Monthly Archives: August 2010

Was It Hard To Return To Astronomy and Research?

This was the most common question I was asked about my last post. I spent several years in Earth Sciences before returning to astronomy in 2000 as the Manager of the Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) at IPAC, Caltech.  My position … Continue reading

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How I Survived in Astronomy

The Astrobetter site has some very good posts and sane advice on getting jobs and building a career.  This week, with the job season upon us, I decided to write about how I managed to stay in astronomy. I hope … Continue reading

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First Thoughts on The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey

The National Academies of Science has just released its latest Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics. This survey is commissioned every 10 years to review the state of the profession and recommend national priorities in astronomy for the next decade.  … Continue reading

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Hardware Virtualization

The benefits of virtualization have become very clear  – installing multiple OS’s on a server reduces the number of servers needed to run a project,  reduces the load on physical plant, saves space and saves money. Virtualization remains a bit … Continue reading

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Social Networking and Astronomers.

I was pointed by my colleague Roy Williams to the bioinformatics site myexperiment.org.  Here, practitioners in this field share workflows they develop to perform all kinds of biochemical tasks. Others extend these workflows, which are for the most part public, … Continue reading

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