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!
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)
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)
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.
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!