IYA taking shape

IYA taking shape

About a year ago I got a random email from Doug Isbell asking me if I’d be interested in being part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). I’d previously heard about this project, but having gotten a good last out of the non-event that was the World Year of Physics, I have to admit I hadn’t given it  much thought. But… When you’re asked to think about helping build something you give it more then a passing brain firing. As you know, if you’ve been reading this for a while, I let Doug suck me into the IYA program and now I’m a chair of the New Media working group. A year later, I’m proud to be part of this organization, and I think IYA will be something that is more then free lapel pins at conferences. I...

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In Search of Organization

In Search of Organization

Everyday, life seems to get a snert more complicated. As IYA gets closer and Astronomy Cast grows, the number of projects I’m involved in is increasing and the projects are increasing in complexity. For the past year one of my colleagues has been trying to sell me on Microsoft Project, but I’m a Mac girl, and that just doesn’t fly for me. Instead I found this little gem of a program: OmniPlan. It allows me to carefully allocate my time, and when writing grants it’s an excellent tool for allocating the time of everyone involved. There’s just one problem with OmniPlan: it’s a stand alone application designed for a manager, but not designed for a team. In organizing Astronomy Cast, we started off looking at Basecamphq September...

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