professional development

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 importance of thank you notes

by Guest August 19, 2013

This is a guest post by communication expert Lisa B. Marshall.  Lisa writes The Public Speaker column at Quick and Dirty Tips where she provides tips on how to be engaging and memorable every time you speak. This article is also available as a podcast. Writing thank you notes has become a lost art form. […]

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Career Profile: Astronomer to Web Editor for Sky & Telescope

by Laura Trouille May 2, 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 Monica Young, an astronomer turned web editor for Sky […]

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New on the wiki: How to Observe

by Chris Crockett April 5, 2013

Do you have your first observing run coming up and wondering about what to expect? What should you bring? How should you prepare? What happens if a pack of wild javelina surrounds the telescope (a true story from your Content Manager…)? Amanda Kepley–an NRAO postdoctoral fellow in Green Bank, WV–has written up a fantastic wiki […]

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Communicating Science Workshop for Grad Students

by Guest February 25, 2013

This is a guest post by Chris Faesi, a graduate student at Harvard, on behalf of the organizers of the conference described below. To address the need for training in communication skills, and to enable future scientists to become ambassadors for their work and for science generally, members of the Astrobites and Chembites community are […]

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