NASA Astrobiology Institute: February 2009

n November 26, 2008, volunteers in programs within the NASA Nationwide Consortium participated in a two-hour, introductory training telecon covering the basic principles of astrobiology, sponsored by NAI's WISC team and JPL. The Consortium includes many of NASA's volunteer-based organizations such as the Solar System Ambassadors, the Night Sky Network, the Aerospace Education Services Project, the Explorer Schools, and the Educator Astronauts. These volunteers reach many thousands of teachers, students, and public audiences every year in assemblies and other presentations.

The NAI Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides opportunities for Ph.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research interests of NASA and the member teams of the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The next award cycle that the NAI will be participating in will be the March 1, 2009 application deadline. For additional information about the program see .

[Source: NAI Newsletter]

Please join NAI in congratulating Jim Elser of the new Arizona State University (ASU) Team on his election as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He and the other newly elected fellows will be recognized Feb. 14 at the Fellows forum, during the 2009 AAAS annual meeting in Chicago.

Starting on February 23rd, 2009, each of the NAI teams will be giving one hour overview seminars that describe the work they will be performing as members of the NAI. These seminars, which will be broadcast via videoconference and web, will provide an opportunity to find out more about the science, EPO and other activities being performed by the NAI teams. These seminars will take place at 11am Pacific time. The schedule of the talks follows:

At the January NAI Executive Council meeting, each of NAI's Principal Investigators delivered presentations outlining the science of their teams. Those presentations are now available as downloadable podcasts from the NAI website. For more information and to download the podcasts, visit

[Source: NAI Newsletter]

The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) is accepting proposals to the 2009 NAI Director's Discretionary Fund (DDF). Proposals will be accepted at any time until June 15, 2009. Proposals submitted after that date will be considered for funding as part of the NAI 2010 DDF. For more information:

[Source: NAI Newsletter]