231st AAS Meeting, Washington, DC

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When
1/8/2018 - 1/12/2018
Where
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
Oxon Hill, MD 20745 United States

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Over 90% of the carbon emissions from a typical scientific meeting come from participant travel to the meeting. We are encouraging participants to contribute up to $100 towards the purchase of carbon offsets, which will be used for a variety of third-party certified projects to reduce carbon emissions. Offsets are not a panacea, but will go a small way towards compensating for the meeting's carbon footprint.
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The Rodger Doxsey Travel Prize — established through the support of his father, John Doxsey, and other friends, family, and colleagues — provides graduate students or postdocs within one year of receiving or receipt of their PhD a monetary prize to enable the oral presentation of their dissertation research at a winter meeting of the AAS. Help us sustain this important prize with your gift of $25.00 to $100.
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Computing is an integral part of every aspect of astronomy and astrophysics, but most scientists are never taught how to build, use, validate, and share software. As a result, many spend hours or days doing things badly that could be done well in just a few minutes. The goal of the Software Carpentry Workshop is to change that. The tools presented at this 2-day workshop will enable astronomers to spend less time wrestling with software and more time doing research with results that are easier to confirm, distribute, and update. This workshop consists of short tutorials alternating with hands-on practical exercises and covers the core software skills needed to construct, use, verify, and share software in astronomy. Sunday's tutorials will include shell automation, basic python programming, and code review. Monday's sessions will shift to more advanced python, including numerical- and astronomy-oriented computing, and version control with git. The workshop will be run by a team certified instructors and helpers. The course is aimed at astronomers at all stages of their education and careers who wish to learn computational tools to increase the reproducibility and efficiency of their work. The course will be taught with the assumption that participants have written or edited code in a language other than Python and can navigate directories using the shell command line. Knowledge of Git is not required. Registration is for both days. Participants will be required to bring their own laptops and to install software in advance of the workshop. Approximately one month prior to the workshop, instructors will contact participants provide software requirements and collaborative troubleshooting. We encourage participants to apply their newly developed skills at the Hack Together Day. More information on the Software Carpentry project and the skills covered in the workshop can be found at http://software-carpentry.org. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
1/7/2018 8:00 AM - 1/8/2018 5:30 PM
1/7/2018 8:00 AM
This hands-on, active-learning workshop will provide participants with a model for teaching undergraduates key topics in scientific thought and practices, including: proportional reasoning, control of variables thinking, experimental design, hypothesis testing, use of assumptions, observations and inferences, reasoning with data, and drawing conclusions from graphical display. Topics addressed here are rarely taught in-depth early in the formal undergraduate curriculum and are frequently learned only after several apprenticeship research experiences. Participants should plan to play with both lab equipment and data. This workshop is based on the highly successful research preparation course developed for AstroCom NYC by Dennis Robbins and K. E. Saavik Ford. The course has educated 68 students (from 1st to 4th year science majors) at the City University of New York. Students completing the curriculum make notable gains on Lawson's Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning, among other metrics. This will be a condensed, intensive version of a 5-day workshop previously offered at the American Museum of Natural History. Open to faculty & postdocs (senior graduate students only with special permission and an advisor's recommendation). Preference goes to participants invested in supporting undergraduate research, and/or at minority-serving institutions. Workshop organizers will provide opportunities for enrollees to develop local implementation plans. Enrollees can expect continued, network-supported professional development for at least 1 year after the workshop. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
1/7/2018 8:00 AM
