CU Boulder Astrobiology Journal Club

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CU Boulder Astrobiology Journal Club

We are the Astrobiology Journal Club at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Our group meets once each month to discuss current research and literature that is relevant to the realm of astrobiology.  We will soon be sharing our meetings through SAGANet, so you can join in from anywhere.  We'll try to get the article(s) for the coming meetings linked up here within two weeks before each meeting, so that anyone can join in with our discussions. 

Location: Boulder, CO, USA
Members: 8
Latest Activity: Dec 2, 2017

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May 2014 Meeting - Astrobiology Through the Ages of Mars... Fairen et al. (2010)

Started by Graham E. Lau Apr 28, 2014. 0 Replies

Hey all!Laura Grace Beckerman will be presenting at our next Astrobiology Journal Club meeting.  She'll be reviewing a paper by Alberto Fairen and colleagues (2010) that considers the history of…Continue

April 2014 Meeting - Common cause explanation and the search for a smoking gun (Cleland, 2013)

Started by Graham E. Lau. Last reply by Graham E. Lau Apr 3, 2014. 1 Reply

Hey there everyone!  Thank you for supporting the CU Astrobiology Journal Club.  We are hoping to soon be able to share our meetings through SAGANet.  Stay tuned for when this happens!  Until then, I…Continue

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Comment by Graham E. Lau on February 26, 2015 at 11:02am

Still having trouble finding time to update here as often as we should.  I think rather than trying to use a sophisticated setup to share our meetings with others, we might try to use a laptop and run our meetings from something like Google Hangouts for anyone else to join if they'd like.  Here is the schedule for our remaining meetings this semester:

March 9th

March 30th

April 13th

April 27th

We now meet on Mondays at 2:00 p.m. (Mountain Time).  I will do my best to upload an article in the week leading up to a meeting.


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Comment by Graham E. Lau on January 9, 2015 at 9:00am

Hey all!  I apologize for being a bit lax with this group page.  The Astrobiology Journal Club is still going strong here at CU.  We'll soon be resuming our meetings for the spring 2015 semester.  More news to come soon on our schedule and meetings.  


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Comment by Graham E. Lau on October 20, 2014 at 8:08am

Hey all, I spaced a bit on getting info out for today's meeting.  We still haven't figured out a good way to broadcast our meetings.  I'm willing to hear any suggestions (would Fuze or Google Hangouts work?).  Today we are discussing serpentinization reactions and their relevance to astrobiology.  This topic is in honor of our recently awarded NAI team status.


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Comment by Graham E. Lau on October 14, 2014 at 10:12am

I will soon post information regarding our upcoming meeting on Monday, October 20th, and how you can be involved!


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Comment by Graham E. Lau on October 14, 2014 at 10:11am

Hey all!  Sorry for not being active on SAGANet for a while.  We have come back from the summer break and have been active as a club, but I've been so busy on crunching through my work that I haven't had much free time until now.  In case you haven't heard, CU Boulder will once again be the center of an NAI team!  My advisor, Alexis Templeton, will lead this new NAI team, which will focus their research efforts on characterizing the abiotic and biological processes related to water-rock reactions (such as hydrogen generation in serpentinizing systems).  You can find more info on the announcement here: http://tinyurl.com/pdxf56q.  The new funding from NAI will also mean improved astrobiology academics and community support here at CU.  We'll be moving forward with AJC meetings every 2-3 weeks on a continual basis now (and may even have some funding to support our club).  We will soon be re-implementing an astrobiology seminar series here at CU, which will hopefully be shared through SAGANet and other venues.  As for the moment, with AJC, we have the following meetings scheduled for this fall:

-20 October 

-3 November

-17 November

-8 December


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Comment by Graham E. Lau on April 30, 2014 at 10:40am

Hey all!  I wanted to get our group streaming online as soon as I could, but my research efforts will now see me travelling or working furiously from now until mid-July.  I will try to get some other members of our group here at CU involved in this SAGANet group in the hopes that they can keep things up-to-date with the group, but activity here may be sparse until I return from my field work.


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Comment by Graham E. Lau on April 14, 2014 at 9:54am

Hey gang!  Our meeting today will not be broadcast through SAGANet, sadly.  I've been under the weather for the last week, so I haven't had time to get everything together for the broadcast.  However, please check out the discussing and get involved through SAGANet if you find the article interesting.


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Comment by Graham E. Lau on April 11, 2014 at 3:52pm

Hey all!  This is a pretty interesting article I just read on io9 that considers some of the myriad ways in which we may detect signs of an intelligent extraterrestrial civilization.  It's worth a read:

io9 - ETI detection


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Comment by Graham E. Lau on March 28, 2014 at 10:52am

I'll start a discussion for each upcoming meeting and link the relevant literature.  I'm hoping to get us up and running with the livestream by the time we have our May meeting, but I'm not as tech-savvy as some of you young whipper-snappers so I hope you'll forgive me as I untangle some cables and try to get it all together.

 

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May 2014 Meeting - Astrobiology Through the Ages of Mars... Fairen et al. (2010)

Started by Graham E. Lau Apr 28, 2014. 0 Replies

Hey all!Laura Grace Beckerman will be presenting at our next Astrobiology Journal Club meeting.  She'll be reviewing a paper by Alberto Fairen and colleagues (2010) that considers the history of…Continue

April 2014 Meeting - Common cause explanation and the search for a smoking gun (Cleland, 2013)

Started by Graham E. Lau. Last reply by Graham E. Lau Apr 3, 2014. 1 Reply

Hey there everyone!  Thank you for supporting the CU Astrobiology Journal Club.  We are hoping to soon be able to share our meetings through SAGANet.  Stay tuned for when this happens!  Until then, I…Continue

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