Still reeling from the lack of sleep and a generally really weird day, but there are a couple of things I wanted to “get off my chest” so to speak.
First, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the NRAO summer student program. Way before the National Science Foundation started their Research Experiences for Undergraduates, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory was training students to become future radio astronomers! I consider myself fortunate to have been a part of that program three times, once under the REU guise and twice as a graduate researcher. One thing that I quite clearly remember from my time there* was the impressive number of current NRAO researchers or other radio astronomers that had themselves been through the program. Go and read some of their fascinating stories! What isn’t mentioned in Kevin Marvel’s bio is the best prank ever…
Also, the International Year of Astronomy site tells you how YOU can help spread the word of astronomy, no matter what your background**. So check it out and get involved!
* Other than this and this… I miss you guys!
** I half expected the graduate student section say, “Stop procrastinating and get back to your thesis!”