AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of November 9, 2012
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1. Expanding Your Horizons

2. Scientific Computing Versus Computer Science

3. Last Week to Register for the 2013 APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics

4. How to Repair the Gender Pay Gap? Teach Negotiation Skills in College

5. Job Opportunities

6. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

7. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

8. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. Expanding Your Horizons
From: Lauren Tompkins via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Last February, as my first winter as a University of Chicago postdoc wore on, I
became restless with my everyday routine. I was doing interesting work on an
electronics upgrade to the Atlas Experiment at the LHC, but felt disconnected
from life outside of the Ivory Tower. I thought that doing some outreach,
particularly in a city as large and diverse as Chicago, would restore that
connection for me.  As was mentioned in a previous post, finding an existing
program is a good way to get started in outreach, so I set out to find a program
that I was sure would exist in Chicago, Expanding Your Horizons (EYH).

EYH is an international organization of over 70 one-day conferences for middle
school girls.  At the conferences, women from the local STEM community do
hands-on workshops with the girls, showing them that STEM careers are fun and
accessible, hoping to empower them to take their place in the science and
technology world.  Jessica and I participated in EYH several times through UC
Berkeleys Society of Women in the Physical Sciences.  Our perennial workshop was
build-your-own radio. Our group spent less than $500 on simple crystal radio
kits which we helped the 45 girls construct during the workshop. Watching their
faces light up when they first heard a transmission on a radio they constructed
by hand was a treat. EYH seemed like a perfect way to get involved in outreach.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2012/11/guest-post-lauren-tompkins-
on-expanding.html

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2. Scientific Computing Versus Computer Science
From: Hannah Jang-Condell via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

I recently attended a local meeting on women in computer science, at the
invitation of someone I met at a different meeting on high performance
computing. Not that I consider myself a computer scientist, rather I'm more of a
scientific computationalist, with the major focus of my research involving high
performance computing.

Still, it's an interesting contrast. While the percentage of women in physics
and astronomy has generally grown over the last three decades, the percentage of
women in computer science reached a peak around 1982, and has decreased ever
since.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2012/11/scientific-computing-versus-computer.html

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3. Last Week to Register for the 2013 APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics
From: WIPHYS

The APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) are three-day
regional conferences for undergraduate physics majors. The 2013 conferences will
run Friday evening, January 18 through Sunday afternoon, January 20, 2013. For
2013, there will be six regional conferences; students are encouraged to apply
to the nearest conference. Students must apply by November 15, 2012 for
consideration. Visit this site for more info:

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

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4. How to Repair the Gender Pay Gap? Teach Negotiation Skills in College
From: Nancy Morrison [nmorris_at_utnet.utoledo.edu]

Rachel Simmons and Jessica Bacal wrote:

Last Wednesday, the American Association of University Women reported that women
in their first year out of college are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to
their male peers -- creating a heavier college debt burden and lifelong wage gap
at a time when women are increasingly the primary breadwinners of their
households.

The cause of that gap? Most experts would say old-fashioned discrimination, or
perhaps young women's tendency to major in "soft" subjects like English or Art
History. But we think there's something they're missing: a psychological glass
ceiling -- the barrier created by a thick layer of internalized cultural
messages -- that causes women to hold themselves back.

To read more, please see

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-simmons/wage-gap_b_2084150.html?utm_hp_ref=women
&ir=Women&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

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5. Job Opportunities

* Assistant or Associate Professor, Experimental Astrophysics and Cosmology,
University of Chicago

To be considered for this position as an Assistant Professor, apply here:
 http://academiccareers.uchicago.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52585

To be considered for this position as an Associate Professor, apply here:
 http://academiccareers.uchicago.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52586

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

http://www.aas.org/cswa/diversity.html#howtoincrease

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