"We invite advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and recent PhD's to join the AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program, established to support early-career AAS members interested in doing outreach to K-12 students, families, and the public. The program is offering a two-day workshop at the 231st AAS meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, during which you will: * Learn strategies and techniques to improve your presentation skills; * Learn to communicate more effectively with public and school audiences; * Learn to reach your audiences with personal stories, hands-on activities, and jargon-free language; * Learn to find outreach opportunities and establish ongoing partnerships with schools, museums, parks, and/or community centers in your area; * Gain access to a menu of outreach resources that work in a variety of settings; * Become part of an active community of astronomers who do outreach (with mentorship available); * Have one or two night's lodging and two days' lunches provided. The workshop includes presenters from the American Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the Pacific Science Center. Participants will include graduate students, postdocs and new faculty in their first two years after receipt of their PhD, and advanced undergraduates doing research and committed to continuing in astronomy. Early-career astronomers who are interested in doing outreach, but who haven't done much yet, are encouraged to apply; we will have sessions appropriate for both those who have done some outreach already and those just starting their outreach adventures. We especially want to encourage the participation of members of groups that are presently underrepresented in science. If you're interested and are not yet a member of the AAS, you may submit a membership application at the same time as you apply for the workshop and register for the meeting. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
1/7/2018 8:30 AM
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) which is set to launch in 2018 will revolutionize our understanding of the Universe with its unprecedented sensitivity and angular resolution at Infrared wavelengths. There are a variety of proposing tools that have been developed to assist the user community to prepare their observing requests and proposals in sufficient detail. This workshop will provide an overview of the JWST proposal and planning tools for the various observing modes available using the JWST instruments. There will be demos and hands-on sessions to explore the tools for different observing modes. The workshop will help the community to familiarize with all the tools required for JWST proposal submission. The specific tools that will be covered include JWST Astronomer's Proposal Tool and JWST Exposure Time Calculator. There will be opportunity to perform few exercises using these tools to plan observations for selected science cases or observing modes. At the end of the workshop there will be some time devoted for final questions and feedback. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
1/7/2018 8:30 AM
Schedule will be available at http://aapf-fellows.org/symposium/2018 This is the annual meeting of the NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellows (AAPF). The NSF AAPF program supports scientists who carry out an integrated program of independent research and education/public outreach. During this two day annual symposium, the Fellows gather to give talks on their current research and outreach projects. This workshop should be of interest to current fellows, undergraduate and graduate students interested in applying for the fellowship, and other members of the community interested in the education, outreach, and scientific research being done by the NSF postdoc fellows. In addition to talks by fellows, the program will include a mixer for the fellows and other members of the community to chat about their work, a talk by the NSF program officer about the fellowship logistics, and panels on a variety of topics including best practices for outreach. There will be a keynote speaker who is well-known for their scientific research as well as their commitment to education and public outreach. Details of the schedule will be updated closer to the conference at: http://aapf-fellows.org/symposium/2018 All members of the astronomical community are welcome and encouraged to attend. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
1/7/2018 9:00 AM - 1/8/2018 5:00 PM
1/7/2018 9:00 AM
Astronomical surveys of cosmological populations are imperfect. Measurements of properties of astronomical objects (stars, galaxies, planets) often have significant uncertainties. Populations are seldom completely or fairly sampled due to selection effects. Hierarchical Bayesian models (also known as multilevel models, or probabilistic graphical models) account for such complications by "forward" or "generative" modeling---building a predictive model for the data by composing probability distributions describing the population, and the various parts of the data generating process (e.g., detection/selection, and noisy measurement). The techniques of Bayesian data analysis may then be used to "invert" the model, inferring population properties from the data. This workshop will present a mixture of lectures and hands-on demonstrations teaching the basics of hierarchical Bayes in astrophysical contexts. Topics covered will include: Quick intro to Bayesian inference; hierarchical Bayes for estimating distributions and correlations with noisy data; handling selection effects; and computational techniques including Markov chain Monte Carlo and Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC). Demonstrations will present examples using Python (via Jupyter notebooks), R, and the Stan probabilistic programming language (via PyStan). The main presenters will be astronomer Tom Loredo (Cornell) and statistician Jessi Cisewski (Yale). A Git repository (https://github.com/tloredo/AAS231-CosmicPopulations) will host material for the workshop and provide preparation instructions for participants.
