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Estimate of the Situation

by Guest November 1, 2010

This is guest post by Liam McDaid, Astronomy Coordinator and Professor of Astronomy at Sacramento City College. He is also a Senior Scientist at Skeptic Magazine. This guest post is the first to result from my effort to get more education (e.g., Astro101) and public outreach content on AstroBetter and it focuses on the application […]

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Links: Computing, Diversity, Tenure, Teaching, and Travel…you know, the usual.

by Kelle September 24, 2010

Coyote and Catalyst Libraries Available in Subversion Repository | Coyote's Guide to IDL Programming Software Sustainability Workshop: Stories and Strategies | Astronomy Computing Today I’m so glad there are people thinking about this! XQuartz was updated recently to version 2.5.3 | MacResearch Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through MIT’s Male Math Maze | Women In […]

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Resources for Teaching Astro 101

by Guest September 8, 2010

John Feldmeier is an assistant professor at Youngstown State University. He does research on high redshift galaxies and galaxy clusters. He is a member of the Collaboration of Astronomy Teaching Scholars, and just rotated off as the Center for Astronomy Education Guest Moderator of astrolrner. It’s fall again, and everyone who is teaching Astro 101, […]

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Links: Employment Prospects, No Bullet Points in Star Wars, Acadamnit, and Much More.

by Kelle August 27, 2010

Postgraduate degrees produce employable people – it's official | onlinelibrary.wiley.com Subscription Required. “A survey has confirmed that [postgraduate degrees in astronomy, astrophysics and planetary science and particle physics] bring excellent long-term employment prospects and above-average salaries, within sciences and elsewhere, boosting the case for funding studentships in order to support science and industry.” (via @USA […]

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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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Links: Representative Color Images, Unconscious Bias, Lecturecasting, Saying No, and More.

by Kelle August 6, 2010

Orange, Silver, and Black: The High Contrast Office. By brock2621, via Lifehacker. Astro Phony Colors? Or Just Misunderstood? | Spitzer A nice piece by Robert Hurt, one of astronomy’s premier visualizers, on the validity of “representative color” images. I particularly like the language translation analogy. Let’s rid our language of the misleading term “false color” […]

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Links: Computing Upper Limits, Writing, Teaching, New Macs, IDL, and More.

by Kelle July 30, 2010

World’s Biggest Particle Physics Lab May Idle All Accelerators in 2012 | Science Insider On Computing Upper Limits to Source Intensities | IOP Science: ApJ Productivity, Writing, and Teaching Writing IS Thinking | Inside Higher Ed “If writing is thinking, then you don’t have to wait until you’re done reading, analyzing data, or figuring everything […]

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Links: More Postdocs in Canada, Less in Ireland; Apps for Distraction Avoidance and Break Reminders; Python Style Guide; and More

by Kelle July 16, 2010

Politics Postdoc Push in Canada | Inside Higher Ed (via Adam Kraus) Ireland Cuts Back on Ph.D. and Postdoc Support | Science News Antonelli, A.: A decline and fall in the future of Italian Astronomy? | astro-ph Career and Professional Development Report from the 2010 AAPT New Faculty Workshop | ProfHacker The American Association of […]

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Teaching Astro 101 Better

by Kelle May 31, 2010

In the Fall, I’ll be teaching Introduction to Astronomy to ~350 non-science majors, the course Astronomers affectionately call Astro 101 regardless of its actual course number at our school. Lucky for me, and for many of you, there is a wealth of education research that has demonstrated which teaching techniques work best for actually improving […]

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