Twitter-Based Astronomy Journal Club

by Kelle June 8, 2011

Hashtag: #astroJC Organizers: @astronomyjc Blog: Astronomy Journal Club The general idea is that we meet up on twitter at a prearranged day and time and discuss an interesting piece of astronomy research. This will generally take the form of an academic paper, but we could also include some articles too. Everyone’s welcome to participate, whether […]


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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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Tweets from #DPS2010 Planetary Science Conference

by Kelle October 5, 2010

Great tweeting going on from the planetary science conference in Pasadena. Check out #DPS2010.


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Links: CV Tips, Practice Not Using Jargon, Desk Layouts, and More.

by Kelle September 17, 2010

Creating and Maintaining Your CV | ProfHacker Added to the Job Hunting section of the AstroBetter Wiki. To tweet or not to tweet? | Research Information Network I think that, by far, the best use of Twitter that as emerged for researchers is for sharing thoughts at conferences. White Students Are Minority of Frosh at […]


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Links: Priority Inbox, iPad, Our Silly Brains, and More.

by Kelle September 4, 2010

I’ve been off the AstroBetter grid for a couple days due to the Cool Stars 16 meeting (#CS16), the US Open, and the first week of classes and all. Comment moderation, among other things, fell by the wayside and I just trashed 600 spam comments…in the unlikely event that your comment got incorrectly marked and […]

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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 | 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: 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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Spread the Word about AstroBetter

by Kelle June 23, 2010

We’ve recently added a couple widgets to make spreading the word about AstroBetter easier. Become a Fan “Like” the AstroBetter Facebook Page. I’ve added a widget at the top of the right sidebar. As of 9am PT, 186 people like us…I’m sure there are more of you than that! Like At the end of each […]


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Links: SIMBAD Annotations, IDL 8.0, Mendeley Goes Social, and More.

by Kelle March 5, 2010

Annotations service released | CDS news Add comments to SIMBAD objects! “…not intended to supersede email support via question@simbad, but to improve the contents of SIMBAD contents and the level of interaction between CDS staff and SIMBAD users.” (via August Muench.) Blogging the IDL User's Group Meeting | comp.lang.idl-pvwave Discussion about the new features coming […]


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Links: AAS Tweets Rundown, Screen Sharing, Wave FAQ, and more.

by Kelle January 15, 2010

MacBook Generations, alternate view, by Robert S. Donovan. via TUAW. Tweets from the 215th meeting of the AAS | Douglas Burke Word clouds from the tweets. Fine, just #aas next time. MIT Pledges to Improve Conditions for Minority Faculty Members | ScienceInsider Mac OS X’s application switcher does not go both ways | Finer Things […]


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