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The Sixth Annual Space Science and Astrobiology Jamboree

We hope you have made room on your calendar for the Sixth Annual ARC Space Science & Astrobiology Jamboree — it is shaping up to be an invigorating day of science talks and poster sessions.   There will be two 1-hour lectures chosen by a nomination process and a lecturer selection committee.   We are pleased to announce that the Outstanding Early Career Space Scientist Lecture will be given by Amanda Cook and the Pollack Lecture will be given by linda Jahnke.   In addition, a dozen 20 minute talks were selected by the science organizing committee.  We received many abstract submissions, over half of which expressed an interest in giving a talk.  (Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract — and made the organizing committee’s job hard!)   Below you will find the final agenda.  In addition to the oral presentations, there will be over 50 posters available for perusal and discussion.


As a result of previous feedback we will be providing coffee when you arrive for registration so please arrive before 8:30am so you have enough time to register and grab some coffee. We’ve arranged for lunches to be picked up from Specialy’s.   (You’ll need to order and pay for your lunch — but we’ll get them over to Bldg 3 in time for the lunch break.)  Read down to the bottom of this email for instructions on how to order your lunch.  Please order no later than March 30th.


Registration instructions:

In 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 this Friday, March 30th.  Any member of the Ames community may attend the SS Jamboree.  In order to register, please send an email to mojgan.momenihassan-harati@nasa.gov 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.



Below is the schedule for the day.  In addition to the lectures and talks listed below, please make time to visit the 50+ posters!  Abstracts for the talks and posters will be made available prior to the symposium.  (A pdf agenda suitable for printing is also attached.)

Sixth Annual Space Science & Astrobiology Division

Science Jamboree

 April 4,  2018

8:00 am Registration & Poster Setup
Session Chair: Jeffery Hollingsworth
8:30 am Welcome & Announcements (Hollingsworth, Bicay)
8:45 am Outstanding Early Career Space Scientist Lecture:

Amanda Cook: Resource Prospector, Aeolus, and LADEE:  Adventures of a Scientist in Mission Design and Science Instrumentation

9:45 am Dave Blake: New Developments in X-Ray Diffraction for Planetary Exploration
10:05 am Melinda Kahre: Recent Advances in Simulating the Martian Climate with the NASA Ames Mars Global Climate Model
10:25 am Poster Session (even number posters) & Coffee Break
Session Chair: Christopher Dateo
11:10 am Chris McKay: Enceladus Life Signs and Habitability (ELSAH) Mission
11:30 am Ella Sciamma-O’Brien: The Titan Haze Simulation Experiment: Dedicated Plasma Chemistry Model and Latest Laboratory Results
11:50 am Mary Beth Wilhelm: Constraints on the Metabolic Activity of Microorganisms in Atacama Surface Soils Inferred from Refractory Biomarkers: Implications for Martian Habitability and Biomarker Detection
12:10 pm Poster Session / Lunch
Session Chair: Mark Fonda
1:15 pm Chris Materese: Abiotic Synthesis of Nucleobases in Astrophysically Relevant Ices
1:35 pm Alessandra Ricca: PAH Infrared Spectroscopy in the JWST Era: A Computational and Laboratory Study
1:55 pm Tim Lee: Computing Highly Accurate Spectroscopic Line Lists for Characterization of Exoplanet Atmospheres and Assignment of Astronomical Observations
2:15 pm Niki Parenteau: Examining the Evolution of Oxygenic Photosynthesis on the Early Earth and Potentially Exoplanets
2:35 pm Tom Roellig: The Mid-Infrared Imager/Spectrometer/Coronagraph Instrument (MISC) for the Origins Space Telescope
2:55 pm Poster Session (odd number posters) & Coffee Break
Session Chair: Jeffery Hollingsworth
3:40 pm Pasquale Temi: ARCUS – The X-Ray Grating Spectrometer Explorer
4:00 pm Joe Roser: Ammonia on Charon: Laboratory Optical Constants of Ammonia Hydrates to Support New Horizons Observations
4:20 pm Pollack Lecture:

Linda Jahnke: Biosignatures for Life Detection

5:20 pm Remove Posters



Pre-ordering lunch:

Please follow these instructions for placing your lunch order for the SS Jamboree.

1.    Go To:  www.specialtys.com

2.    Sign in or sign-up

3.    Click on “Priority Pick-Up”
Make sure Pick-Up location is set to 645 Ellis St., Mt. View, CA
Date: 03/04/14
Time: 10:30AM

4.    Order / Pay

5.    Forward Specialty’s email confirmation to karina.shain@nasa.gov no later than Friday, March 30th, 3pm.