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Summer 2012Mercury Magazine

Contents and Select Excerpts
Vol. 41 No. 3
Summer 2012

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Give Yourself Tenure, Andrea Schweitzer
Following my PhD, I transitioned into an industry cubicle. Fifteen years later, I call myself a “scientist entrepreneur,” having spent a decade working as a freelance project manager. I’ve got tenure; it’s just different from a tenured position at a university.

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Restoring an Old Beauty, Mary Ann Upton
This is the story of how a century-old observatory at Whitin College, Massachusetts, was transformed into a modern teaching center while preserving its historical character.

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Reflections: Science Fare, Phil Plait
The Bad Astronomer (a.k.a. Phil Plait) gives a short speech to students who participated in a science fair. “Welcome to science. You’re gonna like it here.”

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Astronomy in the News
A volcanic history of Mars, changes in an exoplanet’s atmosphere, and an upcoming collision with the Andromeda Galaxy — these are some of the discoveries that recently made news in the astronomical community.

 

Departments

4

Editorial, Paul Deans
A Busy 18 Days

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First Word, James G. Manning
In Transit

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Echoes of the Past, Katherine Bracher
100 Years Ago: Cluster-type Variable Stars

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Annals of Astronomy, Clifford J. Cunningham
Beyond Einstein

8

Astronomer's Notebook, Jennifer Birriel
Exoplanets in the Habitable Zone

9

Planetary Perspectives, Daniel D. Durda
Scaling the Solar System

10

Armchair Astrophysics, Christopher Wanjek
Black Hole Roundup

11

Education Matters, David Bruning
The Future of Education and Digital Texts

12

Reaching Out, Bethany Cobb
A Transit of Clouds

13

Societal Impact, Helen Barker and Jason Pittman
Astronautical Engineering and Cyber Security: An Educational Partnership

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Society Scope/ASP Supporters
ASP Award Winners

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Sky Sights, Paul Deans
Perseid Meteor Shower

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Reflections, Phil Plait
Science Fare