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A734 - Astrobiology Seminar - Syllabus Fall 2004

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All classes meet Mon 13:30-14:20. First Meeting: Kuykendall 307. Meetings 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11: POST 723.

# Date Who Topic Read
1 8/30 Meech Comet Activity and Composition [pdf] 1 2 3
  9/06   Labor Day Holiday  
2 9/13 Williams Water signatures at sub-mm wavelengths in the ISM & disks [pdf] 4
3 9/20 Reipurth The Formation of Single and Multiple Stars [pdf] 5
4 9/27 Jewitt Water Ice in comets and Asteroids [pdf] 6 7
5 10/04 Schorghofer The Distribution of Ground Ice on Mars [pdf] 8 9 10
6 10/11 Taylor Lunar Science and Astrobiology [pdf] 11 12
7 10/18 Delsanti Composition and surface diversity of the trans-neptunian.... [pdf] 6
8 10/25 Kaiser Charged Particle Processing of Extraterrestrial Ices [pdf] 13 14
9 11/01* Cowen The Microbial Biosphere of Sediment Buried Ocean Crusts [pdf] 15 16 17
10 11/08 Mottl Serpentinization, Abiogenic CH4 & Extremophilic Archea ... [pdf] 18 19 20 21 22 23
11 11/15 Karl Lake Vostok, Antarctica: Recent progress, future prospects [pdf] 24 25 26 27
12 11/22 Boal Biomolecular Stability in Extreme Aqueous Environments [pdf] 28 29 30
13 11/29 Glazer Oxic-Anoxic Transition Zones: Synergy Between Geochemistry and (micro)biology [pdf] 31 32 33
14 12/06 Binsted Computational Approaches to the Evolution of Intelligence [pdf] 34 35 36 37
*Because of a flood in Manoa, classes were cancelled 11/01/04. Cowen and Mottl will both speak on 11/08 with a double class running from 1:30-3:30pm.

