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Early Career Focus Session for the 2020 Decadal Survey

by Joanna Bridge June 20, 2018

We all have ideas about how astronomy can (and should) be changed for the better, but have you ever wondered how to actually go about making that change happen? Or thought that you were too junior to make a difference? If so, consider applying for this workshop that is specifically aimed at getting junior astronomers […]

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Advice for joining a research group abroad [Wiki]

by Joanna Bridge June 13, 2018

The standard career path in astronomy often requires a lot of moving around – moving to attend graduate school, moving for a postdoc position, and often moving again at every career transition beyond that. As a result, astronomical research groups tend to be very culturally diverse. Smoothing the way for these transitions is important, particularly […]

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Welcome to the New ADS

by Guest May 28, 2018

Kelly Lockhart is a back-end software engineer for the NASA Astrophysics Data System, based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is pleased to announce that our new interface is officially out of its beta phase! It has reached nearly full parity with the Classic system, and provides more features, more […]

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The National Science Foundation’s New Policy on Reporting Harassment

by Joanna Bridge March 14, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently developed a new policy on reporting harassment. These rules are meant to address the ongoing problem of sexual harassment in academia. For example, one study found that 30% of postdocs have reported being sexually harassed in the workplace. Another crowdsourced spreadsheet has garnered almost 2500 responses since December […]

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Rumor Mill is now ready for 2017–2018

by Kelle September 25, 2017

We’ve finally got the Rumor Mill turned over for the new season: Postdoc and Term and Faculty and Staff. The archives from previous years remain available. Thanks to the couple of folks who nudged me about this and a huge thanks to Anže Slosar (Brookhaven National Laboratory) for stepping up, getting this done, and helping maintain this community […]

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AAS Winter Meeting Cheat Sheet #AAS229

by Danny Barringer December 16, 2016

It’s that time of year again. The 229th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society is nearly upon us. To make the most of your time at the meeting, we at AstroBetter would like to remind you of some resources available on the Wiki. First, the post that everyone attending a winter AAS meeting should read […]

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Rumor Mill Update: 2016

by Danny Barringer September 7, 2016

Now that we’ve begun a new academic year, the AstroBetter Rumor Mill has been wiped clean in preparation for another year of job searching. You can find the Faculty and Staff Rumor Mill page here, and the Postdoc and Term Rumor Mill page here. Happy job hunting everyone!

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Twitter at Conferences, Part 1: Non-tweeters

by Guest July 6, 2016

Abigail Stevens is an astronomy PhD candidate at the Anton Pannekoek Institute, University of Amsterdam. Her research is on spectral-timing analysis of X-ray binaries. Image credit: HST/Twitter/A.L. Stevens This is the first post in a three-part series on Twitter at Conferences, aimed at non-Twitter-users and all conference attendees. There have also been a few AstroBetter […]

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An Open, Online Astronomy Thesis Collection

by Guest April 11, 2016

Megan Potterbusch, a Library and Information Science graduate student at Simmons College, currently works at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Library and is one of the curators of the Astronomy Thesis Collection. Now you can give your thesis or dissertation greater accessibility and visibility by publishing it online in the Astronomy Thesis Collection hosted […]

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LGBT Climate in Physics

by Danny Barringer March 16, 2016

While I’m sure there’s a lot of fascinating science coming out of the APS 2016 Meeting, the result that most caught my eye came out of the recently formed APS Ad-Hoc Committee on LGBT Issues. Specifically, C-LGBT released their first report LGBT Climate in Physics, which is available online. The C-LGBT website already linked above […]

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