LaTeX hyperref and emulateapj

by Guest on September 29, 2014

Jonathan Foster is a YCAA Prize Fellow at Yale University. He studies how stars form, both through large-scale surveys of the galaxy and in detailed studies of nearby regions. He is also interested in how visualizations of large astronomy datasets can aid discovery.

If you want your paper on the arxiv/astro-ph to be read by everyone, it’s worth your time to use emulateapj to format it. The emulateapj version will be shorter, look nicer, and have figures closer to the relevant part of the text.

You can improve the experience of reading your article on the screen by adding hyperlinks in the article with the hyperref package, which is probably already part of your LaTeX distribution. The basic idea of hyperref is to include links inside your document, so that a reader can quickly jump to a reference or to a figure/table/equation/section within the paper. I hope you’re already using


commands and labels to let LaTeX automatically take care of referencing your figures and tables. If you aren’t, you should do so; hyperref is useless without such links. [Read more...]


As has become a regular feature of the AAS Winter meeting, there is again an excellent lineup of professional development workshops on the Saturday and Sunday before the main meeting begins. These workshops are organized by members of the AAS Employment Committee as well by individual AAS members. There are a limited number of spots available and the computing workshops often reach capacity so be sure to register early!

Software Carpentry Bootcamp ($100) – Saturday & Sunday, Jan 3-4
This 2-day workshop for graduate students and early-career scientists will use short tutorials and hands-on exercises to teach you all the core software skills you will need to build, use, validate and share software in Astronomy.  Attendees should bring their own laptop and install the software in advance.

Leadership and Teambuilding for Astronomers ($50) – Sunday, Jan 4.
This workshop is limited to 30 participants and will teach you to enhance your sills in effective leadership and management of research teams in an interactive environment, moving from conceptual to structured activities throughout the workshop.

AAS/NRAO Science Communication Workshop ($55) — Sunday, Jan 4
This workshop, presented by press officers and journalists, will focus on concepts that can help bridge the gap between scientists and the public as well as on real-world resources that scientists can use to be highly effective communicators.

SciCoder@AAS: Intro to Databases for Astronomers ($100) – Sunday, Jan 4.
This workshop will help you learn to create and design your own databases, how to populate/query a database, and how to write scripts to make better use of databases. Attendees should have basic comfort with Python and bring your own laptop to the workshop.

Collaborating Online with Github and Other Tools ($35) – Sunday, Jan 4.
This workshop will teach you and provide you with new tools and techniques to maximize your collaboration with colleagues online using GitHub and other online tools. Attendees should pre-install software and bring your own laptop to the workshop.

One on One Career Consultations ($20 per session) – Throughout the meeting in 20 minutes sessions.
Alaina Levine of Quantum Success Solutions, a science careers consultant, science writer, professional speaker and comedian, will meet individually with attendees to provide confidential, customized career advice for people from student through mid-career. Attendees are encouraged to bring CV/resume, cover letter, or any other item you wish to have evaluated.

Register as part of your meeting registration (regular registration ends Nov 13, 2014) or if you have already registered for the meeting, you can fax in the Workshop Registration PDF form.

For full details on these and other workshops and weekend activities, check out the AAS 225 Events listing.

These workshops are not free but we also do not expect individuals to foot the bill from their own pockets. Students should approach their advisor, department, or student association to see if financial support is available. There is also a limited amount of financial aid available from the AAS.

Stay tuned as the meeting approaches for more announcements of professional development and computing activities!


Latest Career Profile: an astronomer turned researcher in defense. S/he notes that the job is quite similar to the type of work one would do in a theory postdoc. With a 40 hour work week and a flexible schedule, s/he finds personal life pretty well balanced with work life. 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.


Calling All Diversity Programs

by Guest on September 24, 2014

Sarah Jane Schmidt is the Columbus Postdoctoral Fellow at Ohio State University. Her research focuses on ultracool dwarfs, but her post today is related to her work with the Pre-Major in Astronomy Program as a graduate student at the University of Washington.

There are a number of diversity programs run at different institutions, spanning a range of target demographics, methods, and funding strategies. I seem to be continually hearing of new ones, or newly hearing of long-running and successful programs. This is distressing: that means that every time someone wants to increase diversity at their own institution, they could get stuck re-inventing the wheel to start a new program. If we could instead share our strategies and learn from each other, we could increase the impact of our diversity programs.

If you are involved in a diversity program at your institution – or would like to know more about other diversity programs – here are two forums: [Read more...]


Fun with Interactive Visuals in Astrophysics

by Guest September 22, 2014

This is a cross-post from Sudeep Das’s personal blog. Sudeep is a Data Scientist at OpenTable, where his main focus is on mining reviews and scrumptious restaurant data to extract actionable insights and enable a personalized dining experience. For most of this professional life, Sudeep has been an astrophysicist researching the properties of the early universe via […]

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9/19 Links from the Editor

by Danny Barringer September 19, 2014

Haven’t posted anything for a bit, so I’ve had a lot of time to accumulate interesting stories and articles. Here we go! Study: Male Scientists Want to Be Involved Dads, but Few Are – As a male who eventually wants to be a father possibly in academia, this is a problem. There’s a lot of […]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Chief of the Nautical Almanac Office at the US Naval Observatory

by Laura Trouille September 18, 2014

Latest Career Profile: Sethanne Howard, an astronomer turned Chief of the Nautical Almanac Office at the US Naval Observatory. 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 […]


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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Associate Director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute

by Laura Trouille September 11, 2014

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 […]


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Astropy v0.4 Released

by Guest 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. This July, we performed the third major public release […]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Senior Editor for Nature

by Laura Trouille September 4, 2014

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 […]


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