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Career Palanca

Yesterday, I asked my academic friends on Facebook what they thought of giving a copies of letters of recommendation to the students they’d written them for, as a way of giving those students encouragement they could reread when the going … Continue reading

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Second Ride of the #ScienceTrain

Two Saturdays ago, ScienceTrain took its second ride on the NYC subway! Our numbers expanded a bit this time, with Renee Hlozek (Princeton) and David “Doddy” Marsh (Perimeter Institute) joining Jeff Oishi (AMNH) and myself aboard the C train. We … Continue reading

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End note: the show (er, conference) goes on!

Previously, I’d written about the political barriers facing the Kepler Science Conference, with an update last week that only (only!) the government shutdown stood to derail the meeting. I’m happy to report that the end to the shutdown means that … Continue reading

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Upcoming Talks & Events – July

If you’re in the NYC area, come catch me at one of the following events: The Intergalactic Travel Bureau Daily July 12 – 21, 10am – 10pm – Free 266 W 37th Street I’ll be the resident astrophysicist at the … Continue reading

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The Beginning, End, and Future of the Kepler Mission

Four years ago, the Monday before last, I was standing on a small spit of land at Kennedy Space Flight Center. It was dark, I was cold (having foolishly assumed that Florida in May would be warm), but above all, … Continue reading

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House hearing on exoplanets: “Have We Found Another Earth?”

I did my best to live-tweet the House hearing on the current state and future of exoplanet science this morning– the results are posted here on Storify!

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A Bit of Winter Sun

On the off chance that winter has been too long and you haven’t seen the Sun in a while, rest assured: it’s been busy! I just came across this fantastic compilation of greatest hits from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, created by … Continue reading

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Time Isn’t On Anyone’s Side

“Time… is on my side.” – Norman Meade Today marks the beginning of another orbit around the Sun for me, so what better day to reflect on the passage of time? I think a lot about time management, as I’m sure … Continue reading

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Free Advice

There’s been a lot of conversation about an email sent to students in a certain astronomy department, which originally appeared here: http://jjcharfman.tumblr.com/post/33151387354/a-motivational-correspondance While I certainly think the original email was problematic, with an eau d’ “we walked uphill both ways in … Continue reading

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