Category Archives: Career Advice

Summer App Space Innovation Speaker Series

Summer App Space is a paid apprenticeship for LA students and teachers to learn to program while getting paid to do fun space-related projects, and this year they are funding 12 students to attend a six-week school learning to program … Continue reading

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Research Software Engineers: State of the Nation Report 2017

This report provides a history of the U. K.’s Research Software Engineers campaign and a snapshot of the state of the U.K.’s Research Software Engineer (RSE) community.  As I understand it, the term was coined at a U. K. Software … Continue reading

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How Does An Astronomer Become A Data Scientist?

I have been asked this question by several junior colleagues, so I thought my answer might be valuable to a broader audience. In particular, these young scientists were keen to learn how their skills might be transferable to another field. … Continue reading

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“Software Use in Astronomy: An Informal Survey” by Momcheva and Tollerud

This the title of a paper by Ivelina Momcheva and Erik Tollerud that was recently posted on astro-ph at http://arxiv.org/abs/1507.03989.  Between December 2014 and February 2015, they carried out an informal survey about software use in astronomy,  marketed mainly through social … Continue reading

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There Is Life – and A Career – Outside Astronomy!

This week, I am going to write about a different topic, jobs outside astronomy.  It’s a topic that is, in fact close to my heart, as I spent four illuminating years outside astronomy, working on calibration and quality assurance for … Continue reading

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How Should Astronomy Pay For Software?

So asked Frossie Enonomou at ADASS XXIV in Calgary, October 2014.  She gave her view of the answer to this question. It’s not of course about paying for software, but about paying people to write software.  Generally speaking, it’s not … Continue reading

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Creating effective slides: Design, Construction, and Use in Science

Like many scientists, my Power Point slides need help! Creating simple yet memorable slides that convey content takes a lot of practice. This lecture by Jean-luc Doumont, based on his book “Trees, Maps and Theorems,” gives sound advice on designing, … Continue reading

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