Osterbrock Zoom Videos

Your Digital Brand: Cultivating an Online Presence in Preparation for the Academic Job Market

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 1-3 PM 

Preparing to hunt for jobs?? Join us for a discussion-based brainstorming session focused on how best to prepare for the next steps in your career.

Status of the US Election System

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 1-3 PM

Speaker: Robert Kibrick

Bob Kibrick, Research Astronomer Emeritus with University California Observatories.  Bob has been following the US election system for years with a particular focus on security issues.  This talk gives an overview of the US system and its vulnerabilities based on his extraordinary experience and years of following these issues.

Part I: How to Present on ZOOM or Any Virtual Platform 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 1-3 PM

Speaker: Steven Mandel

Steve Mandel founded Mandel Communications in 1983 with the goal of readying business professionals for the kinds of pivotal conversations and presentations that move business forward. As an Osterbrock Mentor, Steve has been giving his workshops on communications and public speaking to students, faculty, and postdocs in the Astronomy Department for several years. In this seminar he advises on how to meet the special opportunities and challenges of presenting virtually His tips are epecially relevant to grads and postdocs giving job talks this year.

Part II: How to Plan Strategically and Organize Your Ideas for Maximum Impact 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 1-2:30 PM

Speaker: Steven Mandel, Osterbrock Mentor

In this Part II of Steve's two-part seminar series, you will learn how to think and plan for a presentation so that you can maximize your ability to influence others.  In this age of information overload, you must find a way to make your ideas stick.  The Mandel Blueprint system will give you a straightforward method for increasing your ability to have your audience remember what you say and be influenced by it.  Steve discusses how to prepare the quintessential “elevator pitch”, organize content and data and how to open and close a presentation.  The techniques in this workshop can be applied to interpersonal conversations, email, and other forms of communications. 

The Astrophysics PhD in Industry 

Wednesday, March 12, 2021, 1-2:30 PM

Five recent UCSC Astronomy PhD alumni shared their experiences working in industry:

  • James Guillochon:  Applied Scientist at Amazon. On twitter and Youtube and actively advising astronomers wanting to transition out of academia.  Founder of Vox Charta.
  • Edmond Cheung: Machine Learning Engineer at Epic for Kids
  • Eric Gentry: Applied Scientist at Microsoft.  Osterbrock Fellow
  • Katie Hamren: Data Scientist at MetroMile.  Osterbrock Fellow
  • Claire Dorman: Staff Data Scientist, Algorithms at Lyft


Interview with Osterbrock Mentor George Blumenthal 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 1-2:30 PM

Speaker: George Blumental, Osterbrock Mentor

George Blumenthal came to UCSC as an Assistant Professor in Astronomy in 1972.
In 1984 he co-authored (with Joel Primack, Sandy Faber, and Martin Rees) a seminal
paper on galaxy formation with cold dark matter (Blumenthal et al., Nature, 311, 517–525).  
He was Chair of the UCSC Academic Senate in 2001-2003 and was Vice chair and Chair of the
UC systemwide Academic Senate in 2003-2005.  He was appointed Chancellor at UCSC in
2006 and served until 2019.  He now leads the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC
Berkeley part-time but is with us at UCSC two days a week (or will be after our schedule
normalizes post-pandemic).  George has also graciously agreed to become an Osterbrock
Mentor.  George's career exemplifies the amazing leadership possibilities that lie in store
for many Astronomy PhD's, and he himself is a wonderful resource and potential mentor for
all young people in our department, including both grad students.  This interview, hosted
by Osterbrock Fellows Maggie Thompson and Cesar Rojas-Bravo, is a great opportunity
for everyone to get to know George better.