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Are the Obvious Non-Academic Career Options for Astronomers Not As Attractive as in Other Fields?

by Kelle December 15, 2010

Volatile and Decentralized: Why I’m leaving Harvard Tenured Harvard Computer Science professor describes why he chose to leave academia for a gig at Google. (via Evegenya Scholnick) I get to hack all day, working on problems that are orders of magnitude larger and more interesting than I can work on at any university…At Google, I […]

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More Advice for the Job Search

by Kelle November 3, 2010

If I Could Do It Over… | Career Advice – Inside Higher Ed ‘Tis the season for job hunting and therefore also for job hunting advice. This article has lots of good advice but this is my favorite: Humility has no place in a job search. There’s no reason that you should be anything but […]

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Advice to job-seekers

by Jane October 28, 2010

This is the first Autumn in five years that I’m not job-hunting.  So here is some unsolicited advice from 30,000 feet.  Your mileage may vary. 1.  Seek out new mentors. It’s possible that your usual mentors aren’t prepared or willing to help much with a job search.  It may be a long time since they […]

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10% of US Postdocs negotiate pay raise.

by Jane August 18, 2010

On Friday we told you that the 6,500 postdocs of the University of California just ratified their first union contract, after 18 months of negotiation.  The five-year contract requires that all postdocs be paid at least $37,740/yr, which is $340 above the current minimum at UC.  (Postdocs with 5 yr experience must make at least […]

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Links: Encouraging Creativity, Getting Started with Twitter, Ergo Mousing, and More.

by Kelle August 14, 2010

Scientific career renewal | Nature Jobs “Scientists must force themselves off the research treadmill periodically if they are to remain creatively stimulated. The culture and bureaucracy of science must encourage them to do so.” Taking “The Road Not Taken”: On the Benefits of Diversifying Your Academic Portfolio. (arXiv:1008.1586) | astro-ph “…young researchers should always allocate […]

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Links: Google is the New Sys Admin, Firefox Sync, Chart Makeovers, and More.

by Kelle June 4, 2010

Best Computer Diagnostic Tool: Google | Lifehacker Whenever anybody asks me to help them solve a computer problem, I always ask if they’ve Googled it yet…cause that’s just what I’m going to do. Firefox Sync to Incorporate Bookmark, Password, Preference, History, and Tab Sync Directly in Firefox | Lifehacker I’ve been using this add-on, previously […]

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Links: Salary Inequities, Bookmark Sync, and More.

by Kelle May 21, 2010

9 Tips to Help You Get More Done | Upgrade Me Good For You | FemaleScienceProfessor What the NSF proposal ratings actually mean: “Good” is bad. This is a great article for first time NSF panelists and those interested in understanding the NSF review process. Falling Short | FemaleScienceProfessor FSP comments on her salary inequity […]

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Links: Future of NASA missions, Diversity Handbook, and more.

by Kelle May 7, 2010

2010 Senior Review for Operating Missions – NASA Science | science.nasa.gov Results of the most recent Senior Review of NASA’s operating missions. Link to a PDF with comments on each mission at the bottom of the page. Their rank ordering, from highest to lowest: Plank, Chandra, Warm Spitzer, Swift, Newton, WMAP, Suzaku, GALEX, RXTE, INTEGRAL, […]

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Links: How to Get Off the Tenure-Track, Refereeing Tips, Facebook and Rotation Curves, and More.

by Kelle April 16, 2010

The path less travelled | Nature Jobs Advice for those who want to be an active scientist, but necessarily glued onto the tenure track. “..there are ways to stay involved in science and make a living, without working in a full-time academic position. If you combine dedication, ingenuity, frugality and good connections—the same mix needed […]

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Links: Effective Video Conferences, Battling Perfectionism, and Much More!

by Kelle April 9, 2010

AAS Calendar | American Astronomical Society Now even the AAS has been won over by Google Calendar! It is my, rather strong, opinion that every seminar series should be using Google Calendar. A dedicated blog post on this topic should be coming soon… Battery Breakthrough Promises Lighter Weight, More Power | Wired Playing the Game […]

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