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In Science, Order Matters

by Jess K August 6, 2014

By EMMA PIERSON, cross-posted from FiveThirtyEight. People tell me that, as a female scientist, I need to stand up for myself if I want to succeed: Lean in, close the confidence gap, fight for tenure. Being a woman in science means knowing that the odds are both against you being there in the first place and against you staying there. Some of this […]


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Fed Up with Sexual Harassment

by Jess K May 14, 2014

This week the folks over at the Women in Astronomy Blog are highlighting the problem of sexual harassment within the astronomy community.  Every day there will be a new post discussing this problem with advice about how to help victims within your department, and what to do when you experience or witness sexual harassment.  Below […]


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Report: Gender in AAS Talks

by Jess K March 19, 2014

Cross-posted from University of Washington Astronomy PhD Candidate Jim Davenport’s blog: Today I’m proud to announce that my AAS 223 Hack Day project is finally finished! Our “paper” (really an informal report) on the study of gender in AAS talks has hit astro-ph: This all started about 6 months ago when I was attending a different astronomy conference. I observed that […]


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The 2013 CSWA Demographics Survey: Portrait of a Generation of Women in Astronomy

by Jess K March 5, 2014

The below is reproduced from the January 2014 Status: A report on Women in Astronomy.  The 2013 CSWA Demographics Survey, by A. Meredith Hughes, Wesleyan University. As we consider how best to promote the full participation of women in astronomy, it is important to use quantitative methods to monitor progress and identify problems. Accordingly, collecting demographic data […]


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Visualization Fun with Python

by Jess K February 10, 2014

The below plot is my favorite data visualization I created for my thesis. It is a 2D density plot with histograms projected along each axis. I based the above plot on code from here, however this plot also includes a 2D temperature/density plot in the middle, and 1/2/3 sigma contour lines.  Below is the code I […]


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My Successful Experience with Sexual Harassment

by Jess K January 22, 2014

Cross-posted from Women in Astronomy: The following is an anonymous guest post from a regular reader of the Women in Astronomy Blog. The below is a description of an individual’s experience with sexual harassment.  What worked for her, might not work for everyone.  If you are being sexually harassed, please contact the sexual harassment officer at […]


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Nailing the Tech Interview

by Jess K December 2, 2013

Cross-posted from Women in Astronomy A year ago, I made the transition from astrophysicist to data scientist. One of the harder parts of making the transition was convincing a tech company (during the interview process) that I could do the job. Having now been on both sides of the interview table, I’d like to share some […]


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Two Body Careers Survey

by Jess K November 22, 2013

This is a crosspost from Women in Astronomy. The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy is conducting a survey regarding two body careers. Please help us in our pursuit to better understand how two body careers impact the astronomical community. Go to to complete a brief survey. We appreciate your input and welcome participation from […]

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Plotting to a File in Python

by Jess K September 20, 2013

Have you ever wanted to save a Python/Matplotlib image directly to a file instead of having it displayed in an X11 window? I needed to do this for a project where I used qsub/PBS to submit jobs to a cluster and I wanted to plot some results for each run and save them to a […]


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How to Make Awesome Latex Tables

by Jess K September 13, 2013

Sometimes the normal tables in LaTeX just don’t do it for you.  You want to do something fancier or customize the table in a way that you just can’t do using the normal tabular environment.  This is why I like using the Deluxetable style in latex.  Deluxetable makes tables that are more flexible, and overall […]


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