January 2013

Python in Latex with Sympy

by Jessica Lu January 30, 2013

The final output for scientific research is typically a paper published in a scientific journal. There may be electronic versions of figures and tables that accompany the paper. However, the links between the input data (e.g. images, spectra, time series), the analysis (e.g. code, databases), and the output paper (LaTeX, EPS figures) is often weak. Everyone has […]

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What fringe benefits do various institutions offer to postdocs?

by Kelle January 28, 2013

In the spirit of the Parental Leave Policies and Grad Student Representation Wikis, I think it would be useful and timely to discuss how different institutions treat their postdocs with regards to benefits. So let’s hear it, what kind of benefits did your institution give you as a postdoc? Decent, affordable healthcare options? Dental? Vision? […]

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Too Much Rumor Mill

by Jessica Lu January 24, 2013

This is my annual plea to everyone that is frantically checking the rumor mill: please sign up to receive email updates instead. You can “monitor” individual wiki pages and receive an email every time the page is changed, along with a summary of the changes. Setting this up requires a few steps: Sign up for an account […]

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Summary of First Inaugural Hack Day at AAS (#AAS221)

by Guest January 23, 2013

This is a guest post by Brooke Simmons, a postdoc at the University of Oxford, where she works on black holes, galaxies, and the Zooniverse. Hack days have been around for years in pure programming circles, but last year at the .Astronomy conference was the first time I heard the phrase used in the context […]

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How to improve the AAS meeting?

by Jane January 11, 2013

Two thousand astronomers are dragging themselves home from an exciting but exhausting 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Long Beach.  After we’ve gotten a good night’s sleep and some strong coffee, how about we discuss what we thought worked, what didn’t and how we can improve the “Super Bowl of Astronomy”?   […]

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#AAS221 Meeting: Twitter, AstroBetter/Bites Booth, Career Monday, Networking Bingo, and #hackAAS

by Kelle January 5, 2013

As always, there’s a lot going on at the Winter AAS Meeting. Below is my annual Twitter pep-talk and a brief description of some of the activities I’ve had a hand in. Twitter Whether or not you are attending the 221st AAS Meeting this week in Long Beach, you can make the conference more fun […]

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Astronomer to Data Scientist

by Laura Trouille January 2, 2013

Jessica Kirkpatrick recently made the transition from astrophysics researcher to data scientist for a tech company (Microsoft). Her insightful post provides suggestions for people in academia / research who are interested in pursuing a tech job. Astronomer to Data Scientist – Women in Astronomy

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