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9/19 Links from the Editor

by Danny Barringer September 19, 2014

Haven’t posted anything for a bit, so I’ve had a lot of time to accumulate interesting stories and articles. Here we go! Study: Male Scientists Want to Be Involved Dads, but Few Are – As a male who eventually wants to be a father possibly in academia, this is a problem. There’s a lot of […]

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8/1 Links from the Editor

by Danny Barringer August 1, 2014

Hello everyone, this is your content manager speaking. Since Fridays aren’t usually very active over here on AstroBetter, I’ve decided to try sharing some interesting links and stories that I’ve come across over the past week or so. I think I’ll try putting one of these together roughly every two weeks, unless there’s a lot […]

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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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Friday links: the gender and enrollment gap

by Chris Crockett October 11, 2013

A recent New York Times article asks: why are there still so few women in science?  Despite growing awareness of a gender gap in the sciences and concerted efforts to support women and minorities to pursue careers in science, progress is slow. Cultural biases seem soaked deep in to the psyches of hiring committees. Even more […]

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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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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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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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