AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of August 5, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. CSWA Resources Web Page

2. How to Solve the 'Women in Science' Gap? Teach Girls to Love Science

3. Female students in high school physics

4. Overcoming the imposter syndrome

5. Women in Science Work for Less Money

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

7. Call for Nominations - 2012 Alan T. Waterman Award

8. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

9. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

10. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. CSWA Resources Web Page
From: Nancy Morrison [nancy.morrison_at_utoledo.edu]

In March 2011, a new section on "Resources" was added to the CSWA web
site. This section debuted with a page of general resources for women in
science as well as separate pages on the two-body problem and work-life
balance. 

Today, we announce the addition of a new page in the Resources section
on sexual harassment: 

http://www.aas.org/cswa/harassment

CSWA continues to receive reports of sexual harassment from members of
the astronomy community. We hope this new page will assist both victims
and their mentors in dealing with this sensitive issue. 

Pages on additional topics are planned, including mentoring, unconscious
bias, and re-entering the work force after a career break. Readers of
the AASWOMEN newsletter are invited to send interesting articles, web
pages, and resources on these or any relevant topic to the CSWA
webmaster at the address above. 

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2. How to Solve the 'Women in Science' Gap? Teach Girls to Love Science
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]

[For Ed Bertschinger's solution, see his Aug 4, 2011 blog post at
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com -- eds.]

By General Electric Company, Friday, July 29, 2011

"Women in sciences -- or the lack thereof -- is a topic that
draws constant controversy. No matter what's causing such a low
number of women to enter science-related fields, the numbers speak for
themselves: women make up 46.5 percent of the U.S. workforce, but hold
only 25 percent of math and computer science jobs, and 11 percent of
engineering jobs. 

One solution for changing this ratio sounds simple, but is often
overlooked: Make more of an effort to interest girls in hard sciences
from an early age. Which was precisely the goal of the inaugural GE
Girls at MIT Summer Education workshop, held this July."

See the entire story at 
http://www.rdmag.com/News/Feeds/2011/07/manufacturing-how-to-solve-the-women-in-science-gap-teach-gir/

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3. Female students in high school physics 
From: Waves and Packets, Aug. 3, 2001
[http://multibriefs.com/briefs/nsbp/index.php]

Writing on results of a nationwide survey of high school physics
teachers, AIP's Susan White and Casey Tesfaye, report that the number of
girls taking physics in U.S. high schools increased 161 percent between
1987 and 2009; the number of boys was up 88 percent over this same
period. In this report, we examine female students taking high school
physics. They also report on the female representation by type of
physics course. 

The full report is available at
http://www.aip.org/statistics/trends/hstrends.html

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4. Overcoming the imposter syndrome
From: Waves and Packets, Aug. 3, 2001
[http://multibriefs.com/briefs/nsbp/index.php]

At one time or another nearly every graduate student and new faculty
member wonders about his or her competence. This is a common fear often
referred to as the impostor syndrome. The impostor syndrome runs rampant
in academia -- and women are especially prone to it. How do you get
over the impostor syndrome? Easier said than done.

More here:
http://gradschool.about.com/od/survivinggraduateschool/a/impostor.htm

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5. Women in Science Work for Less Money
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]

ScienceInsider - breaking news and analysis from the world of science policy
Women in Science Work for Less Money
by Jeffrey Mervis on 4 August 2011

"Study hard, receive a science or engineering degree, and your reward
will be a well-paying job in your chosen field. That's part of the sales
pitch for those trying to attract more women into science. But according
to a new US government study, the 'reward' includes earning 12% less
than your male counterparts. 

The 11-page report, 'Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation,' is the
first analysis of women working in technical fields (STEM stands for
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) by the Commerce
Department's Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA). The study is
based on data from the 2009 American Community Survey, an ongoing
questionnaire by the U.S. Census Bureau that supplements the decennial
census." 

The full story is here:

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/08/women-in-science-work-for-less.html?ref=hp

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6. Call for Nominations: 2012-2015 MIT Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics
From: WIPHYS, Aug. 4, 2011

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. The
nomination deadline is Friday, September 9, 2011. 

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:
http://web.mit.edu/physics/research/pappalardo/competition.html

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7. Call for Nominations - 2012 Alan T. Waterman Award
From: WIPHYS, Aug. 4, 2011

Deadline is October 31, 2011 

The Alan T. Waterman Award is the highest honor awarded by the National
Science Foundation. Since 1975, when Congress established the award to
honor the agency's first director, the annual award has been
bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated exceptional individual
achievement in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality
to place them at the forefront of their peers. 

The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field
of science or engineering supported by the National Science
Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of
$500,000 over a three year period for scientific research or advanced
study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social or
other sciences at the institution of the recipient's choice. 

http://www.nsf.gov/od/waterman/waterman.jsp

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