July 2012

Rumor Mill 2012-2013 is Now Open

by Jessica Lu July 30, 2012

The Astrophysics Job Rumor Mill is more popular than ever, although traffic to the page in August is typically only half of what it is in January/February. I have started the new rumor mill pages for 2012-2013 (yes it IS time for job-hunting season again) and I have relegated the 2011-2012 pages to archives. All […]


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Peer Review, the Nuts and Bolts [Links]

by Jessica Lu July 27, 2012

The first time you peer review a paper can be a stressful, but educational, experience. The article below breaks down the overall peer review process. The guide was written for biology; but 99% of it is useful for astronomers as well. I like that the peer review process is placed into a larger context and […]


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Things Astronomers Say Video

by Kelle July 20, 2012

So, this is about 6 months late, but we made a Sh*t Astronomers Say video while at the DotAstronomy conference: We spent just one day on it followed by a couple days of editing. Most of the real work was done by Emily, Niall, and Boris. (If you don’t know me, I’m the one in […]


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Digital Publishing Steps Beyond the PDF [Link]

by Jessica Lu July 20, 2012

Open Access journals in other disciplines are starting to provide value-add services beyond static PDFs or cross-referencing with other papers. One such example discussed in the article below is a feature called figshare now being used in the F1000 OpenAccess journal in biology and medicine. Figshare and F1000 Research Shake Up Traditional Academic Publishing Format […]


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Learning Python — The DIY Way

by Guest July 17, 2012

This is a guest post from Prof. Marla Geha at Yale University. Her research focuses on the formation, evolution, and destruction of dwarf galaxies. I’ve wanted to jump on the python bandwagon for a while. I’m an IDL programmer, but IDL licenses are becoming more annoying to maintain/afford. The excuse that python doesn’t provide the […]


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