Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 14:49:16 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 4/12/2000

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
    weekly issues of  4/19/2000, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
1.  Sexual harassment of Canadian space researcher
2.  NSF panel members

Note:  There will be no newsletter next week.  Next issue 
will be May 3.
Editor's Note:  I inadvertently cut the following notice in 
a previous newsletter. 

1. Sexual harassment of Canadian space researcher
From: (Melissa McGrath)

Dear Colleagues,

As many of you will know, there has been significant press 
in the past two weeks concerning the sexual harassment of 
Canadian space researcher, Dr. Judith Lapierre, during an 
isolation experiment in Russia.  You can review the articles 
in the Globe and Mail

The regional NSERC/Industry Chairs for Women in Science and 
Engineering have responded to the President of the Canadian 
Space Agency and to the Minister of Industry which oversees 
the CSA.

We encourage you to also contact these individuals and the 
Globe and Mail and to distribute this letter to interested 
colleagues through your organizations.

Hon John Manley
Minister, Industry Canada
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0H5
Telephone (613) 995-9001
Fax  (613) 992-0302

Mr. Mac W.M. Evans
Canadian Space Agency
6767 route de l'A=E9roport
Saint-Hubert, Quebec J3Y 8Y9

Telephone: (450) 926-4351
Fax: (450) 926-4352

Globe and Mail

Fax 1 416 585-5085
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sending your letter by e-mail, the letter must be sent in 
the body of the e-mail message as ASCII text only)

Please feel free to use any of the content of the Chairs' 
letter copied below.  Thank you.
To: Canadian Space Agency President, Mac Evans, and Hon. 
John Manley,
Minister of Industry
We are writing in support of Dr. Judith Lapierre, a Canadian 
scientist whose experience during a 110 day isolation 
experiment in Russia has been repor= ted in recent articles 
in the Globe & Mail (March 23, 24, 27, and 28) and other 
news media.

The number of women in science and engineering in Canada is 
growing. However, there are still many of us who understand 
the stresses of working in situations where women are a 
minority. A person working under stress, especially in high 
performance fields such as research, must make additio= nal 
effort in order to achieve the same performance standard as 
her peers, and hence is continuously at a disadvantage. This 
subtle discrimination is no= t recognized or not understood 
by many research managers and policy makers.

The stress under which Dr. Lapierre worked in the space 
capsule was severe.  She suffered sexual harassment, and 
then had to work for more than two months in close proximity 
with a crew member who had shown her personal and 
professional disrespect. In Dr. Lapierre's case, the 
discrimination was not subtle.

The CSA response to Dr. Lapierre's case, according to the 
representative quoted in the Globe and Mail, was that "she 
was offered the opportunity to get out". This response 
constitutes a gross insult to the scientist, since it 
ignores the importance, to the scientist and to the various 
space agencies, of the science she was doing. Furthermore, 
like many ill-considered reactions to harassment, the 
response punishes the victim.

If the CSA supports equal opportunity in science and 
engineering for women and men, then CSA must make it clear 
to all of Canada that the treatment that Dr. Lapierre 
suffered was wrong. The CSA should also recognize that its 
responses to date have been inadequate, and offer Dr. 
Lapierre reassurance that these events will in no way 
diminish her credentials as a scientist.

On the diplomatic level, Canada must make it clear to 
Russia, and to any international collaborators in the space 
program, that true collaboration demands mutual respect 
among scientists, and that all Canadian scientists have 
equal claim to this respect.


F.M. Williams	NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair, Atlantic Region and 
C. Deschenes	Chaire CRSNG/Alcan pour les femmes en 
sciences et genie, Quebec

M. Frize	NSERC/ Nortel Chair, Ontario
M.E. Cannon	NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair, Prairie Region
M. Klawe	NSERC/ IBM Chair, BC and Yukon

Editor's Note:  I did not include the article from the Globe 
and Mail.  Those interested can read it at the above 
mentioned web site.
2. NSF-Panel members

One of the more difficult jobs here at NSF is finding people 
who are willing to come serve on proposal evaluation panels. 
These people must be experts - but not have conflicts of 
interest with the proposals under evaluation. (i.e.. Not 
have submitted any proposals to the AST program that year, 
not be a PhD  student or major professor for the person 
who's proposal is under review, not be working on a research 
program or have published a paper within the past four years 
with the person under review). I am not just searching for 
women but also for young people (with PhDs), people at small 
colleges, people at "cow" colleges (like me) and even 
"oldies" (like me).  The job is a lot of work and a lot of 
"fun" and will take ~4 days of your time (including time 
taken writing reviews before the panel meeting). It gives 
one both a very good overview of the current research as 
well as a good idea of how to write a "winning" proposal. If 
you are interested in serving on a panel please send me an 
email listing your special interests, major "conflicts" (as 
defined above) and I will "bank" you for next year.

sue simkin (

End of CSWA Newsletter of 4/12/2000