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Education and Outreach: April 2009


NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 21st Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this summer (20-24 July and 3-7 August) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. During the program, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. At the end of the week, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a robotic space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. Applications are due 1 May 2009. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals.

Further information is available at http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov .

[Source: NAI Newsletter]

Location: Palacio de Magdalena, Santander, Cantabria, Spain
Dates: June 22-26, 2009

The NAI has extended the deadline for applications to the annual Summer School sponsored by the NAI and the Centro de Astrobiologia (CAB) at Santander on Spain's Cantabrian coast. The topic of the School this year is "Earth's Extremophiles and Extraterrestrial Habitability." Lecturers include John Baross of the School of Oceanography, University of Washington; Michael Madigan of the Department of Microbiology, Southern Illinois University, and Ricardo Amils of the CAB.

The NASA/NAI Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides talented postdoctoral scientists with opportunities to engage in Institute-related research and serves as a source of future astrobiology talent and leadership. The NAI has selected four outstanding postdoctoral fellows to join NAI laboratories through the NPP November 2008 opportunity.