Astrobiology Research Focus Group Workshop

April 23 - 25, 2010

A workshop for early career astrobiologists held in conjunction with AbSciCon 2010 at League City, Texas

And the Winners Are...

posted May 26, 2010, 5:35 PM by Jacob Haqq-Misra   [ updated Dec 12, 2013, 1:34 PM ]

Thanks to everyone who helped make the second RFG a fun, educational, and memorable event. All of the research proposal ideas showed keen insight from the participants and would make worthwhile studies to continue. Stay tuned for the third RFG in conjunction with AbSciCon in Montana!

First Place

Is thermophilicity a choice or a lifestyle? Re-creation and analysis of thermophilic protein evolution

Betul Kacar  (Georgia Institute of Technology), Liz Percak-Dennett (University of Wisconsin), Moshe Rhodes (The Pennsylvania State University), Marnia Antonio (Washington State University)


Tie for Second Place

Biological Effects of Astrophysical Radiation

Dimitra Atri (University of Kansas), Douglas Galante (Universidade de Sao Paulo), Shawn McGlynn (Montana State University) and Carol Turse (Washington State)

“IQ” – The Independence Quotient

Aditya Chopra (The Australian National University), Jesse Colangelo-Lillis (University of Washington), Lakew Selassie (Howard University), Sara Imari Walker (Dartmouth University)


Third place

Parameter-space Investigation of Perchlorate Distribution with Depth in Martian Analogous Soils

Kennda Lynch (Colorado School of Mines), Sanjoy Som (University of Washington), Shaneen Braswell (University of Michigan)

RFG Deadline Extended!

posted Mar 22, 2010, 1:45 PM by Jacob Haqq-Misra

The deadline for the Research Focus Group Workshop for Early Career Astrobiologists has been EXTENDED to March 26th! There are a few spots left, and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Applications for the are due by *March 26* and can be found here.

AbSciCon2010 Student Funding

posted Feb 23, 2010, 10:54 AM by Jacob Haqq-Misra

The NASA Astrobiology institute has made funds available for early career astrobiologists to attend the conference in April. The deadline to apply is March 5, so be sure to get your application in! Click here for the application.

And don't forget to register for the RFG workshop, too!

RFG 2010 Underway!

posted Feb 9, 2010, 9:09 AM by Jacob Haqq-Misra   [ updated Feb 17, 2010, 9:35 AM ]

We're excited to bring the early career astrobiology community the second-ever research focus group in conjunction with the 2010 Astrobiology Science Conference in League City, TX. The research focus group is a weekend retreat for early career astrobiologists to develop original research proposal ideas in collaborative interdisciplinary teams. The website is up and running now, so take a look around and register for the workshop.

Keep in mind that applications to the RFG are due by March 19. The organizers will contact all the participants by the end of March to structure the groups and begin brainstorming of research topics.

We will be updating this page periodically, so check back often!

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