AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of March 11, 2005
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Lisa Frattare
 
This week's issues:

1. KDNUGGETS Feature on Gender Differences

2. Women Who Have Left Physics Academia

3. Controversy Makes the Case for Mentoring Women

4. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

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1. KDNUGGETS Feature on Gender Differences
From: Vicki Laidler laidlerstsci.edu

I subscribe to the "KDNUGGETS" mailing list, a monthly e-newsletter for 
people working in data mining. Today I received an issue that includes 
a brief article and poll asking whether "Lower % of women in science 
and tech is due in part to genetic differences".

The article and poll can be seen at
http://www.kdnuggets.com/news/2005/n05/2i.html . 
I thought some readers might be interested in voting in the poll, 
commenting along with their vote, and/or writing to the editors about 
this issue. 

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2. Women Who Have Left Physics Academia
From: WIPHYS of March 7, 2005 and March 9, 2005

[The first entry below is from the March 7 WIPHYS, while the second is
a link to a followup posting, published in March 9 WIPHYS. --eds.]

MESSAGE ONE, FROM MARCH 7 WIPHYS
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I am working on an anthology of anecdotes of women who have left physics 
academia, and their reasons for doing so.

I've seen a number of studies looking at the stories of women who have 
remained in academia, but have yet to see a single study that looks at 
the women who left and examines their reasons for leaving.  Physics 
academia has a "leaky pipeline" problem, and trying to fix the problem by 
looking only at the stories of women who remain in academia seems to me 
to be akin to only looking at the properties of successful space shuttle 
flights as a means to debug the reasons why the shuttle occasionally blows 
up.  Both sides need to be carefully examined to solve the pipeline problem.

If anyone can put in me in touch with women who left physics academia at 
the doctoral level or higher, I'd appreciate it.  I can be contacted by 
e-mail at smjtfnal.gov. [phone number deleted --eds.]  I am also interested 
in hearing from women who are still in academia at the doctoral level or 
higher but who feel they have "stalled" in the academic pipeline. 

thanks,
Sherry Towers
smjtfnal.gov 

MESSAGE TWO, FROM MARCH 9 WIPHYS
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I have received overwhelming response to my posting earlier this week 
regarding women who have left academia.  Thanks to all who have gotten in 
touch with me!

The response has been so overwhelming that I have created an online survey 
to hopefully streamline the collection of information.  Based on the 
responses I have already gotten, I have tailored the survey to women in 
physics at the doctoral level and higher who have either left the academic 
pipeline, or are considering leaving it.  The survey can be found at 
http://www-d0.fnal.gov/~smjt/survey.html .
  
If you have already contacted me, but have not heard back from me yet
(my mailbox is very full at the moment!), please take the online survey.  
Also feel free to distribute the URL for the survey to women who have left 
the field who might not otherwise see this posting.

thanks to you all!
Sherry Towers
smjtfnal.gov 

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3. Controversy Makes the Case for Mentoring Women
From: WIPHYS of March 11, 2005

Looking back on the tempest over Harvard President Lawrence H.
Summers' comments about women and science, MentorNet's
Founder and CEO Carol Muller considers the storm's positive
results and outlines the clear--and continuing--need for mentoring. 
http://www.mentornet.net/documents/about/news/2005/marchnews1.aspx 

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