AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of July 20, 2012
eds.  Daryl Haggard, Michele Montgomery, Nick Murphy, & Caroline Simpson

This week's issues:

1. Women Versus Women, Part 2

2. Report from Anchorage AAS: CSWA Town Hall

3. From the AAS CSWA Twitter feed

4. Conference Announcement: From Stars to Life

5. NSF Program Solicitation: Increasing the Participation and
Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

6. AWIS education/travel awards

7. Job Opportunities

8. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

9. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

10. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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

[Part 2 - Why Junior Women Can Navigate Their Own Path To Success -- eds.]

In part I of this two-part series, I confessed that I cringe when I
hear women in astronomy put other women down. Last week’s post was
aimed at junior women, but at the risk of alienating everyone, it is
now time for senior women to sit up and take notice. I pay close
attention when women talk about what it is like to be a woman in
astronomy. One unfortunate theme that seems to repeat itself goes like
this: a junior woman reluctantly complains about the senior woman in
her department/group/organization who does not support her.

To read more, please see


2. Report from Anchorage AAS: CSWA Town Hall
From: Hannah Jang-Condell via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

I attended my first Summer AAS Meeting last month, in Anchorage, AK. I
will admit that the location was a big draw for me. Of course, I fully
enjoyed the scientific aspects of the meeting as well. And while 22
hours of sunlight a day is an interesting novelty, it's nice to go to
sleep in the dark, too.

The CSWA hosted a Town Hall on Astronomical Bullying during the
meeting, which is the real point of this post. It was held on Monday,
June 11, with an estimated 50 or so attendees. It was a little hard to
tell exactly what our attendance was, since we were given an enormous

Our CSWA chair, Joan Schmelz, began the Town Hall with a short
presentation defining astronomical bullying, along with some advice on
how to deal with it.

To read more, please see


3. From the AAS CSWA Twitter Feed
From: https://twitter.com/AAS_Women

A few tweets and retweets from the CSWA twitter feed, maintained by
Nancy Morrison:

AWIS member Sue Rosser @insidehighered: dual careers, challenges for
scientists married to other scientists

Careers, Age, & ‪#Women‬: Too young, too old, but never the right age

"Top Recommendations from Top Women in Science on Keeping Women in STEM"

nsf.gov  - New report: Women, Minorities, and Persons with
Disabilities in Science and Engineering:

How to Encourage Women to Consider STEM Majors - US News and World
Report http://bit.ly/MVFY5M

How Stereotypes Can Drive Women To Quit Science

4. Conference: From Stars to Life
From: Caroline Simpson [simpsonc_at_fiu.edu]

From Stars to Life - Connecting our understanding of star formation,
planet formation, astrochemistry and astrobiology

Wed. 3rd - Sat. 6th April 2013
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
contact: starstolife_at_astro.ufl.edu

Science topics: Star Formation (including isolated and clustered star
formation), Circumstellar Disks, Planet Formation, Exoplanets
(including search and characterization), Astrochemistry, Prebiotic

We would like to understand the physical and chemical processes that
lead to habitable planet formation, starting from the simplest
interstellar medium initial conditions of pre-stellar cores, through
star formation, accretion & protoplanetary disk evolution, and planet
& planetary system formation & evolution. We will discuss theoretical,
observational and laboratory constraints on these processes. The
conference aims to foster inter and multidisciplinary collaboration
between researchers interested in these topics.

Space is limited to about 125 participants.

If you are interested in attending the conference and want to join the
email list, please visit the conference webpage and follow the
pre-registration instructions.

5. NSF Program Solicitation: Increasing the Participation and
Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
From: WIPHYS, July 17, 2012

Letter of Intent Due Date is October 5 and Full Proposal Deadline is
November 8, 2012. For more information and details, read the


6. AWIS education/travel awards
From: Kathleen Kraemer [kathleen.kraemer_at_bc.edu]

The Association for Women in Science has a small grant program whose
next deadline was just announced. There will probably be another
opportunity in the Nov/Dec timeframe, too.

The 2013 AWIS Educational Awards support travel for professional
development, broadly defined. We particularly wish to encourage
early-career scientists. Individuals may request funding to attend a
conference, to acquire specialized training, or to pursue professional
development in other ways that take them from home.

The next application process will open on August 1, 2012 and close
September 16, 2012 for travel that starts between December 1, 2012 and
April 30, 2013.

Award amount: Awards are $1,000 to $3,000. The maximum to be awarded is $3,000.

Additional details & applications are available at


7. Job Opportunities

 * Postdoctoral position in extragalactic astroinformatics at Western
	     University (London, Ontario, Canada)

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