Time
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
1/7/2018 9:30 AM
We will hold a workshop for astronomers interested in applying for community access time at the CHARA Array, an optical-IR long baseline interferometer with sub-milliarcsec resolution. This is part of a new NSF MSIP supported program to provide about 50 nights of open access time at the Array each year. Proposals will be submitted through the biannual NOAO Call for Proposals. This workshop will provide an overview on interferometry, the science capabilities of the CHARA Array,and how to prepare and apply for observing time. Bring your ideas to discuss with CHARA staff and observers and to develop plans for your science programs. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
1/7/2018 10:00 AM
NASA's Astrophysics archives preserve many terabytes of multiwavelength images, catalogs, and spectra. While many astronomers are familiar with the web tools that are convenient for searching and visualizing these data, this workshop will introduce participants to the command-line data access tools that are becoming increasingly popular. We will use python to work through science scenarios that combine multiwavelength data from the HEASEARC, IRSA, NED, and MAST. Workshop organizers will also be available to help participants access NASA data sets for use on their own projects. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
1/7/2018 10:00 AM
Everyday Anti-Racism is a workshop designed for department chairs, faculty, group leaders and mentors. In this workshop, we will equip attendees with tools to best support students and other early career astronomers of color in their institutions. The workshop itself will consist of a discussion led by members of the Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy, followed by a series of break-out sessions where participants will discuss and resolve case studies and scenarios. Solutions and advice for their implementation of those solutions will be discussed in a small-group setting and within the larger group as a whole. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1/7/2018 1:00 PM
It is widely recognized that a new generation of skills are required to excel in astronomy research today: Python, databases, version control, application programming interfaces (APIs) to data, machine learning, and more. In addition, open science and collaboration tools are becoming increasingly essential to an international, engaged astronomy community. Instructors who do not encourage their students to develop skills in these areas put them at a disadvantage relative to their peers. While several workshops, such as SciCoder and Software Carpentry, are available for early-career astronomers, this workshop is designed for the astronomy instructor who has not had the time or means to stay up to date with the latest technology developments. A "lay of the land" of astronomy data science and collaboration tools will be presented, detailing the most important skills students should learn. .Attendees will be provided with a basic introduction to many topics to demonstrate their benefit to students' productivity and research as well as gain a familiarity for themselves. Exercises will be given in a hand-on, interactive environment. Materials and a general roadmap will be provided that may be used as a starting point to create a curriculum. This workshop is based on the lectures developed by Demitri Muna for the SciCoder workshop which has been run annually since 2010, Katie Mack's expertise and widely recognized success in science communication and open science, and Alex Hagen's education, outreach, and collaborative software development experience. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
1/8/2018 9:00 AM
This workshop will cover the use of Python tools for astronomical data analysis and visualization, with the focus primarily on tools in the Astropy library and its affiliated packages. The goal is to introduce participants to the variety of tools which are available inside the Astropy library and to provide ample hands-on time during which participants will explore the science analysis capabilities which the greater Python environment and community provide. The format will be very interactive and include short presentations followed by instructor-guided tutorials where participants will use the tools be able to ask questions in the company of expert users and developers. Topics will include user configuration and conda environments; units, quantities, and constants; FITS, ASCII, and Astropy tables; point-source photometry; and data exploration and visualization. Instructions on installing the necessary software will be provided before and during the workshop, however those attending should make every effort to install the software ahead of time. Some basic Python experience is highly recommended to be able to effectively participate in the exercises. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
1/8/2018 9:00 AM
This workshop is aimed at instructors who are working toward or looking to create learning environments that are inclusive, supportive, and rigorous, where diverse perspectives are represented, and students and faculty can thrive. Topics addressed are drawn from the Inclusive Astronomy recommendations for teaching and include: (1) identifying the strengths, weaknesses, needs, and resources our students bring to the classroom, including cultural capital (2) techniques for understanding and influencing classroom climate and dynamics, and (3) creating an affirming and accessible physical space. We will learn from each other's teaching experiences as well as literature, and discuss structural and pedagogical practices that can help us advance toward these goals. The teaching practices presented will be research-informed and research-validated, with evidence of equitable outcomes for all intersections of student identities in terms of psychosocial shifts and academic success. Resources provided will include examples of: syllabus evaluation tools, classroom codes of conduct and "ground rules," literature on social justice pedagogy, and formative and summative assessment tools. By the end of the workshop, participants will identify concrete changes they can make in their courses or departments and create an implementation and assessment plan. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
1/8/2018 10:30 AM
