AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of December 7, 2012
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1. Persistence (& Success)

2. STEM Booster Act of 2012

3. CERN - Women in Physics: Are We There Yet?

4. Seeking Career Stories from Women in Science for Under the Microscope

5. Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference Statistics

6. Graduate Education in Physics Conference

7. Job Opportunities

8. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

9. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. Persistence (& Success)
From:  Hannah via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

I recently heard an interview with Paul Tough, author of How Children
Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. The upshot of
this book is that success in college and beyond depends less on IQ, or however
it is you decide to measure academic intelligence, but more on character traits
like persistence and optimism. This is in line with studies of delayed
gratification, where researchers found that pre-schoolers who were able to
resist eating a marshmallow were more successful later in life.

I've certainly seen my share of anecdotal evidence of the importance of
persistence in achieving success ...

[To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/ ]

2. STEM Booster Act of 2012
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Senior U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu from Louisiana introduced a bill on August
1, 2012 on 'Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2012.'  This bill
requires the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award
competitive grants to eligible entities with the single goal of increasing
participation of women and underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.  Recipients of NSF grants will be required
to use part of the funds to host online workshops, mentoring programs,
undergraduate/graduate internships, and outreach programs to elementary and
secondary school students for those already in STEM or to increase exposure to
those not already in STEM.

The bill has been referred to the Senate committee, which then referred it to
the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions where it is now being
reviewed.  To read more about the bill, please see


3. CERN - Women in Physics: Are We There Yet?
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

CERN employs 15,000 people, of which 2000 are scientific authors coming from 176
institutions located in 38 different countries.  In 2008, the fraction of women
in the ATLAS collaboration was 15.6%. In 2012, the fraction increased to 19.9%,
showing growth of women in the field and in the collaboration.

Of the countries in the ATLAS collaboration having 20 or more authors, USA
employs the greatest number of female physicists. Of the countries in the ATLAS
collaboration having 14 or more authors, Romania hires the highest fraction of
women inside (46.7%) and outside (42.9%) the collaboration.  For more
information on these and other interesting statistics, please see


4.  Seeking Career Stories from Women in Science for Under the Microscope
From:  WiPHYS, December 5, 2012

A forthcoming guide produced by the Feminist Press will serve as a useful and
entertaining manual for succeeding in the sciences. They are seeking stories
from established science professionals and students alike that shed light on the
problems women commonly face and the solutions that resourceful and determined
women have adopted to overcome them.  Learn more and contribute here:


5.  Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference Statistics
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWIP)


are in their eighth year and increase in strength each year.  Goals of the CUWIP
include informing undergraduate women on the status of women in physics and
astronomy; providing information about graduate school and professions in
physics at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D levels; and providing students
access to other women in physics of all ages for informal mentoring.

The 2013 CUWIP now has six regional schools participating:  California Institute
of Technology, Colorado School of Mines, Cornell University, University of
Central Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of
Texas at Austin.  These six universities received a total 1165 applicants for
691 budgeted recipients.  To meet demand, the schools are seeking additional
funds to cover costs for 900 participants.  These statistics include both men
and women applicants. We apologize in advance if we could not accept you or your

6. Graduate Education in Physics Conference
From:  WiPHYS, December 5, 2012

The 2nd Graduate Education in Physics Conference will take place January
31-February 2, 2013 at the American Center for Physics.  Hosted by APS and the
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) with support from NSF, the
two-day conference will be a forum for presentations, panel discussions and
breakout sessions by prominent speakers on physics graduate education.   The
goal of the conference is to spur innovation and creativity in our approach to
graduate education in physics, and to foster discussions of good practice among

Learn more and register at: 


7. Job Opportunities

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


* Western State Colorado University, Tenure Track in Physics and Astronomy


* SUNY Geneseo, Tenure Track in Physics and Astronomy


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