AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of August 10, 2012
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1. AASWomen Newsletter Senior Editor

2. Response: Proposal Writing After Family Leave

3. Self Mentoring

4. Space: Women Needn't Apply?

5. Seeking Women of Color Interview(s) for NSF Study

6. APS webpage hosts statistical graphs and data

7.  221st AAS Meeting Child Care Grants

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. AASWomen Newsletter Senior Editor
From: AASWomen Editors [aaswomen_at_aas.org]

Dr. Caroline Simpson has moved into the role of "Senior Editor" for the AASWomen
Newsletter, replacing Dr. Joan Schmelz who has rotated off the editing staff.
Dr. Simpson has been an editor since 2007.  She is an Associate Professor at
Florida International University and works on star formation in dwarf galaxies.

2. Response: Proposal Writing After Family Leave
From: Andrew Hopkins [ahopkins_at_aao.gov.au]

[Submitted in response to an anonymous request for advice included in the July
27, 2012 issue of the AASWOMEN Newsletter. -eds.]


I was interested to see this request, and I'm hopeful that you will have floods
of advice coming in. I have been in situations where I have successfully
mentored women who have dealt successfully with
exactly this issue, and hope that my suggestions here are helpful more broadly
(and apologize for what has turned into a more lengthy response than I initially

Basically the advice below boils down to: 1. Count how much of your time has
been "research active" (i.e., equivalent full time research), and 2. Present
your productivity relative to the time you've
*actually* had for doing research. This will always make your case substantially
stronger: E.g., if you've been employed in a research only position for three
years, then had 12 months to have a baby/care for a sick relative/been seriously
ill/etc., then returned to a position where you were doing an 80% admin/teaching
load for two years, then had a 50/50 research/support position for two years,
you've been "doing research" for 8 years, but you've actually only had 4.4 years
of research time.

To read more, please see


3. Self Mentoring
From: Ed Bertschinger via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

A wonderful series of posts on self-mentoring recently appeared at the AWIS
group on LinkedIn, pointing to sciencementor's blog. The author is a scientist
who balances biofuels research at a national lab with project management. She
has made a virtue of her own difficulty finding a mentor who can effectively
guide both research and career development, by discovering and sharing means for
self-education and career mentoring. Her approach resonates with me and I agree
with her summary that "it is vital for science professionals at all levels to
take responsibility for their own self-mentoring."

To read more, please see


4. Space: Women Needn't Apply?
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

In this month's Strange Universe - Astronomy magazine, Bob Berman writes about
Debra Elmegreen's challenges in astronomy's anti-female legacy.  To read all
about it, please see


or, for the pdf version,


5. Seeking Women of Color Interview(s) for NSF Study
From: Lily Ko [Lily_Ko_at_terc.edu]

[If you know of anyone suitable for this study, please email Lily Ko at the
above email address.--eds.]

I work on 'Beyond the Double Bind,' an NSF-funded project whose primary goal is
to discover the strategies that enable women of color to achieve higher levels
of advancement in STEM education and professions.  In order to build our
knowledge base on these strategies, we're looking at written and oral
narratives, as well as the higher education programs that support their success.
We aim to describe individual factors that sustain women of color in STEM fields
and programs and other support structures that help them to succeed.  We're
currently collecting narratives by and about African American, Asian American,
Hispanic/Latina and Native American women that are currently (or were
formerly) in Physics, Astronomy/Astrophysics, Computer Science, and Engineering.

I would like to interview a 'woman of color' (African American, Asian American,
Latina/Hispanic or Native American woman) graduate student that has left (or
switched out of) Astronomy. Considering the common crossover between Physics and
Astronomy, it would be okay if this woman obtained her bachelor's degree in
Physics, but continued on to Astronomy or Astrophysics and then left that field
or science completely. This can be a person in graduate school or in her very
early career. We're limited with the number of interviews we can conduct, so
we're ensuring that we get a number of women in the early stages of their STEM

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Best regards,

Lily T. Ko | Research Assistant
TERC | 2067 Massachusetts Avenue | Cambridge, MA 02140 |
617.873.9859 | 617.873.9602 /fax

6. APS webpage hosts statistical graphs and data
From:  WIPHYS, August 7, 2012

Physicists looking for presentation-ready graphics illustrating general
statistics on physics degrees granted in the US, as well as the representation
of women and minorities in physics, have a new tool in their repertory.  The APS
Education & Diversity Department has published a webpage devoted to physics data
and statistics


The webpage features more than 10 graphs available in both PDF and Powerpoint
formats.  In addition to the graphs, the raw data is provided allowing users to
recreate or revise the graphs.

7.  221st AAS Meeting Child Care Grants
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Once again the AAS will provide childcare grants during the 221st AAS Meeting to
be held 6-10 January 2013 in Long Beach, CA.  Child care grant requests are now
being taken.  All requests are due by December 5, 2012.  The application can be
found at


and all information provided will be used by the Childcare Committee to
determine eligibility for childcare subsidies.

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