Saturday, June 20, 2015

Inclusive Astronomy 2015

For the first time in months, I have both something worth writing about and the time in which to write it.

This past week was the inaugural Inclusive Astronomy meeting, essentially an entire meeting dedicated to how to not be assholes to people who aren't able-bodied straight white cis-gendered man within the field of astronomy. Not surprisingly, many of the issues touched upon apply to the wider world outside of astronomy (also dominated by people who look generally like me).

Apart from a few hiccups (inevitable for a first of any type of meeting, especially one covering such sensitive topics), I'd call the meeting an overwhelming success. Personally, I learned a ton, and owe a lot to those people who contributed to said learning. I also met a lot of amazing people, some of whom I only previously knew through online interactions via Facebook and Twitter. Aside from these small comments, I can't say all that much about the proceedings of the meeting. I still need to digest what I learned, and I'll be away from the Internet (save for what I can get through my phone) for the next week or so doing fun dorky shit. I may write a bit about that as well, if I get the time.

I've definitely been inspired to put together another post that's been rattling around in my head a little since the Great Astro Flame War, but it'll take a bit longer to put together, so keep your eyes open for it in the coming weeks (assuming anyone still bothers to read this).

Monday, January 5, 2015

AAS 225: Monday, January 5

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted anything here, so I hope I'm not out of practice at typing really fast. Anyway, I'm here at the 2015 Winter AAS meeting, and will again be blogging my way through all of the sessions I attend. I would love to start with the Kavli Foundation Lecture on Earth's Van Allen Belts (I didn't know we were still learning new things about them!), but I have to go help set up the AstroBetter booth so I unfortunately have to miss out on what promises to be a really interesting talk. Also, as usual, don't expect anything particularly comprehensive, as it will be me taking really quick notes as the talk goes on.

The first talk I've been able to attend (while not running around doing stuff for AstroBetter) is the early afternoon plenary talk. So here we go! (Science policy... should be interesting).