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(Partly already available at ADS: in the search box use ack:"XXXX" to search the acknowledgment section [Karen])
 
(Partly already available at ADS: in the search box use ack:"XXXX" to search the acknowledgment section [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]
 
*'''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]
 
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* '''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]
  
 
== Interesting Data ==
 
== Interesting Data ==

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