Latest Career Profile: Doris Daou, an astronomer turned Associate Director of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below or on the CSWA site.

The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) and the AAS Employment Committee have compiled dozens of interviews highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and lessons learned from individuals on those paths. Check out Career Profiles on the AAS site for the compilation. We plan to post a new career profile every Thursday.

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Astropy v0.4 Released

by Guest on September 8, 2014

Erik Tollerud is a Hubble Fellow at Yale University, and is a member of the Astropy Coordinating Committee.  His research interests are centered on local dwarf galaxies and near-field cosmology, but he also has a strong interest in the development and sharing of better science software.

Logo_of_the_Astropy_ProjectThis July, we performed the third major public release (v0.4) of the astropy package, a core Python package for Astronomy. Astropy is a community-driven package intended to contain much of the core functionality and common tools needed for performing astronomy and astrophysics with Python.

New and improved major functionality in this release includes:

  • A new astropy.vo.samp sub-package adapted from the previously standalone SAMPy package
  • A re-designed astropy.coordinates sub-package for celestial coordinates
  • A new ‘fitsheader’ command-line tool that can be used to quickly inspect FITS headers
  • A new HTML table reader/writer
  • Improved performance for Quantity objects
  • A re-designed configuration framework

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Latest Career Profile: Leslie John Sage, an astronomer turned Senior Editor for Nature. After two postdocs and a year as a visiting assistant professor, he switched into the field of publishing as an editor at Nature. He is very satisfied with his job and particularly enjoys helping people present their science in the clearest, most straightforward way. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below or on the CSWA site.

The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) and the AAS Employment Committee have compiled dozens of interviews highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and lessons learned from individuals on those paths. Check out Career Profiles on the AAS site for the compilation. We plan to post a new career profile every Thursday.

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Latest Career Profile: Carie Cardamone, an astronomer turned Associate Director at a University-based Center for Teaching and Learning. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below or on the CSWA site.

The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) and the AAS Employment Committee have compiled dozens of interviews highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and lessons learned from individuals on those paths. Check out Career Profiles on the AAS site for the compilation. We plan to post a new career profile every Thursday.

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Supporting LGBT+ Physicists and Astronomers: Best Practices for Academic Departments

by Jane August 27, 2014

Is your department welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and students?  You should care about the answer.  Institutions that are viewed as unfriendly to LGBT people are at a competitive disadvantage. When LGBT scientists leave our departments to work at other institutions, our students, our scholarly communities, and our own research suffer. […]

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Honing your Hubble Application

by Guest August 20, 2014

This is an anonymous guest post from two past members of the Hubble Fellowship committee. The Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship among the most prestigious awards in our field and is worn as a badge of honor throughout an Astronomer’s entire career. About 10–20 are awarded each year to applicants from around the world to fund a […]

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10 things not to say at work

by Jane August 18, 2014

A long time ago, I borrowed a camcorder* and taped myself giving a practice talk.  Then I forced myself to watch it.   It was excruciatingly awkward.  Every dumb pause, every verbal tic, every “literal” that’s figurative, every “uh, well, um”, gets magnified when you hear yourself.  Ouch. But doing it, and repeating every few years, […]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to President of a Defense Industry Company

by Laura Trouille August 14, 2014

Latest Career Profile: Eric Rubenstein, an astronomer turned President and Chief Technology Officer for Image Insight Inc., a company he created which develops software products for radiation detection. He left academia at age 37 to work in private industry. Along the way he developed an astronomy-based procedure to detect ionizing radiation threats and began to […]

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Top 10 Ways to Improve Your NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship (AAPF) Proposal

by Guest August 13, 2014

Joan Schmelz is a solar physicist at the University of Memphis. She works with EUV and X-ray images and spectroscopy in order to address the coronal heating problem. She is also the chair of the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and is currently serving as a rotator in NSF’s astronomy division. The […]

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AstroPix: More than Just (a Lot of) Pretty Pictures

by Guest August 11, 2014

This is a guest post by Robert Hurt at the Spitzer Science Center/IPAC. Robert is the Visualization Scientist, responsible for the public data renderings for many NASA missions including Spitzer, WISE, GALEX, and NuSTAR. For many years he has been leading the efforts to develop a common metadata standard for public-facing astronomical imagery. How often […]

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