AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of July 15, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. NY Times Article Advises, "Don't Fret. Just Ask for What You Need"

2. Call for Nominations: 2012-2015 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics 

3. Three Young Women Crowned Winners of Google Science Fair

4. Inappropriate Article

5. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

6. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

7. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. NY Times Article Advises, "Don't Fret. Just Ask for What You Need"
From: Gerrit Verschuur [verschuur_at_aol.com]

Sunday's NY Times had a fascinating article entitled "Don't Fret. Just
Ask for What You Need" by Peggy Klaus. Written from the perspective of
the corporate world, it no doubt has lessons for women in academia as
well: 

"You can't be afraid to ask," my Uncle Art used to say when recounting
tales of his successful 40-odd-year career selling mattresses up and
down the Eastern Seaboard. 

My uncle was talking about making the sale, but corporate types need to
ask for what they need, too. This is especially true for women, who, in
spite of an increase in diversity training, mentoring and sponsorship
programs, still lag far behind men in reaching senior management and
C-suite positions. In fact, in 2010, only 14.4 percent of the executive
officer positions at Fortune 500 companies were held by women. 

Whether from fear of being perceived as too aggressive or too selfish,
women tend not to be comfortable asking for what they want. And when
they do ask, it can be in ineffective ways. 

To read more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/jobs/10pre.html?_r=1

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2. Call for Nominations: 2012-2015 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics
From: Carol Breen [breen_at_mit.edu]

Faculty and senior researchers within the international community of
physics, astronomy or related fields are invited to nominate candidates
for the 2012-2015 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics competition. 

Nominees must be young men or women of exceptional ability who have, or
will have received, a doctoral degree in physics, astronomy or related
fields by September 1, 2012. Nominations must be submitted using the
program's secure, on-line nomination form on the MIT Department of
Physics web site at
http://web.mit.edu/physics/research/pappalardo/competition.html. 

The NOMINATION DEADLINE is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011.

Three new Fellows will be selected for a three-year appointment each,
running from September 1, 2012, through August 31, 2015. Features of the
fellowship include: 

---independent, unrestricted choice of research direction within the MIT
  Department of Physics; 

---competitive annual stipend of $63,700 for first-year Fellows in the
  2012-13 academic year, with an annual cost-of-living increase, plus
  $5,000 per year in untaxed discretionary research funds; 

---MIT Medical Affiliate health insurance coverage for Fellows and their
  dependents; 

---active faculty mentoring provided by weekly luncheons and monthly
  dinners with Department faculty and distinguished guests. 

Important Note: Participation in the annual MIT Pappalardo Fellowships
competition is restricted to those candidates who have been nominated by
a faculty member or senior researcher from the international community
of physics, astronomy or related fields. The fellowships program office
cannot accept any materials from applicants without this faculty/senior
researcher sponsorship. 

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3. Three Young Women Crowned Winners of Google Science Fair
From: Joan Schmelz and WIPHYS of July 14, 2011

On July 11, 2011, three women took the top honors at the inaugural
Google Science Fair. The judges said the unifying elements of all three
young women were their intellectual curiosity, their tenaciousness and
their ambition to use science to find solutions to big problems. They
examined complex problems and found both simple solutions that can be
implemented by the general public, as well as more complex solutions
that can be addressed in labs by doctors and researchers. Read more at
the Physics Today Blog:
http://blogs.physicstoday.org/newspicks/2011/07/three-women-take-top-honors-at.html 

and 

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/07/13/google-announces-three-young-women-winners-first-science-fair/

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4. Inappropriate article
From: Anonymous

I believe that the inclusion of this article
(http://journalofcosmology.com/Consciousness164.html) and its graphics
in the Journal of Cosmology is not appropriate or relevant to
cosmology and is objectionable/insulting to women and to scientists. I
have already contacted the journal editors about this and I urge readers
who agree with me to do the same.

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