Staying up to date with the latest publications and preprints is one of the most important aspects of being a professional astronomer, and often forms the starting point for ideas for research projects or proposals. The most widely used resource for pre-prints in astronomy is astro-ph, which is divided into six subcategories and updated five times a week. In addition to keeping up with the latest news in your own research field astro-ph also provides an excellent resource for learning about important results outside your own "research bubble", and acquire general knowledge of observational and theoretical astronomy.

This one credit course consists of discussions of the latest astronomy research papers appearing on the arxiv. Papers for discussion will be decided through votes on VoxCharta. All students are required to sign up for an account on Voxcharta.

The discussion leader for each session is responsible for displaying papers, and being ready to discuss 1-2 papers of choice for ~15 minutes. Each student is required to lead at least two discussions per semester. The sign-up sheet for discussion leaders throughout the semester is here.

Sign-up sheet for hosting discussions

Contact: Ben Shappee (, Jen van Saders (, Dan Huber (

Time & Place: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10:30-11:00am, IfA Manoa library (Fridays only if no astrocoffee talks are scheduled)

Course Schedule:
Week 1-10: Discussion Sessions

Grading Policy: Pass/Fail. To pass, students must host at least host two discussion sessions, discuss three papers over the course of the semester (as non-host), and have no more than three unexcused absences.