218 AAS Meeting
- Each professional astronomer has about 30,000 people from the public to which they need to explain the importance of astronomy (found via. dividing the US population by AAS membership). Because of this working with local astronomy clubs or groups like the AAVSO to show the importance of astronomy research is encouraged.
- In 30 years 7,500 graduate students will earn a Ph.D., whereas only 1,700 faculty jobs will be available (assuming the number of faculty positions doesn't change, each professor works for 30 years, and the current graduation rate of 250 students/yr earn a Ph.D.). Foreigners are not included in this statistic as they appear to come to the US and leave at about the same rate.
- Less than 25% of graduating astronomy Ph.D.s get astronomy faculty positions (yikes!).
- The distribution of astro jobs is about 54% academic, 21% university research positions, 7% at the NRAO, 7% Federal government, 5% non-profit, 4% private industry, and 2% military
- Women continue to be underrepresented in faculty jobs by a factor of 3. Minorities are even worse, being underrepresented by 5-10 times even though they make up a significant fraction of the US population. Evidently a family friendly policy at Berkley increased the number of women in faculty jobs quite considerably (by a factor of 3x).
Now to the lighter side of things. I've placed my posters online if you want to look at them, as well as my talk (if any of the links are broken, try accessing them from my portfolio page https://portfolio.du.edu/pc/port?portfolio=bkloppen):
Towards a Full Orbital Solution for Epsilon Aurigae (2011 AAS Boston)
Collaborative Research Efforts for Citizen Scientists (2011 AAS Boston)
And from the previous (AAS 217 in Seattle, WA) meeting:
I hope that John Martin and Dr. Bob will also post their posters/talks online so you can see them too.