AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of April 13, 2012
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. What YOU can do to promote gender equality in astronomy

2. Stop Sexual Assault and Violence

3. At M.I.T., Success Comes With Unexpected Consequences

4. This Week on the CSWA Twitter Feed

5. Pregnancy and Science Careers

6. Einstein's Advice to a Little Girl Who Wants to Be a Scientist

7. 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in STEM Mentoring 

8. AAS Prize Nominations

9. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

10. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

11. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. What YOU can do to promote gender equality in astronomy
From: Meredith Hughes via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

[This week's guest blogger is Meredith Hughes. Meredith is currently a
Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley. Her research involves using
millimeter-wavelength interferometry to study the process of planet
formation. - eds.] 

Sometimes when I think about how to promote gender equality in
astronomy, I feel a bit inadequate. My personal life is relatively
uncomplicated and I've had a blessedly easy time on the job market so
far -- so as a mentor or a crusader, I don't have a lot of experience
overcoming adversity to draw on (knock on wood). And I'm already working
hard to make a career for myself as an astronomer, so I'm not exactly
jumping up and down to start a second career as an activist. At the same
time, issues of equality are deeply compelling to me. I've seen friends
and colleagues affected by the cultural and sociological barriers that
disproportionately limit women's participation in the field. I twitch
every time I hear affirmative action backlash. I want to do
something. And I imagine I'm not the only one. But what? How can I best
use the time, skills, and experience that I have to promote gender
equality?  

To read more:

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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2. Stop Sexual Assault and Violence
From: Ed Bertschinger via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

American women and men in astronomy are generally safe against personal
violence. However, sexual harassment, assault and other forms of
misconduct are a continuing problem for men and women, especially
against women. Moreover, our sisters elsewhere are subject to
state-sponsored, gender-based violence and discrimination that must not
be forgotten. It is fitting that April is Sexual Assault Awareness
Month. 

Universities are not immune to allegations of sexual abuse, including
but not restricted to recent high profile cases involving sports coaches
and teams. Is this a taboo subject in the astronomical community? I hope
not, and was pleased to see that the Yale Women's Faculty Forum,
currently led by astronomer Priya Natarajan, was able to increase
awareness of and effect change in policies concerning sexual misconduct
at Yale. Other universities would benefit from the example of
institutional change accomplished by the Yale women described at Change
Magazine. 

http://www.changemag.org/Archives/Back%20Issues/2012/March-April%202012/Imlementing-full.html

To read more: 

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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3. At M.I.T., Success Comes With Unexpected Consequences
From: Paola Rodriguez Hidalgo via CSWA Facebook page 

Not incredibly surprising, but I thought it would be good to share this here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/21/us/21mit.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

At M.I.T., Success Comes With Unexpected Consequences
Twelve years after M.I.T. sought to end discrimination against female
faculty members, a study shows progress has come with a new perception
-- a belief that women are given an unfair advantage. 

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4. This week on the CSWA twitter feed
From: Caroline Simpson [simpsonc_at_fiu.edu]

A few tweets and retweets from AAS CSWA - go to
twitter.com for the embedded links and stories.

* Mexicans Silvia Torres & Manuel Peimbert awarded Hans Bethe Prize by
APSphysics for outstanding work on Astrophysics (retweeted from Arturo
Sarukhan) 

* Nice list of resources for finding mentors for women in STEM & creating
a successful relationship 
http://www.underthemicroscope.com/blog/how-to-find-mentors-for-women-in-science-technology-
engineering-and-math
(retweeted from AAUW STEM)

* Fighting back against "Imposter Syndrome" - 
http://womeninplanetaryscience.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/fighting-back-against-imposter-syndrome/ 
via @WomenPlanetSci (retweeted from STEMinist)

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5. Pregnancy and Science Careers
From: Nancy Brickhouse [nbrickhouse_at_cfa.harvard.edu] 

An article by Sue V. Rosser at insidehighered.com discusses the issue of
pregnant scientists:

http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2012/04/04/essay-issues-facing-aspiring-scientists-
who-are-pregnant

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6. Einstein's Advice to a Little Girl Who Wants to Be a Scientist
From: Harley A. Thronson [harley.a.thronson_at_nasa.gov] 

Charming . . .  

Women in Science: Einstein's Advice to a Little Girl Who Wants to
Be a Scientist 
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/09/dear-professor-einstein-girl/

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7. 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in STEM Mentoring 
From: WIPHYS, April 12, 2012

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking
nominations for the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in STEM
Mentoring. The award is open to all individuals who are U. S. citizens
or permanent residents and to U.S. entities, including academia,
corporate, government and non-profits organizations and companies. The
application deadline is June 6, 2012. Apply at

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11563/nsf11563.htm

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8. AAS Prize Nominations
From: AAS Electronic Announcement #231 - April 2012

Deadline: 30 June 2012

The AAS needs your help in getting due recognition for our most
outstanding colleagues. Nominations for the AAS Prizes for 2013 must
arrive in the Secretary's Office by 30 June 2012. Members may obtain the
Prize nomination instructions online at
http://aas.org/prizes/nominations. 

Electric submission to aassec@aas.org is encouraged. To obtain a hard
copy of the nomination form, please email aassec@aas.org. 

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