February 2013

Communicating Science Workshop for Grad Students

by Guest February 25, 2013

This is a guest post by Chris Faesi, a graduate student at Harvard, on behalf of the organizers of the conference described below. To address the need for training in communication skills, and to enable future scientists to become ambassadors for their work and for science generally, members of the Astrobites and Chembites community are […]


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What’s the deal with Scisoft? [Ask AstroBetter]

by Kelle February 19, 2013

Orsola from Oz has gotten in touch with AstroBetter and asked about the current state of Scisoft. For those not familiar, to me, Scisoft is a big installer that is the quick and dirty way of getting Python and IRAF installed on a Mac. I briefly looked into the current status of this package while […]


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New Faculty Job Search Wiki Page

by Guest February 13, 2013

Joshua Pepper is starting a position as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Physics Department at Lehigh University, after working as a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University for the past five years. His research centers on exoplanets and small telescope surveys, primarily with the KELT project. Upon embarking on his search for a faculty position […]


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Writing Papers, Making Videos: OSU Astronomy “Coffee Briefs”

by Guest February 11, 2013

This is a guest post by Prof. Kris Stanek, an astronomy professor at The Ohio State University (OSU). Kris works on a wide range of topics including stellar explosions (GRBs, SNe), transiting planets, and other variable objects. I am on a much-needed sabbatical at the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii Manoa, and I recently […]


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Astronomers Make a Music Video: Fund Me, Maybe?

by Guest February 6, 2013

This is a guest post by Emily Rice, an assistant professor at College of Staten Island of the City University of New York (CUNY) and a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History. She studies both the observed and synthetic spectra of low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and exoplanets as part the BDNYC collaboration. […]


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Astronomy vs. Data Science

by Jess K February 4, 2013

In response to my last post about the transition from Astronomer to Data Scientist many readers wanted to know the pros and cons of academia versus tech.  In the below post I outline a few of the major differences between these career paths.  Obviously, there is a lot of variety in individual companies, institutions, and experiences — […]


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