Emily Rice is an assistant professor at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island, a resident research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, and co-PI of the BDNYC research group. She is also co-founder of the STARtorialist astronomy fashion blog and co-organizes Astronomy on Tap events in New York City.
Nate McCrady is an associate professor at the University of Montana and co-PI on the MINERVA exoplanet observatory.
We have published a suite of 40 lab-style activities covering the full range of Astro 101 topics. The McCrady and Rice Astronomy Labs are concept oriented, guiding students through investigations of fundamental concepts by a progression of demonstrations and questions. (This is intentionally different from traditional goal-oriented science labs, where students follow instructions to complete a tedious series of tasks and calculations, often resulting in frustrated students and bored instructors.) In our labs, students are given the opportunity to examine, interact, and experiment with phenomena that are integral to astronomy while developing their scientific process skills. We designed them for lab courses, but most of the activities are easily adaptable for use in lecture-style classes.
Happy Friday, everyone! This post is intended to serve as both notification of an update and a call for further updates to the Diversity Programs section of the AstroBetter Wiki. While we have a decent size list already, we’d love to find out about more of the programs in place to further promote the participation of folks who identify with marginalized groups in science. The program doesn’t have to be astronomy specific, so long as it can benefit students interested in astronomy or astronomy-related fields.
One such program, is the Penn State STEM Open House, which has been added to our wiki. If we get enough programs like this, it may be enough to start a new section of non-astronomy specific programs within the wiki.
If you have something you want to contribute, please leave a link to the program’s website and a brief (1-2 sentence description) in the comments!
Megan Potterbusch, a Library and Information Science graduate student at Simmons College, currently works at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Library and is one of the curators of the Astronomy Thesis Collection.
Now you can give your thesis or dissertation greater accessibility and visibility by publishing it online in the Astronomy Thesis Collection hosted on Zenodo. This thematic, community-wide repository is curated by astronomy librarians and indexed by the NASA ADS. Supported by CERN, OpenAire, and the European Commission, Zenodo benefits from highly reliable storage infrastructure and repository software to ensure that all files deposited into the repository will be preserved for the long-term. While many theses are listed on ADS, the actual text is usually not available. The Astronomy Thesis Collection solves this problem by providing an easy way for authors to make the full text of their thesis openly available and discoverable.
For guidance on how to submit your thesis to the collection, check out the a summary of the guidelines below, the walkthrough on YouTube, and a detailed blog post on the Galactic Gazette.
While I’m sure there’s a lot of fascinating science coming out of the APS 2016 Meeting, the result that most caught my eye came out of the recently formed APS Ad-Hoc Committee on LGBT Issues. Specifically, C-LGBT released their first report LGBT Climate in Physics, which is available online. The C-LGBT website already linked above also features summaries of major findings, recommendations to the APS, and further resources and readings. Our “Diversity” Wiki Page has been updated with the link to this report.