List of Past BANG Seminars : 01-Sep-2011 to 31-Dec-2011


Date:   Thu, 29-Sep-2011
Speaker:   Jane Rigby (GSFC)
Title:  Applying and interviewing for academic jobs

I'll discuss the application process for fellowships and grants-funded postdoc positions, and the application & interview process for faculty positions. If there's time/interest, I can also talk about any of these topics: careers at NASA; (second-hand) careers for astrogeeks in the tech sector; success in science as a minority. The format will be Q&A, so bring your questions!

For further information please contact Career Paths coordinator Dr.Tamara Bogdanovic at tamarab@astro.umd.edu, 301-405-6651


Date:   Wed, 05-Oct-2011
Speaker:   Meg Urry (Yale)
Title:  Women in Science: Why So Few? (COLLOQUIUM TALK)

Urry will give the first CMNS ADVANCE Distinguished Scholar Seminar. This will be given in place of our Colloquium, and will be open to the College.

For further information please contact Career Paths coordinator Dr.Tamara Bogdanovic at tamarab@astro.umd.edu, 301-405-6651


Date:   Wed, 19-Oct-2011
Speaker:   Rachel Ivie (American Institute of Physics)
Title:  Facts and Figures on Astronomy Education and Employment (COLLOQUIUM TALK)

Dr. Rachel Ivie (AIP) will give a regular Wednesday Colloquium on her recent survey and report for AIP.

For further information please contact Career Paths coordinator Dr.Tamara Bogdanovic at tamarab@astro.umd.edu, 301-405-6651


Date:   Thu, 03-Nov-2011
Speaker:   Daniel, Roman, Stuart, Sylvain and Tamara
Title:  Panel discussion: Postdoc and faculty applications

This year again we will discuss a topic that is always in vogue: postdoc and faculty applications. The panel will consist of Daniel, Roman, Stuart, Sylvain and Tamara: a mix of people who are currently (or have recently been) on the job market as well as those who have recently sat on selection committees.

For further information please contact Career Paths coordinator Dr.Tamara Bogdanovic at tamarab@astro.umd.edu, 301-405-6651


Date:   Thu, 10-Nov-2011
Speaker:   John Fregeau (IDA)
Title:  From Arriving at the Office at 11AM to Taking Lunch at 11AM: My Transition from Academia to Defense

In this talk I'll discuss my own transition from life as an academic astrophysicist to a scientist working at an FFRDC (federally-funded research and development center) on national defense issues. I'll discuss my reasons for leaving astrophysics, and the tradeoffs I've made in the process. I'll also talk about my new institution, the Institute for Defense Analyses, and describe some of the work being done in my division (the Science and Technology Division).

Prior to working at IDA Dr.Fregeau received his BS degree from UIUC, PhD from MIT, and was a NASA Chandra Fellow from 2007 - 2010.

For further information please contact Career Paths coordinator Dr.Tamara Bogdanovic at tamarab@astro.umd.edu, 301-405-6651.


Date:   Thu, 24-Nov-2011
Speaker:   No Seminar scheduled
Title:  Thanksgiving Day

For further information please contact Career Paths coordinator Dr.Tamara Bogdanovic at tamarab@astro.umd.edu, 301-405-6651


Date:   Thu, 08-Dec-2011
Speaker:   Dr. Demerese Salter (UMd)
Title:  A Short Stint in Silicon Valley

In this Career Paths Seminar I will talk about my journey from newly minted college graduate to employee at a computer company in the heart of Silicon Valley (before completing astronomy graduate school abroad). I hope to give some insight into the day-to-day life of working in industry, the type of work that I was doing, and how my astronomy background compared with others in my work group. I will share what I learned from this experience and my observations on the similarities and differences in working in academia versus industry.

For further information please contact Career Paths coordinator Dr.Tamara Bogdanovic at tamarab@astro.umd.edu, 301-405-6651


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