An individual's worldview, including their religious beliefs and cultural background, informs their perceptions of research studies and the scientific endeavor as a whole. According to a 2015 Pew survey, a majority of the American public identifies as religious or spiritual, and views science as 'often in conflict' with religion (though interestingly, a minority see science as in conflict with their *own* beliefs). Relatedly, disparities endure along racial and class lines in science education, opportunities for science careers, and access to the benefits of scientific research. These divides are detrimental for all concerned, as a presumption that scientists hold different worldviews (including backgrounds, values, and priorities) than non-academic public(s) can impact their perceived trustworthiness and credibility on critical issues at the interface of science and society. Accordingly, public engagement is increasingly recognized as an important dimension of science scholarship. Effective engagement can have a tremendous impact on public appreciation and support for scientific research, funding, education, and science-informed policy, and potentially contribute to the development of new collaborations and research directions. This workshop was developed through a partnership between the American Association for the Advancement of Science "Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion" program with public outreach specialists from the AAAS Center for Public Engagement. It is part of an effort to support the membership of five prominent physical and life science societies (including the AGU and SfN) in constructive dialogue with a broad spectrum of publics, and particularly with religious communities. Participants will review tools, strategies, and examples for engagement with diverse audiences, that they may become more effective advocates for astronomy and for science as a whole. The workshop will include remarks by astronomer and science communicator Salman Hameed, as well as discussions and exercises on conveying scientific concepts with clarity and sensitivity to different worldviews. Light refreshments provided. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
1/8/2018 12:30 PM
Many astronomy classes include a chapter on the Search for Extra- Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) by professional radio astronomers. While lectures on this topic are popular, there are relatively few options for allowing students to apply what they've learned. In this talk, I will describe a series of activities developed for an interdisciplinary, team-taught honors class with a focus on both the astronomy and philosophy of SETI. These are designed both to have students use what they learned from their assigned readings and to experience (as much as possible) the exhilaration and frustration of astronomers attempting to find extra-terrestrial life. One example is adapted from the CONTACT: Cultures of the Imagination conference. Our honors class also features an "Epic Finale" that requires students to demonstrate their understanding in a staged (hopefully awe-inspiring) scenario rather than merely having them answer questions on paper or with a computer. Examples and assessments of Epic Finales from this class will be discussed, including The Monolith, Animal Planet, Alien Eyes and The Wormhole. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
1/8/2018 12:30 PM
Working with a national collaboration of astronomy educators and researchers at a range of institution types (R1, SLAC, Community College), we have developed a suite of new active learning materials to support incorporating an authentic research experience into the Astro 101 classroom. The in-class activities and group research experience engage the students in citizen science through Zooniverse projects and employ custom extensions to Google sheets for a student-friendly exploration of data collection and manipulation and the basics of data analysis and interpretation, all while addressing core Astro 101 topics. This workshop is based upon work supported by the NSF under the award NSF-IUSE 1524189. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1/8/2018 1:00 PM
Graduate school is tough, and those at the intersection of one or more marginalized identities may find it especially difficult to navigate "majority" academic environments. For instance, research studies such as "Double Jeopardy? Gender Bias Against Women of Color in Science" (Williams, Phillips, and Hall 2014) demonstrate that women of color experience the compounded effects of racism and sexism. Moreover, an internalized sense of inferiority from immersion in a homogenous field of study can be detrimental to the mental health of marginalized groups. In this workshop, marginalized students will discover tools for self-care and productivity tailored to their needs for success in grad school. We acknowledge that not all students have access to funding, and we want to ensure that people of all income levels are able to attend this workshop. If the registration fee poses a financial burden, please contact kevin.marvel@aas.org to request a fee waiver. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1/8/2018 2:00 PM
We invite all to attend this hands-on, DIY workshop to create your own Zooniverse project for free, in an afternoon. Processing our increasingly large datasets poses a bottleneck for producing real scientific outcomes. Citizen science - engaging the public in research - provides a solution, particularly when coupled with machine learning algorithms. Zooniverse is the most widely used and successful citizen science platform, with over 1.6 million volunteers worldwide and over 70 active projects across the disciplines resulting in over 120 peer-reviewed publications. Faced with a rapidly growing demand for citizen science projects, Zooniverse launched a "Project Builder" which allows you, the researcher, to build your own crowd-sourced research project using the Zooniverse infrastructure and tools. Through this hands-on workshop, you will be able to build your own Zooniverse project. We will also share best practices for engaging with our Zooniverse volunteer community. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1/8/2018 3:00 PM
Is DC your first AAS Meeting? Are you looking for a Graduate or Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Program? Are you overwhelmed by the AAS Meeting? Or are you looking to connect with other students and faculty? Then the Student Orientation Grad School Fair is for you! When you register, make sure to sign up for this fun and informative event.
Time
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
1/8/2018 5:30 PM
Join your colleagues as we kick-off the start of the 231st AAS Meeting in Washington. This is a great time to network, socialize, eat, drink and gear up for an exciting week.
