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Space Telescope Science Institute
2009 May Symposium Schedule

Monday, May 4, 2009
Milepost Zero: Life on Earth
9:00a-9:10a Welcome by Matt Mountain, Director, Space Telescope Science Institute
Session Chair: Jason Dworkin (NASA / GSFC)
9:10a-9:40a

Scientific Perspective: The Search for Life in the Universe

Chris McKay (NASA Ames)

9:40a-9:55a Discussion
9:55a-10:25a

The Seeds of Life - Exogenous Delivery of Organics to Earth

Pascale Ehrenfreund (Space Policy Institute)

10:25a-10:40a Discussion
10:40a-11:10a Poster Viewing & Refreshments
11:10a-11:40a

The Origin of Life As We Know It

Jeffrey Bada (UCSD)

11:40a-11:55a Discussion
11:55a-12:25p

The Evolution of Earth's Atmosphere & Surface

Jim Kasting (Penn State)

12:25p-12:40p Discussion
12:40p-2:00p Lunch
Session Chair: Jocelyne DiRuggiero (JHU)
2:00p-2:30p

Remote Detection of Life on Earth

Drake Deming (GSFC)

2:30p-2:45p Discussion
2:45p-3:15p

Metabolism in the Origin of Life

Robert Shapiro (NYU)

3:15p-3:30p Discussion
3:30p-4:00p Poster Viewing & Refreshments
4:00p-4:30p

Detecting Traces of Primitive Life on Earth (in Context of Solar System Exploration)

Dawn Sumner (UC Davis)

4:30p-4:45p Discussion
4:45p-5:15p

LUCA (Last Universal Cellular Ancestor) and the 3 Domains of Life

Janet Siefert (Rice U.)

5:15p-5:30p Discussion
5:30p-6:00p

Submarine Hydrothermal Vents: Limits of Life, Biofilms and Early Evolution

John Baross (U. Washington)

6:00p-6:15p Discussion
6:15p Adjourn
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The Search for Life Within 50 A.U.

Session Chair: Kevin Sowers (UMBI)
9:00a-9:30a

The Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems Capable of Supporting Life

Greg Laughlin (UCSC)

9:30a-9:45a Discussion
9:45a-10:15a

Terrestrial Planet Bombardment and Habitability

Jane Greaves (St. Andrews, UK)

10:15a-10:30a Discussion
10:30a-11:00a Poster Viewing & Refreshments
11:00a-11:30a

Past And Current Searches For Life On Mars

Steve Squyres (Cornell)

11:30a-11:45a Discussion
11:45a-12:15p

Mars: What We Could Know in 20 Years (and How)

Luann Becker (Johns Hopkins U.)

12:15p-12:30p Discussion
12:30p-2:00p Lunch
Session Chair: ()
2:00p-2:30p

Europa

Chris Chyba (Princeton U.)

2:30p-2:45p Discussion
2:45p-3:15p

Titan

Ralph Lorenz (JHU-APL)

3:15p-3:30p Discussion
3:30p-4:00p Poster Viewing & Refreshments
4:00p-4:20p

Future Life Search Missions: MARS

Michael Meyer (NASA)

4:20p-4:30p Discussion
4:30p-4:50p

Exploring the Habitability of Icy Worlds: The Europa Jupiter System Mission

Bob Pappalardo (JPL / Caltech)

4:50p-5:00p Discussion
5:00p-5:20p

Future Life Search Missions: Primitive Bodies

Don Brownlee (U. Washington)

5:20p-5:30p Discussion
5:30p Adjourn
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The Search for Life Within 100 pc

Session Chair: Carl Grillmair (Caltech)
9:00a-9:30a

Deciphering Spectral Fingerprints of Biomarkers on Exo-Earths

Lisa Kaltenegger (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)

9:30-9:45a Discussion
9:45a-10:15a

Remote Detection of Biological Activity via Circular Polarization of Light

William Sparks (STScI)

10:15a-10:30a Discussion
10:30a-11:00a Poster Viewing & Refreshments
11:00a-11:30a

Stellar Evolution and The Habitable Zone: Overall Properties and the Impact of Activity and Rotation

Marc Pinsonneault (Ohio State)

11:30a-11:45a Discussion
11:45a-12:15p

Theoretical Models of Exoplanet Atmospheres and Interiors: Implications for Life Detection

Sara Seager (MIT)

12:15p-12:30p Discussion
12:30p-2:00p Lunch
Session Chair: George Ricker (MIT)
2:00p-2:25p

Extrapolating the Rules for Life: Determining Alternative Biosignatures Evolved With Other Stars and Atmospheres

Nancy Kiang (Goddard Institute, NY)

2:25p-2:35p Discussion
2:35p-3:00p

Interpretation of Molecular Spectroscopic Biomarkers

Mike Mumma (NASA/GSFC)

3:00p-3:10p Discussion
3:10p-3:40p

Mass and Orbit Estimation Near the Detection Limit

Bob Brown (STScI)

3:40p-3:55p Discussion
3:55p-4:25p Poster Viewing & Refreshments
4:25p-4:55p

Advantages and Strategies for Direct Imaging and Characterization of Exoplanets

Wes Traub (JPL)

4:55p-5:10p Discussion
5:10p-6:30p Panel Discussion - Practical Roadmap on the Search for Life in the Universe: Our Next Steps

David Latham (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA),
Carl Pilcher (NASA),
Jennifer Wiseman (NASA / GSFC),
Dimitar Sasselov (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
Moderator: M. Postman (STScI)

6:30p-7:00p Adjourn for Drinks - Bloomberg P&A Building
7:00p-9:00p Conference Banquet
Thursday, May 7, 2009
The Search for Life in the Galaxy
Session Chair: Stefi Baum (RIT)
9:00a-9:30a

SETI Turns 50 - Five Decades of Progress in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Jill Tarter (SETI Institute)

9:30a-9:45a Discussion
9:45a-10:15a

Complex Organic Molecules in Star- and Planet-Forming Regions

Ewine van Dishoeck (Leiden University)

10:15a-10:30a Discussion
10:30a-11:00a Poster Viewing & Refreshments
11:00a-11:30a

Life As We Don't Know It

Steve Benner (FfAME)

11:30a-11:45a Discussion
11:45a-12:15p

Cultural Perspective: How Detection of Extraterrestrial Life Will Change Our World Views

Paul Davies (ASU)

12:15p-12:30p Discussion
12:30p Conference Concludes
Friday, May 8, 2009
Public Talk at the Maryland Science Center
7:00pm

Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and The Exploration of the Red Planet

Steven W. Squyres (Cornell University)