AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of May 30, 2008 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. No Urey Prize - Important to Submit Nominations 
 
2. New biography of Maria Mitchell 
 
3. 12 Traits That Create a Great Workplace for Women 
 
4. Career Development Speaker Travel Grant Program 
 
*** FOLLOWING POSITIONS WERE TAKEN FROM WIPHYS *** 
 
5. U.S. Army Research Lab, Durham, NC 
 
6. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
7. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. No Urey Prize - Important to Submit Nominations 
From: Andrea Schweitzer [schweitzfrii.com] 
 
There was no Urey Prize awarded this year. 
 
According to John Spencer of the Southwest Research Inst: 
"Basically, there were insufficient nominations that met the prize criteria 
(to quote the rules, "Candidates for the Urey Prize must not have reached 
their 37th birthday OR have held a recognized doctorate for no more than 6 
years (whichever is later) at the end of the calendar year of the award"). 
So, please submit more nominations next year!" 
 
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2. New biography of Maria Mitchell 
From: Meredith Hughes [mhughescfa.harvard.edu] 
 
I recently read a new biography of Maria Mitchell and thought that others 
on this list might enjoy it.  The title is "Maria Mitchell and the Sexing 
of Science: An Astronomer among the American Romantics," by Renee 
Bergland. 
 
It's full of all sorts of interesting information on Maria Mitchell's life 
and attitude towards feminism, e.g. her own struggle between her modesty 
and her belief in women's equality when negotiating her salary at Vassar. 
One interesting piece of information I picked up from this book is that 
the word "scientist" was first coined to apply to a woman.  Who knew? 
 
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3. 12 Traits That Create a Great Workplace for Women 
From: Kevin Marvel [kevin.marvelaas.org] 
 
I found the following "junk" mail highly informative.  I think a lot of 
departments and institutions could take a lesson from the 12 traits 
highlighted below.  
 
[The following purports to be from MyPartTimePRO.com, but was 
flagged as a possible fraud attempt from another website claiming 
to be MyPartTimePRO.com. The original (much longer) article is from the 
National Association for Female Executives, and can be found on their 
website, www.nafe.com -- eds.] 
  
NAFE took a hard look at the top companies and spoke with high-level 
women to find out why they succeed there. The following 12 critical 
factors set these organizations apart as companies of choice for women:  
 
   1. Provide job rotations between line (P&L) and staff (legal, 
      finance, strategy, HR, communications) positions to give broad 
      cross-organizational experience. 
 
   2. Present women with challenging assignments that provide a diverse 
      set of experiences.  
 
   3. Offer early P&L responsibility to build the talent pool from the 
      bottom up.  
 
   4. Build experience with P&L. Teach women how they can impact the P&L 
      now and going forward through responsibility and decision-making.  
 
   5. Ensure line managers are accountable and play an active role in 
      women's advancement.  
 
   6. Start at the top with the CEO making the business case and setting 
      gender metrics that are separate from other diversity goals.  
 
   7. Remove gender bias from evaluations. 
 
   8. Use female role models to show other women they can make it to the 
      top. 
 
   9. Establish women's networks that focus on development. 
 
  10. Provide high-level mentoring to talented women. 
 
  11. Support work/life balance for women who often have more to 
      balance. 
 
  12. Change the culture - mentoring, role modeling, and the 
      opportunity to effect change are what help women succeed.  
 
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4. Career Development Speaker Travel Grant Program 
From: WIPHYS, May 27, 2008 
 
APS now has a Career Development Speaker Travel Grant Program to provide 
assistance to physics departments that are trying to increase their 
career development activities and to raise the career awareness of 
students seeking undergraduate and graduate physics degrees. Information 
at http://www.aps.org/careers/educator/travelgrant/index.cfm  
 
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5. Interdisciplinary Positions, U.S. Army Research Lab, Durham, NC 
From: WIPHYS, May 27, 2008 
 
Vacancy Announcement # NEAC08733219D.  Supervisory Physical Scientist 
and Supervisory Physicist.  Closing date June 20, 2008. US Army Research 
Lab, Durham, NC.  Information at www.usajobs.gov (enter vacancy 
announcement in search field).  
 
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