Astrobiology Graduate Conference

January 7-January 11, 2004

Tucson, Arizona U.S.A.


Dates: January 7-10, 2004

Schedule (subject to changes):

January 7th:

 noon-10:00pm  Pick up info packets at registration at Marriot hotel. Sign up for hike, Mirror Lab tour and order t-shirts. Coffee mugs for sale at check-in booth.
 7pm-late  Welcome reception at Gentle Ben's next door to Marriott.
 7:30pm  Welcome to ABGradCon, Maggie Turnball
 8:00pm-10:00pm  Music by Scoot!. Buffet dinner

January 8th:

 8:30am-noon  Talks, sign up: Foothills hikes, Mirror Lab tours
 8:30am-9:00am  Welcome to the Astrobiology Graduate Conference: Maggie Turnbull, Nick Woolf, Jonathan Lunine
  • Presentations at the ILC Bldg., U of A campus
  • Speakers: Formation of Planets and Evolution of the Biosphere
  • Moderator, John Armstrong
 9:00am-9:30am  Hector Montiel, UNAM: "Amino Acid Formation in the Interstellar Medium"
9:30am-10:00am Josh Eisner, Caltech: "Frequency, Mass, and Evolution of Young Circumstellar Disks"
10:00am-10:30am Stan Metchev, Caltech: "Imaging Extrasolar Planets from the Ground"
10:30am-11:00am Coffee Break. Sign up for hike, Mirror Lab tour
11:00am-11:30am Sean Raymond, UW: "Making Other Earths: The Formation of Habitable Planets?"
11:30am-noon Hilary Justh, PSU: "The CH4 Greenhouse and Anti-Greenhouse Effect on Early Mars"
noon-5pm  Lunch (on your own), hike, leisure time
1:15pm  Leave for hike. Meet outside Steward Obs. on Cherry Ave for pickup. Hikers, bring water and good shoes
  • Talks (refreshments provided throughout session)
  • Moderator, Julie Huber
5:00pm-5:30pm Jelte Harnemeijer, UW: "BIF-Hosted Phosphates: Implications for the Archean Phosphate Cycle"
5:30pm-6:00pm Corey Cohn, Stony Brook: "Controls on Mineral-Generated H2O2 and OH"
6:00pm-6:30pm Mark Claire, UW: "Biogeophotochemical Modeling of the Rise of Atmospheric Oxygen"
6:30pm-7:00pm Matthew Hurtgen, PSU: "Snowball Earth Events and the Evolution of Microbial Sulfur Species"
7:00pm-7:30pm Lisa Faithorn and Estelle Dodson, NAI: "NAI Resources for Astrobiology Graduate Students"

January 9th:

 9:00am-noon  Talks
 9:00am-9:30am  Olga Zhaxybayeva, U Connecticut: "Cladogenesis and Coalescence: Evolution of the Three Domains of Life"
 9:30am-10:00am  Julie Huber, UW: "Expanding the Subseafloor Biosphere to Ridge Flanks and Beyond"
 10:00am-10:30am  Jim Moran, PSU: "Anaerobic Methane Consumption"
10:30am-11:00am  Coffee Break
11:00am-11:30am  Annika Mosier, DRI: "Microbial Assemblages in the Antarctic Lake Vida Ice Cover"
11:30am-noon  Rachel Horak, William & Mary: "Light Production by Sulfide-oxidizing Bacteria?"
noon-12:30pm  Erika Offerdahl, UA: "Students' Understanding of Key Astrobiology Concepts"
12:30pm-3:00pm  Lunch at Steward, poster session and Mirror Lab tours
12:30pm-4:00pm  Lunch (in Rm. N305), set out posters (N210, lobby, N305)
1:00pm-2:00pm  Group 1 Mirror Lab tours (meet outside front doors to lobby)
2:00pm-3:00pm  Group 2 & 3 Mirror Lab tours (meet outside front doors to lobby)
  • Last of the talks (refreshments throughout session)
  • Moderator, Teresa Longazo
4:00pm-4:30pm  Aubrey Zerkle, PSU: "Trace Metal Signatures as Biomarkers for Microbial Metabolisms"
4:30pm-5:00pm  Sabine Airieau, Scripps: "Mars N2O Sample Return, A Mission Concept"
5:00pm-5:30pm  Kevin Hand, Stanford: "Surface Detection of Life on Europa"
5:30pm-6:00pm  Andrew Howard, Harvard: "Optical SETI at Harvard"
6:00pm-6:30pm  Vladimir Ivkovic, Inst. Anthrop. Res., Croatia: "Neurocybernetics of Emerging Biotic Systems: Where Astrobiology Meets Neuroscience"

January 10th:

Need warm clothes for Kitt Peak

 10:00am-11:15am  Discussions with NAI on Graduate Issues: Lisa Faithorn, Estelle Dodson
 11:15am-noon  Conference Evaluation and Planning for Future Graduate Conferences
 noon-1:30pm  Lunch (on your own)
 1:30pm  Leave for Kitt Peak (meet outside Steward on Cherry Ave)
 3:00pm  Tours of 4m telescope, SpaceWatch telescopes
 4:45pm  Visitor's Center for Kitt Peak Evening Program
9:00pm  Head back to Tucson (arrive home ~10pm)

January 11th:

 10:00am  Farewell Breakfast (meet in Marriott lobby). Catch planes home.