MIT Astrophysics Colloquium 3/7/2023 — The Trials And Tribulations Of Software Development In Astronomy: Where Are We And Where Can We Go From Here? (speaker: Kelle Cruz, Hunter College)

Tuesday March 7, 2023 4:00 pm
Marlar Lounge 37-252/37-272 and via Zoom


With the ever-growing role of software development and computer programming in astronomical research, our community is faced with many new challenges in nearly every aspect of our profession. In this talk, I first will describe the various types of software and the many different roles it plays in the research cycle. I will also describe my personal journey —  involving Astropy, the AAS, a National Academies panel, and the 2020 Decadal Survey — which has both shaped my understanding and enabled me to influence the environment around software development.  Throughout the talk, I will highlight resources and tactics which individual researchers and teams can use to adapt to the rapidly changing landscape. I will also describe actions which could be taken to influence the prevailing culture to further recognize and value software development as a fundamental and crucial aspect of the entire astronomical research process. 
Host: Andrew Vanderburg


Event Contact

Nayanika Yellepeddi