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Sprint to #AAS223 and into 2014

by Kelle December 31, 2013

Due to the big annual winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society coming up next week in DC (<cough>not DC), we’ll be tossing out our normal posting schedule and playing it fast and loose for the next couple weeks. So, dust off your RSS readers, tune your twitter feed, or just come check back often. [...]

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How should we acknowledge AstroBetter?

by Chris Crockett June 26, 2013

As with any resource, AstroBetter needs a way to measure its impact on the community. Usage metrics are particularly helpful as we apply for grants to help AstroBetter grow. The best that we’ve come up with is to follow the model used by telescopes, data centers, etc: add an acknowledgement! This research has made use [...]

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Too Much Rumor Mill

by Jessica Lu January 24, 2013

This is my annual plea to everyone that is frantically checking the rumor mill: please sign up to receive email updates instead. You can “monitor” individual wiki pages and receive an email every time the page is changed, along with a summary of the changes. Setting this up requires a few steps: Sign up for an account [...]

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AstroBetter is Hiring

by Kelle December 29, 2012

With funding from the Sloan Foundation, AstroBetter is hiring for three part-time consulting positions! No Astro experience is technically necessary for these positions, but I’m hoping to find folks with some familiarity with science research and I’m thinking one of you might know somebody who is just right! (And if anyone knows where else I [...]

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Rumor Mill 2012-2013 is Now Open

by Jessica Lu July 30, 2012

The Astrophysics Job Rumor Mill is more popular than ever, although traffic to the page in August is typically only half of what it is in January/February. I have started the new rumor mill pages for 2012-2013 (yes it IS time for job-hunting season again) and I have relegated the 2011-2012 pages to archives. All [...]

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Permission to Take a Vacation

by Kelle June 11, 2012

I need a vacation. Posting from me will likely be even less frequent than usual for the next couple months. Never fear, however! I have been working on a project to try to firm up the long term future of AstroBetter without completely sabotaging my research program and tenure prospects. Did I mention that I [...]

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How do you find out about new AstroBetter posts?

by Kelle March 23, 2012

I’d like to announce a new way to keep up with AstroBetter: email subscription. If you prefer to get an email straight to your inbox with the full content, there’s a Subscribe by Email link in the right sidebar. This feature has actually been live for quite awhile, but I never really told you about [...]

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Follow the Rumors

by Jessica Lu December 19, 2011

The time of year is approaching when job-seeking grad students and postdocs eagerly wait for any communication from prospective employers. While one could easily sit and refresh the Rumor Mill pages all day long, and I offer an alternative that might preserve both your productivity and your sanity this job-hunting season while also preventing the [...]

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Thank You for Supporting AstroBetter!

by Kelle August 18, 2011

Thanks so much for your generous contributions! It is with great pleasure that I can report that we’ve raised enough to cover our costs for another year! The Google Ads have been removed. As a small token of our appreciation for our supporters, I’d like to send you some AstroBetter stickers. If you contributed and [...]

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Our First Pledge Drive

by Kelle August 7, 2011

During my summer break from posting (which ends this week), I’ve been doing some administrative work for the site. I’ve decided that it’s time to start asking you, the readers, to support the costs associated with running this site. Since I want to maintain complete intellectual and creative freedom, I have decided not to request [...]

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