Beyond astro-ph Library

A collection of some of our bites that go beyond our usual paper summaries.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

#BlackInAstro Series

  1. #BlackInAstro: How Can We Support Black Astronomers? by Astrobites (3 Jun 2020)
  2. #BlackInAstro: Black Representation in Astro/Physics and the Impact of Discrimination by Astrobites (12 Jun 2020)
  3. #BlackInAstro Experiences: KeShawn Ivory by KeShawn Ivory (19 Jun 2020)
  4. 1981: Barbara Williams becomes the first Black woman to get a PhD… by Jessica May Hislop (20 Jun 2020)
  5. #BlackInAstro Experiences: Ashley Walker by Mia de los Reyes (22 Jun 2020)
  6. #BlackInAstro: Not a Lack of Science Aspiration, But a Lack of Career Inspiration? by Luna Zagorac (23 Jun 2020)
  7. #BlackInAstro Experiences: Cheyenne Polius by Cheyenne Polius (24 Jun 2020)
  8. #BlackInAstro: Black Women in Astronomy and Physics by Kate Storey-Fisher (25 Jun 2020)
  9. #BlackInAstro Experiences: David Zegeye by David Zegeye (26 Jun 2020)
  10. #BlackInAstro Experiences: Ayanna Jones by Mia de los Reyes (27 Jun 2020)

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Indigenous Astronomy

  1. Visions of the past by Dan Gifford (17 Mar 2011)
  2. Additional Arguments that Aboriginal Australians Observed Variable Stars by Avery Schiff (26 Oct 2018)
  3. Maunakea, Western Astronomy, and Hawai`i by Ellis Avallone (2 Aug 2019)
  4. A Tale of Two Observatories: Astronomy and Indigenous Communities in the Southwest US by Mia de los Reyes (16 Aug 2019)
  5. #BlackInAstro: A Glimpse Into African Cultural Astronomy by Briley Lewis (28 Aug 2018)

LBGTQ+ in Astro

  1. LGBT+ Inclusivity in Astronomy by Mia de los Reyes (25 May 2018)
  2. Beyond the Binary: Gender in Physics Education by Mara Zimmerman (4 Jan 2019)
  3. Queer Figures in Astronomy History by Kate Storey-Fisher (5 Jul 2019)
  4. All Genders Are Statistically Significant: Expanding Gender Equity Studies in Astronomy by Briley Lewis (7 Nov 2019)

Women in Astro

  1. What Women Want? by Elisabeth Matthews (27 May 2017)
  2. #MeToo, Grad School, and You by Thankful Cromartie (12 Oct 2018)
  3. Why are women leaving astronomy? by Nora Shipp (31 Dec 2018)
  4. A Study in Stereotypes: What People Think of Physicists vs. Biologists by Briley Lewis (5 Apr 2019)

GRE

  1. The verbal GRE: dirty secrets on its role in grad school admission by Zachary Slepian (18 Sep 2012)
  2. The impact of the Physics GRE in astronomy graduate admissions by Leonardo dos Santos (9 Sep 2016)
  3. Drop It Like It’s Biased: A Step-by-Step Guide to Dropping the GRE by Kate Storey-Fisher (15 Nov 2019)

Inclusive Practices

  1. Bringing Equity and Inclusion to Your Workplace by Kelly Malone (7 Oct 2016)
  2. Building an Inclusive Astronomy Community by Gourav Khullar (25 Dec 2017)
  3. Thinking Beyond ADA Compliance: How to Make Astronomy Accessible by Briley Lewis (6 Sep 2019)
  4. Distance Learning Can Make Astronomy Education More Accessible by Laura Martin (6 Oct 2019)

Day-to-day work

Mental Health

  1. Research is Hard by Emily Sandford (10 Nov 2017)
  2. Taking Care with Self-Care by Jamila Pegues (24 Nov 2017)
  3. Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome by Stephanie Hamilton (2 Mar 2018)
  4. What Does “Success” Mean to You? by Caitlin Doughty (17 Aug 2018)
  5. Graduate School Taking a Toll On Your Mental Health? You’re Not Alone. by Haley Wahl (23 Aug 2019)
  6. Get those monkeys off your back! by Stephanie Hamilton (1 Nov 2019)

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Reading Papers

  1. Journal Articles in Astronomy by Dan Gifford (19 Apr 2011)
  2. Tools for Reading Papers: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 by Michael Hammer (19 Dec 2017, 9 Mar 2018, 6 Sep 2018)

