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Walkowicz Named Astrobiology Chair at Kluge Center of the Library of Congress

Big news, everybody: I am over the moon to announce that I am the new Chair of Astrobiology at the Library of Congress! Wait, what?! The position is officially called the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology … Continue reading

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An Astronomical Primer on Workplace Environment, Discrimination, and Your Rights

This post is intended as a primer on harassment for those entering the academic workplace. It was prompted by recent events surrounding sexual harassment cases in astronomy, but I have tried to make it more broadly applicable to workplace environment … Continue reading

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Be There Then

I am writing this on my way to TED 2015 in Vancouver. I often find it difficult to work on planes, and so I usually sleep— but sleep has proven impossible on this flight. I’m too excited! I became a … Continue reading

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Want to Recruit A Diverse Technical Workforce? Here’s How.

When was the last time you attended a technical meeting in which the first plenary talk, given by the project director, was about how and why workplace diversity is a major priority for that project? For me, the answer is … Continue reading

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A Non-Talk on Giving Talks

The following is a collection of almost entirely subjective advice about giving talks. Mostly this advice is based on what has worked well for me, but it’s also based on what I have learned in the course of sitting through … Continue reading

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NYC –> ORD

My past few months has been a whirlwind of travel, leaving me little time to post. While my last post was prompted by a sad event, today I’m writing with good news: I got a job! Beginning in summer 2014, … Continue reading

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Andrew Oswald’s Advice to Young Researchers

Keith Arnaud recently posted the following in the astronomer’s Facebook group (thanks Keith!): Andrew Oswald’s list of “Things I would have found it useful to have been told when I was a young researcher”. Although Oswald is an economist, there are … Continue reading

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