Two Astronomers Named Sarah Survive Academia with this One Simple Trick!

by Guest July 23, 2014

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, [...]


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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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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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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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Starting your own non-profit organization

by Guest February 3, 2014

This is a guest post by Travis Metcalfe who founded White Dwarf Research Corporation while he was a graduate student. In 2008 he initiated a non-profit adopt a star program that funds an international collaboration doing exoplanet science with the Kepler space telescope. He is also the author of an AstroBetter post about crowdfunding research. [...]


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Astropy v0.3 Release

by Guest January 15, 2014

This is a guest post by Erik Tollerud, a member of the Astropy Coordination Committee and a Hubble Fellow at Yale University. His research focuses on Local Group dwarf galaxies and their connections to cosmology. In November 2013, we published the second public release (v0.3) of the Astropy package, a core Python package for Astronomy. Astropy is a [...]

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Escape of the Clones: How to Get a Non-Academic Job

by Guest January 13, 2014

This is a guest post by Bethany Johns, a former AAS John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow.  She has worked in science policy for commercial space flight companies and now works in energy, environment, and agricultural policy for the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America. [...]


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Linking Visualization and Understanding in Astronomy #AAS223 #AASviz

by Guest January 5, 2014

This is a guest post by Alyssa Goodman and accompanies her talk by the same name, presented at the AAS Meeting, at 11:40 AM on Monday. Talk slides will be online after the talk. Alyssa is a Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University and a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. She studies interstellar gas and [...]


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Tweeting the #AAS223 meeting and introducing #AASviz

by Guest January 1, 2014

This is a guest post by Gus Muench (@augustmuench), an Astronomer and Data Scientist at the Harvard-CfA.  Twitter is an information and networking tool that changes how many of us participate in conferences. It is a great way to keep track of interesting parallel talks, reminding you where you wish you were at any moment. [...]

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Project to study gender in #AAS223 talks and questioners

by Guest December 31, 2013

This is a guest post by Jim Davenport, a grad student at University of Washington studying stellar populations. He also did an internship at Microsoft Research last summer. The original post appeared on his blog, If We Assume. Be sure to check back there for updates. If you’ll be attending the upcoming AAS 223 in [...]


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