It’s time to move on to new challenges! Heartbroken, I have abandoned my beautiful apartment in New York and settled down in Cambridge, MA, for the next big step in my career. For the transition from academic research in astrophysics to a job in the real world, I’ve decided to use the help of the Insight Data Science program, which is famous for successfully placing PhD’s and postdocs fresh out of academia into their first data science job – at zero cost.
Turns out, summer in the Cambridge/Boston area is absolutely amazing! Sailing on the Charles River, tanning on the docks, free concerts at the Hatch Shell – there’s so much to do here. On top of that, I’ve been able to convince myself that there’s an infinite number of adventures outside of academia waiting for me and others with a quantitative research background.
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I get to be on Japanese television!! NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization, asked me for an interview about the evolution of globular clusters and the formation of tidal streams. I’m still excited about it, it was so much fun!
NHK produces a show called Cosmic Front Next, which covers one aspect of astronomy per episode. Each episode is one hour long and features several scientists. Since 2011, they have aired about one episode per week. That’s a lot of astronomy! Surprisingly, they haven’t covered globular clusters yet. So, I’m more than happy that I get to be on this episode of Season 5. Continue reading Big in Japan
It’s been a while since I’ve found the time to give an update on my activities. The reason is that there are just too many these days! Let me start catching up by telling you about an amazing workshop that took place from July 19-24 in Germany.
Jo Bovy (CITA) and Hans-Walter Rix (MPIA) organized a stream meeting at Ringberg Castle, which is a conference venue owned by the Max Planck Society. It’s not just called ‘castle’, it really is one! And the conference participants are literally locked up on a mountain, giving the meetings up there a very intimate and focussed atmosphere. I was put in the tower – but with a view like that (above) it didn’t occur to me to complain! Continue reading Stream Meeting Ringberg Castle
One of my favorite conference series is “Modeling and Observing Dense Stellar Systems” (MODEST). This year, MODEST15 took me to Concepción in the beautiful south of Chile. Flying into Santiago over the Andes is already a spectacle.
But once landed in the south, the beauty of the landscape is breathtaking, and a few hours drive brings you to the most amazing places in the Andes, full of outdoor activities and gorgeous views. Continue reading MODEST15 in Concepción
Last Friday I gave a public lecture on gravitational dynamics at the Columbia Astronomy Department Stargazing & Lecture Series. The talk was really well attended, and I was surprised to see so many people interested in hearing about astronomy on a Friday night. The big auditorium in Pupin Hall felt packed to me (my perception may have been biased, though). Continue reading Juggling with black holes
I ran my first half marathon today! I’m still so excited, it was such a good race! The Staten Island half marathon was the last of this year’s NYRR Five-Borough series, and it was a cold but beautiful Sunday morning with a glorious sunrise. Seeing the Manhattan skyline on your last mile, and running into the baseball field of the Staten Island Yankees was a great motivator to finish strong. I’m glad I did it.
Apparently, traveling has become an integral part of my life. Coming back from Baltimore early June, however, I managed to stay at home in New York for almost 3 weeks in a row before heading out again. It was amazing! The weather was great, and the City did not reek of trash and rotten rat yet. Of all the fun things I did, cycling around Central Park at sunset was certainly one of the most impressive and most rewarding things to do. Can’t wait to get back on the 6 mile loop!