How to improve the AAS meeting?

by Jane January 11, 2013

Two thousand astronomers are dragging themselves home from an exciting but exhausting 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Long Beach.  After we’ve gotten a good night’s sleep and some strong coffee, how about we discuss what we thought worked, what didn’t and how we can improve the “Super Bowl of Astronomy”?   […]


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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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AAS 219 Twitter Review: Miscellaneous

by Jessica Lu January 20, 2012

And for my last twitter review post, here are some miscellaneous quotes or paraphrases from several different talks that I found interesting, humorous, provocative, or inspiring. Steven Weinberg‘s Talk on Big Science in Crises: “In the 19th century, rich men found astronomy glamorous and put money into it.” JWST’s history is somewhat reminiscent of the […]


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AAS 219 Twitter Review: The Postdoc Job Market

by Jessica Lu January 19, 2012

Continuing with my twitter review of AAS 219 sessions: The Astrophysics Postdoc Job Market – AAS Employment Committee This was a panel discussion where panel members included heads of postdoc fellowship programs and successful ex-postdocs who have moved on to faculty, research staff, industry, and education positions. Overall the discussion was interesting but rather open-ended. […]


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AAS 219 Twitter Review: Presentations

by Jessica Lu January 18, 2012

I attended AAS 219 in Austin and rather than take my own personal notes, I decided to tweet (@jlu_astro) during some of the sessions. My goal was to extract the most interesting and useful information so that anybody not in the room could get a small taste of what the session was like. Over the […]


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AAS 219 Twitter Review: The Stats (#aas219)

by Kelle January 16, 2012

I think this was the breakout meeting for Twitter at the AAS (#aas219)! And once again, @doug_burke has compiled some interesting stats and figures about the tweets coming from the conference. With 45 tweets, I came in as #15 in the list of frequent tweeters! Also looks like the meeting reached a crescendo on Wednesday. […]


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Twitter at AAS in Austin #aas219

by Kelle January 5, 2012

I don’t tweet much these days (except about #bikenyc) but if there’s one place where I pile on the bandwagon, it’s at conferences, and AAS in particular. I’ve said all of this last year and the year before last, but I’m going to say it again. And I’ll probably say it again next year. Twitter […]


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Professional Development at AAS 219 in Austin

by Kelle September 15, 2011

Updated Oct 10, 2011 with additional workshops and more details. The 219th AAS Meeting in Austin, TX from January 8-12, 2012 is coming up, and as a continued tradition, thanks to growing community involvement and NSF funding, professional development workshops, seminars, and special sessions will once again be offered. This year, more than ever! The […]

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Learning to Give Better Talks: One Message per Slide. One Slide per Message.

by Kelle January 21, 2011

How to give effective oral presentations | Physicist/Feminist There are some fundamental principles of giving effective talks that everyone should learn and try to implement to the best of their ability. Not everybody is going to give great talks, but all of us can give better ones! Towards that end, one of the professional development […]


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Twitter at AAS #aas217

by Kelle January 7, 2011

Twitter is useful to astronomers for many things, but one thing that stands out to me is information sharing at conferences. You don’t have to tweet or even register on twitter to follow the action, just search for #aas217: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=#aas217 Twitter at conferences works best if there’s a critical mass of people tweeting useful info […]


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