Date: Mon, 31 May 2004 18:20:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for May 28, 2004

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issues of May 28, 2004
eds. Patricia Knezek, Michael Rupen, & Jim Ulvestad
This week's issues:
1. CSWA-related activities at the Denver AAS
1. CSWA-related activities at the Denver AAS
From: Patricia Knezek

[We repeat this posting to encourage those of you at the AAS meeting
 to attend the smorgasbord of CSWA-related activities there! -- Eds.]

This promises to be an exciting meeting for women in astronomy!  First, we 
would like to bring to people's attention the invited talk "Hidden Losses: 
Alternatives to Faculty Careers in the Sciences Among Doctorally-Prepared 
Women" by Elaine Seymour (U. Colorado), on Thursday, June 3 at 8:30am in 
rooms 603/605/607 (session 68).  

We would then like to invite everyone to attend the special session entitled 
"The Astronomy Workforce" on Thursday, June 3 at 10:00am in room 601 
(session 83).  The CSWA is co-sponsoring this session with the Committee on 
the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA), and STATUS editor Fran Bagenal 
(U. Colorado) organized it.  The purpose of this special session is to 
present the demographics of the astronomy profession and discuss solutions 
(both institutional and personal) to the challenges posed by the evolution 
of the astronomy workforce.  Speakers include Rachel Ivie (AIP), Kevin Marvel
(AAS), and Fran Bagenal (U. Colorado).

After the special session on "The Astronomy Workforce", the CSWA will hold a
panel discussion on "Diversity  -- Next Steps" from 1:00-2:00pm, in Room 601.
We will report on the ongoing follow-up to the Women in Astronomy II (WIA II)
meeting held in June 2003, focusing on the progress made on the
recommendations we plan to present to the AAS Council in January 2005. These
cover areas such as family issues, changing the culture, and hiring practices,
as well as the special responsibilities, and opportunities afforded by small
and women's colleges, large institutions, and the workforce outside academia.
The panel will also include discussion on the reponse to the earlier talks, 
both by Elaine Seymour, and the speakers in "The Astronomy Workforce," and
what logical next steps might be.