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AbSciCon 2010

April 20, 2010

Astrobiologists, are you headed to AbSciCon next week?  If you do, please join us for the following “extra-curricular” sessions and informal lunch-and-learn sessions at the conference!

Sunday, 8 a.m. – noon
Early Career Workshop
NASA will host a Proposal Writing Workshop at AbSciCon on Sunday morning, April 25. The workshop is open to all interested planetary scientists at no cost. The session will focus on understanding NASA’s research programs and will include information on how to write a research proposal, where to apply for funding, and pathways for participation on missions and proposing education and public outreach supplements. The workshop will be held at the South Shore Harbour Resort.

Sunday, 2-4 p.m.
Astrobiology Primers
NASA invites you to join us for the following introductory talks on Sunday, at the South Shore Harbour Resort.
a. Who’s there and what are they doing? Microbiology and microbial ecology for the non-biologist. [Dr. Mary Parenteau, NASA ARC/ORAU]
b. *omics: What molecules and databases can tell us about the living world. [Dr. Shiladitya Das Sarma, University of Maryland]
c. They eat what!? Biogeochemical cycles and life on Earth. [Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon, USGS/ASU]
d. Recipes for Primodial soup: basic origin of life chemistry. [Dr. Nick Hud, Georgia Tech]

Monday, 12:15 p.m.
Lunch and Learn, amphitheater
“Getting your data into and out of the Planetary Data System,” presented by Dr. Anne Raugh, University of Maryland. Stop by the Lunch Express after the morning session and bring your lunch to hear Dr. Raugh talk about the Small Bodies Node and answer your questions about the PDS.

Tuesday, 12:15 p.m.
Lunch and Learn, amphitheater
“Women in Planetary Science/Women in Astrobiology,” led by Dr. Susan Niebur, Niebur Consulting. Bring your lunch and meet with your colleagues to hear about the latest on the Women in Planetary Science group and how you can meet and stay connected with hundreds of other astrobiologists and planetary scientists from around the world.

Wednesday, 12:15 p.m.
Lunch and Learn, amphitheater
“Science Ethics, a Personal View,” presented by Dr. Stephen Mackwell, LPI. Bring your lunch to hear Dr. Mackwell speak about scientific ethics during this third lunch and learn session.

Look for us on Facebook — both AbSciCon 2010 and Women in Planetary Science are now on FB!

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