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Resource List from Moving Forward in Space Workshop

July 13, 2012

As a follow up to Jen’s post about the Moving Forward in Space Workshop, here is a list of resources that came up in the workshop or I have come across over the years.  I am sure I missing some, so please add to the list in the comments below.

A big thanks to Alix Davatzes and Jen Piatek for putting together such a great workshop!

Professional Development, Teaching and Education Resources

Science Education Resource Center (SERC):
– Professional development workshops and lots of online resources and educational materials; focus on academic careers and geosciences education.  See specifically Cutting Edge Workshops:

New Planetary Science Job Register with the Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS):

– A place to share and browse for educational materials; combined Earth and space sciences.  Note: be careful because students know about this site too.

Center for Astronomy Education (CAE)  and Collaboration of Astronomy Teaching Scholars (CATS):

– Workshops, an online discussion forum, and many resources for astronomy education—also astronomy education research.

Chronicle of Higher Education:

– Great resource for teaching related professional development, also job searches; all academic disciplines.

Service and Advice for Research and Analysis at NASA (SARA):

– Find information about various programs in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, including grants and student programs.  You can subscribe to the SARA mailing list to get updates.

Plate Tectonics Activity:,

– Highly recommended lab to help students learn to read maps, and learn some geology too ;).

Forward to Professorship:

– Professional development workshops; all STEM disciplines.


Planetary Newsletters and Blogs

Planetary Exploration Newsletter (PEN):

American Astronomical Society (AAS) – Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS) Newsletter:

USRA Research Opportunities Newsletter:

American Geophysical Union (AGU) – Planetary Sciences Section:

Committee on the Status of Women (CSWA) – American Astronomical Society:

STATUS – CSWA’s semi-annual magazine:

Women in Planetary Science Blog:

Women in Astronomy Blog:

AstroBetter Blog:

Books on Writing – recommended by Dustin Kidd

  • The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books – Eviatar Zerubavel
  • On Writing – Stephen King
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life – Anne Lamott
  • The Artists Way – Julia Cameron
  • Chicago Guide to Writing About Numbers – Jane E. Miller
  • Handbook about grammar and style (e.g., The Elements of Style – Strunk and White)

Additional Books on Writing, the Job Search, and Graduate School

  • How to Write a Lot – Paul J. Silvia (Kelsi’s Note: I found this book very helpful—once I realized that writing more than nothing is a lot!)
  • How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper – Day and Gastel (or other similar one, specifically for science… I found this one to be helpful.)
  • Style Manual for Writing in Geology (online resource by Rossbacher and Rhodes):
  • The Academic Job Search Handbook – Julia Vick
  • The Woman’s Guide to Navigating the Ph.D. in Engineering & Science – Barbara B. Lazarus, Lisa M. Ritter and Susan A. Ambrose
  • A PhD Is Not Enough – Peter J. Feibelman
10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2014 10:33 am

    I recommend Dana Hurley’s Forum piece in the 4 November issue of EOS, entitled “women count.” She writes about how women are grossly underrepresented in “formative” (i.e. decision making) groups:

    What do you think?

  2. March 11, 2013 12:00 pm

    Rankings of graduate schools, check astronomy and geology under “physical sciences” 🙂

  3. October 31, 2012 12:01 pm

    List of 40 important websites for women in stem – note the Women in Astronomy blog is listed 🙂

  4. September 21, 2012 2:42 pm

    Some good advice on grad school from the AGU Blogsphere blogs 🙂

  5. August 24, 2012 11:00 am

    A recent post on 🙂
    Job Application Season — Think Broadly & Take Advantage of Resources!
    Posted by L. Trouille
    With the job application season around the corner once again, I thought it might be helpful to share a few relatively new resources spearheaded by astronomers, for astronomers. The AAS Job Register is starting to branch out to advertise more than just academic jobs, but here are additional resources to help you access the broader range of jobs we have the skills to excel in.

    AstroBetter advice post on how to organize a Career Panel at your home institution

    Facebook Group — Jobs for Astronomers

    LinkedIn Group of ‘former astronomers who now work outside of academia’

    AstroBetter Career Paths Wiki

    Additional resources that have been around for awhile:

    AAS Career Resource Page

    Academic and non-academic career networks

    • March 14, 2013 4:23 am

      Thanks for posting a link to my Science Mentor blog! I hope some of the career development information will be useful to your group – if you ever have suggestions for post content then please let me know.

  6. galaxybureau permalink
    July 13, 2012 7:39 pm

    Reblogged this on galaxybureau.

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