Instructors, are you starting to think about preparing for your fall classes? Looking for some good resources? If so, AstroBetter has you covered with our Wiki pages under the Teaching category: Course Notes and Astro 101 Resources. You can also search through past teaching-related AstroBetter  posts with the teaching tag.

If you want to go further than what we offer, you can check out the Facebook groups Astronomy Education and Physics Professors.

If you have any course notes of your own to share, or links for useful resources or activities, please add them to our ever-growing collection on the Wiki pages, or leave a comment below.

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I have started the new rumor mill pages for 2014-2015 (YIKES, already?!?) and I have relegated the 2013-2014 pages to the archives. All links to “Rumor Mill” will still work and point to the postdoc rumor mill page for the new year. Remember, we have a page for postdoc/term positions and a page for faculty/staff positions. Here are all the relevant links:

If you have signed up to monitor last year’s pages, you will need to need to sign up again to monitor the new pages (see bullet #3 below). As a reminder, here are guidelines for the rumor mill pages:

  • You can edit the page anonymously simply by not being logged in.
  • Recent revisions can be seen by clicking the History button at the bottom of the page.
  • If you are registered, you can sign up to Monitor the page via email notifications. We recommend monitoring changes via email since manually refreshing the page every 10 minutes results in poor performance for everyone.
  • Despite our continued efforts, the RSS feed is still broken. We are continuing to troubleshoot the issue.
  • Old revisions should not be restored at any time! Unless, of course, you manage to make so many errors while editing the page that you can’t fix them all one by one. Then you can go back by one revision. If you go back by more you’ve also erased other people’s rumors inadvertently.
  • We have chosen to adopt a hands-off policy for the Rumor Mill; however, you may contact admin at astrobetter.com for technical difficulties.
  • If a rumor you put on keeps getting removed by someone else (and that rumor is not about you), please respect that person’s wishes—they might have reasons to keep it private and/or the rumor might be wrong.
  • Please include a link to the job ad when adding it to the list.
  • If possible, include names and dates when offers are made and accepted, since this helps to differentiate wrong, outdated rumors from true ones.
  • Use boldface to indicate when a job has been accepted.

Happy hunting!

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Latest Career Profile: an astronomer turned financial analyst. S/he went straight to finance after obtaining her/his Ph.D. Location, salary, and work environment were important factors in his/her decision to leave astronomy. 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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Dr. Sarah Ballard completed her PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics at Harvard University in 2012 and is now a NASA Carl Sagan fellow at the University of Washington. She’s written articles for the Harvard Crimson and for the Women in Astronomy blog about parental leave, values affirmation, and the intelligence of groups. On her website, she also provides some resources for running your own Impostor Syndrome workshop. Follow her on Twitter at: @hubbahubble


Local scientists discover the technique they don’t want you to know about!
(Sarah Rugheimer at left, Sarah Ballard at right)

 

For every article I’ve written on navigating astronomy, I’ve had probably one hundred small conversations on the same topic with one of my dearest peers in astronomy. When my friend Sarah Rugheimer and I were graduate students in the same department, we met in one another’s offices and bolstered one another at the lowest points. We normalized our impostor thoughts by confessing them and laughing about them. But then I moved, so we’ve had to come up with more creative solutions to support one another. From the necessity of invention, I think we’ve stumbled on something pretty great. [Read more...]

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To the Other Side (or, I wonder what my friends are doing now)

by Guest July 21, 2014

Jason Steffen is a Lindheimer Fellow and Research Assistant Professor at CIERA at Northwestern University.  He works (now) primarily in the field of exoplanets, but has been known to frequent the fields of experimental cosmology, gravitation, and dark matter. Most AAS members eventually transition from astronomy to something else. Like professional athletes, most scientific careers [...]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Full Professor of Physics at a Small Liberal Arts College

by Laura Trouille July 17, 2014

Latest Career Profile: an astronomer turned Full Professor of Physics. S/he is the only astronomer in her/his department within a small liberal arts college. In the profile below, s/he discusses the enjoyable aspects as well as the challenges of her/his position. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please [...]

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Creating Online Apps for Outreach and Education

by Guest July 14, 2014

This is a guest post by Dr. Stefano Meschiari, a W. J. McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on planet formation, exoplanet detection, and all-around software development for fun and outreach. Introduction Outreach has become an essential part of our job as astronomers. A considerable portion of astronomy [...]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Head of Bioinformatics

by Laura Trouille July 10, 2014

Latest Career Profile: Alicia Oshlack, an astronomer turned Head of Bioinformatics for Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She is very satisfied with her job and the family friendly environment. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below or on the CSWA [...]

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Astropy Tutorials: Learn how to do common astro tasks with astropy and Python

by Guest July 7, 2014

This is a guest post by Adrian Price-Whelan (@adrianprw), an NSF graduate fellow at Columbia University. Adrian works on tidal streams and Galactic dynamics, is an open source enthusiast, Python developer, and plays bass for death ray architect. He is also an instructor in the SciCoder workshops and Python workshops at AAS meetings. Astropy is [...]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Data Scientist

by Laura Trouille June 12, 2014

Latest Career Profile: Jessica Kirkpatrick, an astronomer turned data scientist. 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 [...]

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