AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of July 2, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1.  More Responses to Tierney NYTimes Article

2.  Calling Women in Planetary Science

3.  Celebrate Women in Physics Posters still available

4.  How to Write a Winning Fellowship Proposal

5.  New NASA Space Technology Program

6.  NASA student fellowships for space technology research

7.  Graduate, Post-Doctoral, Senior Researcher Opportunities at National Labs

8.  Sigma Space Support Scientist at NASA Goddard

9.  How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

10.  Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

1.  More Responses to Tierney NYTimes Article
From:  Hannah at Women in Astronomy blog, June 17, 2010

Since my last post on Tierney's NY Times Op Ed piece, he's published  
part 2 of the series, which continues the argument that the only  
obstacles that women in science face are  themselves. A number of  
bloggers have taken on the task of debunking the articles, including  
astronomer Ed Bertschinger. He notes, "As Head of the MIT Physics  
Department, I categorically reject his conclusion that stereotype  
threat and implicit bias play no significant role in holding back  
women in the hard sciences. They do; I have seen them at work."  I  
recommend you go read the whole article, it's quite a good read.

Our very own CSWA has taken on the issue of implicit bias and  
stereotype threat at recent meetings, including plenty of data on the  
subjects. But, as Isis notes, Tierney does enough cherry-picking to  
make a pie. After all, Tierney himself demonstrates the bias that  
women face, by blaming our lack of advancement on our soft maternal  
natures, rather than realizing that the assumption that we care more  
about work-family balance than our careers is an example of the kind  
of bias we face.

[To read more and to respond, please see


2. Calling Women in Planetary Science
From: WiPHYS Jun 30, 2010

Do you work or study in the field of planetary science? If so,  
consider being one of the Women in Planetary Science blogs 51 Women in  
Planetary Science. For more info, visit


To participate, send Susan Niebur  
(susanniebur_at_nieburconsulting.com) the abstract of a recent  
publication and agree to answer a few fun questions. Consider  
participating, both for yourself and other women in the field.

3.  Celebrate Women in Physics Posters still available
From:  WiPHYS June 30, 2010

Looking to decorate your office or classroom for the upcoming academic  
year? Consider a Celebrate Women in Physics poster -- it's FREE! This  
full color poster highlights women physicists actively pursuing their  
work and is 16" x 20" (which means it fits easily on a door or desk).  
Request a poster at


4.  How to Write a Winning Fellowship Proposal
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The Women in Planetary Science July 1issue is written by Susan Niebur  
and is about a blog contribution by Amy Barr, a Senior Research  
Scientist at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and PI on three  
NASA grants and Co-I on four others.  She provides advice on how to  
write a winning fellowship proposal which is based on defining your  
contribution to the field.  To read her advice, please see (scroll  
down till you see the July 1 How to Write a Winning Fellowship  
Proposal article):


[Webmaster's note: scroll down the linked page to see this article.]


5.  New NASA Space Technology Program
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The President's FY11 budget for NASA includes a new Space Technology  
Program (STP) to advance multi-purpose technology for new approaches  
for NASA's current space mission set and to enable entirely new  
missions. The potential investment is significant -- the FY11 budget  
request is $572M, with a request to grow to $1B in the next year.

The FY 2011 budget can be found at:


6.  NASA student fellowships for space technology research
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The following is from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) University  
Research Affairs Office which includes information about the new  
proposed NASA Space Technology Program and opportunities that might  
exist in the future to fund joint research and student fellowships in  
partnership with JPL and other NASA Centers.

Opportunity for graduate student space technology fellowships:  The  
NASA Office of the Chief Technology plans to sponsor as many as 500  
U.S. citizen graduate student fellowships when the program is in full  
swing. NASA has yet to announce the details, but indications are that  
they will encourage high-risk/high-payoff innovative research in which  
the student will perform their research at their home university with  
their faculty advisor and will additionally be matched with a relevant  
researchers at a NASA facility. This new program looks very exciting  
with emerging plans that include summer internships at one or more  
NASA Centers, dedicated sessions at aerospace conferences, and web  
technologies to facilitate interactions between all students and  
mentors. JPL anticipates that the fellowship applications will be  
student initiated and will specify the NASA center and mentor, but  
that will become clear when NASA releases the opportunity.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Paula Grunthaner
University Research Affairs Office
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech

7.  Graduate, Post-Doctoral, Senior Researcher Opportunities at National Lab
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a  
number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at  
federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards  
provide generous stipends ($42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D.  
recipients and higher for additional experience; $30,000 - $35,000 for  
graduate level recipients) and the opportunity to do independent  
research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the  
U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent  
residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

Detailed program information, including instructions on how to apply  
online and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the  
NRC Research Associateship Programs Web site at:


Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or  

H. Ray Gamble
Director of the Fellowship Programs
National Research Council
The National Academies
5000 5th Street NW, Keck 568
Washington, DC 20001

There are four review cycles annually. Remaining deadline dates for  
2010 are August 1 and November 1. Deadlines for 2011 are:

February 1
May 1
August 1
November 1

Applicants should begin a dialogue with prospective Advisers at the  
lab as early as possible, before their anticipated application  

8.  Sigma Space Support Scientist at NASA Goddard
From: WIPHYS June 30, 2010

Sigma Space is adding a Support Scientist to the team at the Goddard  
Space Flight Center. This person will work closely with data analysis,  
algorithm development, remote sensing and data calibration and  
validation. Please see


for the full job description.

For more employment opportunities, check out the APS Career Center at


Designed for both job seekers and employers, the site invites you to "post your
job or resume and reach over 125,000 specialized researchers and experienced
top-level managers in physics, engineering, optics, lasers, computer science,
materials, and other science related fields worldwide."

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