AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of May 21, 2010 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1.  216th AAS Meeting Special Session:  Unconscious Bias 
 
2.  Toolkit for Negotiation 
 
3.  An Inspring Quote from Gauss 
 
4.  Live Webcast:  2010 Kavli Prize 
 
5.  AAS Prize Nominations 
 
6.  HST Survey 
 
7.  How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
8.  Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1.  216th AAS Meeting Special Session:  Unconscious Bias 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
 
Are you attending the 216th AAS Meeting in Miami, FL May 22-27?  If   
so, you are cordially invited to attend Special Session 202 - CSWA:    
Addressing Unconscious Bias.  The special session is to be held 10 -   
11:30 AM on Monday, May 24, in Hibiscus AB of the Hyatt Regency.  In   
this special session, the concept of unconsious bias will be   
introduced and recommendations given on how to address it as well as   
negative effects on womens' careers should unconsious bias not be   
addressed.  Please join us in this very important endeavor. 
 
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2.  Toolkit for Negotiation 
From:  Hannah at Women in Astronomy blog, May 19, 2010 
 
Here's a recent New York Times article entitled "A Toolkit for Women   
Seeking a Raise:" 
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/15/your-money/15money.html 
 
It's an interesting article because it gives practical solutions to   
the problem that women and men are treated differently when they   
negotiate. After all, as the article says, "research shows that[women]   
are less likely to ask for raises. Even when they do, their requests   
may be perceived as overly demanding or less agreeable." 
 
Also, "You may be asking yourself, as I did, whether negotiating in   
ways more favorable for women means that we're just succumbing to   
stereotypes - or whether the ends justify the means." 
 
To read more, please see ... 
 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/ 
 
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3.  An Inspring Quote from Gauss 
From:  Rosemary Mardling [Rosemary.Mardlingmonash.edu] 
 
Very few men of science in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries   
had the courage, intelligence and vision to lend their support to   
women's pursuit of science (for example, Einstein openly stated that   
he thought Marie Curie was a fluke of nature!).  Carl Friedrich Gauss   
was a glaring exception; here is an extract from his tribute to Sophie   
Germain. 
 
Rosemary Mardling 
 
``The taste for abstract science in general, and especially for the   
mysteries of numbers, is very rare; this is no suprise, as the   
enchanting charms of this lofty science only reveal themselves in   
their full beauty to those with the courage to go deeply into it.   
Women, by our customs and prejudices, must encounter infinitely more   
obstacles and difficulties than men do to acquaint themselves with   
these thorny investigations; and when a person of that sex is   
nonetheless able to break through these barriers and penetrate the   
most hidden secrets, she must undoubtedly have the most noble courage,   
quite extraordinary talent, and superior genius. Your [Sophie   
Germain's] favoring this science, which has added so much beauty and   
joy to my life, reflects honor upon it; nothing could give me a more   
flattering and unambiguous proof that its attractions are not   
chimerical.'' 
 
-- Carl Friedrich Gauss (translated from the French by Willian C. Waterhouse). 
 
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4.  Live Webcast:  2010 Kavli Prize 
From:  Michele Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
 
A live webcast of the 2010 Kavli Prize laureates announcements will be   
held June 3, 8:30 - 10:00 AM EST at 
 
http://www.kavlifoundation.org/kavli-prize . 
 
Kip Thorne will discuss the prize field of astrophysics.  The Kavli   
Prizes in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience consist of a   
scroll, medal, and a cash award of one million dollars and are awarded   
every two years.  To read more, please see 
 
http://www.kavlifoundation.org/kavli-prize 
 
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5.  AAS Prize Nominations 
From:  AAS Electronic Announcement #207 
 
The AAS needs your help in getting due recognition for our most   
outstanding colleagues. Nominations for the AAS Prizes for 2010 must   
arrive in the Secretary's Office by 30 June 2010. Members may obtain   
the Prize nomination form online at 
 
http://aas.org/grants/awards.php . 
 
Electric submission to aassecaas.org is encouraged. To obtain a   
hard copy, please email aassecaas.org. 
 
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6.  HST Survey 
From:  AAS Electronic Announcement #207 
 
As a service to NASA, the AAS is conducting a survey related to the   
Hubble Space Telescope. The purpose of this survey is to explore what   
role the Hubble Space Telescope played in inspiring individuals to   
pursue educational degrees and professional careers in science and/or   
astronomy. Created by the Science Mission Directorate, this short   
survey can now be completed at the following link: 
 
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XSLGMYG 
 
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7.  How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
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8.  Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
Past issues of AASWOMEN are available at 
 
http://www.aas.org/cswa/AASWOMEN.html 
 
Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered. 
 
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