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Student Travel Grants for Astrobiology – Deadlines April 1, October 1 Annually

Astrobiology Program Travel Awards

The Astrobiology Program Travel Awards Program offers research-related travel support for undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Applicants are encouraged to use these resources to circulate among two or more laboratories supported by the NASA Astrobiology Program (ASTEP,ASTID, Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology or the NAI), however any travel that is critical for the applicant’s research will be considered.

Travelers must be formally affiliated with a U.S. institution. Requests are limited to $5,000, and are accepted with deadlines of April 1 and October 1.

How to Apply:

To be considered for an Astrobiology Program Travel Award, please submit the following material to Melissa Kirven-Brooks <Melissa.Kirven-Brooks at nasa.gov>

  • the team(s) and researchers you plan to visit
  • the approximate dates of travel
  • a brief description of the research you plan to conduct at the hosting laboratory (include, for example, any technique you expect to learn, or equipment you will need to use) and how the collaboration is relevant to your research
  • a budget describing what funds are required, and
  • letters of recommendation from your faculty advisor and from the researcher(s) you plan to visit

Visit the program website for details: http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/funding/astrobiology-program-travel-awards

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ROSES-12 Amendment 1: Due Dates Changed for Appendix C.18, The Planetary Protection Research Program

Planetary protection involves preventing biological contamination on both outbound and sample return missions to other planetary bodies. Numerous areas of research in astrobiology/exobiology are improving our understanding of the potential for survival of Earth microbes in extraterrestrial environments, relevant to preventing contamination of other bodies by organisms carried on spacecraft. Research is required to improve NASA’s understanding of the potential for both forward and backward contamination, how to minimize it, and to set standards in these areas for spacecraft preparation and operating procedures. Improvements in technologies and methods for evaluating the potential for life in returned samples are also of interest.

For Appendix C.18, The Planetary Protection Research Program, Notices of Intent are now due on June 29, 2012, and Proposals are now due September 5, 2012. This change is being made so that the due dates occur on work days.

On or about March 9, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012” (NNH12ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and will appear on the RSS feed at: http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2012

Table 2 and Table 3 of the Summary of Solicitation for this NRA will be updated to reflect these changes.

Questions concerning Appendix C.18, The Planetary Protection Research Program, may be addressed to Cassie Conley, Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Email: cassie.conley@nasa.gov; Telephone: 202-358-3912.


Properties of Living Things: Fingerprints of Life Web Seminar – Feb 14, 2012

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. The student activity featured in this seminar will introduce grades 5-8 students to the exciting world of astrobiology. The seminar will review criteria for determining if something is alive — or not alive — and apply those criteria to determine if anything is living in any of three different soil samples. This type of analysis is similar to what the Viking landers used on Mars when looking for life.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar12.aspx

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov


Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for High School Teachers – Deadline April 13, 2012

Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for High School Teachers (Apply by April 13)
(Apply by April 13; July 23-28, San Francisco, Calif.)

ASSET, a science and curriculum institute for high school science teachers, offers an interactive and content-rich program, with presentations by leading astrobiology researchers from the SETI Institute, NASA, and California Academy of Sciences. Participants will receive the Voyages Through Time curriculum (http://www.voyagesthroughtime.org/). All expenses are covered through grant funds. Two person teams or single person applications will be accepted. For more information and to register, visit http://www.seti.org/seti-educators/asset.


NASA Astrobiology Institute Cycle 6 CAN, Amendment 1: Proposal Deadline Changed to February 15, 2012

Release Date: October 11, 2011
Proposals Due: February 15, 2012

With this amendment, the proposal due date for NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) NNH11ZDA012O, “NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) – Cycle 6,” has been delayed to February 15, 2012. Due to the large number of time consuming activities between November and the end of January encountered by the Planetary Science and Astrobiology community, the proposal due date for the NAI Cycle 6 CAN has been changed to February 15, 2012.

On or about December 5, 2012, Amendment No. 1 to the “NASA Astrobiology Institute Cycle 6” CAN (NNH11ZDA012O) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH12ZDA002C”).


Are You the Next Carl Sagan? Come Find Out at FameLab Astrobiology!

Calling all grad students and post docs doing research related to astrobiology…..FameLab Astrobiology is a science communication extravaganza! Via four preliminaries and one final competition—spanning January thru April 2012—early career astrobiologists will compete to convey their own research or related science concepts. Each contestant has the spotlight for only three minutes….no slides, no charts—just the power of words and anything you can hold in your hands. A panel of experts in both science and science communication will do the judging. One of the four preliminaries will be held 100% online via YouTube!

Beyond the competition, at each preliminary event there will be science communication training and enrichment activities, providing exposure to alternative careers. There will also be a two-day master class for finalists just prior to AbSciCon 2012 in April. Other science communication opportunities will be available, including joining a network of other FameLab participants from around the globe. The winner goes on to compete in the International FameLab Final in the UK in June, 2012!

Registration, eligibility requirements, and more info can be found at: http://astrobiologyfamelab.arc.nasa.gov/

Please contact Daniella Scalice at the NASA Astrobiology Institute with any questions: daniella.m.scalice@nasa.gov


Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers (ASSET) – Deadline February 12, 2010

The Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers, or ASSET, is being held July 18-24, 2010, at San Francisco State University. ASSET will feature presentations by leading astrobiology researchers from the SETI Institute, NASA and the California Academy of Sciences. Scientists will share the latest in astrobiology research on the origin of life on Earth, the extreme conditions in which life exists, Mars exploration, the formation of planetary systems around sun-like stars, and the search for life in the universe.

The 6-day workshop features a combination of cutting-edge science, inquiry-based teaching and learning, and leadership skills development to support teachers and teacher trainers.

Participants receive the entire Voyages Through Time curriculum and complementary astrobiology materials, developed by NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, for use in their classrooms.

Applications are due Feb. 12, 2010.
For more information, visit http://www.seti.org/epo/ASSET


Teachers Afield -Astrobiology in Yellowstone: A project-based science course for PRE- & IN-SERVICE TEACHERS

Teachers Afield -Astrobiology in Yellowstone: A project-based science course for PRE- & IN-SERVICE TEACHERS
Offered by: Portland State University, Department of Geology
July 06-13, 2009

PSU Catalog listing: G410/510 – Teach Afield: Astro Yellstn (3 credits)
Trip Dates: July 06-13, 2009
Final assignment due: July 24
Trip Expenses: $725 – covers transportation to Yellowstone, meals and camping fees.

Course Description: Astrobiology focuses on the search for early life on Earth and the possibility of microbes on other planets. In this project-based course, we travel to Yellowstone National Park to study hot spring ecosystems. You will investigate how microbial life interacts with the geological and geochemical environment to create fossil signatures. In the process, you will learn and practice geoscience field observation skills and microscopy techniques. We will also develop a project-based learning (PBL) curriculum to incorporate these science methods and projects into K-12 classrooms. Students should obtain the Buck Institute’s Project Based Learning Handbook, available at http://www.bie.org/index.php/site/PBL/pbl_handbook/ . Students must be prepared to hike 5-6 miles/day on moderate trails, carrying light to moderate loads. Contact Dr. Rick Hugo, 503-725-3356 or hugo@pdx.edu , for more information.

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