Conducting Research

  1. It’s REU Season! Here’s How to Make the Most of it by Dan Gifford (14 Jun 2011)
  2. A day in the lives of astronomy grad students by Astrobites (11 Jul 2011)
  3. Getting Out of a Research Slump by Susanna Kohler (21 Sep 2011)
  4. Intro to Astro – Confessions of a Novice Research Student by Ruth Angus (13 Oct 2011)
  5. Getting Started in Undergraduate Research by Josh Fuchs (21 Feb 2013)
  6. A week in the life of an astronomy postgrad researcher – more average than you might think? by Amber Hornsby (16 Feb 2018)
  7. What to Do When You’re Stuck by Emily Sandford (11 May 2018)
  8. Five tips from five years in grad school by Sanjana Curtis (23 Nov 2018)
  9. Practical tips for setting up a research project, or “Things I wish I had known when I started my PhD”: Part 1 and Part 2 by Joanna Ramasawmy (14 Dec 2018, 15 Dec 2018)

Presenting Your Research

  1. How to Attend your First Conference by Caroline Morley (12 Oct 2011)
  2. Talking about our Research by Brett Deaton (3 Sep 2014)
  3. Speak your science: How to give a better conference talk: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 by Emily Lakdawalla (10 Feb 2018, 17 Feb 2018, 24 Feb 2018)
  4. Conference survival guide for students by Philippa Cole (20 Jul 2018)
  5. Fixing academic posters: the #BetterPoster approach by Oliver Hall (28 Feb 2020)

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Teaching

  1. Will you use Astrobites in your course this Fall? by Nathan Sanders (11 Jun 2017)
  2. How TAs Make a Difference in the Classroom by Briley Lewis (15 Nov 2019)
  3. Improving the Effectiveness of Graduate STEM Education by Caitlin Doughty (13 Dec 2019)
  4. Making your classroom accessible for diverse learners by Nick Young (21 Feb 2020)

Outreach

  1. Pack a Spacesuit for Camp this Summer! by Shannon Hall (23 Jul 2012)
  2. A new look at outreach and the American Astronomical Society by Allison Strom (20 Jan 2013)
  3. AAS Astronomy Ambassadors and You by Meredith Rawls (13 Sep 2013)
  4. Astronomy Camp: A Lesson in Asking Questions by Jenny Calahan (19 Jul 2019)
  5. The Pulsar Search Collaboratory: Making Pulsar Science Accessible to High School Students by Haley Wahl (1 Oct 2019)
  6. Experiencing a dark tour of the universe by Emma Foxell (25 Nov 2019)
  7. You should get Twitter…for science! by Briley Lewis (17 Jan 2020)
  8. Outreach for Astronomers: Letters to a Pre-Scientist and MIT Astrogazers by Briley Lewis and Kaitlyn Shin (6 Mar 2020)
  9. Flipping the Paradigm: How Maunakea Scholars brings Astronomy Research to the Classroom by Ellis Avallone (10 Apr 2020)
  10. Tweeping up with the Astronomers: Sharing Your Science with Twitter by Haley Wahl (21 Apr 2020)
  11. Beyond the Lecture Hall: Making the most of a university astronomy club by John Weaver (5 Jun 2020)

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Travelling

Observing at Telescopes

  1. My Observing Run at the Magellan Telescopes in Chile by Ian Czekala (17 Jan 2011)
  2. Everything I need to know about observing I did not learn in kindergarten by Elisabeth Newton (31 Mar 2011)
  3. Observing on Mauna Kea: Dawn in Cambridge, Mass by Elisabeth Newton (18 Aug 2011)
  4. Observing the “supernova of the generation” with Keck by Lauren Weiss (29 Aug 2011)
  5. Queue Observing at Gemini North by Caroline Morley (30 Oct 2012)
  6. Astrobites on the Ice: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 by Kirit Karkare (12 Dec 2012, 28 Jan 2013, 4 Feb 2013, 5 Mar 2013, 1 Apr 2013)
  7. Engineering at the SOAR Telescope in Chile by Josh Fuchs (18 Feb 2014)
  8. Living the ‘Magellan’ life : Observing at a Chilean masterpiece by Gourav Khullar (4 Feb 2016)
  9. Students on the Hunt for Black Holes by Ana Torres Campos (22 Aug 2017)
  10. A day (and night) in the life of an observational astronomer by Rosanna Tilbrook (24 Apr 2020)

