AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of March 23, 2012
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Women In Astronomy Blogspot

2. STATUS Doodle Poll Results

3. Dr. Abigail Stewart: Hard Science, Soft Skills talk

4. Notable Irish Scientist Annie Maunder-The Lady Computer 

5. Enhance Your Career With Leadership Skills

6. Women in Aerospace Conference: June 1st 

7. Job Opportunities

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. Women In Astronomy Blogspot
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]

Thanks so much for your overwhelming response to last week's
invitation to work with CSWA! It has already inspired an upgrade to our
Women In Astronomy Blogspot. 

We received enough interest in our request for guest bloggers that
CSWA's Blogger-In-Chief, Hannah Jang-Condell, in conjunction with
Laura Trouille and me, decided to open up a new blog rotation for guest
bloggers. These blogs will be posted on Thursdays, and will run parallel
to our normal Monday posts by CSWA members. 

Our first guest blogger is Jessica Kirkpatrick. Jessica is a final-year
graduate student at UC Berkeley. Her research involves studying quasars
from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. She is also actively involved with
the Society for Women in the Physical Sciences at Berkeley. 

Jessica's post on "Dealing with Rejection" in today's astronomy job
market is here: 

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

Please let Jessica know how much we appreciate her efforts by reading
her post, spreading the word, and leaving a comment for all of us to
consider. 

Here's the guest-blogger lineup for the next few weeks:

29 Mar: Gender Roles and Infant/Toddler Care: Male and Female Professors
on the Tenure Track, by Brian Morsony; 

5 Apr: Why Sexism, Racism, and Other Forms of Oppression Must be
Considered Together, by Nick Murphy; and 

12 Apr: What YOU Can do to Promote Gender Equality in Astronomy, by
Meredith Hughes. 

If you would like to be a guest blogger at our Women In Astronomy
Blogspot, please e-mail me at the address above. 

Thanks to Dave Charbonneau, Laura Trouille, Jessica Kirkpatrick, and
Meredith Hughes for inspiring this idea and to the many volunteer guest
bloggers who are making it possible. 

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2. STATUS Doodle Poll Results
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]

Last week you helped us track the readership of STATUS, CSWA's
semi-annual magazine. We set up a poll at Doodle to address the
following question: 

Are you more/less/equally likely to read STATUS now that it is 100%
electronic? 

Over 100 people voted. The poll is still open and you can still vote here:

http://www.doodle.com/dgxkr7iatkqm89qs

Here are the results (as of Thursday morning):

29 are more likely;
26 are less likely; and
55 are equally likely.

The decision to go 100% electronic was made by the AAS. All the AAS
newsletters are now 100% electronic. It saves money (and trees!), and
most of us agree that this is a good thing. 

CSWA and the STATUS editorial staff were afraid, however, that we might
be losing readers, and our survey confirms this. To the brave souls who
admitted to being less likely to read an electronic version of STATUS -
we don't want to lose you!  

Given the AAS constraints and the fact the CSWA does not have a budget
or the person-power to print and snail-mail paper copies, can anyone
suggest a creative solution? How can we keep from losing our reliable
paper-copy readers? 

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3. Dr. Abigail Stewart: Hard Science, Soft Skills talk
From: CSWA Facebook page

Dr. Abigail Stewart will be talking Monday, March 26, from 2-4pm at
STScI on "Addressing Unconscious Bias: Why and How." The talk may also
be webcast live for those of us not in the area.

http://www.stsci.edu/institute/calendar 

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4. Notable Irish Scientist Annie Maunder-The Lady Computer 
From: Retweeted by AAS CSWA

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, we at Under the Microscope are
profiling Irish astronomer and mathematician Annie Maunder, the first
woman elected to the Royal Astronomical Society.  

See the article at
http://www.underthemicroscope.com/blog/notable-irish-scientist-annie-maunder-the-lady-computer

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5. Enhance Your Career With Leadership Skills
From: Retweeted by AAS CSWA 

"Scientists are called upon to show strong leadership all along the
career ladder. Early on, they may need to steer decisions during group
meetings, develop research collaborations, or organize student
conferences. When the time comes, they're expected to become leaders in
their labs and then in their fields, take charge of university courses,
serve their institutions and professional organizations on committees
and in leadership roles, and eventually, perhaps, lead a department or
even a research institution." 

http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2012_03_23/caredit.a1200034

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6. Women in Aerospace Conference: June 1st
From: Matthew Greenhouse  [matthew.a.greenhouse_at_nasa.gov]

http://www.womeninaerospace.org/events/conf/

Aerospace 2012: Leading the Way is the theme of WIA's day-long
conference on issues of importance to women and men in the aerospace
industry worldwide. Coming to the Key Bridge Marriott on Friday, June 1,
2012, the conference agenda features morning sessions of special
interest to women in aerospace and those who hire, mentor and promote
them; a keynote luncheon; a series of afternoon sessions on topics of
broad interest across the aerospace industry; and a networking
reception. 

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7. Job Opportunities

  * NRAO: Assistant Director (AD, ALMA North American Operations). 
    https://careers.nrao.edu ; click on Search Job Postings

  * NRAO Postdoctoral Position, Green Bank
    https://careers.nrao.edu ; click on Search Job Postings

  * Tenure-track faculty position at RIT Physics Department: 
    Apply by March 31. http://careers.rit.edu/ search for IRC56099.  

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