Tag: grad school

The Art of Being a Scientist

I’ve had “The Art of Being a Scientist: A Guide for Graduate Students and their Mentors” sitting on my desk for some time now. It looks to be a fascinating and useful read, however, I was deathly afraid that I…

Spacey Carnival Goodness

The Carnival of Space is back with edition #182 at Next Big Future after a month-long hiatus. It includes this lovely flyby of Phobos by Mars Express: And I am back after a week long hiatus during which I was…

Testing to Learn

In honor of the UVa Astronomy grad students who took (and, I have no doubt, passed) their qualifying exams this weekend, a link forwarded around by one of our professors about how taking a test can actually enhance learning.  Believe…

Conference Travel: URSI Day 3

I have written about some interesting highlights from the annual National Radio Sciences Meeting of URSI in Boulder, CO, and would like to finish that off with a topic near and dear to my brain: radio astronomy through the ionosphere.…

Fluffy Galaxy with Surprise Center

The American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle is in full swing, so the astronomy news is going to be flying this week! One of the first press releases is one I’ve been looking forward to for weeks. Several UVa and…

SkepTales, Woo OOO ooo!

(With apologies to Duck Tales.) My recent skeptical confession prompted the bad-ass-ness himself, Phil Plait, to call for people’s skeptical stories on Twitter. The abbreviated format allowed for cleverness, rhyming, and some careful thought about what to say. The response…

Where’s Nicole?

I’m still around. Promise! The last few weeks have been super busy with travel, being sick, and work. Coming up in the next few weeks are my thesis committee meeting, a regional conference for my grant, a bellydance workshop, and…

Carnival of Space #88

The SpaceWriter is this week’s host for a great Carnival of Space, with lots of features on manned space flight, past, present, and future. This topic is clearly on everyone’s minds, with a new President in the White House and…