May 2010

Teaching Astro 101 Better

by Kelle May 31, 2010

In the Fall, I’ll be teaching Introduction to Astronomy to ~350 non-science majors, the course Astronomers affectionately call Astro 101 regardless of its actual course number at our school. Lucky for me, and for many of you, there is a wealth of education research that has demonstrated which teaching techniques work best for actually improving […]


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Links: Canada Not as Progessive as We Thought, SOFIA first light flight, SALT, and More.

by Kelle May 28, 2010

Canadian Universities Pick 19 Good Men | Science Insider Effort to recruit world-class leaders in research and innovation in science and technology resulted in the hiring of 19 men and 0 women. I think the learning experience here is that unconscious bias still looms large even in progressive environments and explicit actions, like those suggested […]


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Observation planning with JSkyCalc

by Jane May 25, 2010

JSkyCalc is an easy-to-install ephemeris tool that helps you plan your observing runs, then carry them out as efficiently as possible.  It’s a graphical revival of the venerable Skycalc by John Thorstensen of Dartmouth. Airmass-plotting tools exist for ESO and Keck.  The advantage of JSkyCalc is that it calculates everything you’ll need for observing, and it knows […]


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Links: Salary Inequities, Bookmark Sync, and More.

by Kelle May 21, 2010

9 Tips to Help You Get More Done | Upgrade Me Good For You | FemaleScienceProfessor What the NSF proposal ratings actually mean: “Good” is bad. This is a great article for first time NSF panelists and those interested in understanding the NSF review process. Falling Short | FemaleScienceProfessor FSP comments on her salary inequity […]


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Links: NSF Budget Increase Blocked, ADS Proposes Better Data Linking, and Productivity on Airplanes.

by Kelle May 14, 2010

House Nixes More Research Spending in COMPETES Bill | Science News Republicans blocked the passage of a 5-year authorization bill that would have provided substantial increases in the research and education budgets of the NSF and research programs at the DOE and the Department of Commerce. One reason for the defeat was the deficit, but […]


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Links: Future of NASA missions, Diversity Handbook, and more.

by Kelle May 7, 2010

2010 Senior Review for Operating Missions – NASA Science | Results of the most recent Senior Review of NASA’s operating missions. Link to a PDF with comments on each mission at the bottom of the page. Their rank ordering, from highest to lowest: Plank, Chandra, Warm Spitzer, Swift, Newton, WMAP, Suzaku, GALEX, RXTE, INTEGRAL, […]


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