Session Detail

Career Panel: Career Paths
Special Session
Monday, Jan 09, 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Ballroom G
The purpose of this panel discussion is to inform recent and upcoming graduates of careers other than the traditional professor/academic track that is typically (and incorrectly) assumed to be the natural outcome of an advanced degree in physics or astronomy. Our panelists (listed below) include representatives from public outreach, community college and education, public policy, and industry. The session will include brief introductions by each of the panelists about their careers, the skills which have enabled them to be successful, and suggestions for how to follow a similar career path. The discussion will be driven by questions from the audience. Time will be reserved at the end for small group discussions with the panelists.

Dave Finley, Public Information Officer for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Rica Sirbaugh French, Mira Costa College and NASA Center for Astronomy Education
Pat Slane, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Nick Suntzeff, Texas A&M and the State Department
Gautam Vasisht, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
128.00C. Chair
Kelle L. Cruz1
1Hunter College/CUNY & AMNH.