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KICP Education & Outreach Summer School for Grad Students (June 16-27)

by Laura Trouille April 23, 2014

KICP Education & Outreach Summer School for Graduate Students June 16-27 Chicago, IL http://kicp.uchicago.edu/EOsummer Applications due: May 13, 2014 We are very pleased to announce a hands-on summer school for graduate students interested in education and outreach (E&O). This school will feature a week of practicum that will immerse participants in E&O; for example, presenting [...]

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Report: Gender in AAS Talks

by Jess K March 19, 2014

Cross-posted from University of Washington Astronomy PhD Candidate Jim Davenport’s blog: Today I’m proud to announce that my AAS 223 Hack Day project is finally finished! Our “paper” (really an informal report) on the study of gender in AAS talks has hit astro-ph: http://arxiv.org/abs/1403.3091 This all started about 6 months ago when I was attending a different astronomy conference. I observed that [...]

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The Whys and Hows of Licensing Scientific Code

by Jake VanderPlas March 10, 2014

Jake Vanderplas is the Director of Research in the Physical Sciences at the University of Washington’s eScience Institute. He is a maintainer and/or frequent contributor to many open source Python projects, including scikit-learn, scipy, matplotlib, and others.  He occasionally blogs about Python, data visualization, open science, and related topics at Pythonic Perambulations. You may find [...]

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The 2013 CSWA Demographics Survey: Portrait of a Generation of Women in Astronomy

by Jess K March 5, 2014

The below is reproduced from the January 2014 Status: A report on Women in Astronomy.  The 2013 CSWA Demographics Survey, by A. Meredith Hughes, Wesleyan University. As we consider how best to promote the full participation of women in astronomy, it is important to use quantitative methods to monitor progress and identify problems. Accordingly, collecting demographic data [...]

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AAS Hack Day 2014

by Elizabeth January 22, 2014

On Thursday, January 9th, a band of intrepid astronomers gathered for the second AAS Hack Day. Hack Days are traditional events in software development circles, where people with skills, ideas, and the willingness to dedicate a day of their lives get together to make interesting projects happen. Much like the first Hack Day at AAS [...]

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My Successful Experience with Sexual Harassment

by Jess K January 22, 2014

Cross-posted from Women in Astronomy: The following is an anonymous guest post from a regular reader of the Women in Astronomy Blog. The below is a description of an individual’s experience with sexual harassment.  What worked for her, might not work for everyone.  If you are being sexually harassed, please contact the sexual harassment officer at [...]

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How to improve the winter AAS meeting? (2014 edition)

by Jane January 15, 2014

We’ve had a week to recover from the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).  Let’s talk about what we thought worked, what didn’t and how we can improve the “Super Bowl of Astronomy”?   (Last year’s discussion got 57 comments; this is a topic our community feels strongly about.) What did our Society do [...]

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Flirt with extreme caution #AAS223

by Kelle January 2, 2014

At all conferences, the boundary between professional and social interactions can be very blurred. While one of the best things about conferences like the AAS Meeting is hanging out with friends and meeting new people, we all need to remember that these are still primarily professional relationships and we need be very conscious about socially [...]

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Tweeting the #AAS223 meeting and introducing #AASviz

by Guest January 1, 2014

This is a guest post by Gus Muench (@augustmuench), an Astronomer and Data Scientist at the Harvard-CfA.  Twitter is an information and networking tool that changes how many of us participate in conferences. It is a great way to keep track of interesting parallel talks, reminding you where you wish you were at any moment. [...]

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Project to study gender in #AAS223 talks and questioners

by Guest December 31, 2013

This is a guest post by Jim Davenport, a grad student at University of Washington studying stellar populations. He also did an internship at Microsoft Research last summer. The original post appeared on his blog, If We Assume. Be sure to check back there for updates. If you’ll be attending the upcoming AAS 223 in [...]

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