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*'''Reference Gender Checker'''. Is your letter of recommendation too gendered. Are you using more communal adjectives (e.g. affectionate, helpful, kind, sympathetic, sensitive, nurturing, agreeable, tactful, interpersonal, warm, caring) and not enough agnetic adjectives (e.g. assertive, confident, aggressive, ambitious, dominant, forceful, independent, daring, outspoken, intellectual) for letters for your female students or postdocs compared to the men? I'd like to develop a service which allows plain text upload of letters, strips them for these and other adjectives and gives an objective answer to this dilemma. Idea inspired by [http://www.academic.umn.edu/wfc/rec%20letter%20study%202009.pdf Madera, Hebl and Martin 2009] paper which suggests this type of language difference is typical, and damaging to careers of women in academia. [Karen]
 
*'''Reference Gender Checker'''. Is your letter of recommendation too gendered. Are you using more communal adjectives (e.g. affectionate, helpful, kind, sympathetic, sensitive, nurturing, agreeable, tactful, interpersonal, warm, caring) and not enough agnetic adjectives (e.g. assertive, confident, aggressive, ambitious, dominant, forceful, independent, daring, outspoken, intellectual) for letters for your female students or postdocs compared to the men? I'd like to develop a service which allows plain text upload of letters, strips them for these and other adjectives and gives an objective answer to this dilemma. Idea inspired by [http://www.academic.umn.edu/wfc/rec%20letter%20study%202009.pdf Madera, Hebl and Martin 2009] paper which suggests this type of language difference is typical, and damaging to careers of women in academia. [Karen]
 
* '''Daily Astronomy Tip'''. Create a Twitter account which automatically tweets a daily astronomy tip, similar to e.g. the [https://twitter.com/SciPyTip @SciPyTip] and [https://twitter.com/climagic @climagic] accounts. The tips could be about astronomy computing in particular, or about astronomical techniques in general. Multiple people can aid this hack by creating a list of useful 140-character-long tips. [Geert]
 
* '''Daily Astronomy Tip'''. Create a Twitter account which automatically tweets a daily astronomy tip, similar to e.g. the [https://twitter.com/SciPyTip @SciPyTip] and [https://twitter.com/climagic @climagic] accounts. The tips could be about astronomy computing in particular, or about astronomical techniques in general. Multiple people can aid this hack by creating a list of useful 140-character-long tips. [Geert]
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* '''How far back?'''.  For a given astronomical distance provide a world event (scrape Wikipedia) that was occurring when the light we are now recieving set off. Useful for outreach e.g Cygnus X (MSF region) at 1.7kpc ~ 5500 light years so it set off in 3500BC when... "The Sahara desert starts to form from semi-arid savannah, through desertification." Clearly it'll be more fun the closer you get to home... [Adam]
  
 
== Interesting Data ==
 
== Interesting Data ==

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