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Guestblogging on AstroBites

Some of the graduate students at the Harvard Center for Astrophysics recently started a blog called AstroBites. Authors on the blog, usually grad students, provide easily digestible reviews of recent astronomy papers appearing on the pre-print archive (aka astro-ph). The blog provides a nice intermediate between higher-level reviews of papers (and the papers themselves), and intro astronomy text books, providing a thoroughly modern view of a wide range of astronomy topics.

In addition to the review articles, there are regular features on career development and general insights into modern astronomy research, from a grad student perspective. For example, this post on what it's like to observe for the first time on a major telescope, or this post on data mining.

After a recent visit to the CfA one of the blog's founders, Nathan, contacted me and invited me to write a guest post on a topic of my choosing. The post Zen and the Art of Astronomy Research appeared today. Go check it out, and browse the AstroBites archive while you're there.

Next up: my long-promised guest post on AstroBetter (sorry for the delay, Kelle!)

Comments

blissful_e said…
Great article - I think anyone in a challenging degree programme would benefit from that advice.

The part that made me laugh out loud was when you talked about ending sentences with prepositions. :) Ah, the horror of writing like we talk.
mama mia said…
Did I ever tell you John, that I love my son-in-law? You rock! I read that article and I could hear your voice as if you were speaking to students face to face...
JohnJohn said…
Awwww, thanks Nonna! :)

E: I wish I could that the ending-prepositions-with thing was original. But I agree, pretty dang funny!

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