASES cruise.

    Beginning January 6, 2012, an international, interdisciplinary team of scientists will be spending nearly a month at sea aboard the R/V Atlantis. Co-funded by NASA’s ASTEP, the crew will use the deep-diving, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason to explore and sample newly discovered hydrothermal fields on the Mid-Cayman Rise—Earth’s deepest and one of its most slowly-spreading mid-ocean ridges.

    As the final preparations are made, Chris German, Chief Scientist on the OASES cruise, sat down for a short question-and-answer session about the geologic, geochemical, and biological questions he and ...

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