Abigail Stevens is an astronomy PhD candidate at the Anton Pannekoek Institute, University of Amsterdam. Her research is on spectral-timing analysis of X-ray binaries. Meg Schwamb is an assistant scientist at Gemini Observatory, Northern Operations Center.
Register now for Hack Together Day at AAS 229 on January 7th! Hack Together Day is a day to to get together and design a doable project and attempt to fully execute it in one day. Or at least go down trying. Often, a Hack Day is a starting point for continuing collaboration on a project. Come with a project or just come hear the proposed hacks and then join a project. A wide variety of projects will be undertaken, spanning everything from software development to scientific research to creative outreach projects. You could come with a paper idea, a tool you want to learn, an outreach idea, or an astronomy-themed dress you want to make out of fabric posters. Hack day or programming experience is not required; newcomers are extremely welcome! We do ask that you commit the entire day to hacking, especially if this is your first hack day. [Read more...]
Azalee Bostroem (@astro_az) is a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Davis.
Do you find yourself reading code in Python, sometimes attempting to update it, and all the time wishing you had been taught some Python in undergrad or graduate school? As astronomers we find ourselves frequently reading, updating, and writing code without any formal training. Most of us are self-taught and as a result haven’t learned many tools that would make our job (and/or thesis) faster and easier. We are offering an abbreviated Software Carpentry Workshop at the AAS 229 Meeting aimed at beginner programmers from any career stage (undergraduate to professor, researcher, industry expert…). [Read more...]
The Space Telescope Science Institute and core developers from the Astropy community are sponsoring a workshop at the January 2017 meeting of the American Astronomical Society #AAS229.
This workshop will cover the use of Python tools for astronomical data analysis and visualization in the era of JWST, with the focus primarily on UV, Optical and IR data. Data analysis tools for JWST are being written in Python and distributed as part of Astropy, a community developed Python library for astronomy, and its affiliated packages, many of which are designed to be compatible with JWST, HST and other major mission data.
Our goals will be to introduce you to the variety of tools which are already available inside the Astropy library as well as provide ample hands-on time during which you’ll be able to explore the science analysis capabilities which the greater python environment and community provide. [Read more...]
This guest post is by Emily Rice and Chris Crockett on behalf of the AAS Employment Committee and is one of a series of posts advertising the activities at the upcoming #AAS229 Meeting in Grapevine, TX
We’d like to encourage you to consider attending The Performing Art of Science Presentation Workshop on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the AAS Meeting in Grapevine, TX.
Talking about science — whether to colleagues, students, or the public — can be just as essential as the papers, proposals, observations, programming, and data analysis that comprise our more stereotypical science activities. An engaging presentation makes others take notice of what you’re doing and can be key to breeding new ideas, building collaborations, or landing a job. Yet, it’s an aspect of being a scientist that few of us are trained in.
If you want to give clear and memorable talks, ones that make your audience engage with your content and remember it (and you) long after they’ve left the room, then there’s a workshop you’ll want to check out at the January AAS meeting.