AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of January 28, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. The women of Galaxy Zoo

2. Women in STEM Organizations- Getting Started 

3. April APS Meeting Child Care Grant

4. APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women 

5. DPP Katherine Weimer Award

6. Improve Your Skills as a Research Mentor: Workshop at APS March
Meeting 

7. NOAO Recruitment Notice 

8. NRAO Tenure-track Astronomer & Scientist Opportunities

9. How to Submit to AASWOMEN

10. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

11. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

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1. The women of Galaxy Zoo
From: Karen Masters [Karen.Masters_at_port.ac.uk]

[This is well-worth taking a look at -- eds.]

Readers of the AASWomen list might be interested in the summary I
recently wrote of the Galaxy Zoo "She's an Astronomer" series. As part
of the IYA2009 She's an Astronomer project we ran a series of 16
interviews with women involved in Galaxy Zoo on our blog
(http://blogs.zooniverse.org/galaxyzoo/). This list included both
researchers, and volunteers who provide the classifications. The
summary (at http://blogs.zooniverse.org/galaxyzoo/2011/01/07/shes-an-astronomer-did-we-really-need-that-series/)
compiles the answers all 16 women provided to the question "What (if
any) do you think are the main barriers to women's involvement in
Astronomy?" and I think provides an interesting overview of the
opinions of women at many different career stages as well as
interested members of the public.

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2. Women in STEM Organizations-Getting Started
From: Meredith Danowski at Womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Post by guest-blogger Meredith Danowski*, PhD student in Astronomy at
Boston University. 

"The day-to-day work of science can be difficult. There are grant
proposals to be written, courses to be taught, data to be analyzed. But
that's the stuff we came for! That's what we do. It's when we encounter
other roadblocks on our path--juggling family and work, finding adequate
health care, fostering our own professional development-- that we
realize we need friends, we need a community, and we need supportive
institutions. 

Many organizations dedicated to the cause of women in STEM are designed
to address this need - not to ease one individual's struggles, rather to
act as an incubator for a more diverse and supportive community. I have
been lucky enough to have been involved in the founding years of two
such groups-- the Society of Women in Physics (SWiP) at the University
of Michigan, and most recently, the Graduate Women in Science and
Engineering (GWISE) group at Boston University."

For the entire article, go to
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2011/01/women-in-stem-organizations-getting.html

* Meredith Danowski is a PhD student in Astronomy at Boston University
 and this is her first guest blog at the Women in Astronomy Blog. This
 is the first in a series where she describes her experiences with
 GWISE-- she'll be back to discuss how to find & utilize institutional
 and community support for your organization, and how to build
 partnerships to effectively provide unique programming. 

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3. April APS Meeting Child Care Grant
From: WIPHYS, January 25, 2011

Small grants of up to $400 are available to assist meeting attendees who
are bringing small children or who incur extra expenses in leaving them
at home (i.e., extra daycare or babysitting services). 

Deadline: February 17, 2011

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/childcare.cfm

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4. APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women 
From: WIPHYS, January 25, 2011

Apply by February 1 for the APS/IBM research internship program for
undergraduate women. The goal is to encourage women students to pursue
graduate studies in science and engineering. The internships are
salaried positions typically 10 weeks long at one of three IBM research
locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY), and give
the opportunity to work closely with an IBM mentor.  

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/ibm/

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5. DPP Katherine Weimer Award
From: WIPHYS, January 25, 2011

Deadline is April 1, 2011

Awarded every three years, the Katherine Weimer Award is open to any
female plasma scientist. The nominee's Ph.D. must have been
received within the ten-year period prior to the nomination deadline of
April 1, 2011. The award consists of $2,000 and funds for travel to the
annual meeting where the award is to be presented. The recipient will
also be invited to give a talk at the Division of Plasma Physics annual
meeting. 

To nominate a candidate, send the following to women_at_aps.org: a letter
evaluating the nominee's qualifications identifying the specific
work to be recognized, a biographical sketch, a list of the most
important publications, and at least two, but no more than four,
seconding letters. 

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6. Improve Your Skills as a Research Mentor: Workshop at APS March
Meeting 
From: WIPHYS, January 25, 2011 

How do you effectively mentor individuals at different stages of their
careers? Are you ready to address the NSF's new requirement about
mentoring post docs in your next proposal? Consider registering for a
FREE workshop on mentoring at the APS March Meeting on Sunday, March 20,
1:30-5:30pm. 

http://www.aps.org/meetings/march/events/workshops/mentoring.cfm

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7. NOAO Recruitment Notice
From: Cindy Burnett [burnett_at_noao.edu]

For a list of current job openings at all levels at NOAO and the
National Solar Observatory, please see

http://www.noao.edu/cas/hr/jobs/jobs_list.html

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8. NRAO Tenure-track Astronomer & Scientist Opportunities
From: Nrao-announcements_at_nrao.edu 

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is entering an extremely
exciting phase driven by new science opportunities and new
instrumentation. 

The Observatory has one or more openings for tenure-track Astronomers
this year and anticipates additional openings in the coming years. The
NRAO tenure-track Astronomer system parallels the tenure-track systems
in research universities, with the support of the Observatory's
science mission substituting for teaching. Tenure-track appointments
will be made on the basis of both the candidates' excellence in
research and their ability to maintain cutting-edge research programs
and thereby further the mission of the Observatory. NRAO Astronomers are
expected to play a leadership role in theObservatory and in the wider
astronomical community. 

The Observatory also has one or more Scientist openings for
instrumentalists, computational scientists, and observational scientists
this year and anticipates additional openings in the coming years. 

Additional information about these NRAO positions is available at
http://science.nrao.edu/opportunities/scientist.shtml 
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11. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

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