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August 22, 2012

For those of you who haven’t found it yet, is a great resource for all sorts of astronomy-related professional development information and discussions about the field.  Posts cover everything from career topics (interviewing, non-academic jobs…) to technology tips that could help you with your research.  (And then some things just for fun :).

AstroBetter is now also the host of the Astro Jobs Rumor Mill wikis, and the new ones are up and ready for the 2012-2013 season.

When I asked Kelle Cruz, Assistant Professor at Hunter College, what inspired her to create AstroBetter, she said:

“I was a Spitzer Fellow at the time and had just gotten a faculty job offer. It was like at that moment, with the job offer in hand, the idea had the freedom (permission?) to explode to the forefront…it had clearly been forming in my unconscious for sometime because I went from the idea to a first post in one sleepless night. It was the one and only time I have ever gotten out of bed because I had such an exciting idea that I couldn’t sleep. :)”

So checkout AstroBetter, and take a moment to contribute from our planetary science perspective: comment, edit the wiki, or send Ask AstroBetter post ideas for content you would like to see.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 23, 2012 12:42 pm

    I love astrobetter! It would be great if we could set up something like a “Geosciences Rumor Mill.” The privacy balance issues during the job search process is a topic for a totally new post (or series of them) but I for one thought it’s a great community service to know your status with various applications you have out there. Maybe I’ll feel different once I’m on a search committee (I doubt it though).

    • August 24, 2012 1:05 pm

      That would be nice, planetary sometimes gets lost in the greater astronomy/astrophysics rumor mill, like it was nice that they started a jobs posting ( just for the DPS separate from the AAS… but then again planetary science might get lost in a geosciences wiki too. The joys of being in an interdisciplinary field ;).

  2. August 23, 2012 7:16 am

    I would say the same thing about checking out the posts by guests and members of the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA), which can be found at . A new post about the job season appears this week. The CSWA is a long-standing committee of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and was established in 1979. Please feel free to read through the posts and comment as a *member of the planetary science community*.

    As the only planetary scientist on the CSWA and a professor at a liberal arts college, I’m hoping to add some insight during my time on the committee.

    If you are interested in sharing your thoughts, please let me know. There’s room in our schedule for guest posts (e.g., Catherine Niesh in May), and we should make an additional effort to be heard by the larger community.

    • August 24, 2012 1:02 pm

      Thanks for posting this Nicolle, I definitely appreciate all the posts at the women in astronomy blog, sometimes I forget that not everyone knows about it… so thanks for the reminder, and the invitation to contribute as part of the planetary side of astronomy :).

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