AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 12, 2012
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1. AASWomen Subscribers Top 1000

2. Women in Astronomy Blogspot

3. From the Twitterverse

4. More on Gender Bias

5. Astronomical Society of Australia's 2012 Women in Astronomy Workshop

6. FabFems Spotlight

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. AASWomen subscribers top 1000
From: AASWomen editors

We've broken the 1000 mark for subscribers to the newsletter! Thanks to
all of you who forwarded our invitation issue to other members of the

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

This week in the Women in Astronomy blog, guest blogger Hannah Fakhouri,
a graduate student in astrophysics at UC Berkeley, writes about being a
Graduate Student Mom and shares lessons she has learned; John Johnson,
professor of Astronomy at Caltech writes about his struggles with
Imposter Syndrome, and Hannah Jang-Condell writes about a
controversial letter of 'advice' to graduate students that has been
making the social-media rounds this week.

- Graduate Student Mom by Hannah Fakhouri
 Greetings!  My name is Hannah and I'm guest blogging this week about
 being a graduate student and a mom: I am a seventh year PhD student in
 (astro)physics and I have a three month old son. [...]  I want to share
 with you a few lessons that I have learned in my journey thus far; they
 are things that I have always known, but now know much more fully...

- Impostor Syndrome by John Johnson
 I remember waking up in a cold sweat one night in early 2010, about six
 months after I joined the faculty at Caltech. I woke up to the
 terrifying realization that I didn't have a contingency plan for my
 family for when I would inevitably be either let go or denied
 tenure. Erin woke up wondering what was wrong with me and I told her
 that I was sorry, but it was only a matter of time before my colleagues
 discovered how little I know about astronomy. They were going to
 discover that they made a mistake in hiring me as a professor...

- On the detection of interstellar boron sulfide: a response, by Hannah
 Many of you have probably seen this letter
 making the rounds on Facebook, or even appearing on AstroBetter. While I
 can't verify the provenance of the letter, it's dismaying to see the
 pressure being put on the students in that astronomy department to buy
 into a workaholic culture. Not all the advice is bad, but there are some
 real stinkers in there.

 So, here's my own letter of advice...

[There are also some interesting conversations about the original letter, and
what kind of culture do we want? on the Astronomers Group on Facebook -- eds]

To read more on these blogs, please see

3. From the Twitterverse
From: AAS CSWA twitter feed, managed by Nancy Morrison

To achieve gender equality in science, shift men's perceptions of what
is professionally acceptable: http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/
#ScienceCareers Retweeted by AAS CSWA

AWIS congratulates 2012 Kavli prize selection committee for moving
beyond implicit bias: 1st female awardees ever
Retweeted from AWIS by AAS CSWA

4. More on Gender Bias
From: Michele Montgomery [montgomery@physics.ucf.edu]

From the Cosmic Variance blog by Sean Carroll:

"Admitting that scientists demonstrate gender bias shouldn't make us
forget that other kinds of bias exist, or that people other than
scientists exhibit them. In a couple of papers (one, two), Katherine
Milkman, Modupe Akinola, and Dolly Chugh have investigated how faculty
members responded to email requests from prospective students asking for
a meeting. The names of the students were randomly shuffled, and chosen
to give some implication that the students were male or female, and also
whether they were Caucasian, Black, Hispanic, Indian, or Chinese.

"And the inquiries most likely to receive positive responses were the
ones that came from ... white males! You should pause a minute to collect
yourself after hearing this shocking news."

Full posting at

And a second article on the same study at


5. Astronomical Society of Australia's 2012 Women in Astronomy Workshop
From: Astronomer's Facebook Group -- Katie Mack

In case you missed the meeting (online or in person), I've gathered up
the tweets from the Astronomical Society of Australia's 2012 Women in
Astronomy Workshop (http://asawomeninastronomy.org/meetings/wia2012/). I
think the meeting covered some really important topics for the community
(not just in Australia, and not just women either).

Day 1: http://storify.com/AstroKatie/asa-women-in-astronomy-meeting-day-1
Day 2: http://storify.com/AstroKatie/asa-women-in-astronomy-workshop-2012-day-2

6. FabFems Spotlight
From: National Girls Collaborative Project

The FabFems Spotlight is a new monthly feature highlighting inspiring
women from the FabFems Role Model directory. There are over 100 FabFems
profiles in the database and this number is growing. FabFems are
enthusiastic about the science and technology work they do and want to
inspire a future generation of FabFems. Visit FabFems to search
profiles, connect with role models, and find resources on career

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a FabFem, visit:

[There are currently only three role models for Astronomy and Space
Science in this database; we're underrepresented! -- eds.]

7. Job Opportunities

  * Tenure-track, Physics, Lafayette College

  * Public Information Officer, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

  * Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Astronomy/Astrophysics, Wheaton
College, Massachusetts

  * Cosmology Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

  * Senior Lecturer, Astrophysics, Stockholm University
    (approximately equivalent to Senior Lecturer (UK) or Associate
Professor (US))

  * Faculty Position, Astrophysics, Massachusetts Institute of

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