academia

Category archives for academia

meta blogging

Notes on Academic Blogging – Crooked Timber pines for the Good Old days Old School Blogging – seeing a pattern here… Want an Academic job? Hold your tongue Is it Journalism or just a prepackage press release – Sunlight Foundation’s Churnalism tool.

You are at university. Do you like stars, and stuff? We revisit old ruminations on career paths ’cause it is topical… Another rehashed blast from the past. Should you do astronomy as an undergrad? (the following is in part shamelessly cribbed from a colleague’s previous freshman seminar for our majors): Do you like stars and…

So, now you’re at university, and you’re thinking about heading for grad school … A seasonal revisit of some old rumblings* *NB: this discussion should not be construed to be anything but hypothetical ramblings, they do not reflect in any way the official position of any academic institution, department or graduate program, especially not the…

What should a high school student do to get on a track to become an astrophysicist?

Augmented Reality Layar at AAS

An interesting new twist for the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society will be the “Augmented Reality” poster – an instantiation of the very rapidly growing augmented reality features appearing everywhere through smartphone apps or google glass. V838 Mon poster by Vogt et al will have a layar augmentation: using layar creator, tags are…

The Lights Are Going Out…

When it is darkest, men see the stars. This afternoon I needed to check something urgently, and as is my habit in this day and age, I jumped to a website where I knew the information was available. A few seconds later, with some irritation I went to hit “refresh” as the request failed to…

educational tidbits

the venerable Chronicle of Higher Education had a few interesting tidbits in last week’s issue: How a College Took Assessment to Heart, Lebanon Valley College takes an accreditors warning to heart – the key issue being that the informal committee of “General Officers”, the Vice Presidents, with the college President, were making all decisions, and…

Cargo Cult Administration

Many physical scientists learned of the curious phenomena of the Cargo Cult from Feynman’s commencement address at Caltech, as reproduced in his book, “Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!”. In the address, Feynman cautions us against the conceptually similar notion of Cargo Cult Science, where people go through the motions of mimicking a scientific process, while…

EU Science Slam

This is a public service announcement: the EU is running a FameLab like Science Slam EURAXESS Researcher in Motion Science Slam, sponsored by the European Commission. “If you are a researcher currently based in North America (US and Canada), enter the competition by posting a video featuring your science slam on our LinkedIn site, or…

Weak Justifications

I am at a meeting at an undisclosed location, and concurrently the weak lensing folk are having a workshop on future surveys, so I am slumming at their sessions in my copious spare time. This morning Tony Tyson is leading a discussion on the technical aspects of the surveys, with LSST as the working example.…