January 2011

Keeping Women in Science on a Tenure Track

by Jessica Lu January 11, 2011

Keeping Women in Science on a Tenure Track | NY Times Some shocking numbers regarding the impact of having children as a graduate student or a postdoc on chances of getting a faculty position and tenure. I like the quantitative nature of the study and they recommend specific actions. … women who are married with […]

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Twitter at AAS #aas217

by Kelle January 7, 2011

Twitter is useful to astronomers for many things, but one thing that stands out to me is information sharing at conferences. You don’t have to tweet or even register on twitter to follow the action, just search for #aas217: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=#aas217 Twitter at conferences works best if there’s a critical mass of people tweeting useful info […]

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Google Docs to Write Collaborative Proposals

by Kelle January 6, 2011

Recently, the BD-NYC collaboration (me, Emily Rice, and Jackie Faherty) wrote an entire NSF proposal with Google Docs and it was AMAZING! In this post, I detail all the little things that we learned that will make it easier for you to get started using this tool. I’ve also whipped up a proposal template that […]

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How to Write a 5 Minute Talk

by Kelle January 5, 2011

How to Write a 5 Minute Talk | Cosmic Variance Required reading for anybody preparing a talk for AAS.  Actually, a lot of the advice in here applies just as well to 50 minute talks. My favorite bits: 1. The key to framing the talk is to figure out that One New Thing, and then […]

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Add Symbols and Equations to IDL Figures with LaTeX and PSfrag

by saurav January 4, 2011

While IDL does support math equations and symbols—often made easier by routines like sunsymbol.pro and textoidl.pro—the results are not aesthetically pleasing. One particular instance that has annoyed many of us astronomers has been the sunsymbol (⦿). The available solutions are not ideal: the dot inside the circle is off-center in sunsymbol.pro, the vertical alignment is […]

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