April 2013

Guide to Developing an App for iOS

by Guest April 29, 2013

This is the second guest post by Jonathan Gagné at Université de Montréal. Jonathan is a graduate student under direction of René Doyon and David Lafrenière. His research topics include the search for young brown dwarfs in the solar neighborhood and the development of methods for direct exoplanet imaging. In his first post, he told […]

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How much does a typical astronomy paper cost taxpayers?

by Chris Crockett April 26, 2013

About $20,000. That’s one of the take-home messages from Jim Davenport’s light-hearted analysis of the last ten years of NSF AST grants. Want to know which paper in the last ten years is the most efficient (in terms of number of papers published vs. size of grant)? Read more about his analysis right here!

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Presentations on iPad v2 [Ask AstroBetter]

by Kelle April 24, 2013

We’ve covered this topic of iPad presentations before, but with an emphasis on Keynote for iPad pros and cons. While Keynote for the iPad now supports actions and is probably still the best app for creating presentations on the iPad, it’s not the best solution if you create presentations in PowerPoint or want to make […]

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GRE Scores are an Obstacle to Diversity in Graduate Admissions

by Guest April 22, 2013

This guest post from Keivan Stassun originally appeared as a message on the aas_panchromatic email list. Keivan is a Professor of Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. In addition to researching star formation, Keivan is actively involved with several initiatives to engage minorities in astronomy and space sciences. The aas_panchromatic list is an online discussion forum sponsored […]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Video Game Programmer

by Laura Trouille April 18, 2013

The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the AAS Employment Committee have compiled dozens of interviews highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and lessons learned from individuals on those paths. Below is our interview with Amy Nelson, an astronomer turned software engineer.  She writes […]

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Wiki update: interview questions

by Chris Crockett April 10, 2013

For most folks, it’s the job season is over and as you revel in finally knowing where you’re going to be in the Fall, why not spend some time preparing clear, concise responses to some of the most frequently asked interview questions? We’ve updated the wiki page on interview advice, courtesy of Alison Coil. In […]

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Announcing Astropy v0.2: The First Release of the Community Built Astronomy Python Package

by Tom April 10, 2013

A little over a year ago, I wrote about the Astropy project. The aim of the project is to co-ordinate the Python code development efforts in Astronomy so as to be able to present users with a coherent set of tools to perform their work. On February 20th, we released the first public version, Astropy […]

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New on the wiki: How to Observe

by Chris Crockett April 5, 2013

Do you have your first observing run coming up and wondering about what to expect? What should you bring? How should you prepare? What happens if a pack of wild javelina surrounds the telescope (a true story from your Content Manager…)? Amanda Kepley–an NRAO postdoctoral fellow in Green Bank, WV–has written up a fantastic wiki […]

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