inclusive astronomy 2: postmortem

willb/ October 18, 2019/ Research Blog/ 0 comments

The inclusive astronomy conference was originally held in 2015, at a time when tensions were boiling over in the field. it was attended by a variety of astronomy-lovers who sought change in a field that (to this day) hides the ugliness of colonialism, racism, misogyny, and LGBTQ-phobia behind a veneer of impartial, apolitical scientific inquiry. My personal hero, Frank Tavares,

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lefty astronomy: the PAYWALL & open access

willb/ August 23, 2019/ Lefty Astronomy/ 0 comments

In your research, whether you’re an art historian or a astrophysicist, you’ve likely run up against a paywall. Berated with appeals either to login, sign-up, or get out, these moments can feel frustrating. Whether you move on, referencing a similar paper you have access to, finding a pre-print of the paper on an online resource, or simply asking the author

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lefty astronomy – supporting the mauna kea protests

willb/ July 25, 2019/ Lefty Astronomy/ 0 comments

What is happening on mauna kea? Construction of TMT on Maunakea was scheduled to resume Monday, July 15, 2019. On July 14, 2019, AP reported that unarmed National Guard units will be involved in transporting personnel and supplies, and enforcing road closures. Exact details of the situation on the mountain are dynamic, but as of Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the

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python, paths, and anaconda – prepare to astronomize

willb/ July 13, 2019/ Research Blog/ 2 comments

This is a short series I’m writing to document how I’ve set up my PC to work with the GAPlanetS pipeline (and follette lab’s more generally). This is written for an incoming lab audience, but may be insightful for citizen scientists or undergraduate astronomers interested in using and exploring python. Installing python via anaconda The anaconda distribution is a suite

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(dis)organization

willb/ July 5, 2019/ Personal, Research Blog/ 0 comments

on workflow and production in my limited research experience. i’ve been thinking today (day two of a four day holiday weekend) about my process. since attending amherst i’ve struggled a lot with schoolwork; mental health being my largest hurdle. after 1½ go rounds doing summer research, interspersed with a part-time research job in the same lab during the school year,

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