AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of August 28, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1.  Dr. Helen Walker Recognized 
 
2.  "She Is An Astronomer" 2010 Calendar 
 
3.  Poster Solicitation for Women in Astronomy and Space Science Conference 
 
4.  Sky Ranger Workshop at Bryce Canyon National Park 
 
  *** FOLLOWING JOB POSTING TAKEN FROM WIPHYS *** 
 
5.  PostDoctoral Fellowships, Michigan Society of Fellows 
 
6.  How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
7.  Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1.  Dr. Helen Walker Recognized 
From:  Pat Knezek [pknezeknoao.edu] 
 
An astronomer from the Science and Technology Facilities Council   
(STFC) is leading a world-wide push to encourage organizations to do   
more to support and encourage female astronomers. 
 
Earlier this month, in her role as Chair of the group 'She is An   
Astronomer', Dr. Helen Walker, from STFCs Rutherford Appleton   
Laboratory (RAL), successfully presented a new resolution to the world   
renowned International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly in   
Brazil. 
 
The new resolution states that IAU members should encourage and   
support the female astronomers in their communities and that national   
representatives should encourage national organizations to break down   
barriers and ensure that men and women are given equal opportunities   
to pursue a successful career in astronomy at all levels and career   
steps. 
 
Even though astronomy continues to attract women, there is wide   
geographical diversity, with some countries having none and other   
countries having more than 50% female professional astronomers. These   
numbers drop towards more senior levels, suggesting that scientific   
careers are heavily affected by social and cultural factors, and are   
not determined solely by ability. 
 
Dr. Helen Walker said, "The resolution is a great result which will   
help to ensure that organizations world-wide do more to support the   
careers of female astronomers. Ensuring that women have the same   
opportunities as men is not only beneficial to the increasing numbers   
of talented female scientists but also to the advancement of science   
which relies on continued interest by talented people, dedicated to   
pushing its boundaries. It?s great that STFC, which funds the majority   
of Astronomy here in the UK, is supporting the work of the 'She is an   
Astronomer' group." 
 
She is an Astronomer is one of the International Year of Astronomy   
(IYA 2009) Cornerstone projects. The overall aim of the project is to   
provide information to female professional and amateur astronomers,   
students and those interested in the gender equality problem in   
science. An objective of the project is to build and maintain an   
easy-to-handle forum and database, where people can get information   
about the subject, ask questions and find answers. The website 
 
 http://www.sheisanastronomer.org/ 
 
is the main tool to address the aims and objectives of this IYA2009   
Cornerstone. 
 
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2.  'She Is An Astronomer' 2010 Calendar 
From:  Andrea Schweitzer [schweitzfrii.com)] 
 
The 'She Is An Astronomer' cornerstone project of the International   
Year of Astronomy has produced a colorful calendar for 2010 featuring   
accomplished women astronomers from around the world.  "With this   
calendar we aim to help reconstruct the history of women in astronomy,   
which, as in other fields of knowledge, is poorly known. We have   
highlighted exceptional women whose contributions to the advancement   
of science deserve to transcend anonymity and occupy a place in   
history. We have tried to give visibility and to value the   
contributions of women astronomers from different epochs and   
countries."  The illustrated calendar can be downloaded from: 
 

http://www.sheisanastronomer.org/index.php/downloads/calendar 
 
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3.  Poster Solicitation for Women in Astronomy and Space Science Conference 
From:  Women in Astronomy 2009 
 
The Women in Astronomy and Space Science Conference on Meeting the   
Challenges of an Increasing Diverse Workforce is to be held October   
21-23, 2009 at The Inn and Conference Center in College Park,   
Maryland.  Poster submissions are invited on all topics related to the   
general theme of the conference including 
 
For Institutional Success: 
- Best practices for an effective mentoring program 
- What it takes to recruit a diverse pool of excellent applicants 
- Avoiding unconscious bias for research committees, promotion review, 
   recommendation letters, etc. 
- How to set up family friendly facilities and policies, i.e., for   
lactation, childcare, 
   long term care, etc. 
 
For Individual Success; 
- Best practices for writing a winning proposal and giving an   
effective science talk 
- Things to accomplish during your postdoc that will help you land   
your first real job 
- Navigating the challenges of various workplace environments,   
particularly when 
   you are a member of a non-dominant group 
- Managing your first graduate student and postdoc:  What should your   
goals be? 
 
