Dr. Farid Salama was invited to attend the AAS Fall Leadership Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting and to prepare and present a 2-page report providing the basic information about the Laboratory Astrophysics Division for distribution to other Division leaders as a snapshot of the purpose and activities as well as recent accomplishments and future plans of the new division.
This week (13-15 November 2012), the Space Science and Astrobiology Division (Code SS) Chief, Dr. Timothy Lee, the Planetary Systems Branch Chief (Code SST), Dr. Jeffery Hollingsworth, and ARC NPP Resident Research Fellow, Dr. Amanda Brecht, attended the Tenth Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG) (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/vexag/) meeting in Washington DC and NASA Headquarters.
During the week of 29 October through 2 November 2012, Dr Jeffery Hollingsworth, Space Scientist & Chief, Planetary Systems Branch (Code SST), and Principal Investigator (PI) of the NASA ARC Mars Climate Modeling Project (MCMC), was invited to travel to the United Kingdom by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division and the Head of the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics Department (AOPP), University of Oxford, to serve as the External Examiner in the D.Phil. (PhD) examination (or "viva") of Mr David Mulholland, a candidate for degree.
Tori Hoehler (SSX) delivered a keynote lecture at the 2011 meeting of the International Society for Subsurface Microbiology. Hoehler's lecture, entitled, "Energetic constraints on subsurface life: A case study of methanogenesis in serpentinizing systems" focused on constraining the habitability of subsurface environments through thermodynamic and bioenergetic models. The lecture focused on a case study developed specifically for assessing the habitability of the Martian subsurface.
The AAS is pleased to announce that the Society's first Lancelot M. Berkeley - New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy is being awarded to William J. Borucki and David G. Koch for leading the successful Kepler space mission, which is discovering new exoplanets while making major advancements in the search for terrestrial planets around other stars. Borucki and Koch, both at NASA's Ames Research Center, are PI and deputy PI, respectively, of the Kepler mission.
On July 18, 2010, Dr. Andrew Mattioda, NASA Ames Astrochemistry Laboratory, conducted an Education and Public Outreach event with the LEGO Education and NASA Exploration Camp being hosted by East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma.
On Friday, July 9, 2010, Professor Edmond Wilson, Harding University, AR, and two of his undergraduate students, Julianne Petty, Electrical Engineering and NASA Workforce Undergraduate Researcher, and Darah McDaniel, biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major and a Arkansas Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Researcher visited NASA Ames.