Research Blogs: Sharing results as they happen

by Kelle March 19, 2012

I’ve started something new in my research group (which is co-led by Emily Rice): we are blogging our science results as they happen. Individual plots and incremental progress and insights. A curated, collaborative lab notebook. I haven’t posted anything yet, but the students have: BDNYC Research Blog. This idea was inspired by Hogg’s Research, where […]


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LaTeX on the iPad [Ask AstroBetter]

by Kelle February 3, 2012

K asks: Any way to mark up text with Latex on the iPad? Or any other tablet? Without internet access (on an airplane)? I’m spending a lot of time on days-long international flights, and in economy class the risk is too high of the person in front of me lowering their seat and encountering my […]


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Citation Etiquette

by Kelle December 15, 2011

In a forum hosted by another site, there was an extremely lively and interesting discussion about the etiquette of citation in the astronomical literature. The discussion is valuable enough for me to re-hash the highlights here where it can be archived, permalinked, and continued amongst a wider group. Below, I’ve included slightly edited bits of […]


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To Post or Not to Post: Publishing to the ArXiv Before Acceptance

by Kelle December 12, 2011

Inspired by a discussion elsewhere, I’d like start an open thread about the pros and cons of posting a paper to the arXiv before it’s accepted by a refereed journal. To get the convo going, here’s my summary of what came out of the previous discussion: Pros to posting before acceptance: Problems and omissions get […]


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Minimize Unconscious Bias in Recommendation Letters

by Kelle December 7, 2011

‘Tis the season for recommendation letter writing and a friendly reminder of an important issue that letter writers, readers, and requestors should all be aware of. (Also see last year’s Recommendation Letter Writing Round Up.) While writing letters is a task that is generally taken with great care for all mentees, there are some things […]


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What about MS Word?

by Jane November 2, 2011

I wish I lived in a world without Word.  But I’ve finally accepted that, outside our little corner of academia, when you need to send 100 words of information, you send a Word document.  Every office party flyer, every travel authorization form, gets sent as 10 MB of Microsoft bloatware. (Why?) I used to complain.  […]


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What’s the best tool to annotate PDFs?

by Jane March 23, 2011

We all know the workflow:  a collaborator sends a draft proposal or paper; we carefully read it; bleed all over it; and send it back.  I admit that until last year, I used a Big Red Pen on hardcopy, which I then returned to the lead author by scanning with the xerox machine. Recently I […]


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Guidelines for Refereeing Journal Articles [Wiki]

by Kelle February 8, 2011

In collaboration with a few colleagues, I have sketched out a wiki page with some guidelines for refereeing submitted journal articles. Nearly everyone has wildly different expectations of the goals, duties, and time expenditures expected of a referee. At times this leads to combative encounters, complaints to editors, editorial decisions thought to be bizarre by […]


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Google Docs to Write Collaborative Proposals

by Kelle January 6, 2011

Recently, the BD-NYC collaboration (me, Emily Rice, and Jackie Faherty) wrote an entire NSF proposal with Google Docs and it was AMAZING! In this post, I detail all the little things that we learned that will make it easier for you to get started using this tool. I’ve also whipped up a proposal template that […]


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Recommendation Letter Writing Round Up

by Kelle December 21, 2010

‘Tis the season for writing letters so I thought I would highlight some resources: How Do You Write Effective Letters of Recommendation for Grad School Applicants? and 5 Principles for Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation for Grad School Applicants Post with useful comments and the roundup. Tips on Writing Letters of Recommendation Video from Oberlin […]


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