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 +====== Journal Club ======
  
 +Journal Club is a weekly venue for short, moderately-formal talks presenting an
 +academic paper to a mixed audience of astronomers. Our aim is for talks to be 
 +useful for the speaker and interesting to the audience. Journal Club is organized
 +this semester by Adam Miller (''​amiller@astro''​) and Peter Williams (''​pwilliams@astro''​)
 +under the auspices of Geoff Bower (''​gbower@astro''​).
 +
 +Journal Club meets from **noon to 1 PM** on **Fridays** in **HFA B-5**. The
 +talks start promptly at 12:10.
 +
 +Journal Club is also known as Astronomy 292 Section 001, CCN 06088. You
 +can skip directly to the [[#​speaker_instructions|speaker instructions]].
 +You can also see [[journal_club:​past|listings from past journal clubs]].
 +
 +====== Spring 2012 Schedule ======
 +
 +^ Date ^ Speaker ^ Status ^ Topic ^
 +|  1/20 | **Signup / organizational meeting** |||
 +|  1/27 | | | |
 +|   2/3 | | | |
 +|  2/10 | | | |
 +|  2/17 | Linda Strubbe | xG | Astronomy outreach adventures in Guatemala and South Africa |
 +|  2/24 | Meredith Hughes | P | A brief and incomplete review of social science literature relevant to the (under)representation of women in science |
 +|   3/2 | Eugene Chiang | F | [[http://​dx.doi.org/​10.1088/​0004-6256/​143/​3/​63|Planet Formation by Coagulation:​ The Kuiper Belt]] |
 +|   3/9 | Paul Goldsmith | visitor | (not JC) Herschel measurements of O2 in the ISM and their significance |
 +|  3/16 | | | |
 +|  3/23 | | | |
 +|  3/30 | **Spring Break** |||
 +|   4/6 | | | |
 +|  4/13 | Jacob Lynn | G | [[http://​arxiv.org/​abs/​1204.2094|Transition from weak to strong cascade in MHD turbulence]] |
 +|  4/20 | Matt George | G | On the Number of Talks in the Berkeley Astronomy Department |
 +|  4/27 | | | |
 +
 +
 +====== Speaker Instructions ======
 +
 +The basic parameters of a JC talk are:
 +
 +**Duration**. Plan to talk for about 20 minutes and spend an additional 5 minutes fielding questions.
 +
 +**Topic**. Typical journal club talks discuss an academic paper which is not the speaker'​s own work. 
 +
 +**Preparation**. If you're a less-experienced presenter, the organizers can help connect you with
 +a subject-area expert who can spend a little time helping you get oriented with your topic.
 +
 +**PowerPoint**. Feel free to use it if you want. In the interests of saving preparation time and
 +practicing extemporaneous speaking, you may wish to keep your usage of it to a minimum, only to
 +show key plots or equations.
 +
 +**Feedback**. If there'​s any particular kind of feedback you'd like on your talk, let the organizers
 +know, and they'​ll try to make sure you get it.
 +
 +=== Choosing a Topic ===
 +
 +Here are some ways you could choose a topic to present:
 +
 +  * Present a paper that you needed to read anyway (if it isn't extremely discipline-specific)
 +  * Present a classic paper
 +  * Present a paper that generated interesting discussion at the ''​astro-ph''​ coffee
 +  * Present a paper connecting to the previous day's or next week's colloquium
 +  * Present a paper in a field that you're unfamiliar with and would like learn a bit more about
 +
 +It's important that Journal Club appeal to as broad a cross-section of the department as
 +possible, so try to choose topics which will be accessible and interesting to those who
 +are nonexperts in them.