Blogs, Tweets, and News Reports
Interested in staying on top of what's happening at the 219th AAS meeting in Austin, TX, 8-12 January 2012? This is the place to start! Just follow the links below to view blog postings, tweets, and news articles from/about the meeting. (Note to bloggers and journalists: If you're covering the meeting and don't see your link here, please send it to AAS Press Officer Dr. Rick Fienberg.)
Blogs represented at the meeting:
AAS Public Policy Blog:
Bethany Johns, the AAS's John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow, will post reports from Town Hall sessions and other policy discussions.
This blog offers "Tips & Tricks for Professional Astronomers." Contributors Eli Bressert, Kelle Cruz, Saurav Dhital, Jessica Lu, and Jane Rigby will be at the Austin meeting.
This blog, written by astrophysics graduate students for undergraduates, provides daily summaries of research that's been posted on the astro-ph preprint server. Quite a few Astrobites bloggers will be writing repor from the meeting, including Daniel W. Gifford, Susanna Kohler, Elisabeth R. Newton, Adele Plunkett, and Evan Schneider.
Astronomy Communication & Outreach:
Oana Sandu of the European Southern Observatory will be at her first AAS meeting, where, with any luck, she'll find numerous things to add to her article on "unconventional ways of communicating astronomy with the public."
As is their custom, contributors Julianne Dalcanton and Risa Wechsler will blog about whatever they find interesting — science, to be sure, but also arts, politics, culture, technology, academia, and miscellaneous trivia.
Pamela Gay, who co-produces Astronomy Cast and is heavily involved in new media, will be at the meeting, possibly using both hands to type on two different handheld devices at once.
The Spacewriter's Ramblings:
Journalist/planetarian Carolyn Collins Petersen will be in Austin and will no doubt offer her usual chronicles and ruminations.
Chuck Bueter is blogging about results related to the forthcoming June 2012 transit of Venus across the Sun.
Blogs not represented at the meeting but likely to cover it remotely:
Astronomer-writer-TV-host Phil Plait often attends AAS meetings, but he's not registered for this one.
Behind the Black:
Astronomy and space author Robert Zimmerman will tune in to our press conferences via webcast.
Keith Cowing often seems to know what NASA is doing before NASA knows what NASA is doing.
There are too many others to list! Just search for the hashtag #aas219 (and be sure to use that hashtag in your own tweets).
You can also see recent tweets from the meeting, as well as a statistical analysis of them, via Doug Burke's archive.
News organizations/publications covering the meeting (most in person):
Dutch National Radio
EarthSky: A Clear Voice for Science
German Public Radio
Knight Science Journalism Tracker
National Geographic News
National Public Radio
Sky & Telescope
The New York Times
The Space Review