Crowdfunding Outreach: Neurodome, a planetarium show about the brain and our drive to explore

by Kelle May 7, 2013

I am part of a project to make a planetarium show about the brain and exploration called Neurodome. First, as detailed below, after trying various traditional funding avenues, we are using Kickstarter to raise the cash. As of Tuesday morning, we are 95% of the way towards our goal of raising $25,000. Please consider supporting […]


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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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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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What fringe benefits do various institutions offer to postdocs?

by Kelle January 28, 2013

In the spirit of the Parental Leave Policies and Grad Student Representation Wikis, I think it would be useful and timely to discuss how different institutions treat their postdocs with regards to benefits. So let’s hear it, what kind of benefits did your institution give you as a postdoc? Decent, affordable healthcare options? Dental? Vision? […]


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#AAS221 Meeting: Twitter, AstroBetter/Bites Booth, Career Monday, Networking Bingo, and #hackAAS

by Kelle January 5, 2013

As always, there’s a lot going on at the Winter AAS Meeting. Below is my annual Twitter pep-talk and a brief description of some of the activities I’ve had a hand in. Twitter Whether or not you are attending the 221st AAS Meeting this week in Long Beach, you can make the conference more fun […]


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AstroBetter is Hiring

by Kelle December 29, 2012

With funding from the Sloan Foundation, AstroBetter is hiring for three part-time consulting positions! No Astro experience is technically necessary for these positions, but I’m hoping to find folks with some familiarity with science research and I’m thinking one of you might know somebody who is just right! (And if anyone knows where else I […]


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Endorse the System Roadmap Commitee’s Statement on the NSF Portfolio Review

by Kelle December 3, 2012

Bottom line: Please consider endorsing the System Roadmap Committee’s Statement with several recommendations regarding the implementation of the NSF/AST Portfolio Review that are intended to reflect the views of the broad community by submitting your name and affiliation on this Google Form.  The deadline to endorse is this Friday, December 7, 2012. As I’ve described […]


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Fostering a Deeply Fulfilling Professional and Personal Life for Yourself and Those You Lead

by Kelle November 21, 2012

Lots of nuggets of wisdom in this article about leadership, productivity, and striving for a deeply fulfilling professional and personal life. Here’s just a few: Value and acknowledge our lives outside of work: We have to encourage people to set boundaries around their work and respect them when they hold them. And I think as […]


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Updating Physics Education

by Kelle November 14, 2012

So, it seems physics education in America includes nothing new since 1865, unlike any other field of study, even geology. This is an open letter to Obama asking him to do something about it. All faculty in Physics and Astro Departments need to start chipping away at this problem. (College has to change before high […]


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Teaching and Mentoring as a Relationship

by Kelle October 23, 2012

Many of the points in this article resonated with me and relate to the current topic of conversation. To me the real purpose of our work [as faculty] is to mentor our students, to help them along their path to becoming thoughtful, engaged, self-aware citizens who are fully able to make choices that reflect their […]

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