Astronomy Decadal Reports Primer: New Worlds, New Horizons, Visions & Voyages, and NSF Portfolio Review Committee

by Guest September 9, 2015

Maria Womack (@StarzanPlanets) is a physics professor at the University of South Florida. From 2011-2015 she worked as a ‘rotating’ astronomy program director to the National Science Foundation and her research includes multi-wavelength spectroscopy of comets and exoplanets. This is the first in a series of three guest posts on the recently released National Research […]

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Rumor Mill Update

by Danny Barringer August 26, 2015

Now that we’ve begun a new academic year, the AstroBetter Rumor Mill has been wiped clean in preparation for another year of job searching. You can find the Faculty and Staff Rumor Mill page here, and the Postdoc and Term Rumor Mill page here. Happy job hunting everyone!

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Python in Astronomy Workshop 2015

by Guest August 24, 2015

Eric Jeschke (eric@naoj.org) is the head of the Software Division at Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.   Python in Astronomy 2015 Workshop Participants. Photo by Peter Teuben. The Python in Astronomy 2015 workshop was held from 20-24th April 2015 at the Lorentz Center, Leiden University, in the Netherlands. With a goal of mixing […]

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Find-a-team, find-an-expert networking for WFIRST

by Jane August 4, 2015

As a community service, we here at AstroBetter would like to help you form teams that will compete for slots on the WFIRST Formulation Science Working Group.   The solicitation focuses on teams rather than individuals.  It’s not clear to us how experts in certain specialties are supposed to learn what teams are forming, or how […]

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Crowdsourcing Open Astrophysics Texts for Everyone

by Guest July 27, 2015

Michael Zingale is a computational astrophysicist who enjoys blowing up stars and working on new algorithms to enable these simulations.  He is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY. Many of us have written notes for our classes or have searched online for notes written by our […]

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Updates on ADS Interfaces and the Announcement of Bumblebee

by Guest July 20, 2015

Alberto Accomazzi (@aaccomazzi) is the Program Manager of the NASA Astrophysics Data System based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a tool for finding astronomy and planetary science publications. ADS currently has three different interfaces: ADS “Classic” — the one you all know and love, ADS “Labs” or “2.0” […]

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Why should I use Authorea to write my papers?

by Guest July 13, 2015

Matteo Cantiello is a theoretical astrophysicist at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and Authorea’s Chief Scientist. I am aware that a while back a lot of astronomers have tried out writing their research articles on Authorea, a web-based collaborative writing platform. Some were disappointed by the lack of certain advanced LaTeX features (e.g., deluxetables, […]

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Python/3D Visualization: A new book available for students and scientists

by Guest July 8, 2015

Brian Kent is an associate scientist with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory working on pipeline software for VLA and ALMA, and has interests in galaxy surveys, dynamics, and 3D graphics and visualization. A new book published by IOP is now available entitled “3D Scientific Visualization with Blender.” This work is written for a broad scientific […]

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The Starchive: An open access, open source database of the nearest stars and beyond

by Guest April 27, 2015

Angelle Tanner is an assistant professor at Mississippi State University with interests in multiple methods of exoplanet detection and characterization. Situation 1:You make a preliminary list of target stars using SIMBAD and then follow up with a tedious search through Vizier and individual papers for all the additional observational data you need to motivate a […]

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Fabric Conference Posters FTW!

by Guest March 25, 2015

Emily Rice is an assistant professor at the College of Staten Island and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. She is also responsible for those parody songs that get stuck in your head. Dearest Colleagues, I have printed my last paper conference poster and carried my last poster tube. Forsooth I […]

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