Posts Tagged ‘phd’

The Student Perspective: Imaging Science at RIT

Terrestrial laser scanning to gather ground truth structural data in conjunction with airborne data. Photo: David Kelbe.

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Today’s featured post was contributed by David Kelbe, a doctoral candidate at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Imaging Science in Rochester, NY.

I am a third year PhD student at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Imaging Science. I chose the Imaging Science degree program because quite simply, nothing else like it exists.

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Reaching for an Astronomy Degree? You’re in Good Company

U.S. astronomy degrees awarded 2001-2011. Source: AIP.

If you’re thinking of pursuing an undergrad or grad degree in astronomy, you’re not alone.

In fact, 2011* set a record for most astronomy degrees awarded in the United States — Bachelor’s had the highest number ever (ever!!) while the number of Ph.Ds awarded missed tying 2008′s all-time high by one measly degree (160 were awarded in 2011, 161 in 2008).

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Why Turkeys Can’t Fly

This turkey does not fly. Courtesy Trois Têtes (TT)/Flickr.

Being a physicist, you might look for scientific answers to this question.  You might figure it’s a result of the turkey’s awkward large-bird-small-wings arrangement or more likely, given how we feel after eating turkey, that they just have more than their share of heavy particles.  (And, to be fair, everyone even remotely interested in astrophysics knows that given enough velocity small wings are all that’s needed — but turkeys still haven’t evolved booster rockets, so that’s little help.)

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GradSchoolShopper.com gets a new home page

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The site has been redesigned to bring to the surface the new content, features and functions developed in the past year.

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GradschoolShopper visits Chinese physics departments and research institutes

Charlie Johnson visits Chinese Nano Center

Between September 19 and 27, 2012, I had the opportunity to join two publishers of AIP journals, Dr. Mark Cassar and Dr. Robert Harington, and two Editors of AIP journals, Dr. Charlie Johnson and Dr. Leslie Yeo, for a five-city tour of the campuses of 10 universities and 3 research institutes affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences

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