public outreach

A Workshop for Early-Career Astronomers Who Want to Do Better Outreach

by Guest September 9, 2016

The American Astronomical Society is sponsoring a skill-building workshop — and an ongoing community — to support early-career astronomers (graduate students, post-docs, recent faculty) in doing effective outreach to schools, families, and the public.  Working with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and other outreach organizations, the AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program (now in its fifth […]

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Web Apps in the Cloud: Even Astronomers Can Write Them!

by Guest October 20, 2014

Philip Cowperthwaite and Peter K. G. Williams work in time-domain astronomy at Harvard. Philip is a graduate student working on the detection of electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave events, and Peter studies magnetic activity in low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and planets. Astronomers that study GRBs are well-known for racing to follow up bursts immediately after […]

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10 things not to say at work

by Jane August 18, 2014

A long time ago, I borrowed a camcorder* and taped myself giving a practice talk.  Then I forced myself to watch it.   It was excruciatingly awkward.  Every dumb pause, every verbal tic, every “literal” that’s figurative, every “uh, well, um”, gets magnified when you hear yourself.  Ouch. But doing it, and repeating every few years, […]

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AstroPix: More than Just (a Lot of) Pretty Pictures

by Guest August 11, 2014

This is a guest post by Robert Hurt at the Spitzer Science Center/IPAC. Robert is the Visualization Scientist, responsible for the public data renderings for many NASA missions including Spitzer, WISE, GALEX, and NuSTAR. For many years he has been leading the efforts to develop a common metadata standard for public-facing astronomical imagery. How often […]

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Creating Online Apps for Outreach and Education

by Guest July 14, 2014

This is a guest post by Dr. Stefano Meschiari, a W. J. McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on planet formation, exoplanet detection, and all-around software development for fun and outreach. Introduction Outreach has become an essential part of our job as astronomers. A considerable portion of astronomy […]

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KICP Education & Outreach Summer School for Grad Students (June 16-27)

by Laura Trouille April 23, 2014

KICP Education & Outreach Summer School for Graduate Students June 16-27 Chicago, IL http://kicp.uchicago.edu/EOsummer Applications due: May 13, 2014 We are very pleased to announce a hands-on summer school for graduate students interested in education and outreach (E&O). This school will feature a week of practicum that will immerse participants in E&O; for example, presenting […]

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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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Practicing for phone interviews

by Jane August 8, 2012

Let’s talk about phone interviews. Whether you’re to be interviewed by a reporter about your recent press release or by a prospective employer, you can employ the same preparation strategy. I learned this strategy in a media training class*, so I’ll talk first about media interviews, then how to adapt the method for job interviews. Here’s […]

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What discoveries are worthy of a press release? [Ask Astrobetter]

by Jane August 1, 2012

What sorts of discoveries do y’all think are worth writing a press release? Sometimes it’s obvious — an earth-mass planet in the habitable zone with spectral signatures of water and chlorine (sorry, watching too much Olympic swimming). But what about most of the time? What rises to the level of a press release? Just pretty […]

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Creating the documentary “Black Sun”

by Guest May 9, 2012

This is a guest post by Dr. Jarita Holbrook, who often describes herself as an astrophysicist who went to the Dark Side.  Shortly after completing her doctorate, she dove into the world of the social sciences, quickly establishing expertise on indigenous astronomy. She moved to UCLA for her NSF project focused on studying underrepresented groups […]

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