Former NAI postdoc Alberto Robador’s new paper, published this week in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, garners attention. Some press releases: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-01/uosc-nsd011415.php http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-microbe-undersea-aquifer-20150114-story.html
Congratulations to former UHNAI postdoc Bin Yang for having an asteroid name after her: 9723 Binyang.
UH NASA Astrobiology Institute graduate student Christine Jilly has been awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for research on aqueous alteration in CR chondrites. Christie is pursuing a PhD in cosmochemistry with advisor Gary Huss in the Hawaii Institute for Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP).
Observations have indicated that a new class of objects dubbed super-Earths could be among the most common type of planets orbiting other stars. In a paper in the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences and an interview with the Astrobiology Magazine, UHNAI team member Nadir Haghighipour reviews the latest discoveries for insight into how these planets form and whether such worlds could be habitable.
Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa NASA Astrobiology Institute (UHNAI) have discovered high concentrations of boron in a Martian meteorite. When present in its oxidized form (borate), boron may have played a key role in the formation of RNA, one of the building blocks for life. The work was published on June 6 in PLOS One.
A short video from UHNAI team-member Nader Haghighipour discusses the role that Hawaii is playing in the search for exoplanets.
UHNAI graduate student Patrick Gasda awarded the graduate student poster award at the Origins 2011 International Conference in Montpellier, France.
UHNAI Scientist, G. Jeffrey Taylor, receives 2011 Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Award, presented by the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) on July 19 at the Lunar Science Forum at NASA Ames Research Center. The Shoemaker Award, presented annually to a scientist who has contributed significantly to the field of lunar science throughout his or her career, is named after Eugene M. Shoemaker (1928-1997), considered a founder of the fields of lunar and planetary geology.
How does life begin and evolve? Is there life elsewhere in the Universe? What is the future of life on Earth and beyond? Today, NASA’s Astrobiology Institute (NAI) is not only asking these age-old questions, it is actively seeking answers. In June 2003, it selected as its first cross-disciplinary team a group of UH researchers… Read more »