AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of May 16, 2008 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Women faculty at University of Western Ontario 
 
2. Article on MIT Professor Gigliola Staffilani 
 
3. Deadline Extended: Applications to US Delegation to IUPAP Conf. on Women 
 
4. New Study On Work Environment In SEM Fields 
 
5. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
6. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. Women faculty at University of Western Ontario 
From: Amelia Wehlau [afwehlauastro.uwo.ca] 
 
I would like to draw your attention to our Dept. of Physics & 
Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.  We 
now have 9 women (five from the Astronomy Group) among our faculty of 
29. 
 
Things have really changed.  As Geoff Clayton will remember women 
faculty members were almost non-existant here, even as recently as 10 
years ago. 
 
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2. Article on MIT Professor Gigliola Staffilani 
From: Hannah Jang-Condell [hannahalum.mit.edu] 
 
Here's an inspiring article about one woman's journey to becoming 
a professor of mathematics.  Thanks to John Mather for bringing it 
to my attention. 
 
http://www.boston.com/news/science/articles/2008/04/28/a_life_of_unexpected_twists_takes_her_from_farm_to_math_department/ 
 
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3. Deadline Extended: Applications to US Delegation to IUPAP Conf. on Women 
From: WIPHYS May 15, 2008 
 
DEADLINE EXTENDED - US DELEGATION TO IUPAP CONFERENCE ON WOMEN 
 
The deadline for applying to join the US delegation to the 3rd 
International IUPAP Conference on Women in Physics, to be held in 
Seoul Korea from October 7 to 11, 2008, HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO May 19th. 
Significant travel support will be available to delegation members. 
We seek to involve a diverse delegation of women and men from all 
subfields of physics, astronomy, materials science; all stages of 
their careers (students, post-docs, early career, advanced); all 
sectors (academia, industry, government, business, teaching, research, 
policy, administration); and in a few other fields (chemistry, math, 
computer science, engineering, social science). 
 
Full information about the US application process is available at 
http://uswip.org. Applications are due May 19, 2008. The conference 
web site is at http://icwip2008.org.  We invite you to apply. 
Questions: email questionsuswip.org. 
 
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4. New Study On Work Environment In SEM Fields 
From: WIPHYS May 15, 2008 
 
This article was in the NYTimes on May 15, 2008 - new 
study about the work environment in SEM fields. 
 
Life's Work:  Diversity Isn't Rocket Science, Is It? 
 
By LISA BELKIN.  The office can still be a demeaning place for women 
in technical fields. 
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/15/fashion/15WORK.html?ex=1368590400&en=1661297781a958a6&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink 
 
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6. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.