AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 26, 2012
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1. What Male And Female Scientists Say About Women In Science

2. The Part-Time Scientist

3. Support for a Working Mom with Facebook

4. Yet Another Invitation to Speak at a Career-Family Panel...

5. ScienceGrrl Calendar launched

6. Scholarly Publishing's Gender Gap

7. NRC Report on Women in Science

8. Opportunities for Undergrad and Grad Women in Physics

9. Job Opportunities

10. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

11. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

12. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

1. What Male And Female Scientists Say About Women In Science
From: Ferah Munshi [fdm_at_astro.washington.edu]

[A BuzzFeed blog post from Anna North reports on a recent study in which >2,000
scientists are surveyed about the reasons they credit for differences in the
distribution of women in biology and physics. -Eds.]

Women are underrepresented in science in general, but the gender gap is bigger
in some fields than others: physics, for instance, has a much lower percentage
of women than biology. Researchers decided to ask scientists themselves why they
thought this was — and male and female scientists turned out to have pretty
different ideas.

To read the post, please see:


The scholarly article, titled "Gender Segregation in Elite Academic Science," is
available here:


2. The Part-Time Scientist
From: Joan Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

[Contributed by guest bloggers Catherine Neish and David Choi.]

As funding rates decrease, and the number of PhDs increase, establishing a fully
funded career in planetary science and astronomy is going to be increasingly
difficult to achieve. This trend is already obvious in the grant statistics for
NASA, the primary funding source for planetary scientists, and a major funding
source for astronomers. So the question becomes: are scientists willing to work
part-time, or will this decrease in selection rates force scientists to leave
the field?

To read more, please see:


3. Support for a Working Mom with Facebook
From: Laura Trouille via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

[Eliza Kempton has recently started a job as an assistant professor of physics
at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. Her research is on the atmospheres of
extrasolar planets, focusing on low-mass planets known as super-Earths. Eliza is
also a new mother of a 6-month-old baby.]

A couple of weeks ago, the reality of being a working mom finally hit home. I
started in a tenure track position this fall at a fabulous liberal arts school.
My students are amazing. My colleagues are friendly and supportive. The
institution provides a million avenues for mentoring, teaching support, and
research support. I've never been so busy in my entire life, but I love my new
job. I am also a new mom. I am lucky to have a rather laid-back daughter... but
she is still so little. She is growing very fast, and if you blink, you miss her
taking on a new milestone or doing something funny that we've never seen her do
before. I swear, each week she seems like she's an entirely new person.

To read more, please see:


4. Yet Another Invitation to Speak at a Career-Family Panel...
From: David Charbonneau via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

For much of the past 6 weeks since the September start of the academic year, my
wife has been traveling to Switzerland, Kosovo, New York, and Washington DC for
her research on the relationship between the military and health care systems.
And I have had trips to Pasadena and Chicago, and tomorrow I'm off to Baltimore.
This has certainly made for some challenging logistics on the home front, as we
have three young daughters and the timing of these trips coincided not just with
the start of the semester, but also of course with the start of public school.
It's all going well (both the research expeditions, and on the home front),
but I was recently reminded of a conversation we had at the end of August (and
on the eve of that very hectic September).

On that particular evening, after the kids had finally agreed to go to sleep, my
wife and I were each checking in on the emails that had poured in during the
5-8pm window. "Another invitation for us to speak about work and family" she
said. But then she furrowed her brow and didn't look enthused. "What's up?" I

To read more, please see:


5. ScienceGrrl Calendar launched
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_northwestern.edu]

ScienceGrrl Calendar 2013 showcases the real face of female scientists at
University College London, with photographs that demonstrate the impact of their
work. Sujata Kundu (UCL Chemistry alumna), Lia Han (UCL Physics & Astronomy),
Sheila Kanani (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) and Eleanor Stride (UCL
Mechanical Engineering) all appear in the calendar alongside a many other female
scientists working around the UK.

More information is available here:


And here:


6. Scholarly Publishing's Gender Gap
From: Caroline Simpson [simpsonc_at_fiu.edu]

[This report from The Chronicle of Higher Education includes an Interactive Tool
that showcases the historical changes in women's publishing in a range of
disciplines, by subfield, and by authorship order. Unfortunately, JSTOR has
limited coverage of engineering, English, foreign languages, and physics
(including astronomy) so they are excluded from this analysis. -Eds]

Women as Academic Authors, 1665-2010

Women's presence in higher education has increased, but as authors of scholarly
papers - keys to career success - their publishing patterns differ from those of
men. Explore nearly 1,800 fields and subfields, across four centuries, to see
which areas have the most female authors and which have the fewest. See how
overall percentages differ from the important first-author position and - in two
major bioscience fields - from the prestigious last-author position.

To read more and check out the interactive tool, please see:


7. NRC Report on Women in Science
From: AAAS Policy Alert -- October 19, 2012

On October 18, the National Research Council's Committee on Women in Science,
Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) will issue a report that will address
"policies and programs designed to enhance the status and participation of women
in STEM disciplines." The report, Blueprint for the Future, is the result of a
2011 workshop to develop a "strategic research agenda in a global context"
focusing on three specific disciplines: chemistry, computer science, and
mathematics and statistics.

To learn more, please see:


8. Opportunities for Undergrad and Grad Women in Physics
From: WIPHYS Posting for Oct 22, 2012

* 2013 Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics


* APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women


* Graduate Women in Science Fellowships


* Department of Energy Scholars Program


9. Job Opportunities

For those interested in increasing excellence and diversity in their
organizations, a list of resources and advice is here:


* Department Head in Physics at Montana State Univ – Bozeman


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