On the Road: See you in Boulder and/or Austin!

Just got home from a whirlwind of family holiday travel, and I’m not even going to put my suitcase away. In a few days, I’ll be leaving again for the National Radio Sciences Meeting of URSI in Boulder, Colorado. I give a talk there on Wednesday afternoon, then I fly out to Austin two days later for the American Astronomical Society 219th Meeting. There, I’ll be at an education research workshop on Saturday morning, and my talk is Thursday afternoon. (Yes, I got *that* slot. Instrumentation, represent!) Looks like I’ll be involved in a splinter meeting about education and outreach on Thursday morning, so you’d better recover from “the party” quickly if you plan on coming! Dark Skies, Bright Kids will have a poster, so come and say hello on Wednesday. I’m sure there will be be some sort of TweetUp during the week as well. Just keep tabs on #aas219. Finally, if you happen to be applying to University of Virginia for graduate school in astronomy, email me! We love to meet prospectives.

I love visiting both of these cities, as they are full of great places to eat, listen to music, get coffee, and enjoy beautiful vistas. Of course, I might be behind my laptop working most of the time that I’m not scientifically socializing, since I have just four more months to finish this thesis. My lovely new headphones from Tim’s parents have been helpful in letting me get my work done with minimal distraction wherever I am. So, don’t make fun of me too much for looking like a radio DJ, okay? This won’t be the first time I’m working from a AAS meeting, however, as one year several of us had our laptops at the hotel bar in a frantic push to finish the DSBK website the night before our poster presentation. Fun times! When Phil Plait is making fun of you for being a nerd, you know you may have gone too far…

Here’s some interesting stuff of note from the last few weeks:

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year by telling ABC that we won’t stand for anti-vaccine ads in Times Square.

Top 10 (or 11) space stories of 2011, according to Discovery News readers. (My sunspot viewing post is #3! Thanks, guys and gals!)

The Bad Astronomer serves up the best gorgeous deep space and solar system and space pictures of 2011. Comet Lovejoy deserves an honorable mention.

Also, science vacations!

If you missed this very lovely post on “Fantasy Armor and Lady Bits,” do check it out. And the nerdalicious follow-up.

George Privon wins at Christmas cards this year. He also explains why astronomers love to increase their signal-to-noise.

Astrobites takes a look at low frequency radio astronomy with LOFAR.


I got this CD for Tim for Christmas. I nearly died of happiness when this song played in the car.

And finally…

Tim converted my 2002 skydiving video from VHS to something I can actually watch with modern technology! Look at what a youngin’ I was…

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