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
1/8/2018 7:00 PM
This FREE workshop and panel discussion will center on the current and expanding crisis in the job and career market for astronomers. Specifically targeted towards graduate students and Postdocs, this workshop will identify and investigate the shortage of traditional astronomy jobs, and how early-career scientists can best prepare for this challenge. Our focus will be on career planning for traditional astronomy positions. We will demonstrate how to orchestrate a personal career plan and develop a Plan B and Plan C for contingencies. We will discuss what early-career astronomers should do now to enhance their CVs and research reputations, and what they should look for in and how they can leverage a Postdoc appointment to set themselves up for success in the field. We will also discuss non-traditional jobs and career paths in astronomy, and introduce the skills that are needed to pursue these. Q and A between panelists and workshop participants will be highly encouraged. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
1/9/2018 9:30 AM
Working with a national collaboration of astronomy educators, we have developed a suite of new active learning materials that bring to life the methods used in multiwavelength astronomy and interferometry. Come engage in a fun and supportive environment designed to help you successfully engage learners about these important astronomical methods. Participants will come away with field-tested instructional materials and assessment strategies that are ready to use in the Astro 101 classroom. Presenters will be Edward Prather and Gina Brissenden (Center for Astronomy Education, Steward Observatory, Univ. of Arizona), who encourage you to bring your lunch! We would like to thank NASA's Univ. of Learning and JPL for their support. This workshop is based upon work supported by NASA under award number NNX16AC65A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
1/9/2018 12:30 PM
The vast public database of Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) imaging, photometry, and spectra can be used to facilitate authentic explorations in astronomy, computing, and the concepts of "big data", for learners of all ages. This workshop will provide an overview of the freely available educational resources for interacting with SDSS data. We will demonstrate a variety of inquiry-based activities appropriate for students across a wide range of educational levels (middle school through advanced undergraduate), with a focus on the following: 1) SDSS Voyages (http://voyages.sdss.org)- The primary SDSS educational portal, Voyages offers tutorials for querying and visualizing SDSS data, as well as a wide range of activities suitable for students aged 12 and above. Voyages is also now available in Spanish (http://voyages.sdss.org/es). 2) SciServer (http://www.sciserver.org/) - New cloud-based tools enable the visualization and analysis of SDSS and other large datasets, without the need of any locally installed software beyond a web browser. We will demonstrate how SciServer's web-based Jupyter notebooks can be used as a framework for a variety of undergraduate-level educational explorations at the intersection of astronomy, data science, and computing. A subset of lesson plans will be provided for educators looking to introduce python-based explorations of SDSS data in their college labs. 3) Plates for Education - Retired spectroscopic plug plates from the SDSS make effective tools for communicating the engineering principles behind large astronomy surveys. We will provide a tutorial on how to use an SDSS plug plate for effective student learning and engagement, and explain how your institution or organization may be able to adopt your own piece of the SDSS sky. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
1/9/2018 12:30 PM
Registrants will be contacted starting 18 September by facilitator to schedule their individual appointment. Alaina Levine of Quantum Success Solutions, a career consultant, science writer, professional speaker, and comedian, will meet individually with attendees to provide confidential, customized career advice for people from student through mid-career. Attendees are encouraged to bring CV/resume, cover letter, or any other item you wish to have evaluated.
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1/9/2018 12:30 PM - 1/11/2018 5:30 PM
1/9/2018 12:30 PM
In recent years, inclusion and diversity have become significant and widespread topics of conversation in our society. These ideals are something to strive for within departments in universities and institutions. This is particularly true for Astronomical institutions. Excellence in Astronomy means diversity and inclusion. Diverse and inclusive teams lead to collective achievements that are greater and more extraordinary than the sum of their individual contributions. Increasing diversity and building an inclusive culture is key for breaking down barriers across race, gender, ethnicity, and ability. Diverse and inclusive institutions also encourage individuals in under-represented groups to continue pursuing their passion in Astronomy, increasing the retention rate of gifted individuals in the field. Changing an institutional climate can be a daunting task, but a first step with an extraordinary impact can be as simple as posting a code of conduct in meeting rooms. In this workshop we, the professionals of the Space Telescope Science Institute, will share our own experiences in working towards a more equitable institution and will walk you through hands-on activities and break-out sessions designed to increase awareness of your identities and privileges, and translate that awareness into meaningful discussions about how we can all effect change at our home institutions. No one here is an expert on this subject, so we hope that we can all learn from each other. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1/9/2018 1:00 PM
More and more recruiters, job decision-makers and hiring managers are using the web to find and research potential candidates. How can you make sure that you are not only found, but are ahead of the pack? In this session, we will discuss how decision-makers use LinkedIn and Facebook, and how you can use LinkedIn to establish yourself as a leader in your field, enhance your research reputation, and seek out and take advantage of innovative opportunities. We will demonstrate how to optimize your presence on Twitter, and create a winning LinkedIn profile, and how to use its multitude of features (such as joining and commenting in groups) to generate solid leads for your career.
