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 +** I am doing a science proejct.  The students have to  pick a career in science and write a report about it.  I chose an astronomer, and one of the requirements are contacting and interviewing a person that is in that career.  I have 9 questions that I would like to ask you and I hope that you will take a minute of your time to answer them. Here they are.
 +
 +1) How do you use science in your job?
 +
 +2) What is the most challenging part about being an astronomer?
 +
 +3) What do you enjoy about being an astronomer?
 +
 +4) What advice do you have for someone who want to be an astronomer?
 +
 +5) How do you use communication in your job?
 +
 +6) Did becomnig an astronomer take alot of studying in math and science?
 +
 +7) How did you become interrested in becoming an astronomer?
 +
 +8) How does becoming an astronomer affect us?
 +
 +9) What type of work do you do during the day?
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 +1) How do you use science in your job?
 +
 +In a few words, the scientific method applies: We start with a question,
 +read about what's already known and observed, form a hypothesis, design
 +experiments and collect data.  After analyzing the data we interpret and
 +publish our conclusions.
 +
 +
 +2) What is the most challenging part about being an astronomer?
 +
 + There are different opinions on this but to me the most challenging
 +part is the dedication and discipline required to maintain a career in
 +astronomy.  Many years of education and studying are needed, and many
 +long hours researching.  For most of your early career the workload will
 +be high and may come with a lot of stress.
 +
 +3) What do you enjoy about being an astronomer?
 +
 +I enjoy going observing in Hawaii or Chile and getting exciting new
 +data.  I also enjoy problem solving during the data analysis I do on a
 +daily basis and working with other astronomers.
 +
 +4) What advice do you have for someone who want to be an astronomer?
 +
 +My advice would be to start early and keep up with your math and physics
 +courses.  If you believe research is for you then it's a good idea to
 +try to start a research project with an astronomer as early as possible
 +when you go to college, or in high school if you can.
 +
 +
 +5) How do you use communication in your job?
 +
 +Communication is very important in astronomy in many ways.  One of these
 +is to be able to have productive meetings with ones research adviser (or
 +students) so that both you and your adviser can learn about your
 +project, solve any problems you have during the research, or discuss how
 +to implement new ideas for your project.  Communication is also
 +important for publicizing your results and discoveries to the community.
 +In order to get a permanent job as an astronomer you have to make sure
 +that people hear about the research that you've done and new projects
 +that you're working on.
 +
 +
 +6) Did becoming an astronomer take a lot of studying in math and
 +science?
 +
 +Yes, the courses needed as a foundation for astronomy are math and
 +physics courses.
 +
 +7) How did you become interested in becoming an astronomer?
 +
 +I liked star gazing when I was young, but I decided to pursue astronomy
 +after taking a good introductory astronomy class in college.  After that
 +I did some research with a professor in college and decided to go to
 +graduate school.
 +
 +8) How does becoming an astronomer affect us?
 +
 +Astronomy contributes to the advancement of knowledge and the
 +development of new technologies, as well as providing people with
 +broader perspective on life and our planet.
 +
 +9) What type of work do you do during the day?
 +
 +Like many jobs, I primarily work on a computer.  I do some computer
 +programming to prepare data and to analyze it.  After finishing the
 +analysis I then have to write an article to publish it for others to
 +see.  At academic institutions like UCSC, I attend lectures given by
 +visiting astronomers, who come to talk about their own research.  I also
 +attend smaller informal discussions with astronomers I work with to talk
 +about recent research results and new ideas.
 +
 +''Janet Colucci''
 
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