February 2012

Job Interview Advice on the CSWA’s blog

by Kelle February 29, 2012

Today on the Women in Astronomy blog, there is a first post in a series with job interview advice. This first one lists some questions you should be prepared to answer about your teaching and research interests when interviewing for on a tenure-track academic position. Go check it out! Women in Astronomy | Job Interview Advice


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Bayesian Inference in Python

by Jessica Lu February 24, 2012

Observational astronomers don’t simply present images or spectra, we analyze the data and use it to support or contradict physical models. A key aspect of data analysis is understanding the certainty of claims that are made. Thus using statistics is a fundamental part of observational astronomy. Statistical inference is one method of drawing conclusions, and establishing […]


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Crowdfunding Astronomy Research

by Guest February 22, 2012

This is a guest post from Travis Metcalfe, astronomer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and former chair of the AAS Employment Committee. In 2008, with a grant from Google, he established the Pale Blue Dot project, a non-profit adopt-a-star program that funds an international collaboration supporting the Kepler mission. Motivated by a perfect […]


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So you want to be a frequent flier? (Part 1)

by Guest February 17, 2012

This is a guest post from Adam Kraus, a Premier-Platinum flyer on United/Continental who specializes in HNL-LAX and HNL-SFO, plus frequently travels through DEN, ORD, and BWI. He also is an Emerald Executive with National and has Gold status with Hilton. In his free time, Adam is a Hubble Fellow at the University of Hawaii […]


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Marketing for Scientists: A Book about the Business of Doing Science

by Guest February 15, 2012

This is a guest post by Marc Kuchner, a staff scientist at Goddard Space Flight Center.  Kuchner is a former Hubble fellow, and he won the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award in 2009 for his work on exoplanets. He is also the author of a new book that we should probably all read. Six years […]

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Code in the Astrophysics Code Source Library is now citeable

by Guest February 8, 2012

This is a guest post from Alice Allen, primary editor of the Astrophysics Source Code Library (ASCL). Last September, I introduced and described the Astrophysics Source Code Library, a free on-line registry for source codes. I’m happy to report that ASCL is now indexed as a publication by ADS! This provides a reliable and consistent […]


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Astropy website/logo design competition

by Tom February 6, 2012

Last Monday, I wrote about the Astropy project, and mentioned various ways of contributing to the project code and documentation. We’ve now launched a competition to design the website and logo for Astropy, with a prize for the winning entry, so if you’re looking for a fun way to contribute to Astropy, this is your […]


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LaTeX on the iPad [Ask AstroBetter]

by Kelle February 3, 2012

K asks: Any way to mark up text with Latex on the iPad? Or any other tablet? Without internet access (on an airplane)? I’m spending a lot of time on days-long international flights, and in economy class the risk is too high of the person in front of me lowering their seat and encountering my […]


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Review of Book about Gemini Observatory

by Jane February 1, 2012

On a long flight, I read a fascinating and frustrating book about the history of the twin Gemini 8m telescopes and the optical/infrared astronomical landscape: Giant Telescopes: Astronomical Ambition and the Promise of Technology by historian Patrick McCray. Time for a book review and a new wiki page for books! “Giant Telescopes” is two books in one. The second half […]


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