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Mars 3

06/23/2021

When China's Zhurong made a successful soft landing on Mars last month (hooray!!), I remember reading an article that described China as the third country to achieve this feat. Despite much of my research focusing on Mars, I must confess that I did not realize before that moment that the Soviets had successfully landed on the planet! (All...

Georeferencing is aligning data, usually an image or map, to its real-world coordinates (lat/long, UTM, etc.). When I recently looked online for a good practical guide, what I found were almost exclusively software tutorials for georeferencing or advanced professional guides, dozens of pages longs, that frankly are far beyond the needs of most of...

I chose a tongue-in-cheek title because this post is not intended to be an all-inclusive guide to writing diversity statements. There are many great guides out there, including ones written by professionals, and I do point to some links that were helpful to me at the end of this post. This post, instead, is meant to share some...

Pivot to SWOT?

03/24/2021

Science as a career field is unusual in many ways. One example: it's generally advisable to go job hunting a full year before your current position ends. For that reason, back in September, I started looking for a next position and initially focused on planetary science positions. Although I've made some good connections along the way and some of...

I'm writing today's blog post for two reasons. First, the program I created to facilitate automatic registration includes two phases, and I only discussed the first phase in my earlier blog post. Second, the same algorithm I used in that phase has come up again, somewhat unexpectedly, in a very different way. I found the convergence pretty...

I'm sure many scientists have already blogged about their experiences at virtual conferences. Certainly, I know a few of my labmates have! Nonetheless, as I've just had my first experience with a virtual conference, I thought I'd add to that dataset. (We always need more data, right?)

Note: Below are my original thoughts, but further results forced me to reconsider these initial interpretations. (The scientific method at work!) See my Part 2 post for an updated discussion.