Reading List

  • [1] Meech, K. and J. Svoren. "Physical and Chemical Evolution of Cometary Nuclei", in Comets II, M. Festou et. al., eds, Univ. of AZ Press, in press. pdf file.
  • [2] Prialnik, D. (1997). "A Model for the Distant Activity of Comet Hale-Bopp", Ap.J. 478, L107-L110. pdf file.
  • [3] Prialnik, D., N. Brosch and D. Ianovici (1995). "Modelling the Activity of 2060 Chiron", Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc, 276, 1148-1154. pdf file.
  • [4] Van Dishoeck and Blake (1998). "Chemical Evolution of Star-Forming Regions". in Annual Reviews of Astronomy & Astrophysics, 36, 317-368. pdf file.
  • [5] Larson, R. B. (2003). "The Physics of Star Formation", Rep. Prog. Phys. 66, 1651-1697 pdf file.
  • [6] Luu, J. X. and D. C. Jewitt (2002). "Kuiper Belt Objects: Relics from the Accretion Disk fo the Sun", in Ann. Rev. Astron. Astrophys, 40, 63-101. pdf file.
  • [7] Jewitt, D. C. (2004). "From Cradle to Grave: The Rise and Demise of the Comets", in Comets II, M. Festou et. al., eds, Univ. of AZ Press, in press. pdf file.
  • [8] Jakosky, B. M. and M. T. Mellon (2004). "Water on Mars", Physics Today, April 2004, p.71. pdf file.
  • [9] Boynton, W. V. et al. (2002). "Distribution of hydrogen in the near surface of Mars: Evidence for subsurface ice deposits. Science 297, 81. pdf file.
  • [10] Mellon, M. T. and B. M. Jakosky (1993). "Geographic variations in the thermal and diffusive stability of ground ice on Mars." J. Geophys. Res. Planets 98, 345. pdf file.
  • [11] Taylor, J. (2003). "Moonstruck", Natural History, 46-53. pdf file.
  • [12] Jakosky, B., A. Anbar, G. J. Taylor and P. Lucey (2004) "Astrobiology Science Goals and Lunar Exploartion: NASA Astrobiology Institute White Paper", 2004 July 19. pdf file.
  • [13] Kaiser, R. I., and N. Balucani (2001). "The Formation of Nitriles in Hydrocarbon-Rich Atmosphere of Planets and Their Satellites: Laboratory Investigations by the Crossed Molecular Beam Technique", Acc. Chem Res. 34, 699-706. pdf file.
  • [14] Kaiser, R. I. (2002). "Experimental Investigation on the Formation of Carbon-Bearing Molecules in the Interstellar Medium via Neutral-Neutral REactions", Chem Rev., 102, 1309-1358. pdf file.
  • [15] Cowen, J. P. (1999). "The Microbial Biosphere of Sediment-Buried Oceanic Basement", Research in Microbiology, 155, 497-506. pdf file.
  • [16] Bach, W., and K. Edwards (2003). "Iron and sulfide oxidation within the basaltic ocean crust: implications for chemolithoautotrophic microbial biomass production". Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 67 (20) 3871-3887. pdf file.
  • [17] Fisher, A. et al., (2003). "Hydrothermal recharge and discharge across 50 km guided by seamounts on a young ridge flank". Nature 421 (6 Feb) 618-621. pdf file.
  • [18] Mottl, M. J., S. C. Komor, P. Fryer, C. L. Moyer (2003). "Deep-slab fluids fuel extremophilic Archaea on a Mariana Forearc Serpentinite mud Volcano: Ocean Drilling Program Leg 195", Geochem, Geophys, Geosys. 4, p. 1-14. pdf file.
  • [19] McCollom, T. M. and J. S. Seewald (2001). "A Reassessment of the Potential for Reduction of Dissolved CO2 to Hydrocarbons During Serpentinization of Olivine", Geochimica et Cosmo. Acta, 65, 3769-3778. pdf file.
  • [20] McCollom, T. M. and J. S. Seewald (2003). "Experimental Constraints on the Hydrothermal Reactivity of Organic Acids and Acid Anions: 1. Formic Acid and Formate", Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 67, 3625-3644. pdf file.
  • [21] Berndt et al. (1996) Reduction of CO2 during serpentinization of olivine at 300oC and 500 bar. Geology 24:351-354.
  • [22] Foustoukos and Seyfried (2004) Hydrocarbons in hydrothermal vent fluids: the role of Cr-bearing catalysts. Science 304:1002-1005.
  • [23] Horita and Berndt (1999) Abiogenic methane formation and isotopic fractionation under hydrothermal conditions. Science 285:1055-1057.
  • [24] Priscu, J. C., E. E. Adams, W. Berry Lyons, M. A. Voytek, D. W. Mogk, R. L. Brown, C. P. McKay, C. D. Takacs, K. A. Welch, C. F. Wolf, J. D. Kirshtein, R. Avci (1999). "Geomicrobiology of Subglacial Ice Above Lake Vostok, Antarctica", Science 286, 2141-2144. pdf file.
  • [25] Karl, D. M., D. F. Bird, K. Bjorkman, T. Houlihan, R. Schakelford and L. Tupas (1999). "Microorganisms in the Accreted Ice of Lake Vostok, Antarctica", Science, 286, 2144-2147. pdf file.
  • [26] McKay, C. P, K. P. Hand, P. T. Doran, D. T. Andersen and J. C. Priscu (2003). "Clathrate formation and the fate of noble and biologically useful gases in Lake Vostgok, Antarctica". Geophysical Res. Lett. 30, 1702-1705. pdf file.
  • [27] pdf file.
  • [28] Benvegnu, T. M. Brard, D. Plusquelle (2004). "Archaeabacteria bipolar lipid analogues: Structure, synthesis and Lyotropic properties", Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science, 8, 469-479. pdf file.
  • [29] Petukhov, M., U. Kil, S. Kuramitsu, and V. Lanzov (1997). "Insights into Thermal Resistance of Proteins From the Intrinsic Stability of Their alpha-Helices", Proteins: Strucutre, Function and Genetics 29, 308-320. pdf file.
  • [30] Tinoco, I. (1996). "Nucleic Acid Structures, Energetics, and Dynamics" J. Phys. Chem. 100, 13311-13322. pdf file.
  • [31] Brune, A., P. Frenzel, H. Cypionka (2000). "Life at the Oxic-Anoxic Interface: Microbial Activities and Adaptations", FEMS Microbiology Reviews, 24, 691-710. pdf file
  • [32] Stal, L. J. (1995). "Physiological Ecology of Cyanobacteria in Microbial Mats and Other Communities", New Phytologist, 131 1-32. pdf file
  • [33] Luther, G. W., B. T. Glazer, L. Hohmann,m J. I. Popp, M. Taillefert, T. F. Rozan, P. J. Brendel, S. M. Theberge, and D. B. Nuzzio (2001), "Sulfur Speciation Monitored in situ with solid State Gold Amalgam Voltammetric microelectrodes: Polysulfides as a Special Case in Sediments, Microbial Mats and Hydrothermal Vent Waters", J. Environ. Monit. 3, 61-66. pdf file
  • [34] Todd, P. M. et al., "The Causes and Effects of Evolutionary Simulation in the Behavioral Sciences" pdf file
  • [35] Komosinski, M. (2003). "The Framsticks System: Versatile Simulator of 3D Agents and their Evolution", Kybernetes 32, 156-173. pdf file
  • [36] Binsted, K. (2004). "Tongue-Tied: The Disadvantages of Using Natural Language for Interstellar Message Composition", in Between Worlds: The Art and Science of Interstellar Message Composition, Cambridge: The MIT Press, Douglas A. Vakoch, Ed. pdf file
  • [37] Minsky, M. (1985). "Communication with Alien Intelligence", in Extraterrestrials: Science and Alien Intelligence, Edward Regis, Ed., Cambridge Univ. Press. txt file

Last modified: December 6, 2004
Karen Meech
Institute for Astronomy
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Honolulu, HI 96822
meech@ifa.hawaii.edu