August 2013

Entrepreneurship’s role in physics education

by Guest August 28, 2013

This is a guest post by Doug Arion, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carthage College.  As astronomers, there are many things we wish we had been taught besides just astronomy and physics. While we learn a lot from the ‘school of hard knocks’, there are ways to make sure that […]


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Graduate School as Entrepreneurship

by Guest August 26, 2013

This is a guest post by Mikhail Klassen, a PhD candidate at McMaster University. He writes about work and life within and beyond academia at The UnStudent Blog. When I speak to other graduate students, they tend to say that they love doing science, but that they are anxious about what they’ll do after graduation. […]


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The adviser every grad student needs [Link]

by Chris Crockett August 23, 2013

An adviser’s role is to mold today’s grad students into tomorrow’s scholars. How can advisers best prepare their students for academic success? And how can grad students ensure they have a fruitful relationship with their advisers? An article at ProfHacker, 5 Tips for Being the Adviser Your Grad Student Needs, looks at five things you […]


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New on the wiki: post-tenure career advice

by Chris Crockett August 21, 2013

We talk a lot about how to get into grad school, how to get that first (and second, and third…) postdoc, how to nail the interview….but then what? Once you’ve achieved tenure, is there any more career advice to learn? Absolutely! Post-tenure can be quite a different world from everything that came before. That’s why […]


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The importance of thank you notes

by Guest August 19, 2013

This is a guest post by communication expert Lisa B. Marshall.  Lisa writes The Public Speaker column at Quick and Dirty Tips where she provides tips on how to be engaging and memorable every time you speak. This article is also available as a podcast. Writing thank you notes has become a lost art form. […]


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Resources for mental health issues

by Chris Crockett August 16, 2013

For some light Friday reading, John Johnson has compiled a collection of posts on mental health issues, including resources on depression, imposter syndrome, and work-life balance. Click here to read more.  


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Python Tip: Re-sampling spectra with pysynphot

by Jessica Lu August 12, 2013

This post was inspired by a question from John Johnson. Have you ever wanted to plot a model spectrum at lower resolution? Or compare a model spectrum with an observed spectrum? Have you ever wanted to shift several observed spectra to a common redshift to stack them up? In all these cases, you would need to resample […]


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Rumor Mill 2013-2014 is Now Open

by Jessica Lu August 10, 2013

I have started the new rumor mill pages for 2013-2014 (yes it IS time for job-hunting season again) and I have relegated the 2012-2013 pages to the archives. All links to “Rumor Mill” will still work and point to the postdoc rumor mill page for the new year. Remember, we have a page for postdoc/term positions and […]

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Apple Notes: a look at the revamped electronic notebook

by Chris Crockett August 9, 2013

Looking for a good, simple electronic notebook but not convinced that Evernote is right for you? If you’re a Mac user, have you taken a recent look at the updated Apple Notes?  The MacObserver has a great article on how to get the most out of this revamped note-taking application:   The Notes app has […]


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Visualizing Astronomical Data with Blender

by Guest August 5, 2013

This is a guest post by Brian R. Kent, an astronomer at NRAO. Astronomy is a visually stunning science.  From wide-field multi-wavelength images to high-resolution 3D simulations, astronomers produce many kinds of important visualizations.  Astronomical visualizations have the potential for generating aesthetically appealing images and videos, as well as providing scientists with the ability to […]


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