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In this column from the Committee on Employment, Jessica Kirkpatrick elaborates on the differences between academia and a career in data science.

The American Astronomical Society and its six divisions (Planetary Science, High Energy Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Dynamical Astronomy, Historical Astronomy, and Laboratory Astrophysics) are deeply concerned about the impact of the Administration’s new conference travel restrictions on the scientific productivity and careers of researchers who are Federal employees and contractors.

The Spring 2013 edition of the newsletter (Number 77) of the IAU Commission on Education and Development is available at the Commission 46 website.

The Portola Hotel and Spa has extended the reservations deadline through 5pm PST Tuesday, 12 March 2013. There are a limited number of government rooms are available for $134 a night.

Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations before the prices increase!

The IUPAP Young Scientist Medal of 2013 and Award of 1,000 EUR will be awarded for a scientist working in the field of astrophysics.

The current deadline for submitting observing proposals to the National Solar Observatory is 15 May 2013 for the third quarter of 2013. Information is available from the NSO Telescope Allocation Committee at P.O.

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory announces the availability of observing time for the 2013B semester, August 2013-January 2014.

For a significant fraction of our membership, February is probably not their favorite month. Despite being the calendrical midget with the smallest number of days, for those on the job market it probably produces the largest amount of anxiety.