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
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
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
2:20 p.m.: Dr. Tom Kieft, NMT
The Search for Life on Other Planets with an Update from the Mars Curiosity Rover
2:40 p.m.: Dr. Chris McKay, NASA AMES