AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of September 21, 2012
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1. Parental Leave Wiki on AstroBetter

2. The Name Game

3. The Subtle `Stereotype Threat' That May Be Driving Women Out of
Science-Related Fields

4. Online Mentors to Guide Women Into the Sciences

5. Planning Career Paths for Ph.D.s

6. Job Opportunities

7. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

8. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

9. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. Parental Leave Wiki on AstroBetter
From: Nick Murphy via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Last year, our colleagues at AstroBetter provided wiki space to catalog parental
leave policies at astronomical institutions:

http://www.astrobetter.com/wiki/tiki-index.php?page=Leave+Policies

The goals of this wiki are: (1) to allow astronomers at different career stages
to easily compare parental leave policies, and (2) to encourage institutions to
enact better parental leave policies by showing how they compare with peer
institutions.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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2. The Name Game
From: Nicolle Zellner via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Ms., Mrs., Mr., Doctor, Professor... what do your students call you?

As we start the new school year and I teach a new crop of first-year students at
a liberal arts (LA) college, I'm again faced with a big decision - how should I
have my students address me?  I'm proud of the work I did in graduate school and
my position at my college. We all worked hard to earn our PhDs - blood, sweat,
tears, sacrifices...you know the story. Surely, asking the students to call me
"Dr." or "Professor" is appropriate, right?

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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3. The Subtle `Stereotype Threat' That May Be Driving Women Out of Science-Related Fields

According to new research into the glaring gender gap in science and
math-related fields, the psychological phenomenon known as the "stereotype
threat" may be discouraging female scientists from relishing their work, which
sucks because without more women entering the scientific workforce, America is
probably going to soon become a nation of cave-dwelling primates that believe
thunder is just God's giant cosmic dog thumping against celestial floorboards in
an effort to scratch behind its ear. Or some such non-scientific wackiness.

To read more, please see

http://jezebel.com/5925704/the-subtle-stereotype-threat-that-may-
be-driving-women-out-of-science+related-fields

or

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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4. Online Mentors to Guide Women Into the Sciences
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]

Hundreds of prominent women working in science, technology, engineering and math
will become online mentors for college students next month, part of a six-week
program to encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM fields.

"I think of this as a MOOC - a massive open online course - and a big
mentor-fest," said Maria Klawe, the president of Harvey Mudd College and a
sponsor of the project.  "Getting more women into STEM is my passion in life,
and every institution thats set up mentorship programs for young women has been
successful at increasing their numbers, so I think this can make a real
difference."

To read more, please see

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/17/education/online-mentoring-program-to-
encourage-women-in-sciences.html?emc=eta1&_r=1

or

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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5. Planning Career Paths for Ph.D.s
From: Nancy Brickhouse [nbrickhouse_at_cfa.harvard.edu]

The 7 Sept 2012 issue of Science has an editorial on "Planning Career Paths for
Ph.D.s" by Jim Austin and Bruce Alberts:

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/337/6099/1149.full

A free web application is now available for the purpose of long-career planning,
starting at the postdoctoral level:

http://myidp.sciencecareers.org

While originally directed toward the biomedical field, this application is also
pertinent to astronomers.

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6. Job Opportunities

* CIERA Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University, Center for
Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics

http://ciera.northwestern.edu/Research/fellowships.php#ciera

* Lindheimer Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University, Center for
Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics

http://ciera.northwestern.edu/Research/fellowships.php#lindheimer

* Postdoctoral Positions in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Northwestern University,
Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics

http://ciera.northwestern.edu/Research/fellowships.php#astronomy

* Employment Opportunities at Gemini Observatory (http://www.gemini.edu/jobs)

 -Adaptive Optics Scientist: http://www.gemini.edu/jobs#138
 -Intern, Hilo, Hawaii: http://www.gemini.edu/jobs#144
 -Science Operations Specialists, La Serena, Chile: http://www.gemini.edu/jobs#132
 -Science Operation Specialist, Hilo, Hawaii: http://www.gemini.edu/jobs#112
 -Data Process Developer, Hilo, Hawaii: http://www.gemini.edu/jobs#41

* Education Support Scientist, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, 
http://www.sonoma.edu - go to Jobs - then External Applications - then Position 103489 
[This should say, go to Jobs - then Job Opportunities - then External Applications - then Position
103489 - Webmaster]

* NAASC Postdoctoral Fellow, NRAO, Charlottesville, VA

https://careers.nrao.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=50837

Job seekers are encouraged to check the WIPHYS newsletter for additional postings:

http://lists.apsmsgs.org/read/?forum=wiphys

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