AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of February 17, 2012
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1.  Remembering Susan Niebur

2.  National STEM Video Game Challenge

3.  IUPAP Women in Physics is on Google+ and Facebook

4.  APS March Meeting on Sexual and Gender Diversity Issues

5.  Workshop:  Moving FORWARD In Space

6.  How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

7.  How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

8.  Access to Past Issues

1.  Remembering Susan Niebur
From:  Hannah Jang-Condell [womeninastronomy.blogspot.com]

Last week, on February 6, 2012, Dr. Susan Niebur, founder of the Women  
in Planetary Science Blog, passed away after battling inflammatory  
breast cancer. Dr. Niebur was a powerful advocate for women in  
planetary sciences and brought an amazing amount of energy and  
enthusiasm to the cause. Last year, she won NASA's Planetary Science  
Division's Public Service Award for her outreach efforts. You can read  
about some of her many accomplishments here.

By the time I met Susan, she had already been diagnosed with breast  
cancer. She had two young boys just a bit younger than mine. And yet,  
she maintained a level of energy that put me to shame. There have been  
many times that I wished I could blog as well as or as prolifically as  
Susan did. I will miss Susan's voice in the blogosphere very much. My  
poor words cannot do her justice.

Rest in peace, Susan.

To read more on Women in Astronomy, please see


2.  National STEM Video Game Challenge
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Inspired by the Educate to Innovate campaign, an initiative by  
President Obama is to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology,  
Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education.  Therefore, a National STEM  
Video Game Challenge has been developed.  The aim of the challenge is  
to motivate interest in STEM learning among America's youth.  A way to  
motivate is tapping into many students' passions for playing and  
making video games. The challenge features two competitions, a Youth  
Prize  for grades 5-8 and a Developer Prize, which is open to emerging  
and experienced (e.g., college, graduate students, and educators) game  
developers. The deadline is March 12, 2012.

For more details, please see:


3.  IUPAP Women in Physics is on Google+ and Facebook
From:  WIPHYS, February 17, 2012

The IUPAP Women in Physics: U.S. Delegation now has a Google+ page in  
addition to our Facebook page. Please "friend" us or add us to your  
Google+ circles if you are interested in women in physics from an  
international perspective. You can find us at Facebook:


and Google+:


4.  APS March Meeting on Sexual and Gender Diversity Issues
From: WIPHYS, February 17, 2012

Currently there has been little discussion on the contributions that  
LGBT+ physicists (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc,...)  
have made to the natural sciences or what resources might be needed to  
support sexual and gender minorities working in these fields. This  
special session titled will be held to draw attention to these issues.  
The session will feature invited speakers presenting on research,  
outreach, and advocacy for greater inclusion and visibility. The  
session will be held on Tuesday, February 28, from 11am-2pm in room  

If you have any questions, please check out our website at


or e-mail us at lgbt.physicists@gmail.com

5. Workshop:  Moving FORWARD In Space
From:  Fran Bagenal [bagenal_at_lasp.colorado.edu]

Workshop Announcement: Moving FORWARD In Space

Who:  For planetary scientists (including exoplanets!) heading for the  
academic track
Where:  Philadelphia
When:   June 4-6, 2012

The primary goals of the workshop are to provide young female  
scientists with information and skills development necessary for a  
successful bid for a tenured professorship in the planetary sciences.   
Workshop activities will focus on developing mentoring and networking  
connections, techniques for more successful writing, acquiring grant  
funding, sharing of classroom ideas and materials, maintaining  
work-life balance, and challenges for dual career couples.

Invited participants include finishing doctoral students, postdocs,  
scientists in a career break after a PhD or postdoc, in the early  
stages of a tenure-track position or employed outside academia. Though  
this conference is aimed specifically at maintaining female scientists  
in the tenure-track pipeline, we encourage all underrepresented  
minorities in the planetary sciences to apply. Dual career couples are  
encouraged to apply as well.

Applications to attend available: March 7, 2012.

E-mail: planetary_at_temple.edu for an application or additional  
information. We expect to invite 30-35 attendees to the workshop - and  
will have some funds available to help cover hotel costs for those who  
request them (via a separate application).

Conference sponsor: National Science Foundation via the FORWARD to  
Professorship Program.

More information at:


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