Research Associate in Radio Polarimetry Techniques

The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) is seeking a  Research Associate in Radio Polarimetry Techniques to support the DRAO  Radio Astronomy group within the Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics  (HAA) Research Centre.

DRAO is Canada’s national facility for radio astronomy. Astronomers  and engineers work closely together to design and build innovative  radio telescopes, and use radio telescopes at DRAO and elsewhere to  conduct frontline research.

The John A. Galt 26-m Telescope at DRAO conducts large surveys of  radio emission from the Milky Way Galaxy. The scientists at DRAO are  world experts in studying magnetic fields in interstellar space by  means of inspecting the polarization of radio waves received from  space. Polarization is the tendency of an electric field to have a  non-random orientation when averaged over time. Magneto-optic effects  such as Faraday rotation and Zeeman splitting can imprint polarized  signatures on interstellar radio emission; the detection of these  polarized fingerprints can allow astronomers to measure magnetic  fields between the stars.

Polarized radio signals from interstellar space are very weak and the  telescope itself alters the polarization state of the incoming  radiation.  DRAO has access to sophisticated electromagnetic  simulation software (CST and GRASP 10) that will be used to produce  detailed computations of the polarized antenna response.

Based on the applicant’s understanding of polarization and antennas,  the Research Associate will use GRASP to compute antenna response, and  will use the techniques of radiative transfer to predict the polarized  response of the 26-m Galt Telescope and of the 18-m offset reflector  being designed for the NRAO ngVLA project.  This work will be used to  simulate how the polarization states of incoming radiation leak into  one another in the large-scale response of these telescopes. The  Research Associate will write articles to be published in refereed  scientific or engineering journals detailing the techniques used and  the comparison between the predicted and measured polarization  response of each telescope.

The NRC is a partner in a number of extant and future radio arrays  including the DRAO Synthesis Telescope, ALMA, the SKA, and ngVLA. The  results from this study will be directly applicable to the modelling  of the polarized beam response of these arrays and will be an integral  component of an antenna optics modelling effort that DRAO would like  to develop.

The successful candidate will have:

* Significant experience in conducting original scientific or  engineering research, demonstrated by published papers in the refereed  scientific or engineering literature.
* Significant experience in electromagnetic simulation or modelling.
* Basic experience with radio instrumentation and/or antennas.
* Basic experience with radio interferometry/aperture synthesis  and/or single-dish instrumental polarization.
* Coursework in electromagnetic wave propagation.
* Ability to write software in a scientific programming language.

It will be an asset for the candidate to have had:

* Coursework or research experience in antenna theory.
* Experience with CST, GRASP or equivalent antenna modelling software.

The initial appointment is of two years duration, which may be  extended (subject to performance and availability of funds). The  hiring is at the postdoctoral level and the candidate will be  remunerated based on expertise, skill, outcomes, and impacts of their  previous work experience.

Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics,  physics, or electrical engineering within the last five years or  expect to receive the degree within the next six months.

As an employer that values the diversity of its workforce, the NRC  will give priority to applicants who have self-identified as members  of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities,  Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities.

NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive  health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, paid maternity  and parental leave, relocation assistance, vacation and other leave  entitlements.
Included Benefits:

NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive  health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, paid maternity  and parental leave, relocation assistance, vacation and other leave  entitlements.

Related URLs:

Vous pouvez obtenir ces renseignements en français:
https://recruitment-recrutement.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/job/Penticton-Attach%C3%A9-ou-Attach%C3%A9e-de-recherche-%28AR%29-en-radiopolarim%C3%A9trie-BC/542209717/

Information on the staff and their research interests:
https://astroherzberg.org/

Further information on the NRC’s Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics  Research Center (NRC-HAA):
https://nrc.canada.ca/en/research-development/research-collaboration/research-centres/herzberg-astronomy-astrophysics-research-centre

Application Deadline: Monday, November 16, 2020

See full poster and apply HERE:  https://career17.sapsf.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=10388&company=nationalreP

Email: NRC.NRCHiring-EmbaucheCNRC.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Indigenous Scholar – Faculty of Science – University of Manitoba Position # 29312 and 29313

The Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba invites  applications from Indigenous (e.g., First Nations (status or  non-status), Métis or Inuit) Scholars in any field of science for two full-time tenured or tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate or Full Professor, commencing July 1, 2021, or on a date  mutually agreed upon. Rank and salary will be dependent on  qualifications and experience. Candidates who are either of Canadian  Indigenous background or are Indigenous in their respective countries/territories and whose work complements and supports the education, research, and Indigenous initiatives within the Faculty of  Science and at the University of Manitoba are invited to apply.

