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Astronomy power list

4 Feb 2011, 00:28 UTC
Astronomy power list
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The other day, in response to a poll of 3000 parents, Professor Brian Cox said that science was "not dominated by old men". Although I'd like that to be true (and preferably not dominated by any particular demographic group), I suspect it still is. It got me thinking though. Who holds the power over the direction of astronomical research and careers? Is it the senior professors? Is it the editors of "high impact" journals (who have the ability to veto particular topics or authors as they choose)? Perhaps it is those who define and assess the metrics that every scientist is increasingly judged by (their algorithms could make or break your career)? What about heads of Research Councils or university departments? Administrators?I'm soliciting nominations for an Astronomy Power List 2011. Please provide nominations for those you think have the most power over astronomical careers and/or research, along with a brief justification, in the comments below. Keep it libel-free. - taken from Astronomy Blog (www.strudel.org.uk/blog/astro/)

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