To register your poster or to find more information on the meeting, 
please see 

 http://wia2009.gsfc.nasa.gov/contributed_posters/ . 
 
Note that travel grants through AAS are also available and information   
can be found at the above listed website. 
 
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4.  Sky Ranger Workshop at Bryce Canyon National Park 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery 
 
Sky Rangers workshops, which are part of the Astronomy from the Ground   
Up program, are designed for educators and interpreters from parks,   
nature centers, and other informal outdoor and environmental   
educational facilities.  The Astronomical Society of the Pacific will   
offer two types of Sky Rangers workshops: 
 
- Four-day workshop (October 13-16, 2009) at Bryce Canyon National Park 
This workshop covers hands-on astronomy activities for outdoor   
settings, sky navigation, and telescope operation. A stunning dark sky   
location, Bryce Canyon NP is a leader in astronomy in the parks. There   
is no workshop or materials fee, and participants will be allotted a   
$500 stipend toward transportation, food, and lodging for all non-NPS   
employees. 
 
- Six-week online workshop 
This workshop covers hands-on astronomy activities for outdoor   
settings and sky navigation. Participants will become comfortable   
locating and interpreting objects in the night sky and will create a   
personal interpretive sky tour. There is no workshop or materials fee. 
 
Both workshops are intended for beginners in astronomy, but will also   
appeal to those with more experience. Participants of all Sky Rangers   
workshops will receive a free toolkit of materials for outdoor   
astronomy activities, participate in short online follow-up sessions   
that cover seasonal skies, and become members of the Astronomy from   
the Ground Up online community of over 450 informal astronomy   
educators around the U.S. 
 
Sky Ranger workshops and materials are developed and delivered by the   
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), in partnership with the   
National Park Service (NPS), the National Association for   
Interpretation (NAI), and the Association of Science-Technology   
Centers (ASTC), thanks to generous funding from NASA. 
 
Additional eligibility and application information can be found at 
 
 http://www.astrosociety.org/afgu/skyrangers/ . 
 
All materials must be submitted by August 30, 2009. 
 
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5.  PostDoctoral Fellowships, Michigan Society of Fellows 
From:  WIPHYS, August 25 
 
Post Doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and   
Professions: 2010-2013 
 
The Michigan Society of Fellows was founded in 1970 through grants   
from the Ford Foundation and Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate   
Studies for the purpose of promoting academic and creative excellence   
in the humanities, the arts, the social, physical, and life sciences,   
and in the professions.  In 2007, the Mellon Foundation awarded a   
grant to add four Mellon Fellows annually in the humanities, expanding   
the number of fellowships awarded each year from four to eight.  The   
objective of the Society is to provide financial and intellectual   
support for individuals selected for outstanding achievement,   
professional promise, and interdisciplinary interests.  We invite   
applications from qualified candidates for three-year postdoctoral   
fellowships at the University of Michigan. 
 
Candidates should be near the beginning of their professional careers.   
  Those selected for fellowships must have received the Ph.D. degree   
or comparable artistic or professional degree between June 1, 2007,   
and September 1, 2010.  Fellows are appointed as Assistant Professors   
or Research Scientists in appropriate departments and as Postdoctoral   
Scholars in the Michigan Society of Fellows.  They are expected to be   
in residence in Ann Arbor during the academic years of the fellowship,   
to teach for the equivalent of one academic year, to participate in   
the informal intellectual life of the Society, and to devote time to   
their independent research or artistic projects.  Applications from   
degree candidates and recipients of the Ph.D. from the University of   
Michigan will not be considered. 
 
Applications will be reviewed by Society members and University   
faculty.  Final selections will be made in late January by Senior   
Fellows of the Society.  Eight Fellows will be selected for three-year   
terms to begin September 1, 2010.  The annual stipend will be $51,500. 
 
The online application is available at: 
 
 http://www.rackham.umich.edu/sof

 
email:  society.of.fellowsumich.edu 
 
Application Deadline:  September 30, 2009. 
 
MICHIGAN SOCIETY OF FELLOWS 
Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies 
University of Michigan 
Ann Arbor, Michigan   48109-1070 
An Equal Opportunity Program 
 
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