AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of April 27, 2012
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Evaluating How We Present Role Models in STEM

2. Gender Politics

3. Why all astronomy departments should think of themselves as women's astronomy departments

4. German female astronomers, at home and abroad

5. This Week on the CSWA Twitter Feed

6. Physics Trends - Spring 2012

7. Maria Goeppert Mayer Award

8. NASA internships for students

9. Meeting on Exoplanets in Multi-body Systems in the Kepler Era

10. Job Opportunities

11. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

12. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

13. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

1. Evaluating How We Present Role Models in STEM
From: Laura Trouille via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Univ. of Michigan social psychologists Diana Betz and Denise
Sekaquaptewa recently published a thought-provoking article that I
thought might be of interest to our readers -- "My Fair Physicist?
Feminine Math and Science Role Models Demotivate Young Girls."  

To read more:


The article itself is at

2. Gender Politics
From: Hannah Jang-Condell via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

I would, ideally, like to keep politics out of this blog. However, given
that this is an election year, politics seems to be butting its way into
everything, so here goes. 

The CSWA works hard to advocate for women in science. One issue that
comes up over and over again is the problem of balancing career and
family -- an issue for any working mother, really. A key to that balance
is the ability to plan when and how many children to have -- something
that many of us, like myself, take for granted. 

So when a Republican-controlled House Committee convenes an all-male
panel to discuss coverage for birth control, it's hard not to take it a
little personally. It's bad enough that dependent care coverage is a
real issue for many young astronomers, particularly grad students and
postdocs, but to not even have coverage for birth control? 

To read more: 


3. Why all astronomy departments should think of themselves as women's astronomy departments
From: Bekki Dawson via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

[This week's guest blogger is Bekki Dawson. Bekki Dawson is a graduate
student in the Astronomy Department at Harvard University. Her research
focuses on the dynamics of planetary systems.]

H. Kim Bottomly, president of Wellesley College, recently wrote a
Washington Post editorial "Why all colleges should think of themselves
as women's colleges." President Bottomly focused on the mission of
universities to produce women political leaders, but many of her
arguments could apply to producing women scientists. As women's college
alumna and graduate student at a co-educational institution, I began to
wonder if the status of women in astronomy would improve if every
astronomy department (or physics department or research center)
considered itself a "women's astronomy department."  

To read more:


4. German female astronomers, at home and abroad
From: Barbara Rojas Ayala via CSWA Facebook page 

I found this article in today's arxiv, about the career situation of
female astronomer is Germany: 
"We survey the job situation of women in astronomy in Germany and of
German women abroad and review indicators for their career
development. Our sample includes women astronomers from all academic
levels from doctoral students to professors, as well as female
astronomers who have left the field. We find that networking and human
support are among the most important factors for success. Experience
shows that students should carefully choose their supervisor and collect
practical knowledge abroad. We reflect the private situation of female
German astronomers and find that prejudices are abundant, and are
perceived as discriminating. We identify reasons why women are more
likely than men to quit astronomy after they obtain their PhD degree. We
give recommendations to young students on what to pay attention to in
order to be on the successful path in astronomy." 

The article is at:

5. 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.

* Inspiring and Informative Videos about Women in Science

* The Girls' Guide To Calling Out Sexism Without Being Attacked" 

* 8 ways to help end workplace prejudice

6. Physics Trends - Spring 2012
From: Laura Trouille [l-trouille_at_northwestern.edu]

Forwarded from: Roman Czujko 

The Statistical Research Center has published the spring 2012 set of
Physics Trends flyers.  These are printable flyers intended for
display. The new flyers can be downloaded from our web site at: 

This set of flyers depicts:

The starting salaries for recent physics bachelor's employed in 6 parts
of the economy 

Women among physics faculty members

Science and Engineering Readiness Index for each state

7. Maria Goeppert Mayer Award 
From: WIPHYS, April 25, 2012

Deadline to Nominate is July 1, 2011

The award is designed to recognize and enhance outstanding achievement
by a woman physicist in the early years of her career, and to provide
opportunities for her to present these achievements to others through
public lectures in the spirit of Maria Goeppert Mayer. The award
consists of $2,500 plus a $4,000 travel allowance to provide
opportunities for the recipient to give lectures in her field of physics
at four institutions and at the meeting of the Society at which the
award is bestowed and a certificate citing the contributions made by the
recipient. Find more info at

8. NASA internships for students 
From: WIPHYS, April 25, 2012

Deadline is May 31

NASA offers fall and spring semester paid internships for undergraduate
and graduate students. Internships are in a variety of STEM (science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines as well as
business and finance. The deadline for fall semester internship
applications is May 31. Interested students can apply at:


9. Meeting on Exoplanets in Multi-body Systems in the Kepler Era
From: Eric Ford [eford_at_astro.ufl.edu] 

Exoplanets in Multi-body Systems in the Kepler Era
February 9-16, 2013

Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen, CO, USA

Rationale:  For centuries, theories of planet formation were guided
exclusively by our solar system. However, the discovery of planets
orbiting other stars (exoplanets) in the past two decades has
demonstrated that nature often produces planetary systems quite
different from our own, neither anticipated by nor well explained by the
current theories of solar system formation and dynamics. The diversity
of planetary system architectures (the masses and orbital arrangements
of planets) has confronted astronomers with many new challenges and
reinvigorated the fields of planet formation and orbital dynamics. Among
these challenges are planetary systems with multiple planets in close-in
orbits, highly eccentric orbits, and planets in binary star systems.  In
this one week program, scientists from the fields of planetary science,
celestial mechanics, astronomy and astrophysics will meet to discuss new
developments in the field of extrasolar multi-planet systems. The goal
of our workshop is to provide an environment where these scientists can
present new ideas, discuss their implications for identifying the most
important problems in the field and chart the field's future

Practical Details:  The meeting will be held either February 9-15 or
February 10-16, 2013.  We anticipate nearly 100 participants.  The Aspen
Center for Physics will coordinate applications, registration and
housing.  We will update the meeting website with information about how
to apply, registration and housing as these details become available.
In the meantime, you may see the ACP website for further information
about registration, housing and day care for previous winter meetings.
Young scientists, women and underrepresented minorities are all
encouraged to apply.    

10. Job Opportunities

  * AURA Solicits Applications and Nominations for the Director,
    National Solar Observatory 

  * AURA Solicits Applications and Nominations for the Director, Large
    Synoptic Survey Telescope 

  * One-year Visiting Assistant Professor Position in Physics at Kenyon

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