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Help Shape the Future of Ground-Based Optical and Infrared Astronomy

by Kelle November 30, 2011

I am a member of the new System Roadmap Committee formed by NOAO to assess the state of the ground-based optical and infrared system of observing facilities, including both private (e.g., Keck, Magellan) and public (e.g., NOAO) observatories. We are a successor to the past ALTAIR and ReSTAR Committees that performed valuable one-time assessments of […]

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US Ground-Based Astronomy Threatened

by Kelle October 25, 2011

The latest NOAO Currents: October 2011 lays out the current dire landscape for ground-based facilities in the US. They have set up an online forum (just a blog post with a comments section) to facilitate a discussion amongst the community (that means us). The signals from National Science Foundation Astronomy division (NSF AST)  imply that […]

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Revised NSF Merit Review Criteria

by Kelle June 21, 2011

The NSF has been reviewing the merit review criteria (i.e., Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts). Based on the largely consistent input of 5,100 individuals, they have now drafted revised review criteria (below). To me, the criteria are actually the same, it’s just the wording has been changed to clarify the intent. In addition, they have […]

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A Tale of Two Budgets

by Planck February 17, 2011

I’m going to write a bit about science funding, both in the President’s FY 2012 budget and in the yet-to-be-passed FY 2011 budget. But before I go into that, let me preface this piece with my honest opinion on the much bigger budget picture: President Obama has made a tactical mistake in the budget cutting […]

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Research funding: Making the cut : Nature News

by Kelle October 1, 2010

Research funding: Making the cut | Nature News Submitting a grant proposal but never been on a committee? Here’s an inside look at how it actually goes down. Even though this article is about a committee for the American Cancer Society, it sounds basically the same as an NSF review panel to me. (via Jackie […]

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Links: Decadal Round Up, Myths about Girls in Science, New LaTeX Site, and Much, Much More.

by Kelle August 20, 2010

These posts are getting too long. I’m going to start doing this twice a week: Tuesdays, in addition to Fridays. Stop Admitting Ph.D. Students | Inside Higher Ed “Knowing that prospective students apply to graduate school of their own free will, with hope in their hearts and stardust in their eyes, doesn’t absolve faculty of […]

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America COMPETES Passes on a Two Strike Count

by Planck June 7, 2010

I was going to title this “Third Times the charm for America COMPETES Act” but that’s the title Science Insider used so I had to rename it.  From their story: By a vote of 262 to 150, legislators authorized $84 billion for research, education, and innovation programs over the next 5 years at the National […]

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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: NSF Budget Increase Blocked, ADS Proposes Better Data Linking, and Productivity on Airplanes.

by Kelle May 14, 2010

House Nixes More Research Spending in COMPETES Bill | Science News Republicans blocked the passage of a 5-year authorization bill that would have provided substantial increases in the research and education budgets of the NSF and research programs at the DOE and the Department of Commerce. One reason for the defeat was the deficit, but […]

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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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