AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of June 8, 2012
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1.  Serving on a Scientific Organizing Committee

2.  Beyond Job Boards:  Alternative Job Search Strategies

3.  Stereotypes of Women's Role in Technology

4.  Book Review:  Women in Astronomy and Space Science

5.  How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

6.  How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

7.  Access to Past Issues

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1.  Serving on a Scientific Organizing Committee
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]

Thanks to Nancy Brickhouse (CfA), CSWA has added a list of suggestions for
serving on a Scientific Organizing Committee to our advice page. How do SOC
members ensure an appropriate level of diversity among conference invited
speakers if the committee chair does not provide leadership? For some
suggestions, please see item #9:

http://www.aas.org/cswa/advice

Contributions to this list from Andrea Dupree, Caty Pilachowski, Roberta
Humphreys, Lee Anne Willson, and Lynne Hillenbrand are greatly appreciated.

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2.  Beyond Job Boards:  Alternative Job Search Strategies
From:  Deanna Ratnikova via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

[This week's guest blogger is Deanna Ratnikova. Deanna Ratnikova 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.]

In my position at the American Physical Society (APS), I come across many job
seekers looking for help and advice on how to find a job.  I often promote the
Physics Career Network (a collection of online job boards), but when I’m asked
how I got my current and past positions, I have to admit that online job boards
were not the best route for me.  Nearly 70% of the positions I’ve held since
starting college were found using alternative strategies like networking.

So, if you’re struggling to find a position using online job boards, read on for
alternative job search strategies that have proven successful for me.

To read these job strategies, please see:

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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3.  Stereotypes of Women's Role in Technologys
From:  Eilat Glikman [eilat.glikman_at_yale.edu]

I saw the recent article on sexual harassment in Silicon Valley in the [New York
Times] NYT this weekend and was utterly incensed! Women are underrepresented in
internet technology firms in Silicon Valley not because women are not capable of
contributing to this field, but rather because of the very subject of the
article itself: sexual harassment, a culture of a boy's club, and biased views
about women's abilities in math and computing.

[To read the article, please see:]

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/technology/lawsuit-against-kleiner-perkins-is-
shaking-silicon-valley.html?emc=eta1


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4.  Book Review:  Women in Astronomy and Space Science
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

In IAU Commission 46, Astronomy Education and Development, Newsletter 76, the
proceedings to 'Women in Astronomy and Space Science: Meeting the Challenges of
an Increasingly Diverse Workforce' is reviewed.  This meeting was held at The
Inn and Conference Center at the University of Maryland in October 2009, and is
the third in a series on the status of women in astronomy, the first of which
came thirteen years after CSWA formed.

The reviewer, Naomi Pasachoff of Williams College, recommends the proceedings to
those teaching astronomy anywhere in the world as well as to department heads,
deans, and hiring committees.  As the reviewer notes, "a tension prevails within
the book," highlighting the message of frustration in pursuing an academic career
due to a lack of stability and security for raising a family.   Job rewards seem
to be met more in non-academic careers.  To read more of the book review, please
see 

http://www.iaucomm46.org/content/newsletters

[Or go directly to  this PDF (2 MB). Pasachoff's review begins on page 15 - Webmaster.]
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