AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of July 9, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Men In Academic Science Earn Up To 40% More Than Women

2. Book Review: Whistling Vivaldi And Other Clues to How Stereotypes
Affect Us

3. The Effects of Textbook Images on Science Performance

*** FOLLOWING JOB POSTINGS TAKEN FROM WIPHYS ***

4. NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

5. The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

6. APS Career Center

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

8. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

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1. Men In Academic Science Earn Up To 40% More Than Women
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]

From the HuffingtonPost.com at
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/25/men-in-academic-science-e_n_625287.html

"In a survey of academic scientists in 16 countries, Nature found that
men earn, on average, 18 to 40 percent more than their female
counterparts.

The study suggested that the salary gap only gets worse in the
duration of men and women's careers. Nature reports 'In Europe, men's
salaries start to increase noticeably in relation to women's in the
3-5-year range, and in the 6-10-year range in North America.'

The study also discovered that the salaries of women with tertiary
degrees were about 50 to 60 percent of their male counterparts."

For the full report, see the original Nature article on job
satisfaction and what drives it at
http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/2010/100624/full/nj7301-1104a.html
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2. Book Review: Whistling Vivaldi And Other Clues to How Stereotypes
Affect Us
From: Wal Sargent [wws_at_astro.caltech.edu]

[Based on the book review by Richard J. Crisp in the July 1, 2010
Times Higher Education Supplement, Wal Sargent thought this book might
be of interest. -- eds.]

Whistling Vivaldi And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us
by Claude M. Steele

"I have a memory of the first time I realized I was black." This
opening line of Whistling Vivaldi seems at first glance quite simple,
but as you read on it comes to represent a fundamental truth about the
relationship between the individual and society.

The truth is the psychological reality that our hopes, dreams and
aspirations are tied inextricably to our place in a social hierarchy
and that our identities within this social hierarchy define the
journey our lives will take. At least, this is the case unless we can
understand and harness the psychological power of stereotypes and
social identity.

Claude Steele's book is all about stereotypes - the beliefs people
hold about different social groups - and how these beliefs affect our
attitudes and abilities. It describes how the author came across a
brand-new psychological phenomenon that he named "stereotype threat",
and how this phenomenon fundamentally changed the way psychologists
thought about how stereotypes shape our lives.

See the full book review at
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=412260

[For more on stereotype threat, and a description of Steele's work, see
the "Why So Few" report by the AAUW, at
http://www.aauw.org/learn/research/upload/whysofew.pdf  -- eds.]
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3. The Effects of Textbook Images on Science Performance
From: WIPHYS, July 9, 2010

BBC Radio's "All in the Mind" program featured a short interview with
Rutgers University's Jessica Good on her research involving the
effects of textbook images on science performance.  Listen to the
interview at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00sxgs6
(16:20-20:30).  The results of Ms. Good's research
indicate that female students had higher comprehension of science
lessons after viewing counter-stereotypic images (female scientists)
than after viewing stereotypic images (male scientists).

For more information, the article on this research can be found in The
Journal of Social Psychology, Volume 150, Number 2, March-April 2010,
Pages 132-147 (Authors: J.J. Good, J.A. Woodzicka, and
L.C. Wingfield).
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4. NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
From: WIPHYS, July 9, 2010

Deadline is July 20, 2010
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a
Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's
most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the
role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent
education and the integration of education and research within the
context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should
build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating
education and research.

Go to:
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39
for detailed program information.
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5. The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
From: WIPHYS, July 9, 2010

This program offers one to three year postdoctoral fellowships
designed to increase the involvement of scientists and engineers from
academia and industry to scientific and technical areas of interest
and relevance to the Navy.  This program has a rolling admission.

Go to http://www.asee.org/resources/nrl/ for detailed program
information.
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6. APS Career Center
From: WIPHYS, July 9, 2010

In addition to the AAS Job Register
(http://members.aas.org/JobReg/JobRegister.cfm)
don't forget to check out the APS CAREER CENTER at
http://careers.aps.org/

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8.  Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

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