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Author Williams, Peter K. G. ♦ Huff, Coauthors Eric ♦ Maness, Holly L. ♦ Modjaz, Maryam ♦ Shapiro, Kristen L. ♦ Jeffrey, M. ♦ Strubbe, Linda ♦ Adams, Betsey ♦ Alatalo, Katherine ♦ Chiu, Kuenley ♦ Claire, Mark ♦ Cobb, Bethany ♦ Cruz, Kelle ♦ Desroches, Louis-Benoit ♦ Enoch, Melissa ♦ Hull, Chat ♦ Mcconnell, Nicholas ♦ Meijerink, Rowin ♦ Offner, Stella ♦ John, K. ♦ Walkowicz, Lucianne ♦ West, Andrew A. ♦ Wetzel, Andrew ♦ Whysong, David
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Next Generation ♦ Funded Activity ♦ Past Fifty Year ♦ Outmoded Practice ♦ Conscious Engineering ♦ Several Major Challenge ♦ Graduate Student ♦ Future Astronomer ♦ Permanent Research Staff ♦ Astronomical Community ♦ Decadal Review ♦ Postdoctoral Phase ♦ Academic Institution
Abstract While both society and astronomy have evolved greatly over the past fifty years, the academic institutions and incentives that shape our field have remained largely stagnant. As a result, the astronomical community is faced with several major challenges, including: (1) the training that we provide does not align with the skills that future astronomers will need, (2) the postdoctoral phase is becoming increasingly demanding and demoralizing, and (3) our jobs are increasingly unfriendly to families with children. Solving these problems will require conscious engineering of our profession. Fortunately, this Decadal Review offers the opportunity to revise outmoded practices to be more effective and equitable. The highest priority of the Subcommittee on the State of the Profession should be to recommend specific, funded activities that will ensure the field meets the challenges we describe. This document was composed primarily at the University of California at Berkeley. As such, the majority of authors are associated with this institution. However, while the opinions expressed here are endorsed by the authors, they do not reflect those of the instutition as whole. The authors consist of 15 graduate students, 15 postdocs, and one permanent research staff.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study