AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of July 30, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1."The Literature" vs. Tierney

2. Blewett Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2010


3. Physical Scientist Position at NASA Headquarters 

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

5.  Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

1. "The Literature" vs. Tierney
From: Elizabeth Freeland [papagena_at_earthlink.net]

[Elizabeth has written a well-researched and thought-provoking response
to the Tierney articles in the NY Times that have been discussed in
previous editions of the newsletter, and on the Women in Astronomy blog
at blogspot.com. Its length precludes inclusion in full here, but the
entire response is up at http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com . -- eds.]

I recently read the article "Legislation Won't Close Gender Gap in
Sciences" 6/7/10 by John Tierney.  Tierney argues that requiring
scientists to attend workshops to enhance gender equity is a waste of
money because gender bias does not exist.  I find flaws with how he
draws his conclusion, take issue with his lampooning of the NSF ADVANCE
program, and believe that actively addressing bias can help reduce it.
That said, Tierney's first claim is that people who believe gender
bias exists only dredge up a study of the Swedish Medical Research.
That's a bit unfair, although it is true that, as physical
scientists, we often don't do as good a job as we should in using the
research in economics, psychology, and sociology to support our
arguments.  To help remedy this, and simultaneously take on Tierney, I
briefly review the studies he brings up and throw in a few I've
heard about elsewhere.  Admittedly, towards the end I have fewer
sources.  Perhaps, though, others can respond and let us all know of
recent studies which could fill the gaps.

See the full post at

2. Blewett Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2010
From: WIPHYS July, 29, 2010

The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) announces 2010
recipients Natalia Drichko of Johns Hopkins University and Marija
Nikolic-Jaric of the University of Manitoba. The Blewett Scholarship
enables women to return to physics research after having had to
interrupt their careers for family reasons.

Read more about the Blewett Scholarship recipients at

3. Physical Scientist Position at NASA Headquarters 
From: WIPHYS July 29, 2010

This position involves responsibility for managing a significant
fraction of the research programs of NASA's Earth Science Division
in the areas of Modeling, Analysis, and Prediction (MAP). For
instruction on how to apply and qualification requirements please access
the full text vacancy announcement by searching under announcement
number HQ10B0145 at http://www.usajobs.gov. The vacancy closes August 24,

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