Aas Dissertation Talk

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News and events
 8 September 2017: My dissertation defense! 2pm in 339 Davey Lab (PSU)
 7 February 2017:PSU Astro lunch talk on circumstellar disk longevity
 3–7 January 2017:AAS 229, including dissertation talk
 1 December 2016: Science tea talk at NRC (Victoria, BC)
 22 November 2016:TUNA lunch talk at NRAO (Charlottesville, VA)
 15 October 2016: PSU AstroNight, including Pluto debate!
 4 October 2016: Lunch talk at PSU
 12–14 September 2016:Linking Exoplanet and Disk Compositions workshop, STScI
 15–24 August 2016: Visiting MPIA, including PSF Coffee talk (Heidelberg, Germany)
 8–12 August 2016:Pencil Code user meeting in Graz, Austria
 29 July 2016: National Strategic Computing Initiative Anniversary Workshop, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
 26–27 July 2016:National Capital Area Disks (NCAD) meeting 6 at Carnegie DTM (SOC member)
 15 July 2016:4th Annual DC/VA/MD Summer Astrophysics Meeting at George Washington University
 13–14 June 2016:Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science symposium at Cornell
 7 June 2016: Paper on SFiNCS, a new SFR survey similar to MYStIX, with lead author Konstantin Getman submitted to ApJS
 20 May 2016: Talk at Univ. of Virginia, hosted by the exoplanet journal club
 11 April 2016: Talk at Univ. of British Columbia, hosted by Jaymie Matthews & Aaron Boley
 8 April 2016: Talk at Stanford/SLAC, hosted by Bruce Macintosh
 7 April 2016: Talk at NASA Ames, hosted by Tom Greene
 6 April 2016 Talk at CSU Northridge, hosted by Wladimir Lyra
 5 April 2016: Talk at Caltech, hosted by Yuk Yung
 4 April 2016: Talk at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, hosted by Neal Turner
 26 February 2016:Paper on ages, masses, and disk properties of YSOs with lead author David James accepted by MNRAS
 4–8 January 2016:AAS 227; click here for a PDF copy of my poster on debris disk simulations

Two thousand astronomers are dragging themselves home from an exciting but exhausting 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Long Beach.  After we’ve gotten a good night’s sleep and some strong coffee, how about we discuss what we thought worked, what didn’t and how we can improve the “Super Bowl of Astronomy”?   If we don’t capture it now, it’ll leak out of our brains…

What did the Society do well and what they can improve?  How can we as attendees improve the meeting?  Did Hack Day work?  What should we do about the last day of the meeting?  (I felt sorry for students with Thursday posters.)  What’s the right balance of career development, networking, and science?  Is the AAS meeting a respectful place that doesn’t tolerate harassment (as it aspires to be)?  If not, how do we make it one?  Are students finding the meeting enjoyable and rewarding?  Are they connecting with recruiters?  How could the exhibitor booths be improved?  What plenary talks were brilliant, and why?  Did the meeting this year have enough public visibility?

Okay, go.

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