Education and Outreach: April 2012

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and post docs are invited to apply to the 2012 Sao Paulo School of Advanced Science, held from 19-31 August, 2012 on Ilhabela, an archipelago 200km from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The school will be organized around the theme of evolution, addressing topics such as paleontology, phylogenetics, homology, and character evolution, and will feature instructors from both North and South America. For more information:

NASA is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty beginning their independent careers. This inaugural Space Technology Research Opportunities for Early Career Faculty solicitation seeks to sponsor research in specific, high priority technology areas of interest to NASA.

Specific topic areas were selected because they can best benefit from early stage innovative approaches provided by U.S. academic institutions. The research will investigate unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies or concepts.

"NASA is committed to ensuring our nation's intellectual capital pipeline remains the best in the world, and that we bring the brightest minds together with the best ideas to meet the challenges of NASA's future missions," said Michael Gazarik, Director of NASA's Space Technology Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "These grants offer a means for NASA to capitalize on the tremendous creativity and innovation that these brilliant individuals have to offer."

NASA expects to award approximately ten grants this fall, funded up to $200,000 each per year, based on the merit of proposals received. The deadline for submitting proposals is May 3. For information on the solicitation, including specific technology areas of interest and how to submit notices of intent and proposals, visit:

The Space Technology Research Opportunities for Early Career Faculty is a part of NASA's Space Technology Program, managed by the Office of the Chief Technologist. For more information about the Space Technology Program and the crosscutting space technology areas of interest to NASA, visit:

The NASA Astrobiology Program is pleased to announce the selection of four new NASA Postdoctoral Fellows:

Jose Aponte
Advisor: Jamie Elsila-Cook (NAI Goddard Center for Astrobiology Team)
Topic: "Assessment of Isotopic Ratios and Enantiomeric Excess of Neutral Compounds and Amines Found on Carbonaceous Chondrites"

Tammy Campbell
Advisor: Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy (Exobiology: Prebiotic Evolution)
Topic: "Non-Enzymatic Glycosylation of DNA Nucleobases to Develop Potentially Prebiotic Nucleic Acid Alternatives"

Natascha Riedinger
Advisor: Timothy Lyons (NAI Arizona State University Team)
Topic: "The Fate of Molybdenum and Its Isotopes in Deep, Oxide-rich Marine Sediments: Implications for the Mo Paleoproxy and Oxygen in the Ancient Ocean"

Erik Sperling
Advisor: Andrew Knoll (NAI MIT Team)
Topic: "Reconciling Ecological and Geochemical Triggers of the Cambrian Radiation"

More information about the NPP can be found at

Young scientists are competing to see who is the best communicator. NASA Television will air the FameLab Astrobiology final competition on Monday, April 16, from 7-9 p.m. EDT, live from the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta. Nichelle Nichols, known for her portrayal of Lt. Uhura in the original "Star Trek" television series, will host the event.

The competition will be webcast at: