AAS Hack Day 2014

by Elizabeth January 22, 2014

On Thursday, January 9th, a band of intrepid astronomers gathered for the second AAS Hack Day. Hack Days are traditional events in software development circles, where people with skills, ideas, and the willingness to dedicate a day of their lives get together to make interesting projects happen. Much like the first Hack Day at AAS […]


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Make award winning posters

by Chris Crockett December 27, 2013

Just in time for AAS, Jason Wright at Penn State recently posted a fantastic article on his blog with tips on how to make an effective poster. The tips come from his postdoc Ming Zhao, who recently won third place in the  Penn State Postdoc Research Exhibition with a poster on “Studying the Atmospheres of […]

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Conference organizing 101

by Chris Crockett September 11, 2013

Organizing a conference can be a logistical nightmare. Picking a site, finding hotels, managing payments, inviting speakers, scheduling sessions (including those all-important coffee breaks)….and speaking of coffee breaks, do I need to buy coffee? Oh, and food. What about a banquet? How are the rooms going to be set up? Should I publish proceedings from […]


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Conference highlights from SciPy 2013

by Guest September 4, 2013

This is a guest post by Matthew Turk, an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. This summer saw the twelfth edition of the annual SciPy conference in Austin, Texas from June 24th to 29th. Python users will recognize the name of the SciPy package, which includes a core scientific toolkit, but the SciPy conference has a […]

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Summary of First Inaugural Hack Day at AAS (#AAS221)

by Guest January 23, 2013

This is a guest post by Brooke Simmons, a postdoc at the University of Oxford, where she works on black holes, galaxies, and the Zooniverse. Hack days have been around for years in pure programming circles, but last year at the .Astronomy conference was the first time I heard the phrase used in the context […]


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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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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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Drinking with Colleagues [Links]

by Kelle October 17, 2011

For better or worse, Astronomy has a strong drinking culture. Whether it’s the Friday beer/wine/scotch departmental event, nights out at conferences, or the AAS Party, we drink together a lot. Here’s a nice article on maintaining a balance between having a good time and maintaining a professional demeanor. I especially like the advice to be […]


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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: Twitter at conferences works best if there’s a critical mass of people tweeting useful info […]


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