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The PAH IR Spectral Database
On Monday, August 2nd, 2010, the Astrophysics & Astrochemistry Laboratory released the NASA Ames PAH IR Spectroscopic Database with accompanying tools on the web at http://www.astrochem.org/pahdb. This is the world's largest collection of PAH infrared (IR) spectra and was created to understand the carriers and molecular physics behind the family of infrared emission bands that were discovered in the 1980's and that now, thanks to the Spitzer Space Telescope, are known to be widespread across the Universe. After nearly twenty years of work at Ames, there are about 700 spectra in the database that span the mid- to far-IR. Besides being of great interest to astronomers working with SOFIA, Herschel and JWST, the value of the database extends far beyond the immediate needs of NASA and astronomy. A PAH spectroscopic database has a large and diverse set of important applications. PAHs are nanoparticles with unusual properties, a major product of combustion, common in the environment and carcinogenic, therefore they are important to scientists, educators, policy makers, and consultants working in the fields of nano-materials, medicine, health, chemistry, fuel composition, engine design, as well as environmental assessment and protection.
The web launch on August 2nd coincided with the appearance of an article in the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series and a NASA press release describing the database, website and tools. In the past four days the press release was posted on 4,330 websites worldwide, including medicine and environmental sites. The visitor tracker on the database website reports a total of 850 unique visitors, from all over the world, with 150 hits on the first day and peaking at 230 on the third day. The launch was also announced on social networking sites, including the ‘NASA Ames Lab Astro’ Facebook page (1038 ‘friends’) and on Twitter (@AmesLabAstro, 383 followers).
NASA Ames Conference Center (NACC)March 3, 2015 - 8:00am - 5:00pmOn March 3, 2015 we will have a full day of talks and poster sessions in order to showcase the work done by the Space Science and Astrobiology Division and Space Science projects at Ames. Please make time to join us, learn something new, chat with new folks and maybe even start up a new collaboration. There are lots of ways you can participate: give a talk, present a poster, demo your equipment, nominate someone to give one of the lectures and -- of course -- attend.Important Dates:Abstract Submission Deadline: January 16, 2015Lecturer Nomination Deadline: January 16, 2015Registration Deadline: February 24, 2015Jamboree: March 3, 2015Abstract Submission -- Due January 16If you are interested in giving a talk, presenting a poster, or providing an equipment display, please email a PDF of your one page abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be devoting one page in the Jamboree abstract booklet to each submitted abstract — so feel free to use the entire page. In the PDF, please include:+ Title+ Authors+ Science Topic (choose one): Astrobiology, Astrophysics, Exoplanet, Planetary Atmosphere & Climate, or Planetary Surfaces and Interiors+ Abstract (one page or less; pictures and plots are great to include!)In your email please specify the following:+ Poster, Talk, or Display+ If Display, please specify space requirements (how much space, is electrical needed, …)
Lecturer Nominations -- Due January 16We will have two longer (one hour) lectures. The lecturers will be chosen among the nominations received in the following categories. (To be considered in either category, candidates should be Space Scientists resident at Ames)+ Outstanding Early Career Space Scientist -- A researcher who has done outstanding work who has not reached their 37th birthday OR have held a doctorate for no more than 6 years (whichever is later) at the end of 2015.+ Pollack lecture -- a Senior scientist who is being recognized for their lifetime achievement.Nominations should be no more than one page and should summarize the body of meritorious work. References to the key publications should be included. It is also helpful to mention previously received accolades.Nominations will be accepted from anyone in SS. Self nominations are acceptable. Any individual can only nominate one candidate in each category.Please email all nominations to email@example.com.
Registration -- Due February 24In order to have an accurate headcount for refreshments (and to allow us sufficient time to make name tags), we ask that all attendees register by February 24. Any member of the Ames community may attend the SS Jamboree. In order to register, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of Jamboree Registration. In the body of the message, please specify your name as you'd like it to appear on your name tag.
Nasa Ames, Building 152March 24, 2015 - 8:00am - March 26, 2015 - 5:00pm
NASA's Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute will co-host a workshop on Planetary Protection Knowledge Gaps for Human Extraterrestrial Missions on March 24-26, 2015, in Moffett Field, California.
While planetary protection requirements are in place for robotic missions, there is presently insufficient scientific and technological knowledge to establish effective quantitative requirements for the development of crewed spacecraft and missions. To prepare for such future missions, NASA created the NASA Policy on Planetary Protection Requirements for Human Extraterrestrial Missions (NPI 8020.7) that outlines the need to increase knowledge in the following study areas while iteratively developing an appropriate set of requirements:
• Study Area 1: Microbial and human health monitoring
• Study Area 2: Technology and operations for contamination control
• Study Area 3: Natural transport of contamination on Mars
The goal of this workshop is to capture the current state of knowledge in the aforementioned areas and identify additional research to appropriately inform planetary protection requirements development for the human exploration of Mars.