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5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
1/9/2018 5:30 PM
Are you in the market for a career in astronomy? Thinking of making a change? Would you like to mentor an early career astronomer? Will your company be hiring in the near future? Then the Career Networking Reception is the place to be. Network with employers and potential employees. Learn about the many career services offered by the AAS, especially those offered onsite at the 231st AAS Meeting. Employers will have a special opportunity to setup a table to meet and greet with attendees.
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
1/9/2018 6:30 PM
More of our astronomy colleagues are choosing meaningful careers in industry, and yet very little information trickles back into academia about what those careers are like, what skills transferred from astronomy training, or even how to make the career transition. The lack of solid information and mentoring can make any career path beyond the academy seem daunting. For this sequel to the Beyond the Academy Panel Discussion, our invited speakers from the first session will be joined by recruiters and other astronomers from a wide spectrum of fields for an engaging breakout session on careers outside academia. We will have the speakers introduce themselves and take questions from the audience for 30 minutes. The final 30 minutes will allow the audience to network with individual panelists and recruiters in small groups. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
1/10/2018 12:30 PM
Do you wish you could ground your undergraduate classes more thoroughly in the latest astronomical research? Do you want to expose your students not just to facts, but also to the process of science? In this workshop, we'll show you how you can use Astrobites to enhance your students' experience. Astrobites, an online blog founded in 2010 and officially supported by the AAS since 2016, is a graduate-student organization that publishes daily digests of recent articles appearing on astro-ph. The site has an archive of posts covering more than one thousand recent astrophysics research papers, and each post is written at an undergraduate level, providing an accessible summary of the research methods and outcomes as well as useful background and context. Over the span of this 1.5-hour workshop, we will provide an overview of Astrobites and discuss several different ways that you can use Astrobites to bring the most recent astronomical research into your undergraduate classroom. You will then have the opportunity to develop and share original lesson plans and curriculum materials with the assistance of Astrobites authors and administrators. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their materials after the workshop through our online platform. The organizers encourage you to bring your laptop and a lunch to this workshop. The workshop is provided free of charge due to a grant from the AAS Astronomy Education Board. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
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12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
1/10/2018 12:30 PM
Been thinking about flipping your class? So have we! Working with a national collaboration of astronomy educators we have developed a suite of active learning materials that can be used during the freed-up class time the flipped classroom offers. Come engage in a fun and supportive environment designed to help you successfully motivate students to participate, facilitate student learning groups, assess student learning, and manage time in the flipped classroom. Participants will come away with instructional materials and assessment strategies ready for immediate classroom use. (Back by popular demand!!) Presenters will be Edward Prather and Gina Brissenden (Center for Astronomy Education, Steward Observatory, Univ. of Arizona), who encourage you to bring your lunch! We would like to thank NASA's Univ. of Learning and JPL for their support. This workshop is based upon work supported by NASA under award number NNX16AC65A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
1/10/2018 12:30 PM
Find out what you need to know and do to get the job from the first moment of contact to the moment you leave the interview. All workshop organizers, moderators, and attendees must be registered to attend the AAS conference at which the workshop is occurring.
Time
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
1/11/2018 12:30 PM
Hack Together Day is a full-day workshop to work intensively on collaborative projects of interest to the Astronomical community. A wide variety of projects will be undertaken, spanning everything from software development to data exploration and analysis to creative outreach projects. Projects that take advantage of the unique gathering of enthusiasm and expertise at the Winter AAS Meeting are particularly encouraged. No hacking or programming experience is required; newcomers are extremely welcome! Project ideas and participants will be solicited before and during the meeting. Participants can lead or join any project, and should plan on focusing on accomplishing one, limited thing. In addition, we ask participants to commit to Hack Together Day for the entirety of the day. The registration link and more information can be found here: www.astrobetter.com/wiki/AASHackDay
Time
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
1/12/2018 10:00 AM
Join us one last time to say farewell to your colleagues until the next time you meet at an AAS Meeting!
Time
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
1/12/2018 5:30 PM