We seek an emerging or established scholar with a commitment to  excellence in teaching, research and community outreach.  The  successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in any field of science and  have demonstrated experience in, and commitment to, leadership and  mentorship related to Indigenous student achievement and engagement.  Relevant research, industry, or community experience or other  distinguishing attributes are considered an asset. Duties will include  undergraduate teaching, graduate teaching, and student research  supervision; research, including the establishment of an externally  funded research program; and service and community activities.  The  relative division of activities for the successful candidate between  teaching, research, and service/community activities are flexible.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.   Appointment can be in any department in the Faculty of Science or  joint across multiple departments.

The Faculty of Science comprises the departments of Biological  Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and  Astronomy, Microbiology, and Statistics and features many additional  interdisciplinary programs and activities, at both the undergraduate  and graduate levels that cross departmental boundaries.  The Faculty  of Science 50th Anniversary Challenges for the coming decades commit  us to important work in the following challenge areas: Explore Life on  the Smallest Scales, Harness Microbial and Genetic Worlds, Transform  Tomorrow’s Devices, Make Computers our Sixth Sense, Revolutionize  Science and Math Literacy for the 21st Century, Expand our  Contribution to the Innovation Ecosystem, Leverage the Origins of the  Universe, Reconnect Nature’s Networks, and Cultivate Remote and Rural  Communities. The Faculty of Science has a deep commitment to  educational excellence and a strong and active community of science  educators, including the Pedagogy and Learning Science working group,  and features the newly created Manitoba Institute for Science Teaching.

The Faculty of Science has launched a major new initiative, the  Wawatay Program, in order to develop closer ties to Indigenous  communities, dramatically grow the number of Indigenous science  graduates, infuse Indigenous science approaches and perspectives into  science education and strengthen mutual research.  In summer of 2021,  we will be hosting a major new international conference, “The 2021  North America Indigenous Science Conference”.

The University is located in Winnipeg, the largest city in the  province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment and the  region provides exciting opportunities for outdoor exploration and  recreation in all seasons. Learn more about Winnipeg at www.winnipeg.ca.

Manitoba’s Indigenous population is young and rapidly growing.  Statistics Canada census data suggest that Indigenous peoples will  comprise nearly 19 per cent of Manitoba’s population by 2026. The  University of Manitoba’s role in reconciliation, its connections with  Indigenous students, partners and communities, and its commitment to  Indigenous achievement are central to the kind of future the  University seeks to create.

The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the  homeland of the Métis Nation. Creating Pathways to Indigenous  Achievement is a key priority for the University, as identified in its  2015-2020 strategic plan, Taking Our Place. Home to a vibrant  Indigenous community, including 2,400 First Nations, Métis and Inuit  students, the U of M has one of the largest Indigenous student  populations in the country. Honoured to be chosen as host of the  National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the U of M is dedicated  to advancing Indigenous research and scholarship, and to becoming a  centre of excellence for this work.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and  diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications  from women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons,  persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and  genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification  of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however,  Indigenous Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given  priority. Applicants must, at application, declare that he/she/they  self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Metis or Inuit)  Canadian, or as Indigenous in their respective countries/territories.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process,  please contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7195. Please  note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a two-page description of  teaching philosophy, a two-page summary of research interests  accessible to an interdisciplinary audience, a three-page research  plan, a one-page plan for leadership and mentorship in the context of  Indigenous student achievement in the department and Faculty of  Science, the name and contact information (phone and e-mail) of three  referees, and Indigenous self-declaration verification should be sent  by email in a single pdf file to  Indigenous_Scholars.Science@umanitoba.ca.

