AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of November 4, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1.  1000+ Subscribers to AASWomen

2.  Repercussions for Sexual Harassment

3.  Offensive Article in Nature - Your Responses

4.  APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women

5.  SMART Scholarships for BS, MS, and PhD

6.  Amelia Earhart Fellowship

7.  Women in Aerospace Scholarship

8.  How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

9.  How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

10. Access to Past Issues

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1.  1000+ Subscribers to AASWomen
Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]

Caroline [Simpson] just informed me that we now have 1073 subscribers  
to the AASWOMEN newsletter!  This is the first time AASWOMEN has  
broken the 1000-subscriber barrier.

Welcome new subscribers!

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2.  Repercussions for Sexual Harassment
From:  Mark Postman [postman_at_stsci.edu]

How do we as a professional society deal with the infrequent, but very  
harmful, presence of repeat sexual harassers amongst our colleagues?  
This is a serious issue that has been the topic of CSWA discussion,  
driven by more than a few heart-wrenching emails and communications  
that have been received over the course of the past few years.

[To read Mark Postman's suggestions, please read his article from The  
Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy in the latest AAS  
Newsletter which can be found at [On page 19 --- Webmaster]

http://aas.org/archives/Newsletter/Newsletter_161_2011_11_Nov_Dec.pdf ]

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3.  Offensive Article in Nature - Your Responses
From: Lucianne Walkowicz [l.m.walkowicz_at_gmail.com]

[The last issue of the AASWOMEN newsletter included a article in  
Nature from Ed Rybicki on Womanspace. One reader responded with a  
letter to the editor-in-chief of Nature -- eds.]

Dear Philip,

It was a pleasure meeting you at TEDGlobal. When we spoke in July, you  
asked me about the perception and role of Nature in the astrophysics  
community. I very much enjoyed our discussion, but unfortunately what  
has prompted my note to you today is a decidedly unpleasant update to  
my opinion on that topic.

Yesterday, a piece by Ed Rybicki entitled "Womanspace" was brought to  
my attention. In this story, Rybicki recounts an anecdote from his own  
life as a means to opine on his perceived differences between men and  
women. In just under 1000 words, he manages to cover a truly  
jaw-dropping number of sexist stereotypes, including but not limited  
to women being evolutionarily built for domestic chores, that the  
primary concerns of men are to debate heady theories while women shop  
for to-die-for shoes and husbands, and so on. Rybicki, in his response  
to the article comments, indicates that the intent of his article was  
to be harmless, funny and charming.

It is neither funny nor charming, and it is most certainly not  
harmless. What it is is an excellent example of the kind of  
unconscious bias that is not only difficult to eradicate, but has  
concrete, deleterious effects on the careers of women every day, not  
the least of them women in academia. That Rybicki knows a female  
academic (his wife) who enjoys his story is irrelevant-- the holders  
of sexist views come from both genders.

The fact that sexist stereotypes not only exist but pervade all  
corners of our lives is not a surprise-- a library's worth of shelves  
could be filled with the number of books and magazines that regularly  
appear to promote these ideas. Indeed, some of the biggest offenders  
are mainstream magazines actually targeted at women.

But you are not the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, you are the  
Editor-in-Chief of Nature, an academic journal devoted to the  
dissemination of scientific results. Surely you realize that the  
appearance of an article like this in a journal like yours gives the  
viewpoints set forth a legitimacy they do not warrant. As such, I  
cannot imagine what this piece is doing in the pages of your journal.  
Perhaps you can explain it to me, so that this article may become an  
opportunity for dialogue rather than a waste of space.

Sincerely,
Lucianne Walkowicz

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4.  APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women
From:  WIPHYS, October 27, 2011

APS and IBM co-sponsor a 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. For more  
information and to apply, please visit:

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

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5.  SMART Scholarships for BS, MS, and PhD
From:  WIPHYS, October 27, 2011

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART)  
Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students  
pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology,  
Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full  
scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. For  
more information and to apply, visit:

https://smart.asee.org/

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6.  Amelia Earhart Fellowship
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia  
Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women  
pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences and  
aerospace-related engineering.  Amelia Earhart Fellows have gone on to  
become astronauts, aerospace engineers, astronomers, professors,  
geologists, business owners, heads of companies, even Secretary of the  
US Air Force.  Applications for the 2012 Fellowships must be received  
or post-marked by 15 November 2011 to be considered. For more  
information, please see

http://www.zonta.org/WhatWeDo/InternationalPrograms/AmeliaEarhartFellowship.aspx

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7. Women in Aerospace Scholarship
From:  Matthew A. Greenhouse [matthew.a.greenhouse_at_nasa.gov]

At least one award of $1000 will be given to a rising senior in  
college, to be applied to the 2013-2014 academic year.  Women  
undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in the  
aerospace field should check out the requirements to see if they are  
eligible to apply for this scholarship:

http://www.womeninaerospace.org/news/10-18-2011_1.html

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8.  How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

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topics, send email to aaswomen_at_aas.org

All material will be posted unless you tell us otherwise, including  
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