Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 17:00:13 -0400 (EDT)
To: aaswliststsci.edu
Cc: aaswomenstsci.edu
Subject: AASWOMEN for 04/13/01 & 04/20/01


	AAS Committee on the Status of Women
    weekly issues of 04/13/2001 & 04/20/01, ed. by Meg Urry and Patricia Knezek

[Eds. note: We apologize for the delay in the distribution of this issue.  It
was unavoidable.]

These weeks' issues:

1. Request for information on available learning tools in physics and astronomy 
   aimed at children around 12 years old
2. Request for information on available mentoring programs for women in science
   in England 
3. An opinion on what the goal(s) of the CSWA should be
4. CSWA Newsletter has limited quantities of back issues (bulk) available
5. How to submit something to AASWOMEN (repeat)
6. How to subscribe to AASWOMEN (repeat)

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1. Request for information on available learning tools in physics and astronomy 
   aimed at children around 12 years old
From: Regina Jorgenson

I was recently asked to tutor a 12 year old boy in physics and astronomy.  He
is bored at his school and looking for extra stimulation and challenge, as he
is advanced for his age.  I am wondering if anyone knows of any good
textbook-like books for younger people in either physics or astronomy, or even
if there are any web-based "courses" or materials out there??  Ideas about
hands-on experiments would be great too!  

Thanks so much for your help!

Regina Jorgenson
Maria Mitchell Observatory

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2. Request for information on available mentoring programs for women in science
   in England 
From: Cindy Taylor

I'm teaching an Astronomy course at a prep school and I have one female
student.  She is from England and is doing a postgraduate year here.  She
is going to Warwick University next year and planning on majoring in math
and physics.  This past Saturday she was talking to me about how few women
are in her program next year (85% men) and she was voicing some concerns.
She has been at an all girls school during high school and is a bit anxious
about next year.  Fortunately she has strong family support as her mother
was a math major and her aunt was a physics major. I know she was a bit
taken back by how few women were at Princeton's Astronomy colloquium this
past Tuesday as I brought my class to hear Geoff Marcy's talk.  Unfortunately, 
to me it was normal.

I was wondering if anybody knows if there are "Women in Science" mentoring
programs at schools over in England or is this a strictly American
phenomena?

Thanks,

Cindy Taylor

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3. An opinion on what the goal(s) of the CSWA should be
From: Kelle Cruz 

[Eds. note: This opinion is in response to 3/9/2001 AASWOMEN newsletter,
which requested opinions on what AAS members thought should be the priorities
of the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA).]

What I think is the most important thing that all feminists (i.e., 
people who believe that women and men are not treated equally but 
should be) can do for our society is to get others to recognize 
the problem we face and to understand its origin.  This holds 
true for what I think the CSWA should be trying to accomplish.

My definition of the fundamental problem is that the "system" treats
women and men differently because of the different roles society has
forced on us.  This differential treatment leads to the more tangible 
problem of fewer women than men in positions of power and prestige. It 
is my impression that while most recognize that there are fewer women 
than men, they don't see the larger, underlying problem of a flawed 
system that gives preferential treatment to men.  Many think that the 
number problem will eventually fix itself as more women filter through 
the pipeline.

Based on the data that Meg Urry has recently presented (Status, June 
2000 and CSWA session at Jan. 2000 AAS meeting), I don't believe the 
problem will be solved in time.  We must actually recognize what parts 
of the system treat men and women differentially and *change* it.  In 
order to accomplish this, *everyone* (not just the minority of us who 
go to CSWA meetings and subscribe to this list) needs to have some 
basic level of a feminist values with which they see and enforce the 
system.

Basically, many people who I speak with don't have a clue why women 
need to organize and why there even really needs to be a special 
committee addressing the issues of women in astronomy.  If we are 
ever going to make the necessity for such organizations obsolete, 
the majority of the community needs to understand why they exist 
in the first place!

To accomplish this, I think that the data that is compiled reflecting 
the state of women should be regularly published the newsletter that 
goes to *all* members (as Meg Urry's recent article was), not just in 
our own newsletter or presented at our own meetings.  There should be 
colloquia dedicated to the subject to bring both older members of the 
community up-to-date, but also to inform young members of the problems 
women in the United States science community face.  

Bottom line - educate the ignorant.  Our goal should be to make 
everybody understand our feminist agenda to some extent.  Only then 
will the true problem have any chance of getting fixed. 

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4. CSWA Newsletter has limited quantities of back issues (bulk) available
From: Lisa Frattare

Anyone wishing for extra (bulk) copies of the January 2001 issue of STATUS 
to be sent to their home institution, please e-mail frattarestsci.edu with 
address and quantity. We also have a limited number of copies from earlier 
issues for those that are interested. 

Thanks - Lisa Frattare (STScI)

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5. How to submit something to AASWOMEN (repeat)
From: Meg Urry & Pat Knezek 

If you wish to submit something for publication in an AASWOMEN newsletter,
please send your submission to aaswomenstsci.edu.  You will receive an
acknowledgement from either Pat Knezek or Meg Urry.  Occasionally we may
need to edit things for publication.  You will be informed if that is 
necessary.  If you wish to send private comments, questions, suggestions, 
etc. to the editors, please email BOTH of us at cmustsci.edu and 
knezekstsci.edu.  If we would like to publish something you sent to our 
private email addresses, we will always contact you first and ask for 
permission.

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6. How to Subscribe to AASWOMEN (repeat)
From: Meg Urry & Pat Knezek

Presumably if you are receiving this email, you have already subscribed to
the AASWOMEN weekly newsletter.  However, we thought we'd write it down here
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