Priority will be given to candidates who apply before November 30,  2020, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.
Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled  in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of  Privacy Act. Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to  participating members of the search process.

McGill University: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astrophysics

We invite applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astrophysics to  be held in the Department of Physics at McGill University. These are made possible in part by the endowment of the Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology at McGill.

The McGill Astrophysics group currently includes fifteen active  faculty members. The group’s research spans theory, observations, and instrumentation, in the fields of cosmology, large scale structure, gravitational lensing, galaxy formation and evolution, active galactic  nuclei, gamma ray astronomy, the physics of compact objects, nuclear  astrophysics, and exoplanets. More information on these research areas can be found at:

https://msi.mcgill.ca/index.php?page=research and http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/research/astro.html

We also have strong ties to the early universe cosmology/high energy theory group and the McGill Space Institute (MSI) which brings together several different areas of space-related research across the  University.

The successful applicant will have a strong research record in theoretical, observational, or experimental astrophysics or cosmology. Postdoctoral fellows will work under the supervision of one or more  faculty members at McGill. Applicants are strongly recommended to contact potential supervisors ahead of time; while not strictly required, most successful candidates in the past have done so.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including  a list of publications, and a statement of research plans (not to  exceed 2 pages), and should arrange for three letters of  recommendation to be sent through AcademicJobsOnline. Optionally, applicants may wish to discuss examples of leadership and/or how they expect to contribute positively to the MSI community in their cover letter. Applicants should indicate that they are applying for the McGill Astrophysics Fellowship and state potential McGill Astrophysics faculty supervisors in their cover  letter.

The following opportunities are also available at McGill:
CITA National Fellowships at McGill University, deadline November  13.
The McGill Space Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, deadline December 3, particularly (but not exclusively) for those who are interested in interdisciplinary  research.

A single application is sufficient to apply for both the MSI  fellowship and the McGill Astrophysics Fellowship; the intended  fellowships must be clearly indicated in the cover letter. For the  CITA National Fellowship and Canada Fellowship, a separate application  must be submitted – refer to the job posting for instructions, deadline November  13).

This position offers a competitive salary and benefits, and will be for two years with a possible renewal for a third year, dependent on supervisor approval and the availability of funds. Preference is given  to applicants within 3 years of the PhD. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the deadline of December 3, 2020.

McGill University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the community. We welcome applications from: women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification.

Included Benefits:
Postdoctoral researchers at McGill enjoy a comprehensive benefits package

New M92 Stellar Stream Discovered

A team of astronomers using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope  discovered a new stellar stream emanating from the M92 globular  cluster. This new stream suggests that M92 is actively being disrupted  by tidal forces caused by our Milky Way Galaxy. This discovery  utilized high quality data obtained as part of the  Canada-France-Imaging-Survey (CFIS) using MegaCam at CFHT and from the  Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) survey on Haleakalā, Maui. The discovery of a  stellar stream around M92 raises the question of the cluster’s origin  and could be used in the future to probe the innermost region of our  Galaxy. The team estimates that stellar stream has a mass equivalent  to ~10% of the mass of the entire M92 cluster.

Stellar streams are long thin streams of stars formed as globular  clusters or dwarf galaxies are ripped apart by the immense gravity of  the Milky Way. The structures formed by these tidal forces are stable  over many billions of years. Their longevity allows astronomers to use  their presence to better understand the formation of galaxies like the  Milky Way as a guide to determine the role of galactic cannibalism in  galaxy formation. Additionally, stellar streams are excellent tools to  probe the gravitational potential of our Galaxy and study the  distribution of dark matter around it.

“Our simulations of the M92 stellar stream indicated that the stream  was likely formed recently, in the last 500 million years,” said  Guillaume Thomas, lead author of the paper published in The  Astrophysical Journal. “The cluster’s age is around 11 billion years,  which indicates that the cluster was not always in its current orbit  and makes us wonder where M92 originally orbited.”

