MCB 5705 Astrobiology
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Astrobiology examines the origin, evolution, and future of life in our solar system. Topics will include: planet and star formation, biosphere formation, evolutionary processes biogeochemistry, microbial adaptation to extreme environments, planetary habitability, and microbiology on the International Space Station.
Learning Objectives for Astrobiology:
By the end of this course graduate students should be able to:
- Develop an in-depth comprehension and mastery of the fundamental concepts and methodology of astrobiology;
- Deconstruct and analyze primary literature articles in the field of astrobiology to improve critical thinking and interpretation skills;
- Refine scientific communication skills through writing scientific critiques and abstracts of primary literature articles;
- Understand the fundamental elements of a grant proposal such as the objectives, problems addressed, methodology, evaluation, assessments, and budget;
- Develop the skills needed to prepare professional, competitive, compelling, and successful grant proposals.
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