productivity

Apple Notes: a look at the revamped electronic notebook

by Chris Crockett August 9, 2013

Looking for a good, simple electronic notebook but not convinced that Evernote is right for you? If you’re a Mac user, have you taken a recent look at the updated Apple Notes?  The MacObserver has a great article on how to get the most out of this revamped note-taking application:   The Notes app has [...]

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How and when to say “no”

by Chris Crockett July 5, 2013

Struggling with too many commitments? You might want to try a powerful and simple time management technique: saying “no”. In this post at GradHacker, Stephanie Hedge offers a list of questions you should ask yourself before before jumping into that next committee:  When someone comes to me asking for a favor, or looking for help [...]

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Evernote for scientists: mastering the electronic lab notebook

by Chris Crockett June 24, 2013

Everyone loves Evernote. Okay, not everyone, but it has developed a loyal fan base among the productivity set. Evernote is a note-taking application that allows you to organize and tag information for your projects from a variety of sources: text, web, images, email, and more. The members of the Astronomers Facebook group recently discussed how [...]

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Fostering a Deeply Fulfilling Professional and Personal Life for Yourself and Those You Lead

by Kelle November 21, 2012

Lots of nuggets of wisdom in this article about leadership, productivity, and striving for a deeply fulfilling professional and personal life. Here’s just a few: Value and acknowledge our lives outside of work: We have to encourage people to set boundaries around their work and respect them when they hold them. And I think as [...]

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Should astronomy journals accept PDF figures for publication?

by Eli November 6, 2012

PS and EPS figures have been the bread and butter of astronomy for decades. In turn, the astronomy journals accepted the PS and EPS figures for publication. Recently, plotting packages are supporting PDF files more than the EPS and PS formats. An EPS file was originally developed as a language to tell a program how [...]

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The Part-Time Scientist

by Laura Trouille October 24, 2012

Catherine Neish (NASA Goddard) and David Choi (NASA Goddard) have an interesting post on NASA grant statistics, the impact on securing full-time funding, and pros and cons of the associated career choices for scientists: The Part-Time Scientist - Women in Astronomy  

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ArXivSorter: A Sorting Algorithm for Astro-ph

by saurav April 18, 2012

Overwhelmed by the large number of papers on astro-ph? Only have time to look at the relevant papers?  Or back from an internet-free vacation (what is that?) and want to find out what you missed?  Try ArXivSorter, which uses a friends-of-friends algorithm to sort the papers on astro-ph for you. Using an initial list of [...]

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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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What postscript-viewers are available for iPad? [Ask AstroBetter]

by saurav November 9, 2011

Cameron M. recently got an iPad and is frustrated by the lack of a postscript (PS) viewer: I recently got an iPad that I’m trying to use for research (e.g., paper reading / annotations, outlining, etc).  It looks like it can be useful, but a major annoyance is no PS viewer.  I’ve even jailbroken my iPad. If anyone [...]

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Solid state drives – a geekout

by Jane November 7, 2011

Today I’m going to geek out about solid-state drives. I recently purchased a 120 GB solid-state drive for a desktop.  It doesn’t hold my data; just the operating system and frequently-used programs.  It cost about $200. The speed difference is striking.  The computer boots in only a few seconds, but the biggest difference is the [...]

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