The team identified the 17° long stellar stream from the M92 globular  cluster stream using an improved matched-filter method. This method  aims to highlight a specific known signal in a noisy dataset and  proves to be an extremely efficient tool to detect stellar streams  around the Milky Way Galaxy.

Despite previous observations in this region, the newly discovered M92  stellar stream was hidden by the high number of foreground stars from  the Milky Way disk. It was discovered because of the combination of  high quality images from both CFIS and Pan-STARRS. The team also used  proper motions obtained by the European space mission Gaia to confirm  the existence of the stream.

The Canada-France Imaging Survey is an ongoing large program at CFHT  using MegaCam. Allocated 271 nights, CFIS aims to address some of the  most fundamental questions in astronomy including the assembly of the  Milky Way, properties of dark matter and dark energy, and the growth  of structure in the Universe from galaxies to clusters.

“The discovery of the M92 stellar stream is a testament to the power  of the CFIS/PS1 collaboration and the unique capabilities of MegaCam,”  says Todd Burdullis, queue observing specialist at the  Canada-France-Hawaii Telesope. “The CFIS program is not complete and  already the data are enhancing our understanding of the Milky Way. We  expect more discoveries like this from the CFIS team in the coming  years.”

arXiv paper link: https://arxiv.org/abs/2009.04487

Contacts

Guillaume Thomas
Juan de la Cierva fellow
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) guillaume.thomas.astro@gmail.com

Media Contact

Mary Beth Laychak
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope
laychak@cfht.hawaii.edu

Faculty of Science, York University – Open Rank Professorial Stream Position in Biology, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Mathematics, Statistics

The Faculty of Science, York University, invites highly qualified  candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track or tenured  appointment at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level to  commence July 1, 2021.  Candidates must be appointable to one of the  departments of Biology, Physics and Astronomy, or Mathematics and  Statistics. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and  experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary  approval. The successful candidate will be affiliated with the  Department that best suits their research and teaching interests.

This opportunity is open to qualified individuals who self-identify as  Black peoples of African Descent (for example Africans and African  heritage people from the Caribbean, Americas, Europe). Recognizing the  underrepresentation of Black faculty, this opportunity is to support  the University’s Affirmative Action program and has been developed  based on the special program provisions of the Ontario Human Rights  Code. The position is part of a cohort hire of fourteen new colleagues  at York University, including hires across a number of faculties and a  wide range of areas and fields. The successful candidate will be  joining a vibrant scholarly community at York, where we aspire to  achieve equity and diversity in all areas, including race equity.

Applicants must have a PhD and postdoctoral experience in one of the  following disciplines: Biology, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Mathematics  or Statistics, with a demonstrated excellence or promise of excellence  in scholarly research and teaching. Applicants should have a clearly  articulated program of research. The Department of Physics and  Astronomy is particularly interested in candidates who can make use of  the next generation of observing facilities and/or their data products  and who have experience working at the cutting edge of investigations  involving large bodies of astronomical data. The Department of Biology  is interested in candidates who are undertaking innovative and  integrative approaches to study fundamental genetics or immunology at  a molecular, cellular, and/or organismal level. The Department of  Mathematics and Statistics encourages applicants in any area and  especially the field of Statistics with strength in Data Science,  Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, or High dimensional  Statistics, or any field of Pure Mathematics.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding,  innovative, and externally funded research at the highest level.  Candidates must provide evidence or promise of research excellence as  demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications  (including forthcoming publications) in top-ranked and field-relevant  journals; presentations at scientific or discipline-specific  conferences; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from  referees of high standing.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well  as undergraduate teaching.  The successful candidate must be suitable  for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching should be  submitted through the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and  pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as  experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching  evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive research and  teaching excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming,  innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a  supportive community environment, our students receive the education  they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world.  Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada,  with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and  administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for  Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a  barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the  workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require  accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact  Professor Gerald Audette, Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs, and Chair  of the Search Committee, Email:  scijobs@yorku.ca.

