The New York Center for Astrobiology


2014 Astrobiology Teachers Academy (ATA) – The Academy application period is now closed. Thank you to all those who applied.

(July 20, 2014 – July 24, 2014) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for High School Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Technology.

You are encouraged to apply by July 1, 2014 to become a participant of the 2014 ATA.  The group consists of the interdisciplinary team of scientists at the New York Center for Astrobiology (a member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute), educational assessment professionals and science teachers/fellows to infuse exciting discoveries in Astrobiology into your curriculum (aligned with NYS learning goals).  Upon completion of this event, you will receive a $400 honorarium and a certificate for up to 40 hours of Professional Development.

Click here for the application and more information.


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View Dr. Daniel Angerhausen’s paper entitled “Eyeball Earths” which is featured in  NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine

James Ferris honored at a special session of the 2012 Astrobiology Science Conference


About the Center
Based within the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., the New York Center for Astrobiology is devoted to investigating the origins of life on Earth and the conditions that lead to formation of habitable planets in our own and other solar systems.
Supported by NASA, the Center is a member of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute (NAI), and is a partnership between Rensselaer and the University at Albany, Syracuse University, the University of Arizona, and the University of North Dakota.

Researchers and students within the Center seek to understand the chemical, physical, and geological conditions of early Earth that set the stage for life on our planet. They also look beyond our home planet to investigate whether the processes that prepared the Earth for life could be replicated elsewhere — on Mars and other bodies in our solar system, for example, and on planets orbiting other stars.  A major research activity in the Center will be to search for Martian “biosignatures”, i.e., new ways of detecting evidence of current or past life on Mars.  The Center hosts a weekly Origins of Life Seminar Series in the Fall and Spring Semesters, which is open to the public. Click on seminar link above for schedule. Presenters include guest speakers, faculty, postdoctoral researchers and students associated with the Center.