Category Archives: Career Advice

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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Unproceedings from the .Astronomy4 Conference, Heidelberg, July 2012

Broadly speaking, the .Astronomy conference series aims to bring together astronomers, software engineers and educators who wish to explore how to use “Web 2.0” technologies to serve astronomy and astronomy outreach. The conferences are by design interactive and informal, with … Continue reading

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Science: It’s Universal

This video was produced and directed by Amanda Bauer at the .Astronomy 4 meeting. Astronomers giving their thoughts on what science is and why they do it. <p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/45711303″>Science: It’s Universal</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user611471″>amanda bauer</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p> Read about … Continue reading

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