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Hey astro: Voting is open for the American Astronomical Society's annual election of officers and councilors. Personally, this is an exciting ballot, and I don't think I've ever wanted my candidates to win more. 
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I used to post on here all the time about astronomy and microscopy images, and now there's something super awesome to share: an iPhone/iPad app for exploring the +The Cell: An Image Library-CCDB!
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+Matthew Turk You should see the facebook page! ;-) 
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"Re-visioning the Future of Scientific Leadership"
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I found this meeting tweet stream fascinating because we've heard so much of it before in astronomy's virtual observatory development: science, standards, software, training, standards, sharing, etc, etc.   #eternalreturn  
On the next 5 years of data science at the NIH.
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SeismoDome sounds like a winner! 
This June 25, at the American Museum of Natural History, there'll be a show called "SeismoDome: Sights and Sounds of Earthquakes and Global Seismology."  I'm honored to have been a part of it, in collaboration with +Ben Holtzman and others.  Here's the link, with (free) registration info:

My role has largely been in taking the seismology simulations (run by Daniel Peter) and visualizing them with +yt Project, with a lot of help from +Sam Skillman.  The project has led to development of faster fisheye renderings, overplotting of lines, and development of some cool scaling for transfer functions.  In the prototype, low-res image below, we're sitting inside the Earth, looking out at the body waves from the Tohoku Earthquake in 2011.  During the show, this will be projected onto the dome, in conjunction with sonification of the waves, and a discussion of the reasons we study Earthquakes, how we study them, and what we hope to learn.

If you're in the area, you should be sure to come and learn about seismology.
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Check out DJ Carly Sagan's Astronomy Spotify playlist. 
Astronomy, a playlist by djcarlysagan on Spotify
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"Computing does not end with computers! So this year we have an activity that shows how astronomers use computers to create images and understand their data. This activity is appropriate for 4th through 12th grade students, with no prior coding experience necessary."

A lovely fast past experience in creating a CS/STEM activity with +David Bau +Kimberly Arcand +Joseph DePasquale and Google's CS First teams. #hourofcode  
For many, it might be hard to imagine living a life without computers and technology. In fact, it's become so much a part of our society that we may not realize how dependent we are on technology. But who does the work that enables these computers to fit into our daily lives?
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From telescopes all over the world... 
A citizen-science project to transcribe the information written into Astronomer's log books for a century of sky observations. This takes advantage of the Smithsonian's transcription services, which has plenty of other cool projects, if this one doesn't interest you:
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whoa. lua combat? 
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Illustris is a great simulation, and this article is very interesting, but I think it's really generous to describe it as a vanguard of "open science."
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Two weeks of immersive Science Communication, Education, and Outreach training for Astro/Physics graduate students. Looks totally amazing. #STEMeducation   #scicomm
Via +Laura Trouille 

KICP Education & Outreach Summer School for Graduate Students, June 16-27, Chicago, IL

Applications due: May 13, 2014

We are very pleased to announce a hands-on summer school for graduate students interested in education and outreach (E&O). This school will feature a week of practicum that will immerse participants in E&O; for example, presenting at the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, developing hands-on classroom activities, creating content with WorldWide Telescope, or developing Zooniverse/citizen science program activities. The school will also include a one-day science communications workshop presented by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, field trips to Chicago area institutions, and a concise introduction to E&O basics.

                   - Limited to 14 participants

                   - Accommodations provided, free of charge.

                   - Applications due May 13, 2014

Please share this with others who may be interested, especially graduate students.
Education & Outreach Summer School for Graduate Students, 2014 · Overview · Preliminary Program · practicum · Participants · Resources · Application · KICP · ALDA · ADLER · University of Chicago.
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I manage digital data for AAS research journals, which includes ensuring coordination among AAS editorial teams according to on-going policies; ensuring the quality of digital data distributed by authors; communicating program needs and policies to authors; supporting authors as necessary to facilitate their production and publication of data sets. I also support research and development for AAS journals, and conduct scientific and education (K-12) STEM research.
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i can use the and/or trick in python.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Physics, BS, 1991 - 1995
  • University of Florida
    Astronomy, PhD, 1995 - 2002
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