AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of June 15, 2012
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Document on Women of Color in Astronomy for NRC Conference

2. What do YOU do for Child Care When Traveling?

3. AWARDS: There is a problem and we can solve it

4. Fog Happiness: Children, astronomy, etc.

5. Undergraduate Research Advising: Making the Most of a Summer Project

6. Celebration of 40th anniversary of Title IX

7. Jane Luu wins two prestigious awards

8. Ana Maria Rey is the June CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month 

9. Job Opportunities

10. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

11. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

12. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

1. Document on Women of Color in Astronomy for NRC Conference
From: Nancy Morrison [NMorris_at_utnet.utoledo.edu]

Members of CSWA and CSMA collaborated on a document describing the
status of women of color (WoC) in astronomy, to be used as testimony for
the Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of
Color in Academia Conference, which was held on June 7-8, 2012 in
Washington, DC and sponsored by the National Academies. The authors
were: Dara Norman, Jedidah Isler, and Hakeem Oluseyi (CSMA); and Nancy
Morrison, Caroline Simpson, and Laura Trouille (CSWA). The testimony
lists nine barriers that impede the progress of women of color in
particular. It then proposes some innovative remedial steps that could
be taken by societies, funding agencies and consortia of universities,
including: building cohorts of high achieving WoC graduate students at
leading institutions; developing an award program for outstanding
mentors; and encouraging the development of a network and support group
among WoC at the professional level. The testimony then describes steps
that the AAS has taken to support women and minorities, and it notes
successes by minority-serving institutions and historically black
colleges and universities, such as Florida International University and
Spelman College. 

To read the full document, see:


To read the testimonies submitted by 28 organizations:

2. What do YOU do for Child Care When Traveling?
From: Hannah Jang-Condell via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

It's been a tough few weeks in my household. First there was a proposal
deadline, and hard on the heels of that, I'm about to disappear for a
week for work travel. 

It's hard enough managing things when I'm away for a week at a time. My
husband has to pick up the slack on child care, which usually translates
to taking vacation time, since day care hours generally aren't long
enough for him to work a full day in between. 

But what do you do if you want to go away for longer? 

[To read the entire post, see:]


3. AWARDS: There is a problem and we can solve it
From: Ed Bertschinger via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

During the decade 1992-2001, women earned nearly 20% of the PhDs awarded
in astronomy, about double the percentage from the preceding twenty
years. In 2006, 28% of astronomy assistant professors were women. These
two groups represent the pools from which awards are selected for senior
and early career astronomers. The percentages of women in these pools
differ significantly from the percentages of women among the award
winners: During the period 2001-2011, excluding women-only awards, women
earned 4.7% of the senior society awards (Russell, Tinsley, Weber,
Heineman, Lancelot) and 14.3% of the junior awards (Pierce and Warner)
but 33% of the education awards (including Chambliss). It is
particularly striking that the Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize was awarded to
a woman in its inaugural year of 1986 (Jocelyn Bell Burnell) and not

[To read the entire post, including Ed's call to action, see:]


4. Fog Happiness: Children, astronomy, etc.
From: Ann Hornschemeier via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

I'm grateful for Hannah's most recent blog post on how things get
easier once children are a bit older (hers are 8 and 10, mine is 2).
This quote was great: "But I know my life is richer and more joyous
with my children than without them, and all my lost sleep is well worth

Recently I've been reading Gretchen Rubin's book The
Happiness Project.  I think a lot of women in astronomy might identify
with her project.  Her life is wonderful but she thought she could
appreciate it more.  She wanted to push herself to recognize the things
that made her happy.   

[To read the entire post, see:]


5. Undergraduate Research Advising: Making the Most of a Summer Project
From: Lisa Winter via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

[This week's guest blogger is Lisa Winter. Lisa Winter is a Hubble
fellow at the University of Colorado studying active galaxies and their
relationship to galaxy evolution through feedback processes.]

It's June, the spring semester just ended, and it's now prime time for
starting on summer undergraduate research projects.  After working with
a number of undergrads over the past few years, there are a few
principles that I keep in mind when developing and working with

Getting started on the right foot - the first few weeks.  While it can
be tempting for a busy advisor to assign lots of reading assignments at
the beginning of the summer, this can sometimes do more harm than good. 

[For the rest of the post, see:]

6. Celebration of 40th anniversary of Title IX
From: Judith L. Pipher [jlpipher_at_pas.rochester.edu]

On June 26, the National Women's Hall of Fame is holding a celebration of
the 40th anniversary of passage of Title IX, in DC.  The two panel
discussions (free) in the afternoon, will be held at The Gallup Building,
901 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004 at 4pm - 6pm.

Panel One  Celebrating Success: 40 Years of Achievement
Panel Two  Unfinished Business: Pushing for Progress

The panelists include prize-winning and barrier-breaking athletes, as well
as individuals involved in Title IX.  The "godmother" of Title IX, Bernice
Sandler is one; Sen. Birch Bayh is another.  The Title IX amendment is
called the "Patsy Mink Amendment", and her daughter Dr. Gwendolyn Mink
will participate.

Following the panels is a reception (there is a fee; less expensive if one
becomes a member of the Hall).  Condoleezza Rice gives the opening
remarks, and Nancy Pelosi the closing remarks.  At the reception meet
these individuals as well as other dignitaries (e.g. I believe Lily
Ledbetter will attend - and she is amazing!).  For further information


7. Jane Luu wins two prestigious awards
From: Nancy Brickhouse [nbrickhouse_at_cfa.harvard.edu]

Jane Luu has won two prestigious prizes for her co-discovery of the
Kuiper Belt: 

The Shaw Prize in Astronomy is shared with David Jewett.


The Kavli Prize in Astrophysics is shared with David Jewett and Michale Brown:


8. Ana Maria Rey is the June CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month 
From: WIPHYS, June 11, 2012

Ana Maria Rey of JILA and University of Colorado Physics Department at
Boulder is the featured physicist for this month. For more information
on her recognition: 


Do you know a female physicist worthy of recognition? Nominate her!
Find more info at


9. Job Opportunities

  * Postdoctoral research position in numerical astrophysics of accretion
    flows in cataclysmic variables and related objects.
    Contact Dr. Matt A. Wood at matt.wood61_at_gmail.com or wood_at_fit.edu

  * NRAO Postdoc (ALMA Postdoctoral Fellow)

  * Astronomer (Program Director) at National Science Foundation:

  * Deputy Division Director, Astronomical Sciences, at National Science Foundation:

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