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Proposal Information for 2005A-0348


PI: Michael Meyer, University of Arizona, mmeyer@as.arizona.edu
Address: LAPLACE, Steward Observatory, 933 N. Cherry Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85721, USA

CoI: Neville Woolf, LAPLACE, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona
CoI: Mark Giampapa, NOAO
CoI: Lucy Ziurys, LAPLACE, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona
CoI: Woodruff Sullivan, University of Washington
CoI: Aldo Apponi, LAPLACE, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona
CoI: Anna Spitz, LAPLACE, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona

Title: Creating a Community of Scholars: Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in Astrobiology

Abstract: \small We propose to utilize the 2.1-m and 0.9-m WIYN telescopes on Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), in tandem with the Steward Observatory (SO) Bok 90" telescope, the National Solar Observatory (NSO) McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope, and the Arizona Radio Observatory (ARO) KP12m Radio Telescope to conduct a coordinated educational program for graduate students in all science disciplines related to the study of Astrobiology. This effort, a collaboration between the University of Arizona (UA), the University of Washington (UW), and National Optical Astronomical Observatory (NOAO) under the auspices of the Life and Planets Astrobiology Center (LAPLACE, www.laplace.arizona.edu) will provide a sophisticated hands-on learning experience for graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in subjects related to the origin and evolution of life in the Universe. Through membership in NASA's Astrobiology Institute (NAI), we are charged with helping to educate the next community of scholars in the field of Astrobiology. We feel strongly that bringing astronomers, planetary scientists, chemists, geophysicists, and scientists of all related disciplines together for an intensive weekend of laboratory learning is a crucial part of achieving our goal. We have outlined to extensive laboratory exercises that focus on specific themes: 1) the Sun as a Star; and 2) From Gas to Solar-type stars. The first program will require imaging of open clusters comprised of sun-like stars as a function of age using the WIYN 0.9-m telescope with the Mosaic Imager. The second program will require near- infrared imaging of with the SQIID instrument on the 2.1-m telescope.


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