Graduate Level Astronomy Software Sessions
GLASS* is a program organized by the Texas A&M astronomy graduate
students to help teach one another useful astronomy software skills. The
program was originally designed as a help session on astro-computing topics
lead primarily by astro-grads, but has evolved to include advice on other
facets important to research in astronomy as well. Some of us have picked up
some tricks and skills in Python, IDL, IRAF, FORTRAN, LATEX, C++, MATLAB,
S-EXTRACTOR, EAZY, Super-computing, and so on. Many of us know some of these
very well, but it's safe to say that none of us know everything.
In addition, GLASS will offer the opportunity to practice public speaking by
attempting to convey our experiences in simple terms. Faculty and postdocs
are welcome to sit in or host a guest session upon request.
*This page was previously on the webpage of
It has now been moved to the page of Peter Chi
Each presenter is completely in charge of how they wish to teach their topic.
It may be as formal or informal as they see fit... understandably there may
be topics that no one is an expert on. Prior to meeting they should
send out instructions on how to install/prepare that procedure. This way the
formalities and pains of installation will be out of the way.
We will hold the sessions on Fridays after coffee in the Munnerlyn conference room.
- February 3, ~10:10 am: Using LaTeX to create journal article and CV templates.
- December 16, ~10:10am: End of Semester Discussion.
- November 18, ~10:10am: Peter Chi
Analyzing radio data.
- November 11, ~10:10am: Daniel Moser Faes
FITS Image Header and Coordinates.
- October 14, ~10:10am: Ben
Building your TAMU Physics website.
- September 9, ~10:10am: Leo
Literature: How to read and keep track of scientific
- September 2, ~10:10am: Ben
Finding an advisor and beginning research.
Intro to Academic Writing - Leo
Writing and editing papers and proposals
Astro-statistics useful to everyone
Pretty Python Plots
- April 8, 10:30 AM:
Brett, Mike, Ryan, Steven
Topic: Obtaining an academic position after graduation - job ads,
applications, interviews, etc. Resources
- February 12, 11:00 AM: Jimmy
Topic: How to prepare for a Ph.D. (or M.S.) defense talk and question
session, as well as tips on formatting your thesis (and a new and improved
Thesis Template). Notes, Video on how to make a good talk.
- September 18, 10:30 AM:
Brett (& others)
Topic: How to build a personal website. I didn't (and probably still don't)
know anything about HTML/CSS or making webpages.
But thankfully it's not hard to teach yourself and it can become kind of fun.
Step 1: setup the directories in your
Summer 2015 REU Session
- June 2-3: Adam, Brett & Ryan Q.
PDP Inquiry Activity: Distance Measures in Astronomy and an introduction to
- May 26 10:00am-11:00am:
Adam, Heath, & Jimmy
Job hunting advice, including the formation of applications, the Texas A&M
PhD paperwork and deadlines, and other valuable advice. Board notes:
- Oct 24 10:30am-11:30am: Jimmy
Topic: Back that (gl)ass up. Summary of ways to back up and protect your
- June 5, 1:30pm-2:30pm: Mike Smitka
Topic: Emacs text editor and Unix commands. Download tutorial:
- June 2, 1:30pm-2:30pm: All grads
Topic: Welcome REU students!
- May 3 10:30am-11:30am: Heath
Topic: (grads only!) Faculty Candidate Discussion
- Apr 4, 10:30am-11:30am: Brett
Topic: A Compilation of Plotting Advice. Download as a
as a Keynote
- Mar 28, 10:30am-11:30am: Post Docs
Topic: Post Doc Panel: Advice on the transition from graduate to post-graduate
- Feb 28, 10:30am-11:30am: Adam
Topic: Python, meeting notes and basic commands:
- Feb 7, 10:30am-11:30am: Steven & Jimmy
Topic: Supercomputing for Dummies: Brazos Cluster,
- Nov 8, 7:00pm-8:00pm: Ben & Dan
Topic: The Observatory
- Oct 11, 10:30-11:30am: Brett
Topic: LaTeX/CV LaTeX of CV,
PDF of CV
- Sept 20, 10:30-11:30am: Jimmy
Topic: Intro & Vox Charta.