AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 5, 2012
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1. Why Bias Holds Women Back

2. Women in Astronomy Blogspot

3. STEM Careers: The Need to Get More Women Involved From the Start

4. Petition for gender equity at conferences

5. Breaking the Bias Against Women in Science

6. SMART Scholarships for BS, MS, and PhD

7. 2013-2014 Faculty for the Future Fellowships

8. Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

9. Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellowships

10. Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences

11. Job Opportunities

12. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

13. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

14. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. Why Bias Holds Women Back
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Meg Urry, Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Chairwoman of the
Department of Physics at Yale University, and Director of the Yale Center for
Astronomy and Astrophysics, provides CNN a special story about a new study that
finds scientists unconsciously rate budding female scientists lower than men
with identical credentials.  She discusses her career path in a male-dominated
profession with reflections upon the study. To read this interesting story,
please see

http://www.edition.cnn.com/2012/10/01/opinion/urry-women-science/index.html

Thank you Caroline Simpson, FIU, for this contribution.

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2. Women in Astronomy Blogspot
From:  womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

In this week's 'Women in Astronomy' blog, Ed Bertschinger shares his personal
internal biases, Neil Gehrels discusses an MSNBC article on gender behaviors
when speaking up at meetings, and L. Trouille provides excerpts from the NY
Times article on 'The Myth of Male Decline:'

- "Avoid the Tiger" by Ed Bertschinger
Are you biased? I am. I try not to be, but that is impossible, as social
scientists have shown us for decades. Check yourself at Harvard Project
Implicit.  Biases can be helpful. They can steer us away from danger - if one
sees eyes reflecting a flashlight beam in the jungle at night, natural selection
favors those who presume the worst. But biases can also cause harm, for example,
by ... .

- "Speaking Up at Meetings" by Neil Gehrels
There is an interesting article on the TODAY web site of MSNBC about different
behaviors of women and men in meetings, with some unexpected twists and turns.
It is authored by Seattle-area writer Dana Marcario and reports on a study by
researchers Chris Karpowitz of BYU and Tali Mendelberg of Princeton published in
the American Political Science Review.  The study finds that women speak up 25%
less than their male counterparts in meetings where they are in the minority,
which is not the case with men when they are in the minority. ...

- "NY Times Opinion Piece:  The Myth of the Male Decline" by L. Trouille
On Friday we posted a link to David Brooks' NY Times opinion piece, "Why Men Fail."
A related opinion piece, "The Myth of Male Decline," by Stephanie Coontz, came out
in the NYTimes on Saturday. Below are excerpts of interest from "The Myth of Male Decline:"

On Wage Disparity - Women's real wages have been rising for decades, while the
real wages of most men have stagnated or fallen. But women's wages started from
a much lower base, artificially held down by discrimination. Despite their
relative improvement, women's average earnings are still lower than men's and
women remain more likely to be poor. ...

To read more on these blogs, please see [links to individual articles above - Webmaster.]

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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3. STEM Careers: The Need to Get More Women Involved From the Start
From:  Rick Fienberg [rick.fienberg_at_aas.org]

I just received a link to this story: 'STEM Careers: The Need to Get More Women
Involved From the Start' (Mashable, 23 Sept. 2012),

http://mashable.com/2012/09/23/stem-technology-careers/

Rick

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4. Petition for gender equity at conferences
From: Karen Masters [Karen.Masters_at_port.ac.uk]

Readers of AAS Women might be interested in this petition, to commit to working
towards gender equity at scholarly conferences (in any discipline).

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/commitment-to-gender-equity-at-scholarly-conferences/sign.html

Interesting discussions on the pros and cons of this petition [can be found here]:

http://forgenderequityatconferences.blogspot.fr/

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5. Breaking the Bias Against Women in Science
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

A debate has started in The New York Times - The Opinion Pages on whether
affirmative action, or something similar, should be enacted to advance women in
science.  To read this persuasive debate and to share your thoughts, please see

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/09/30/breaking-the-bias-against-women-in-science

Thanks to Daryl Haggard, Northwestern University, for this contribution.

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6. SMART Scholarships for BS, MS, and PhD
From:  WIPHYS, September 28, 2012

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for
Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or
graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree
completion.  For more info, visit:

https://smart.asee.org/

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7. 2013-2014 Faculty for the Future Fellowships
From:  WIPHYS, October 3, 2012

The Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future program awards fellowships to
women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or post-doctoral
studies in the physical sciences, engineering and technology at leading
universities abroad.  Candidates should have applied to, have been admitted to,
or be currently enrolled in a university abroad when submitting their Faculty
for the Future grant application.  Learn more here:

http://www.facultyforthefuture.net/

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8. Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
From: WIPHYS, October 3, 2012

Please consider applying if you are eligible and/or pass on to dynamic K-12 STEM
teachers you know who may be interested in applying. (NOTE: All elementary
teachers are considered STEM teachers and we need the elementary voice
represented!)  The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is
a paid fellowship for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
(STEM) teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, D.C.,
serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. To learn more about the program
- including how to apply - visit

http://www.trianglecoalition.org/einstein-fellows

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9. Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Teaching Fellowships
From: WIPHYS, September 28, 2012

The application process for 2012 Teaching Fellowships is now open. Knowles
Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Science and Mathematics Teaching Fellows are
chosen from among young men and women who have earned or are in the process of
earning a degree in science, mathematics or engineering from a recognized
institution of higher education.  Fellowships are intended for individuals
committed to teaching high school mathematics, physical sciences or biological
sciences.

For more info, please see:

http://www.kstf.org/programs/teaching/apply.html

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10. Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences
From:  WIPHYS October 3, 2012

The University of Nebraska - Lincoln is bringing together outstanding student
researchers in Physics for a three-day conference, from Thursday, October 18 -
Saturday, October 20, 2012.  The theme of this year's conference is "The
nanoworld is not enough." While we will be highlighting progress in Materials
Science, there will also be scientific talks covering all aspects of physics and
astronomy.  Therefore, undergraduate students with research in all areas of
physics, astronomy, or related disciplines are encouraged to attend.  Find more
info at:

http://wophy.unl.edu/info.shtml

[Editor's Note: Six regional Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics will
be also held from  January 18-20 at

-California Institute of Technology (http://www.cuwp.caltech.edu)
-Colorado School of Mines (http://cuwip.mines.edu/index.shtml)
-Cornell University (http://www.ncuwp.org)
-University of Central Florida (http://physics.cos.ucf.edu/scuwp)
-University of Illinois (https://publish.illinois.edu/cuwip2013)
-University of Texas (http://www.ph.utexas.edu/conferences/scuwip2013)

To obtain more information, please see the APS website

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/cuwip.cfm ]

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11. Job Opportunities

*  Postdoctoral Positions -Theoretical Astrophysics Center at University of
California, Berkeley.

http://astro.berkeley.edu/resources/jobs/postdocs.html

* Tenure-track Astrophysics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/8662

* Two AusGO Research Fellowships at the Australian Astronomical Observatory

http://www.aao.gov.au/local/www/jobs/

* Tenure-track faculty position, University of Richmond

https://www.urjobs.org/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1349448305760

* Tenure-track Assistant Professor - astrophysics, Boston University

http://www.bu.edu/astronomy/assistant-professor-in-astrophycis/

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