September 2013

Career Profiles: Astronomer to Consultant

by Laura Trouille September 26, 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 Joseph Pesce, an astronomer turned consultant. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. […]

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Data Visualization at IRSA

by Guest September 23, 2013

This is a guest post by Vandana Desai, a research scientist at the Infrared Science Archive (IRSA). The Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) is part of the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at Caltech. We curate the science products of NASA’s infrared and submillimeter missions, including Spitzer, WISE, Planck, 2MASS, and IRAS. In total, IRSA […]

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Plotting to a File in Python

by Jess K September 20, 2013

Have you ever wanted to save a Python/Matplotlib image directly to a file instead of having it displayed in an X11 window? I needed to do this for a project where I used qsub/PBS to submit jobs to a cluster and I wanted to plot some results for each run and save them to a […]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Patent Examiner

by Laura Trouille September 19, 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 Cara Rakowski, an astronomer turned Patent Examiner for the US Patent and Trademark Office. If […]

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Release: Iris 2.0 – SED analysis tool

by Guest September 18, 2013

This post is written by Jamie A. Budynkiewicz who works with the Chandra Software group at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Spectral energy distributions (SEDs) provide a wealth of knowledge about galaxies: their type, nuclear activity, luminosity, mass, star formation rate – basically, SEDs are pretty darn useful. Analyzing an SED involves loading the data, plotting it, […]

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iObserve 1.3

by Guest September 16, 2013

This is a guest post by Cédric Foellmi, developer of iObserve, an observing app for OSX. iObserve, the OSX app designed to simplify your observing runs, is getting a major upgrade. After more than a year of development, many new features are available which should make the app attractive to an even wider audience. Since […]

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How to Make Awesome Latex Tables

by Jess K September 13, 2013

Sometimes the normal tables in LaTeX just don’t do it for you.  You want to do something fancier or customize the table in a way that you just can’t do using the normal tabular environment.  This is why I like using the Deluxetable style in latex.  Deluxetable makes tables that are more flexible, and overall […]

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Conference organizing 101

by Chris Crockett September 11, 2013

Organizing a conference can be a logistical nightmare. Picking a site, finding hotels, managing payments, inviting speakers, scheduling sessions (including those all-important coffee breaks)….and speaking of coffee breaks, do I need to buy coffee? Oh, and food. What about a banquet? How are the rooms going to be set up? Should I publish proceedings from […]

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Tenure-track or 7-year postdoc? [Link]

by Chris Crockett September 6, 2013

Earlier this summer, Radhika Nagpal, a Professor of Computer Sciences at Harvard, wrote an article at Scientific American that resonated with a lot of academics. In her piece, The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track Faculty Life, Dr. Nagpal describes how she decided to ignore all the typical tenure-track advice […]

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Conference highlights from SciPy 2013

by Guest September 4, 2013

This is a guest post by Matthew Turk, an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. This summer saw the twelfth edition of the annual SciPy conference in Austin, Texas from June 24th to 29th. Python users will recognize the name of the SciPy package, which includes a core scientific toolkit, but the SciPy conference has a […]

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