This selection will be limited to individuals who self-identify as  Black. York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and  strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity,  within its community. York University encourages Black peoples to  self-identify as a member of one or more of the four designated  groups: women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups),  Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities. The  Affirmative Action program can be found at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs  or  by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713.   Applicants wishing to  self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program  can do so as part of the application process www.yorku.ca/acadjobs .  The form can also be found at:  http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/self-identification-form.   All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian  citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be  given priority. No application will be considered without a completed  mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at  http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/work-authorization-form.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is December 7,  2020. All application materials, including a letter of application  with an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and  teaching interests, and teaching evaluations should be submitted  electronically through https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16998.  Furthermore, applicants should arrange for three or more signed  letters of recommendation to be sent on their behalf. Any queries  about this position should be directed to Professor Gerald Audette,  Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs, and Chair of the Search Committee,  Email: scijobs@yorku.ca.

About the Faculty of Science and the Departments

The Faculty of Science is a hub of research and teaching excellence,  fostering scientific discovery and preparing global thinkers to  advance knowledge and human progress. Our students learn from, and  work with, outstanding faculty members, and benefit from leading-edge  research facilities. Our scientists collaborate with colleagues around  the world in academia, industry and government, and engage with the  community at large through extensive outreach activities and media.

Further information about the Faculty of Science, with departmental  links for the Departments of Biology, Physics and Astronomy, or  Mathematics and Statistics at http://science.yorku.ca/

2021 JWST Postdoctoral Fellowship at iREx

Submission guidelines: http://www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/jwst-postdoctoral-fellowship-2021/?lang=en

Submit by December 15th 2020 for full consideration. Open until filled.

Send inquiries to: nathalie@astro.umontreal.ca

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the Department of Physics at the Université de Montréal, is seeking applications for a postdoctoral position to join the NIRISS instrument team for the James Webb Space Telescope in order to contribute to the analysis and publication of NEAT observations (NIRISS Exploration of the Atmospheric diversity of Transiting exoplanets). NEAT is a large 200-hour JWST GTO program led by the NIRISS team and dedicated to the study of the atmosphere of 14 exoplanets using transit, eclipse and phase spectroscopy. More details on the NEAT program are available here.

Candidates should send a CV, a list of publications and a statement of main achievements and research interests (maximum 3 pages) to irex@astro.umontreal.ca. Three letters of recommendation should also be sent to the same address. All documents must be sent by December 15, 2020 for full consideration to be given to the application. However, the position will remain open until a candidate is selected.

A PhD in physics, astronomy or related discipline is required. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed their PhD within the last 3 years. The position has an expected start date in the Spring or Fall of 2021. The position is for a two-year term, renewable for a third year depending on performance and availability of funds.

The iREx includes an expanding team of about 50 people (professors, researchers and students) mainly from the Université de Montréal and McGill University, all working on various research programs linked to the study of exoplanets and other related fields of stellar astrophysics. iREx researchers are actively involved in various international projects related to the detection and characterisation of exoplanets, including the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), SPIRou, NIRPS and high dispersion spectroscopy on 8-10m and giant telescopes. In addition, iREx researchers will have access to guaranteed time with JWST, SPIRou and NIRPS. More information on iREx research programs can be found on our website here.

 

The Université de Montréal promotes diversity in its workforce through its equal access to employment program. It encourages members of visible and ethnic minorities as well as women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to apply.

 

2021 Trottier Postdoctoral Fellowship in Exoplanetary Science at iREx

Submission guidelines: http://www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/trottier-postdoctoral-fellowship-2021/?lang=en
Submit by December 15th 2020 for full consideration. Open until filled.
Send inquiries to: nathalie@astro.umontreal.ca

The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the physics department of the University of Montreal (UdeM), invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in experimental, observational or theoretical astrophysics applied to the study of exoplanets. A number of iREx projects are described below for reference.
Applicants should fill the online form, submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a statement of research interests (max 2 pages), and should arrange to have three referees send a letter of reference. All application materials including letters of reference must be received electronically at the following address: irex@astro.umontreal.ca, by December 15th, 2020 for full consideration. This position will, however, remain open until filled.
A PhD in physics, astronomy or related discipline is required at the time when the position starts. Preference will be given to applicants within 3 years of obtaining their PhD.

