244th meeting

Registration & Events

Madison, Wisconsin
244th meeting of the American Astronomical Society
Madison, Wisconsin
9 – 13 June 2024

Please note that workshop participation is only available for meeting registrants; all workshop participants must be registered for the meeting in some capacity.

Software Carpentry Workshop
Saturday, 8 June: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm  
Sunday, 9 June: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm  
Fee: $35

Computing is now an integral part of every aspect of astronomy and astrophysics, but most scientists are never taught how to build, use, validate, and share software. As a result, many spend hours or days doing things badly that could be done well in just a few minutes. The goal of the Software Carpentry Workshop is to change that by teaching best practices. The tools presented at the two day workshop will enable astronomers to spend less time wrestling with software and more time doing useful research. Furthermore, good quality, well tested code will make their science results easier to reproduce, distribute, and update. 
The Software Carpentry Workshop will consist of short tutorials alternating with hands-on practical exercises and will cover the core software skills needed to construct, use, verify, and share software in astronomy. The first day’s tutorials will consist of shell automation of tasks, basic python programming, and an introduction to code review. The second day’s sessions will shift to focus on advanced python and version control with git/GitHub. The workshop will be run by a set of two Carpentries certified instructors and a team of helpers. 
The workshop is aimed at astronomers at all stages of their education and careers who wish to learn computational tools to increase the reproducibility and efficiency of their work. Participants should have some knowledge of programming (not necessarily Python) and have some familiarity with the shell command line (i.e. navigating directories on the shell command line). Specific knowledge of Python and git are not required. 
Registration is for both days. Participants will need personal computers and to be able to install software in advance of the workshop. A group list will be compiled approximately one month prior to the workshop to distribute software requirements and for collaborative installation troubleshooting. More information on the Software Carpentry project can 
be found at http://software-carpentry.org

Designing, Implementing, and Refining Equitable Evaluation Rubrics 
Sunday, 9 June: 9:00 am
5:00 pm
Fee: $35

Well-designed equity-minded rubrics can advance equity by disrupting what evaluators “pay attention” to and are impressed by. By broadening what evaluators pay attention to and the range of experiences that are valued rubrics can expand evaluators ideas about what “exemplary” candidates look like or where “stellar” candidates come from. Toward the goal of equity-minded evaluation, this workshop 1) situates equity-minded rubrics as key components in holistic evaluations of admission files 2) Reviews key research studies on developing and implementing rubrics 3) Provides practice in refining rubrics from an equity-minded perspective.