December 2013

Project to study gender in #AAS223 talks and questioners

by Guest December 31, 2013

This is a guest post by Jim Davenport, a grad student at University of Washington studying stellar populations. He also did an internship at Microsoft Research last summer. The original post appeared on his blog, If We Assume. Be sure to check back there for updates. If you’ll be attending the upcoming AAS 223 in […]

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Sprint to #AAS223 and into 2014

by Kelle December 31, 2013

Due to the big annual winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society coming up next week in DC (<cough>not DC), we’ll be tossing out our normal posting schedule and playing it fast and loose for the next couple weeks. So, dust off your RSS readers, tune your twitter feed, or just come check back often. […]

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A New Way To Search, A New Way To Discover: MAST Discovery Portal Goes Live

by Guest December 30, 2013

This is a guest post by Scott Fleming, an Archive Scientist at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). This is the third in a series of posts about MAST, the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes. The Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) is pleased to announce that the first release of our Discovery Portal is now […]

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Make award winning posters

by Chris Crockett December 27, 2013

Just in time for AAS, Jason Wright at Penn State recently posted a fantastic article on his blog with tips on how to make an effective poster. The tips come from his postdoc Ming Zhao, who recently won third place in the  Penn State Postdoc Research Exhibition with a poster on “Studying the Atmospheres of […]

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Are we publishing unreliable research?

by Chris Crockett December 6, 2013

Publish or perish. Like it or not, prolific paper publishing dictates academic career success.  The quest to get the grant, land that postdoc, achieve tenure means that the necessary dirty work of science—replication—often gets brushed under the carpet. The Economist recently published an article—Unreliable research: Trouble at the lab—that looks at just how bad scientists […]

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I’m sorry this blog post is late

by Guest December 4, 2013

This is a guest post by David Charbonneau, cross-posted from Women in Astronomy. I am sorry this blog post is late. I meant to post it Monday. Yes, the blog is important! But I think my daughter might have lice and I had to deal with that urgently. I am sorry I can’t accept the invitation to […]

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Nailing the Tech Interview

by Jess K December 2, 2013

Cross-posted from Women in Astronomy A year ago, I made the transition from astrophysicist to data scientist. One of the harder parts of making the transition was convincing a tech company (during the interview process) that I could do the job. Having now been on both sides of the interview table, I’d like to share some […]

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