The successful applicant is expected to start between May and September 2021. The position is for two years, renewable for a third year subject to performance and availability of funds.

The iREx consists of a growing team of over 50 people (professors, postdocs, research assistants and students) mostly from UdeM and McGill University all working on various research programs focused on the study of exoplanets and related fields of stellar astrophysics. Members of iREx are actively involved in large international projects related to the detection and characterisation of exoplanets, notably the future James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), SPIRou, NIRPS and high-dispersion spectroscopy for 8-10m and giant telescopes. In addition, iREx researchers will have access to guaranteed observing time with JWST, SPIRou and NIRPS. More information on iREx research programs can be found here: http://www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/research/?lang=en.
The Université de Montréal promotes diversity in its workforce through its equal access to employment program. It encourages members of visible and ethnic minorities as well as women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to apply.

How Astronomers Can Teach and Talk About Climate Change!

CASCA’s Sustainability Committee is pleased to announce a special  presentation:

Speaker: Dr. Travis Rector, Professor, Physics & Astronomy, University of Alaska Anchorage

Date: Thursday October 8, 2020
Time: 11:00 am PDT (GMT-7)

Climate change may just be the biggest threat humanity has ever faced.   Our response, particularly in the next decade, has critical consequences for what the future will hold.  Fortunately astronomers  are well positioned to make a difference.  We are highly trusted.  And we offer a unique and important perspective that can help people understand the problem as well as solutions.  Introductory astronomy classes and our public outreach are an effective way to teach climate change because they reach large numbers of people and cover related  topics.

But we need to recognize that climate change communication is  different than the other forms of outreach we do.  Climate change is a  difficult topic to teach because it spans a wide range of subject  areas, from physics to psychology.  It is also a controversial topic,  meaning that simply knowing the science content is not enough.  People largely made decisions about climate change based upon their values and identity. We therefore need to communicate the causes,  consequences, and solutions to climate change.

In my talk I will describe effective methods for teaching climate  change in astronomy classes as well as present established strategies  for engaging the public.  I will also discuss ways in which our  profession can reduce our carbon footprint.

About the speaker: Travis Rector is a professor at the University of  Alaska Anchorage and the chair of the American Astronomical Society’s  Sustainability Committee.

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CASCA’s Sustainability Committee exists to find ways to mitigate the  environmental impacts, especially climate impacts, of Canadian  astronomy; and to enhance the understanding, teaching, and outreach on  topics relating to Earth’s climate system.

Reminder: JWST Proposal Planning Workshops

This is a reminder for two upcoming JWST time proposal planning workshops. The morning sessions will be broadcasted on Zoom: Links can be found in the respective registration websites.

The Cycle 1 Call for Proposal has re-opened with a submission deadline of May 1 2020. As part of a series of workshops across Canada to help you with the preparation of a successful JWST time proposal, we are organizing two upcoming events. Participation is free. The workshops will cover general description of the Observatory and its instrument modes and provide a demonstration of the software tools used to prepare a proposal, primarily the Exposure Time Calculator and the Astronomer Proposal Tool. The event will be split between (interactive) presentations and hands-on exercises. The two workshops are 1-day events, one at Western Ontario University on March 12th, the other at Université de Montréal on March 18th (both in English). To register, please follow these links:

March 12th, University of Western Ontario
Registration: https://sites.google.com/view/uwo-jwst/

March 18th, Universite de Montreal
Registration: http://jwst.astro.umontreal.ca/?page_id=1118

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream: Astronomy – Planetary Science

The Division of Natural Science, Department of Science and Technology Studies at York University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Astronomy – Planetary Science at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream to commence July 1, 2020. For a complete job description and application details, visit webapps.yorku.ca/academichiringviewer/viewposition.jsp?positionnumber=1988. York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer. The AA Program can be found on York’s website at acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/ or a copy can be obtained by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. The application deadline is Monday November 4, 2019.