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Attending Conferences

  1. AAS 217th Meeting: Part 1 and Part 2 by Elisabeth Newton (11 Jan 2011, 14 Jan 2011)
  2. AAS #218: Boston or bust by Elisabeth Newton (26 May 2011)
  3. An Overview of the Extreme Solar Systems III Conference by Gudmundur Stefansson (22 Dec 2015)
  4. Roundup: #aas227 #hackaas Hack Day by Meredith Rawls (23 Jan 2016)
  5. The SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation Conference (#SPIEAstro) in Edinburgh by Gudmundur Stefansson (8 Jul 2016)
  6. SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018 by Amber Hornsby (22 Jun 2018)
  7. SPIE From the Perspective of a Non-Instrumentalist by Samuel Factor (25 Jun 2018)
  8. Cool Stars 20 by Samuel Factor (3 Aug 2018)
  9. Extreme Solar Systems IV by Samuel Factor (27 Sep 2019)

Attending Workshops

  1. A Summer Schooling by Katherine Rosenfeld (5 Aug 2011)
  2. NRAO, EVLA, VLBA, ALMA, AIPS, CASA by Ian Czekela (29 Sep 2011)
  3. Fringes, Phase centers, and Fourier Transforms: The 13th NRAO Synthesis Imaging Workshop, Part I by Chris Faesi (9 Jun 2012)
  4. Gravitational Lensing in the Canary Islands by Alice Olmstead (25 Nov 2012)
  5. Adventures in Astrostatistics: Astrobites at SAMSI: Part 1 and Part 2 by Ben Montet (2 Nov 2013)
  6. KICP Workshop on Outreach and Education by Korey Haynes (20 Jun 2014)
  7. SciCoder Recap by Meredith Rawls (2 Jul 2014)
  8. The Extreme Precision Radial Velocities Workshop by Gudmundur Stefansson (13 Jul 2015)
  9. Illuminating teaching, and the art of going where you want to go by Zephyr Penoyre (17 Mar 2017)
  10. Communicating Science Like a Boss by Lauren Sgro (16 Mar 2018)

Current Events

COVID-19

  1. Astrophysical Classics: What did Newton actually discover in quarantine? by Kate Storey-Fisher (31 Mar 2020)
  2. COVID-19 in Fall 2020: A Concerning Situation for Students by Briley Lewis (17 Jul 2020)
  3. Hello, world! Virtually welcoming new grad students by Rosanna Tilbrook (24 Jul 2020)

Applications and Career Paths

REUs

  1. So You Want to Apply for an REU… Here’s How by Ben Montet (5 Jan 2013)
  2. It’s REU Application Season! by Astrobites (8 Jan 2018)

NSF GRFP

  1. Applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship by Astrobites (11 Sep 2011)
  2. Applying for the NSF: Our own experiences by Astrobites (2 Oct 2011)
  3. Writing Your NSF GRFP Essays by Ashley Villar (17 Sep 2015)

Graduate School

  1. Why I Chose Grad School by Amandeep Gill (1 Jul 2011)
  2. Applying to Graduate School: Part 1 and Part 2 by Dan Gifford (4 Sep 2011, 6 Sep 2011)
  3. How to Apply for Grad School in Europe by Yvette Cendes (13 Jun 2014)
  4. Applying to grad school in the US: a timeline by Elisabeth Newton (28 Aug 2014)
  5. Taking the leap from engineering into astronomy by Astrobites (20 Mar 2016)
  6. A guide to different grad programs by Mia de los Reyes (7 Jul 2017)

Gap Years

  1. Careers, Like Space Missions, are Tricky: How a Master’s Degree Can Help by Holly Capello (17 Jul 2011)
  2. Postponing the Next Step: a Decision to Defer by Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez (19 Feb 2012)
  3. When Graduate School Isn’t in the Immediate Future by Shannon Hall (10 Dec 2012)
  4. Taking a Gap Year – Part 1 by Astrobites (31 Aug 2014)
  5. What If I Am Not Accepted Into a PhD Program (U.S.)? by Jessica Roberts (31 Aug 2018)

Non-academic Careers

  1. Careers In Astronomy: What am I Doing with my Life?? by Maria Drout (8 Sep 2011)
  2. Why I left research for education by Alice Olmstead (20 Mar 2013)
  3. Alternative Careers: Leveraging your Astronomy Degree for Data Science by Ben Cook (1 Jun 2016)
  4. Taking the Leap from Astronomy to Engineering by James Mason (18 Nov 2016)