State of Super-Earths
Feb 5, 2014
Our solar system hosts a cornucopia of worlds, from the hellfire of Venus to the frozen plains of Mars to the mighty winds of Uranus. In that range, the Earth stands alone, with no planet coming close to its life-friendly position near the Sun. Outside our solar system, however, it's a different story. Observations have indicated that a new class of objects dubbed super-Earths – worlds that are about two to 10 times our planet's mass and up to two times its radius – could be among the most common type of planets orbiting other stars. Nader Haghighipour, a member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the University of Hawaii-Manoa's Institute for Astronomy how these worlds form, whether they are habitable, and how they arrived in their current orbits. In a paper in the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences and an interview with the Astrobiology Magazine, Haghighipour reviews the latest discoveries for insight into how these planets form and whether such worlds could be habitable.  Read more
  HI Student/Teacher Astronomy Research National Program
June 2-10, 2014
An one week residential summer astronomy boot camp is designed for Grade 7-11 students and their teachers to develop astronomy research skills and encourage original research projects. Work with astronomer scientist mentors on comets and asteroids, galaxies, stars, heliophysics, or extrasolar planet group projects, depending upon your interest. Read more
  2014 Winter School - Water and the Evolution of Life in the Universe
January 1-14, 2014
Applications are due June 12, 2013 to attend the UH-Nordic Astrobiology winter school related to water in star & planet formation, water on early earth, ice and water in space and on other planets, origin of life on earth and the chemical processes of life on earth and extremophiles. To be elegible you must be a current graduate student, or early postdoc within 5 years of phd (PhD years 2008-2018) and be pursuing research related to one of our astrobiology themes. For US students all school costs are covered. Nordic network participants school costs will be covered from Nordic funds. For other nationalities, we will try to help link you with funding sources. All participants are responsible for securing their own travel. Read more
  ALI'I National Summer Teacher Workshop (July 5-11, 2013)
July 5-11, 2013
Astrobiology is the integrative science that seeks to understand life's origin, evolution and distribution within the universe. To approach such big topics requires the reconnection of "classical" scientific disciplines - from astronomy to evolution, from chemistry to geology. This workshop, designed for secondary science teachers, will introduce the big picture of astrobiology before delving deeper to highlight specific contributions from cosmochemistry, heliophysics, astronomy, geosciences and microbial oceanography. Read more
  UH Astrobiologists Find Martian Clay Contains Chemical Implicated in the Origin of Life
June 6, 2013
Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa NASA Astrobiology Institute (UHNAI) have discovered high concentrations of boron in a Martian meteorite. When present in its oxidized form (borate), boron may have played a key role in the formation of RNA, one of the building blocks for life. The work was published on June 6 in PLOS One.  Read more
  Award Winner: UHNAI Scientist, G. Jeffrey Taylor
July 2011
UHNAI Scientist, G. Jeffrey Taylor, receives 2011 Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Award, presented by the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) on July 19 at the Lunar Science Forum at NASA Ames Research Center. The Shoemaker Award, presented annually to a scientist who has contributed significantly to the field of lunar science throughout his or her career, is named after Eugene M. Shoemaker (1928-1997), considered a founder of the fields of lunar and planetary geology.  Read more
  Award Winner: UHNAI graduate student, Patrick Gasda
Congratulations to UH NASA Astrobiology Institute graduate student, Patrick Gasda, for being awarded the graduate student poster award at the Origins 2011 International Conference in Montpellier, France. This is an International Astrobiology Society and Bioastronomy joint conference with an interdisciplinary emphasis on the origin of life and its occurrence in the Universe. Patrick's winning poster in the Prebiotic Chemistry session is titled, "Raman Microscopy: A Technique for Monitoring Pre-Biotic Reactions on Mineral Surfaces."  Read more