Philip Cowperthwaite and Peter K. G. Williams work in time-domain astronomy at Harvard. Philip is a graduate student working on the detection of electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave events, and Peter studies magnetic activity in low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and planets.

Astronomers that study GRBs are well-known for racing to follow up bursts immediately after they occur — thanks to services like the Gamma-ray Coordinates Network (GCN), you can receive an email with an event position less than 30 seconds after it hits a satellite like Swift. It’s pretty cool that we professionals can get real-time notification of stars exploding across the universe, but it also seems like a great opportunity to convey some of the excitement of cutting-edge science to the broader public. To that end, we decided to try to expand the reach of GCN alerts by bringing them on to social media. Join us for a surprisingly short and painless tale about the development of YOITSAGRB, a tiny piece of Python code on the Google App Engine that distributes GCN alerts through the social media app Yo. [Read more...]

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As we’re sure many of you know, the deadline for all things NSF, including the NSF Graduate Fellowship, is fast approaching (some faster than others!), and will be on us before we know it. To make your lives easier, we would like to remind you of the resources the AstroBetter Wiki has at your disposal. Posts related to general proposal writing can be found with the “proposals” tag.

If you are a letter writer for an applicant, we would also like to remind you of our resources on writing letters of recommendation, which can be found under the Writing tab of the Wiki.

As always, if you have any resources or links you think we should know about, please leave them in the comments.

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Latest Career Profile: Joan Schmelz, an astronomer turned full professor. 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: Doug Roberts, an astronomer turned Data Visualization Specialist for Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope and Adjunct Associate Professor at Northwestern University. He spends 75% of his time on research and content creation for WorldWide Telescope and 25% of his time on his astronomy research. 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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by Guest 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 […]

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Professional Development Workshops at AAS225 in Seattle, WA

by Kelle September 26, 2014

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 […]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Defense Researcher

by Laura Trouille September 25, 2014

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 […]

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Calling All Diversity Programs

by Guest 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 […]

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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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