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: Steve 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.