Twitter tips for academic conferences

UPDATE: A version of this post is appearing as a series of posts on AstroBetter! Earlier this week I attended the Netherlands Astronomy Conference 2016, organized this year by my institute. I was asked by the LOC to be on my Twitter game throughout the conference, and I’m really proud of the concerted effort made …

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Netherlands Astronomy Conference 2016

The Netherlands Astronomy Conference/Nederlandse Astronomenconferentie (NAC) starts today, organized this year by my institute! I’m tweeting up a storm with the hashtag #NAC2016 (and there’s a more curated selection of tweets under the @_NAC2016 account). My slides are available on SpeakerDeck (with very preliminary results removed).

My first paper is accepted!!!

I’m thrilled to say that my first paper has been accepted for publication in MNRAS!! 2.5 years into my PhD and I finally have something to show for it 😁 Here’s the ADS link, which has both the arXiv and MNRAS versions.

AAS HEAD meeting talk

Next week I’m attending the AAS HEAD (high energy astrophysics division) meeting in Naples, FL, USA! My talk is on Monday April 4th at 4pm in the Stellar Compact I plenary session. I anticipate tweeting for at least a little of the meeting, so tweet back if you’ll be there! The hashtag for the meeting …

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Python in Astronomy 2016

I’m currently in Seattle at the Python in Astronomy 2016 workshop and wanted to post some notes and reference links for those of you who want to follow along with what we’re up to: The program for the week #PyAstro16 hashtag on twitter Livestream and archived livestreams are recorded and posted by Dan Foreman-Mackey A …

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Astro PhD positions available in Amsterdam

From the PhD recruitment team: The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for multiple PhD positions in astronomy and astrophysics. The positions are open to candidates from any country. The institute provides a stimulating, international environment in a city where English is a common language. Of our current …

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Layover time: Georgia Aquarium

I had an 8 hour layover in Atlanta on my trip from Rochester to Amsterdam in August, so I left the airport and went to the Georgia Aquarium! The aquarium has four juvenile whale sharks and two manta rays in the big tank! It’s pricey (~$40 for adult admission), but I like to think that …

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Two new blogs!

Two of my favourite people have new blogs! The first is my sister, Emily, who’s doing volunteer work in Asheville, North Carolina supported by the Presbyterian church, at Habitat for Humanity.   The second is my friend and “PhD-sister”, Catia, who has an eye for fashion and sews amazing clothes. Check ’em out!

Voting from Abroad for US Citizens

In case you’ve been living under an internet-less rock, the US’s two-party political system is alive and kicking, and the primaries are happening soon. The actual presidential election isn’t for another 14 months (!!) but the primaries will take place in the next few months, and in many states you must be registered with the …

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Nothing is certain except death and taxes[, and both suck when you’re an expat].

— Benjamin Franklin

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