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A740 - Astrobiology Seminar - Fall 2007

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Description

Interdisciplinary seminar series on astrobiology and water in the universe. During this semester we will highlight research within our group and collaborators at UH, along with talks from US and international NAI visitors. Topics this semester include discussion of the building blocks of planets, evolution in small solar system bodies, evidence for water on Mars, discussion of team member field work in Atnarctica, at the Loihi sea mount and in the Canadian high arctic, as well as discussion of upcoming space missions.

Course Structure

While designed as a graduate level seminar, because of the interdisciplinary nature of the group, efforts will be made to provide background material in each of the topic areas. This course will be open to all levels of graduate students, as well as upper level undergraduates. Students will synthesize the research presentations to bring them to a level understandable by the general public and will write up short articles on the research. In addition students will develop a glossary of astrobiology terms that will be submitted to the NASA Astrobiology Institute as part of their glossary development initiative. Reading material will be assigned before each seminar to provide the context for the science discussions. The articles will be posted on our team website for Reseach Discoveries in Astrobiology. Grades will be based on the Web magazine articles and participation in discussions during the seminar.

Last modified: January 28, 2007
Karen Meech
Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
meech@ifa.hawaii.edu