AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy

Issue of June 17, 2005
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Lisa Frattare

This week's issues:

1. June 2005 STATUS

2. CSWA Activities at the June 2005 AAS Meeting

*** The following item was taken from WIPHYS ****

3. Contacts sought for comparative study

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

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1. June 2005 STATUS
From: Fran Bagenal bagenalcolorado.edu

June 2005 STATUS:

In response to my article on GREs in the June STATUS I received an email 
pointing out research on GRE scores and future success at
http://www.fairtest.org/facts/gre.htm

Note that because of delays in getting permissions to reproduce figures, the 
printed version of the June issue of STATUS had some extra blank spaces. We 
now have permission for these figures and will be posting a revised version 
on the CSWA website shortly.

Fran Bagenal

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2. CSWA Activities at the June 2005 AAS Meeting
From: Patricia Knezek knezeknoao.edu

The CSWA, with the Employment Committee (EC), focused on dual-career couples 
in Minneapolis this June.  First, the CSWA and the EC co-sponsored a special 
session on "Institutional Solutions to the Two-Body Problem". In step with 
the national employment trend, for the majority of astronomers with partners, 
those partners work outside the home.  This is particularly true for female 
astronomers, whose partners are usually professionals (and often other 
astronomers).  Academic and professional institutions that employ the 
majority of astronomers are now beginning to recognize the importance of 
addressing what has come to be known as the "two-body" problem in order to 
attract and retain the best scientists.  This first session highlighted a 
few institutions that are making pioneering efforts to create pro-active 
approaches to the issue of dual-career couples.

Dr. Karen Bjorkman (U. Toledo) moderated the session, which began with Dr. 
Eileen Friel (NSF) giving an overview of the NSF ADVANCE program.  The focus 
of the ADVANCE program is to increase the participation and advancement of 
women in academic science and engineering careers.  Dr. Tammy Smecker-Hane 
(U. California-Irvine) and Dr. Ellen Zweibel (U. Wisconsin-Madison) then 
each spoke about the ADVANCE programs at their institutions, focusing on how 
the ADVANCE program had been used to encourage recruitment and retention of 
dual-career couples.  Dr. Roberta Humphreys (U. Minnesota-Minneapolis), who 
is now an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, spoke of the efforts and 
future plans to promote women in science and engineering at her institution, 
which does not currently have an ADVANCE grant, again focusing on dual-career 
couples.  The CSWA has posted most of the speakers presentations off of the 
CSWA website, see http://www.aas.org/~cswa/JUN05/ .  Presentations are 
available in pdf, and often in powerpoint as well.  We plan to add notes on 
the questions for the speakers and their answers in the near future.

Following the morning session discussed above, the CSWA held its own session 
in the early afternoon.  This session was also organized with the help of 
the EC, and EC chair Dr. Andrea Schweitzer (Little Thompson Obs.) was the 
moderator. It focused on the other side of the issue - how dual-career couples 
have successfully approached the issue at institutions that do NOT have 
proactive policies.  We held a panel discussion with panel members that 
represented various approaches dual-career couples have taken.  The panel 
members included Dr. Beverly Smith and Dr. Mark Giroux (both at East Tennessee 
State U.), Grace Deming (U. Maryland) and CSWA chair Dr. Patricia Knezek 
speaking for Dr. Tracy Clarke and Dr. Henrique Schmitt (both at Naval Research 
Labs).  After the panel members spoke, there was time for questions and 
comments by the audience.  As with the morning session, the CSWA will post a 
summary of the panel members presentations, as well as notes on the questions 
for the speakers, their answers, and audience discussion, off of the CSWA 
website http://www.aas.org/~cswa/JUN05/ in the near future.  We also plan to 
include information for dual-career couples on the revamped CSWA web site 
once that tranformation is complete.

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3. Contacts sought for comparative study
From: WIPHYS of June 15, 2005

At this point, I am very much interested in a comparative study of Women in 
Science teaching in the University of Delhi and some eminent universities in 
the US. I have looked into various reports and I feel considerably 
encouraged that some of our areas of research are similar in terms of 
looking at the Status of Women in Science teaching. However, there would be 
cultural differences, understandably so. I am preparing an application for a 
Fulbright post-doc grant which will make possible 6 to 9 months of fully 
paid research time in the US, should I be found suitable for the award.   

In this regard, I am keen to associate with a few select Universities in the 
US in establishing the basis for a comparative research. I would appreciate 
if you can help me identify a contact person or a team who might help me to 
establish a comparative enquiry. Should I get the grant, there will be no 
cost to the host Institution.

Dr. (Ms) Sumitra Mohanty Chakrabarti 
Reader, Dept. of Physics  
KiroriMal College
Univ.of Delhi Gurgaon,
Haryana 122002, India 
sumitra_mohantyyahoo.com

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