Astrobiology Research Seminar

Date: Thu. 23 Apr, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Duration: 5 Hours

The Graduate Student Association is hosting the second New Mexico Tech Interdisciplinary Research Seminar on Astrobiology all day in the Fidel Center third-floor ballrooms. All are welcome to attend. Dr. Chris McKay of NASA Ames will present the keynote address to close the event. His talk is "The Search for Life on Other Plantets" and will include an update from the Mars Curiosity Rover.

Welcome and Overview
10 a.m.: Dr. David Westpfahl, NMT

Astrobiology Primer
10:15 a.m.: Dr. Michelle Creech-Eakman, NMT

How Will We Detect Habitable Planets?
11 a.m.: Heather Bloemhard, NMT

Astrobiological Significance of Fumarolic Ice Caves
11:15 a.m.: Aaron Curtis, NMT

Artificial Intelligence
11:30 a.m.: Tyler Cecil, NMT

Noon (Various Group Discussion Topics - e.g. Europa, Mars, SETI...)

Extraterrestrial Life: Would We Recognize It If We Found It?
1 p.m.: Daisy Morgan-Edel, NMT

Development & Demonstration of a Portable IR Spectrometer for *inSitu* Exploration of Planetary Surfaces
1:15 p.m.: Kyle Uckert, NMSU

Evolution of Planetary Atmospheres
1:30 p.m.: Rick Cosentino, NMT

Expanding the Limits of the Biosphere: Microbial Communities in Deep (1-3 km) Fractured Rock Fluids
1:45 p.m.: Maxwell Baymiller, NMT

2 p.m.

Planetary Protection
2:20 p.m.: Dr. Tom Kieft, NMT

Keynote Presentation:

The Search for Life on Other Planets with an Update from the Mars Curiosity Rover

2:40 p.m.: Dr. Chris McKay, NASA AMES

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