AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 19, 2012
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1. Making a Difference

2. 'Wikithon' Honors Ada Lovelace and Other Women in Science

3. Helena Kluyver Female Visitor Program

4. Is The Nobel Prize A Boys Mostly Club?

5. Perfect Bias: Why Women Underperform

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

1. Making a Difference
From: Nicolle Zellner via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

I'm starting my 8th year at my liberal arts (LA) college, which is probably the
longest I've ever lived anywhere, except for growing up and my
extra-long-undergraduate+first-job stint in Madison.  Each year I learn more and
more about the lack of women in STEM fields, but I become more and more
comfortable with my place in life. Each year, I am ever more glad that I chose
science.  I love my research and I greatly admire my department colleagues. As a
professor who teaches a large number of non-science majors every semester, I am
more confident in insisting upon rigor in my classes. I also stress to my
research students that I expect them to be on-time, organized, well-versed, and
prepared for anything.

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2. 'Wikithon' Honors Ada Lovelace and Other Women in Science
From: Laura Trouille via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

October 16 was Ada Lovelace Day, an annual observation designed to raise
awareness of the contributions of women in science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM) disciplines. Groups in the U.S., U.K., Sweden and India are marking
the occasion with a 'Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon', creating and improving upon the
Wikipedia pages of prominent women in STEM fields. A Wikipedia edit-a-thon seems
like a fitting tribute to the woman many consider to be the first computer

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3. Helena Kluyver Female Visitor Program
From: The Astronomers Facebook Page

The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and Joint Institute for
VLBI in Europe (JIVE) offer a visitor programme for women working in the fields
of astronomy and engineering research & development. The Helena Kluyver
programme aims to attract women with a proven track record to visit ASTRON and
JIVE. It is part of our commitment to equal opportunities and to encourage women
to seek opportunities within a fundamental and applied research environment.

As part of this programme, a limited number of grants is available to support
visits by women to ASTRON/JIVE so that they can study and work in relevant
fields of research in Dwingeloo. It is intended that the selected visitors
contribute to the vibrant working environment in Dwingeloo during their stay by
working on a shared research or development project with their collaborators,
giving presentations, submitting an ASTRON/JIVE Daily Image and participating in
other outreach activities.

The duration of the visits can range from a few weeks up to three months. The
programme provides financial support for accommodation, travel expenses and
limited local subsistence expenses, but no salary. Visitors will be provided
with full office facilities during their visit.

For more information, please see:


4. Is The Nobel Prize A Boys Mostly Club?
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_northwestern.edu]

Christopher Connelly of NPR wrote:

As the last of this year's Nobel Prize winners are announced and media focus
shifts away from Sweden, two things are clear about the winners.

One: They have all done laudatory work in their respective fields.

Two: Aside from the European Union, which was awarded the Peace Prize, all of
this year's Nobel laureates are men.

They join the ranks of hundreds of people who have received the awards over the
past 111 years. But what is surprising about the list of Nobel laureates is just
how few women are on it.

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5. Perfect Bias: Why Women Underperform
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_northwestern.edu]

Kate Baldwin of The Huffington Post wrote:

The Yale study announcing that science professors widely regard female
undergraduates as less competent than their male peers didn't get much
attention. It didn't produce outrage. Maybe gender discrimination in the
sciences is old news. Maybe it is taken for granted. However, one facet of the
report that should have been surprising to us all is the revelation that the
gender of faculty participants did not affect their responses: male and female
professors were "equally likely to exhibit bias against the female student."

The study distributed resumes identical in all ways except for the applicant's
name -- half were from "John," half from "Jennifer" -- to a group of science
professors. Both men and women found John to be the superior candidate.

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6. Job Opportunities

* Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy, San Francisco State University

* Two One-Year Appointments, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania


* The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) has posted several open positions, including:

-NOAO Associate Director for NOAO, South/CTIO, La Serena, Chile
-AOP/NOP Program Coordinator, NOAO, Tucson, AZ
-Observing Assistant, NOAO/KPNO, Tucson, AZ
-Senior Instrument/Observing Associate, NSO, Tucson, AZ
-Scientific Programmer, NSO, Tucson, AZ/Boulder, CO
-Cryogenics and Vacuum Engineer, NOAO, La Serena, Chile
-Public Program Specialist, NOAO, Tucson, AZ
-AOP Imager Guide, NOAO, Tucson, AZ
-Sr. Systems Engineer, LSST, Tucson, AZ

For more information, see: http://www.aura-astronomy.org/hr/joblist.asp

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