SETI Institute Scientists at AbSciCon 2015, June 15-19

abscicon 2015The Astrobiology Science Conference 2015 will be held at the Hilton Chicago in downtown Chicago, Illinois, on June 15–19, 2015.

Can’t make it to AbSciCon?  
You can watch it remotely at https://ac.arc.nasa.gov/abscicon, using “Guest" using your first and last name. For a list of sessions that will be streamed live, click here.

The Astrobiology Science Conference 2015 (AbSciCon 2015) is the next in a series of conferences organized by the astrobiology community. The conference will convene scientists from all over the world who work in the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology — the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe — to report on research findings and plan future endeavors.

The conference will feature plenary sessions on current and thought-provoking topics, topical sessions, evening programs, and public and educational events. The conference venue on Chicago’s waterfront near the Museum Campus will provide exciting opportunities for synergy between the conference and the rich cultural and educational resources of the city.

Several SETI Institute scientists from the Sagan Center as well as the SETI Research Center will present their work at this conference, a list is attached below. We wish to all our scientists a great AbsSciCon conference.

This year Absicon includes 5 sessions organized by SETI Institute researchers.

Monday June 15, 10:30 am
PLANETARY PROTECTION IN THE AGE OF EXPLORATION

ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND THE EVOLUTION OF PLANETARY HABITABILITY

Monday, June 15, 2015 1:45 p.m.
METHODS FOR DETECTION OF HABITABILITY, BIOSIGNATURES, AND THEIR VARIATIONS IN ASTROBIOLOGICAL MATERIALS II
Chairs: Michael Tice, Nathalie Cabrol

Monday, June 15 2015 4:00 p.m.
HABITABILITY FROM AFAR: CHALLENGES AND TRIUMPHS OF EXPLORING ICY WORLDS FROM ORBITAL AND FLYBY MISSIONS

Tuesday June 16 10:30 a.m.
HOW CAN MODERN MICROBES INFORM OUR UNDERSTANDING OF ANCIENT EARTH ECOSYSTEMS? I

  • 12:00 p.m.
    Calcification of Modern Stromatolites from Lake Joyce, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica: Preserved Carbon Pool Modification in a Changing Microbial Ecosystem [#7460]
    Mackey T. J. * Sumner D. Y. Hawes I. Jungblut A. D. Andersen D. T.
    http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/abscicon2015/pdf/7460.pdf

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 4:00 p.m.
HABITABILITY OF EXTRATERRESTRIAL ANALOG ENVIRONMENTS III

Wednesday, June 17 2015 7:30 p.m.
POSTER SESSION I: METHODS FOR DETECTION OF HABITABILITY, BIOSIGNATURES, AND THEIR VARIATIONS IN ASTROBIOLOGICAL MATERIALS

  • Towards the Adaptive Exploration of Lakes and Seas on Titan [#7017]
    Cabrol N. A. Grin E. A. Smith T. Lee S. Y. Parro V. Sobron P. Rose K. Moersch J. Wettergreen D. S. Smith E. D. Demergasso C. Echeverria A. Chong G. Aguilera A. Blanco Y. Lorenz R. Stofan E. Tilot V. Bebout L. Detweiler A. Fong T. Tambley C. Thompson C. Malaska M. J.
    http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/abscicon2015/pdf/7017.pdf
  • Hydrothermal Mineralogy as a Habitable Environment: A Synergistic Imaging, Raman, and LIBS Approach to Exploring Underwater Chimney Materials [#7611]
    Sobron P. Barge L. M. Russell M. Price R. Scheneiderman T. Takai K. Yamamoto M.
  • Phase Phase Transformations of Green Rust: Laser Raman Characterization with Implications for Origin of Life and Mars Astrobiology [#7617]
    Barge L. M. Sobron P. Flores E. Russell M. J. Wang A. Kanik I.
  • Preservation of Organic Matter on Mars: Effect of High Radiation Doses on Biomolecules [#7114]
    Parro V. Blanco Y. de Diego-Castilla G. Davila A. F. Moreno-Paz M., Stoker C. R. McKay C. P.
    http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/abscicon2015/pdf/7114.pdf
  • Preservation of Lipid Biomarkers in the Atacama Desert, Chile [#7413]
    Wilhelm M. B. Davila A. F. Eigenbrode J. E. Parenteau M. N. Jahnke L. L. Summons R. E. Williams A. J. Wray J. J.
    http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/abscicon2015/pdf/7413.pdf
  • Abiogenically Formed Complex Organics and the Origin of Life on Earth-like Planets in Habitable Zones.[#7237]
    Uma Gayathri Kamakolanu, Friedemann T. Freund, and Jeremy Tregloan-Reed
    http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/abscicon2015/eposter/7237.pdf

Thursday, June 18, 2015 10:30 a.m.
BIOSIGNATURES AND TECHNOSIGNATURES: THE SEARCH FOR INHABITED PLANETS I
Salon A1 Chairs: Jill Tarter Mario Livio

MARTIAN HABITABILITY AS INFORMED BY PAST AND ONGOING ORBITAL, LANDER, AND ROVER MISSIONS

Thursday, June 18, 2015 1:45 p.m.
PAST AND EXTANT LIFE SEARCH STRATEGIES FOR HABITABLE ENVIRONMENTS ON MARS: HOW SHOULD WE PROCEED?

Thursday, June 18, 2015 1:45 p.m.
BIOSIGNATURES AND TECHNOSIGNATURES: THE SEARCH FOR INHABITED PLANETS II
Chairs: Jill Tarter, Mario Livio

Thursday, June 18 2015 4:00 p.m.
MISSION TO EARLY EARTH: CO-EVOLVING ARCHEAN AND PROTEROZOIC OCEANS, ATMOSPHERES, AND LIFE III

Thursday, June 18 2015 7:30 p.m.
POSTER SESSION II: ASTROBIOLOGY EDUCATION AND PUBLIC OUTREACH AND ITS IMPACT: 21ST CENTURY IDEAS AND EXPERIENCED PERSPECTIVES

Friday, June 19, 2015 8:00 a.m.
CHALLENGES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF BIOSIGNATURE DETECTION STRATEGIES I

Friday, June 19, 2015 8:10 a.m.
CO-EVOLUTION OF COMPARTMENTALIZATION, METABOLISM, AND INFORMATIONAL POLYMERS I