Honing your Hubble Fellowship Application [Repost]

The NASA Hubble Fellowship Program is an umbrella program that includes the Hubble, Sagan, and Einstein Fellowships. The application deadline this year is November 4, 2019 at 7 PM EDT. In order to help you compile a successful application package, we are reposting this AstroBetter post from 2014. It is an anonymous guest post from [...]

The Rumor Mill for 2019-2020 is open for business!

We’ve finally got the Rumor Mill ready for the new season: Postdoc and Term and Faculty and Staff. The archives from previous years remain available. As a reminder, here the AAS Policy on Postdoc positions: The AAS Council has passed (1988) and reaffirmed (2003) a resolution stating that no postdoctoral position should require a candidate response [...]

Emily Hunt is a soon-to-be PhD student at Heidelberg University in Germany, where she will begin a quest to find open clusters in data from the Gaia satellite. In her spare time, she is a sound engineer for both theatre and live music performances. A recent Twitter thread of hers on microphone technique garnered a [...]

Citing Astronomy Software: Inline Text Examples

Authors: Daina Bouquin, Gus Muench, Kelle Cruz, Daniel Chivvis, Edwin Henneken Daina (@dainabouquin) is the Head Librarian at the Center for Astrophysics, Daniel is a Digital Projects Assistant at the CfA’s Library, and Edwin is part of the ADS team at the CfA. Gus (@AAS_Publishing) works for AAS Journals as a Data Editor. Kelle Cruz [...]

Suggestions for Note-Taking Applications for iPad

A recent discussion on Twitter spawned some suggestions for the best iPad apps for taking notes and using an iPad as an integral part of your workflow. We wanted to point people towards some of the suggestions other scientists had. GoodNotes received several recommendations, particularly for making hand-written notes. If you are interested in using [...]

Publishing in the AAS Journals: A Video Series

Publishing a scholarly journal article, particularly if it is the first time you are doing it, can feel overwhelming. In order to demystify the process, the American Astronomical Society has recently released a set of videos on YouTube to guide you through the process of publishing in the AAS Journals. These ~5-minute videos provide insight [...]

Guide to Organizing Inclusive Scientific Meetings

Conferences can be an invigorating experience for many astronomers, giving people a chance to share research, make new contacts in the field, and socialize with colleagues. For many, however, meetings end up being stressful and anxiety-inducing, particularly for people in marginalized groups. 500 Women Scientists recently published a guide on how to organize inclusive scientific [...]

Celebrating AstroBetter’s 10th Anniversary

Today, AstroBetter is celebrating its 10th anniversary! During the last ten years, we have had many important discussions on the blog, covering issues of policy, computing, productivity, career path, and more. We’ve had some difficult discussions about the work commitment required of astronomers, diversity, racism, and equity. The advent of the AstroBetter Wiki has provided [...]

The 234th American Astronomical Society Conference will take place June 9-13, 2019 in St. Louis, MO. The ComSciCon (Communicating Science Conference) workshop series is partnering with AAS to bring a science communication training workshop for graduate students who are interested in bettering their science communication skills, held on June 9 and June 13. According to [...]

Kids these days and their publications lists [Cross-post]

Growing up by the mountains of Northern Greece, Hercules (aka Iraklis) Konstantopoulos developed a fascination with the night sky and all its intrigue. After a career as a researcher in astrophysics that spanned ten years and four continents, he became drawn to addressing a greater variety of data-related problems. Data science ensued with work on [...]