Not What We Want

by Kelle October 10, 2012

This email, supposedly sent to the grad students at a widely known Astronomy Dept, has been making the rounds and needs to be discussed. You can read for yourself the ten-point manifesto, but the most offensive points to me include, Not only should you work 80–100 hours a week, you should WANT to. If you […]


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Let’s Discuss the NSF Portfolio Review Report

by Kelle August 17, 2012

In short, there’s not enough money allocated to the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to do everything the US astronomical community wants to do so some things need to go. In order to figure out what to cut, the NSF commissioned a “Portfolio Review” committee to take a good hard look. Yesterday, the result of […]


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Things Astronomers Say Video

by Kelle July 20, 2012

So, this is about 6 months late, but we made a Sh*t Astronomers Say video while at the DotAstronomy conference: We spent just one day on it followed by a couple days of editing. Most of the real work was done by Emily, Niall, and Boris. (If you don’t know me, I’m the one in […]


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Permission to Take a Vacation

by Kelle June 11, 2012

I need a vacation. Posting from me will likely be even less frequent than usual for the next couple months. Never fear, however! I have been working on a project to try to firm up the long term future of AstroBetter without completely sabotaging my research program and tenure prospects. Did I mention that I […]

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Mac Care and Maintenence [Wiki]

by Kelle May 30, 2012

In the spirit of the end of the semester, spring cleaning, and the beginning of summer: Why is it that our computers get so slow and clunky after only a year or so of use?  I’ve made new Mac Care and Maintenance wiki page to compile resources to help prevent and alleviate this seemingly ubiquitous […]


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Virtual Observatory In Progress [Link]

by Kelle May 25, 2012

I ofter hear disparaging remarks about the virtual observatory (VO), or lack thereof, but things are definitely happening! The scientific goal of the VO is to use a uniform set of queries enable astronomers to discover data sets worldwide and aggregate them into new data products and to perform new scientific analyses. The VO does […]


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Peer Review Discussion

by Kelle April 23, 2012

Taking on yet another angle of related to our past discussions about posting to the arXiv before acceptance, citation etiquette, let’s talk about the peer review process. Here are some articles describing the current peer review process: A quick guide to writing a solid peer review, PDF. Nature’s Peer Review Policy Refereeing Wiki Page What’s […]


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Backup or Shut Up [Links]

by Kelle March 28, 2012

March 31 is World Backup Day. Just like chocolate on Valentine’s, this Hallmark holiday calls for a links roundup: The Bare Minimum: Do you have a backup plan? Nice overview from Profhacker of the popular online backup solutions. Thorough: Lifehacker’s 2011 backup day post lists the options for desktops, online services like Gmail, and iPhone […]


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How do you find out about new AstroBetter posts?

by Kelle March 23, 2012

I’d like to announce a new way to keep up with AstroBetter: email subscription. If you prefer to get an email straight to your inbox with the full content, there’s a Subscribe by Email link in the right sidebar. This feature has actually been live for quite awhile, but I never really told you about […]


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Research Blogs: Sharing results as they happen

by Kelle March 19, 2012

I’ve started something new in my research group (which is co-led by Emily Rice): we are blogging our science results as they happen. Individual plots and incremental progress and insights. A curated, collaborative lab notebook. I haven’t posted anything yet, but the students have: BDNYC Research Blog. This idea was inspired by Hogg’s Research, where […]


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