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A podcast about the field of astronomy and the people who study space, as seen through the lens of a student.

The Star Field Active Galactic Videos

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A podcast about the field of astronomy and the people who study space, as seen through the lens of a student.

    Episode 6: Dr. Medeiros, NASA Booties, and Impostor Syndrome

    Episode 6: Dr. Medeiros, NASA Booties, and Impostor Syndrome

    What do Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, storyteller extraordinaire Neil Gaimen, and many undergrads (and beyond) have in common? Doubting yourself and your place in comparison to others can be difficult to overcome, especially when such feelings rise up in areas of your interests and passions. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Medeiros about black hole simulations, find out why Dr. Impey has a pair of baby shoes (never worn) in his office, and think about how to stave off the worst parts of impostor syndrome.  

    Dr. Medeiros' website:
    http://www.liamedeiros.com/

    Spacefest website:
    http://www.spacefest.info/

    Neil Gaimen's Neil anecdote:
    http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2017/05/the-neil-story-with-additional-footnote.html

    Our website:
    http://activegalacticvideos.com/

    • 19 min
    Episode 5: Dr. Frye, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Challenge of Learning

    Episode 5: Dr. Frye, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Challenge of Learning

    What drives us to reach for the stars, both literally and figuratively? In this episode, we explore why the selection pool of astronaut applicants is enormous despite the small number of positions, how challenge and learning go hand in hand when it comes to expanding our knowledge about ourselves and our universe, and what the Spanish Inquisition has to do with all of that.

    More information about Dr. Frye can be found here:
    https://lavinia.as.arizona.edu/~bfrye/

    Our website:
    https://activegalacticvideos.com/ 

    • 13 min
    Live Session 4: Dark Matter and the Future of Astronomy

    Live Session 4: Dark Matter and the Future of Astronomy

    In the fourth of The Star Field's live session episodes, Dr. Chris Impey takes questions from listeners.

    • 50 min
    Episode 4: Dr. Ziurys, the Leg, and Astronomical Resources

    Episode 4: Dr. Ziurys, the Leg, and Astronomical Resources

    What is an undergraduate's best line of defense against the scholarly challenges they'll face?  Fellow students, online help, and office hours can all aid in the battle. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Ziurys about astrochemistry, learn about the strange leg in Dr. Impey's office, and speak on mentorship and seeking academic help in the field of astronomy.

    Dr. Ziurys' webpage: https://cbc.arizona.edu/faculty/lucy-m-ziurys 

    Astrobites: https://astrobites.org/ 

    AAS Student Resources: https://aas.org/learn/student-resources 

    MIT OpenCourseWare: https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/find-by-topic/ 

    Teach Astronomy Website: https://www.teachastronomy.com/

    Teach Astronomy Class Playlists:  https://www.youtube.com/user/astropedia/playlists  

    Our Website: http://activegalacticvideos.com/  

    • 13 min
    Live Session 3: Black Holes, and More Black Holes

    Live Session 3: Black Holes, and More Black Holes

    In the third of The Star Field's live session episodes, Dr. Chris Impey takes questions from listeners.

    • 46 min
    Episode 3: Dr. Willman, the Pope, and the Voyager Golden Record

    Episode 3: Dr. Willman, the Pope, and the Voyager Golden Record

    What is one of the most essential tools for an astronomer? It's not math or physics, but something less intuitive. In this episode, we talk to Dr. Beth Willman about the importance of being a strong communicator, learn about the Vatican Observatory, and hear the sounds of the Voyager Golden Record.

     http://activegalacticvideos.com/ 

     https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/golden-record/whats-on-the-record/ 

     https://www.as.arizona.edu/people/faculty/beth-willman 

    • 16 min

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