Fun with Interactive Visuals in Astrophysics

by Guest September 22, 2014

This is a cross-post from Sudeep Das’s personal blog. Sudeep is a Data Scientist at OpenTable, where his main focus is on mining reviews and scrumptious restaurant data to extract actionable insights and enable a personalized dining experience. For most of this professional life, Sudeep has been an astrophysicist researching the properties of the early universe via […]

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Creating Online Apps for Outreach and Education

by Guest July 14, 2014

This is a guest post by Dr. Stefano Meschiari, a W. J. McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on planet formation, exoplanet detection, and all-around software development for fun and outreach. Introduction Outreach has become an essential part of our job as astronomers. A considerable portion of astronomy […]


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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Education and Public Outreach Officer

by Laura Trouille April 24, 2014

Latest Career Profile: an astronomer turned Education and Public Outreach Officer. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below or on the CSWA site. The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) and the AAS Employment Committee have compiled dozens of interviews […]


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Ethics and Diversity Poll

by Jessica Lu September 2, 2013

This is a guest post by Caitlin Casey (IfA, Hawaii) and Kartik Sheth (NRAO) who recently hosted a “Diversity and Ethics” Seminar at the Aspen Center for Physics.   The “Gray Zone” of Academic Ethics Your student gets a nasty email from a colleague insulting her work.  You think your other colleague has plagiarized a […]


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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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Astronomer to Data Scientist

by Laura Trouille January 2, 2013

Jessica Kirkpatrick recently made the transition from astrophysics researcher to data scientist for a tech company (Microsoft). Her insightful post provides suggestions for people in academia / research who are interested in pursuing a tech job. Astronomer to Data Scientist – Women in Astronomy


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Negotiation is a Dialogue: Compiled Advice

by Laura Trouille November 11, 2012

Laura Trouille (Northwestern University & The Adler Planetarium) has provided a useful resource of compiled advice for those entering the negotiation phase for a new job: Negotiating is a Dialogue: Compiled Advice - Women in Astronomy


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Why do you think there is a gender gap?

by Jessica Lu October 30, 2012

A new sociological study has been released surveying male and female scientists to find out what they say about the gender gap in sciences. A nice summary of the work is given in the blog post below (re-posts by  Women in Astronomy and  John Johnson brought it to my attention). The quotes from the interviews of […]


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Permanent Jobs Elusive for Recent PhDs [Link]

by Jessica Lu September 13, 2012

Jessica Kirkpatrick (UC Berkeley) has an interesting post on a recent study by the American Institute of Physics analyzing the types of employment obtained for new physics/astro PhDs: Permanent Jobs Elusive for Recent PhDs - Women in Astronomy


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Learning Python — The DIY Way

by Guest July 17, 2012

This is a guest post from Prof. Marla Geha at Yale University. Her research focuses on the formation, evolution, and destruction of dwarf galaxies. I’ve wanted to jump on the python bandwagon for a while. I’m an IDL programmer, but IDL licenses are becoming more annoying to maintain/afford. The excuse that python doesn’t provide the […]


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