AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of April 20, 2012
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1.  Take the 'work' out of networking

2.  White House Panel - Women and Girls in STEM

3.  Interacting Galaxies & Binary Quasars - Gender Statistics

4.  The Matilda Effect in Science

5.  2012 World Development Report - Gender Equality/Development

6.  Nominations - Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher

7.  U.S. News STEM Solutions 2012

8.  How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

9.  How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

10. Access to Past Issues

1.  Take the “work” out of networking
From:  Deanna Ratnikova via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

[This week's guest blogger is Deanna Ratnikova. Deanna is the Women and
Education Programs Administrator with the American Physical Society. In this
role, she works on the Women in Physics program and provides administrative
support to the Education and Diversity Department.  She earned a B.S. in
Chemistry at Austin Peay State University and a Master of Public and
International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. - eds.]

If the idea of networking makes you cringe, you’re not alone.  When we discuss
networking, we often talk about approaching unfamiliar people and trying to
establish rapport with them in a relatively short period of time.  We then have
to follow up and nurture the relationship.  This process can be awkward and may
seem insincere, and most of all, it’s a lot of work.

Don’t give up on networking, however.  It is one of the most powerful tools for
advancing your career.  Many job openings are not advertised, and in those
cases, you need to know someone to find out about them.  This is where
networking comes into play—it helps you build contacts that, one day, may call
you when they hear of a job opening appropriate for your interests and

If you want to network but don’t know where to start, here are five tips for
taking the 'work' out of networking.

To read more:


2.  White House Panel - Women and Girls in STEM
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

On April 24, 2012, from 10:30 - 11:45 AM EST, the White House Council on Women
and Girls will broadcast live online a panel discussion promoting women in STEM
fields.  The panel consists of trailblazing women who will share their
experiences and path in their respective STEM fields to encourage young women to
follow in their footsteps or to blaze their own trail.  The online audience can
participate in the live stream broadcast as well as those connecting via
Twitter.  In addition, the first public screening of a White House video on
girls in STEM will be shown.

For more information, please see:


3.  Interacting Galaxies & Binary Quasars - Gender Statistics
From:  Jorge Moreno [jmoreno_at_sissa.it]

I wish to mention that 2/3 of the invited speakers [to the first ever conference
on binary quasars held in Trieste (ITALY) April 25, 2012, 25 years after the
first discovery of a binary quasar] are female, making this meeting
unprecedented in the history of astronomy! Please visit


for recent statistics compiled by the AAS Committee on the Status of Invited
Women Speakers [which shows this meeting as having the highest percentage to
date].  The list of women (and men) speakers, their (pdf) slides, and abstract
page that may contain additional links such as simulation movies, websites and
relevant papers can be found at


On behalf of the SOC & LOC, I hope you enjoy all the exciting results presented
at this meeting.

4.  The Matilda Effect in Science
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The Matilda Effect is the lack of equal recognition of women to men regarding
scientific efforts and achievements.  A recent article by Lincoln et al. in the
April 2012 Social Studies of Science journal studies the Matilda Effect for US
awards and prizes in the 1990s and 2000s.  They outline the gender bias in 13
STEM disciplinary societies, finding two major influences -- implicit bias and
committee chairs (i.e., men heading panels) -- as contributing factors to why
men receive a higher proportion of scholarly research awards.  Only 5% of women
won awards from panels headed by men compared to 23% from panels headed by
women.  Men are more likely to head prestigious research award panels and men
are more likely to contact other men when seeking nominations.  Women are not
winning awards and prizes because they are not being nominated.  Of the awards
women receive, they are more in service (32.2%, 2001-2010) and teaching (37.1%,
2001-2010).  The US culture still pushes the belief that scholarly efforts by
women are less important than those by men.  External social factors that
directly relate to women's science careers and ghettoization of women's
accomplishments into 'women-only' awards are also discussed in the article.

To read the journal article (a subscription may be needed), please see

Lincoln A. et al., 2012, Social Studies of Science, Vol. 42, No. 2., pp. 307-320


5.  2012 World Development Report - Gender Equality/Development
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development finds women
represent 40% of the world's labor force and more than half the world's
university students.  If women's skills and talents are more fully utilized, the
study suggests that productivity overall will increase by as much as 25%.  Also,
society benefits when women are empowered, are more represented in and are more
involved in decision making.  Although women's lives have improved
dramatically worldwide, gaps still exist:  Women still have unequal access to
economic opportunities; women still earn less than men; women are limited in
productivity. Domestic policies are encouraged to minimize institutional biases
that work against women's productivity and earnings.  To read the full report or
the highlights, please see


6.  Nominations - Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher
From:  WIPHYS, April 12, 2012

[This newsletter item is related to item No. 4 above.  If you know of a
qualified outstanding female undergraduate science teacher, please nominate her
for this award. -- eds.]

Now seeking nominations for Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher.  Deadline
is June 1, 2012.

Now is the time to nominate a worthy colleague, mentor, teacher for this annual
award! Nominations are being sought for the 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate
Science Teacher Award (OUSTA) granted by the Society for College Science
Teachers (SCST), an affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association
(NSTA). This year’s award is also co-sponsored by Springer Science+Business
Media. A nominee need not be a member of the SCST. Nominations may be made by
colleagues or students and self-nominations are also encouraged!

The purpose of the OUSTA is to recognize the achievements of our teaching
colleagues who have enhanced the profession as outstanding teachers of science.
This annual award is based upon a selection process that evaluates nominees
according to the following ranked categories: 1) teaching excellence; 2)
scholarship; and 3) service.  For details regarding the nomination and
application process, visit

http://www.scst.org/grants/ousta .

Questions or Nominations? Email csandler_at_umich.edu.  SCST Website:


7.  U.S. News STEM Solutions 2012
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

A leadership summit on STEM solutions will be held June 27-29, 2012 in  Dallas,
TX.  For the first time on a national stage, business, education, and government
leaders will meet to address the country's mission-critical need for a
competitive workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering, and math
(STEM).  I did not see in the schedule a discussion on the lack of women in and
promotion of women in STEM.  If you would like to help determine the solutions,
policies, and collective changes needed now to carry the USA, and its economy,
into the future, please think of attending this conference.  More information
can be found at

http://www.USNewsSTEMSolutions.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0011PBLJcozzKGP2jHWO-5_O57jKHqErbzNwM-6FwWvBsF4g_mz4Khf9tbBiaONjbDKsi6TillIFryel7uPm-ursIs8qQHeTctr_2DhxYvpjElG8k_Y92edA3iaMVuCjuyC]

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