AAS Winter Meeting #AAS227

by Danny Barringer December 21, 2015

It’s that time of year again. The Winter 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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Physics GRE Scores of Prize Postdoctoral Fellows in Astronomy

by Guest December 14, 2015

This is a guest post by Emily Levesque, Rachel Bezanson, and Grant Tremblay. Emily is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Rachel is a Hubble Fellow at the University of Arizona, and Grant is an Einstein Fellow at Yale. Their post below references this paper. Last week, AAS President Meg Urry issued an […]


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SkyWatch: A Real-time Feed for Astrophysical Transients

by Guest December 7, 2015

Dexter Jagula is a co-founder of SkyWatch, a company that is creating innovative tools in time domain astronomy. SkyWatch were the winners of the 2014 NASA International Space Apps Challenge, and have completed a term in the Google for Entrepreneurs program. When studying transients, capturing observations of such events is extremely time-sensitive. It’s not only […]


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Calculating and Visualizing Publication and Citation Metrics with ADS Bumblebee

by Guest October 21, 2015

This is a guest post by Edwin Henneken, IT Specialist at the Astrophysics Data System based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. For many scientists, it’s all about the numbers and when it comes to evaluating each other, it’s no different. Project managers and administrators also want to be able to evaluate the impact of […]


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Rumor Mill Update

by Danny Barringer August 26, 2015

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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Crowdsourcing Open Astrophysics Texts for Everyone

by Guest July 27, 2015

Michael Zingale is a computational astrophysicist who enjoys blowing up stars and working on new algorithms to enable these simulations.  He is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY. Many of us have written notes for our classes or have searched online for notes written by our […]


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The Starchive: An open access, open source database of the nearest stars and beyond

by Guest April 27, 2015

Angelle Tanner is an assistant professor at Mississippi State University with interests in multiple methods of exoplanet detection and characterization. Situation 1:You make a preliminary list of target stars using SIMBAD and then follow up with a tedious search through Vizier and individual papers for all the additional observational data you need to motivate a […]

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Beyond the U.S. Virtual Astronomical Observatory

by Guest December 29, 2014

Joseph Lazio is a Chief Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and former Project Scientist of the U.S. Virtual Astronomical Observatory. This post provides an update on the status of Virtual Observatory efforts within the U.S., following the end of the U.S. Virtual Astronomical Observatory Project. The VAO developed various tools […]


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Calling All Diversity Programs

by Guest September 24, 2014

Sarah Jane Schmidt is the Columbus Postdoctoral Fellow at Ohio State University. Her research focuses on ultracool dwarfs, but her post today is related to her work with the Pre-Major in Astronomy Program as a graduate student at the University of Washington. There are a number of diversity programs run at different institutions, spanning a […]


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Two Astronomers Named Sarah Survive Academia with this One Simple Trick!

by Guest July 23, 2014

Dr. Sarah Ballard completed her PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics at Harvard University in 2012 and is now a NASA Carl Sagan fellow at the University of Washington. She’s written articles for the Harvard Crimson and for the Women in Astronomy blog about parental leave, values affirmation, and the intelligence of groups. On her website, […]


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