Saturday, January 06, 2007

Meeting with fellow Fellows

As promised, I am in Seattle for a meeting of the National Science Foundation Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellows (we just say AAPF for short). Above is a picture of our merry band. I asked them to smile and wave, but you can see the half-hearted effort.

The meeting has several aspects. We have a few keynote speakers talking about their experience in research and education, including Prof. Jay Pasachoff of Williams College talking about his work on understanding how the sun works and his work with teaching astronomy, from building his own telescope in the Bronx to chasing total eclipses of the sun in the Mediterranean and Siberia. We had a panel discussion about searching for jobs in astronomy, and we had talks by the fellows (including yours truly) about our research work.

I often say that the worst weather is 40 degrees and raining, and today reaffirmed that belief. It was 40 degrees, raining quite hard, the wind was blowing, and we had to walk several blocks to dinner. The damp air just cuts through clothing in a way that colder but drier air cannot. I hope tomorrow is a little less raw, but I think it will be more of the same.

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  1. Join Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Bill Nye "The Science Guy" and a host of others for the 5th annual Galaxy Ball. Dance and dine on June 6th at the Arlington Westin Hotel when the Federation of Galaxy Explorers hosts the Galaxy Ball, an annual gala to recognize leaders in the space industry, exceptional member achievements, and our volunteers. Galaxy Explorers is a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire and educate kids in space related science and engineering through year-round programs, special community events and summer camps.

    This year is a special one as we celebrate the International Year of Astronomy recognizing the 400th anniversary since Galileo turned his telescope on the heavens. Join our Master of Ceremonies Mr. Lon Rains and Mr. Bill Nye "The Science Guy" for a wonderful Tuscan evening under the stars!