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

This week's issues:

1. Women Versus Women

2. June 2012 STATUS is Now Available

3. Mentorship Story in the Chicago Sun Times

4. CNN features Physicist Fabiola Gianotti

5. Scientific American’s 30 under 30

6. Origins of the Expanding Universe: 1912-1932

7. Awards for Graduate, Postdoctoral, and Senior Researchers

8. Job Opportunities

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

1. Women Versus Women
From: Joan Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

[Part 1 - Why all Senior Women Should be Role Models -- eds.]

I confess that I cringe when I hear women in astronomy put other women down. We
all too often divide ourselves into "us" versus "them": senior women who are/are
not effective role models for girls in STEM; women who do/do not return to work
immediately after having a baby; women who do/do not stand up for themselves
against bullies; women who do/do not make waves when confronted with sexual
harassment. Women of astronomy, we have common foes – discrimination,
harassment, bullying, to name but a few. Let us unite and spend our energy
fighting these enemies. At the same time, let us not waste our valuable time on
artificially generated women-versus-women battles like the Anne-Marie
Slaughter-Sheryl Sandberg "debate" that has resulted in such media frenzy.
Slaughter and Sandberg each made choices that were right for them. We should not
second-guess them, and their choices should not have any negative influence on
us. Let us all support each other and be a bit more understanding of the choices
others make.

To read more, please see


2. June 2012 STATUS is Now Available
From: Katy Garmany [kgarmany_noao.edu]

The June 2012 issue of STATUS, CSWA's semi-annual magazine, is
now available: 


Articles in the current issue include:

   GPS Groups: A Peer Problem solving Approach to Mentorship,  Evgenya L.
   Shkolnik (Lowell Observatory), Alexandra Surcel (Johns Hopkins University
   School of Medicine), Anat Shahar (Carnegie Institution of Washington),
   Hannah Jang-Condell (University of Wyoming)

   A Workshop on Self-Promotion Techniques for Women, Nancy Morrison, the
   University of Toledo   

   On Hearing What is Said,  Gerrit L. Verschuur, U of Memphis

   Gender-Specific Brains: Fact or Fiction    Laura L. May Hoopes (reprinted
   from AWIS, fall 2011)

   American Chemical Society Awards: A Call for Action (reprinted from ACS)

3. Mentorship Story in the Chicago Sun Times
From: Kim Coble [kcoble_at_csu.edu]

The Chicago Sun Times recently ran an article on getting women into science,
which featured work that high school student K'Maja Bell and I have been doing
with the Global Telescope Network and on a web-based curriculum project called
the Big Ideas in Cosmology. You can check out the story, a photo gallery that
includes pictures from the Anchorage AAS meeting, and watch a video at:


The more clicks and likes the story gets, the more the reporter gets to write
about empowering women and minorities in science.

K'Maja and I met through a wonderful outreach organization called Project


If you're in the Chicago area, I urge you to get involved with them (feel free
to ask me questions). Even if you're not in Chicago, this organization's program
for mentoring and E/PO has a very high success rate and could serve as an
excellent model for anyone considering doing something similar.

4. CNN features Physicist Fabiola Gianotti
From: WIPHYS, July 10, 2012

In a section on Leading Women, CNN covers Dr. Fabiola Gianotti in “CERN's
Fabiola Gianotti: The woman hunting the Higgs boson”.  Read the article here:   


5.Scientific American’s 30 under 30
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Scientific American is running an article on 30 notable scientists under the age
of 30.  One highlight in the 'Space' category is Minnie Mao who is tracing the
evolution of the Universe in her research.  To read about her and other upcoming
women physicists, please see


6. Origins of the Expanding Universe: 1912-1932
From: Deidre Hunter [dah_at_lowell.edu]

We are holding a conference in Flagstaff September 13-15, 2012 to mark the 100th
anniversary of V. M. Slipher's first observations of the radial velocity of a
"spiral nebula". This observation ultimately led to the concept of the Expanding
Universe, and this conference is a unique blend of history and current research.
We are bringing together astronomers and historians of science to explore the
beginnings and trajectories of the subject, at the place where it began. The
conference web site is


and the registration deadline is August 1.

7. Awards for Graduate, Postdoctoral, and Senior researchers
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Several awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers are sponsored
by National Research Council of the National Academies for independent research
at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  More
information can be found here:


Entry-level stipends for graduate students start at $30,000.  Stipends for
recent PhD recipients range from $42,000 - $75,000 per year. Higher stipends are
available for those with additional experience. All awards are open to U.S.
citizens and permanent residents.  Some awards are available for foreign
nationals at some laboratories. More information can be found here:


For online applications and instructions on who to apply, please see


Questions can be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or rap_at_nas.edu

8. Job Opportunities

 * 2-3 Yr PostDoc - Massive Stars in Galaxies at the National Observatory of Athens

 * 3 Yr PhD - Massive Stars in Galaxies at the National Observatory of Athens

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