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

This week's issues:

1. Planetary Graduate Program Clearinghouse

2. Salaries of Women in Science

3. Women in Astronomy Blogspot

4. Nature Takes on its Gender Trouble

5. Upcoming in STATUS

6. Why do So Many Women Leave Science?

7. "Science: It's A Girl Thing" Parody Video: Woman Neuroscientists Respond

8. How to undo stereotypes that hinder women in science

9. Women in Science: The Voice of Experience

10. Where are all the Female Geniuses?

11. The Gender/Resource Gap

12. SPS Internships for Undergraduates: Applications due February 1

13. Job Opportunities

14. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

15. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

16. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

1. Planetary Graduate Program Clearinghouse
From: Nick Scheider [nick.schneider_at_lasp.colorado.edu]

Do you advise undergraduates on where to apply to grad school? Do you
have trouble remembering all the programs and keeping up to date
(especially in planetary science)? Do you want to get the word out on
your own graduate program? We've assembled a listing of 68 institutions
offering graduate degrees with a focus on planetary science:


So, please send this link to students you mentor and mailing lists of
majors. We especially want the webpage to be up-to-date and accurate, so
please also send it to your own graduate admissions liaisons for updates
and corrections. Application deadlines are imminent, so please help get
the word out!

Dave Klassen, Brian Jackson & Nick Schneider
Education & Public Outreach, Division for Planetary Sciences, American
Astronomical Society

2. Salaries of Women in Science
From: Catalyst.Org

Salaries of Women in Science (As Compared to Men's


[This includes more than just salary comparisons; and covers many
countries and fields. Very interesting... eds.]

3. Women in Astronomy Blog
From: womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

End-of-Year Bits by Nicolle Zellner
[Nicolle helps us all think and plan for next year -- eds.]

It's the end of the semester, and for many of us, that means grading the
last homework sets and papers, writing a final exam, and calculating
final grades.  However, mentoring and professional development continue,
even if the calendar says it's time to take a break.

Full post at:

Tis the Season: Job Interview Resources & Advice  by Laura Trouille
[Laura compiles useful resources, including advice from her father! --

With phone and campus interview season underway, I thought it would be
useful to compile CSWA, AstroBetter, and other sites' advice and


4. Nature Takes on its Gender Trouble
From: Xojane.com

[An article in Nature a few weeks ago highlights the disproportionately
small number of women featured in certain sections of the magazine,
despite strong representation of women in its editorial ranks. - Eds.]

What interests me about this Nature editorial isn’t just the
acknowledgment of the journal’s issues accompanied by an analysis to
determine why these issues are happening, but the commitment to a clear
plan of action to address the situation.


5. Upcoming in STATUS
From: Joannah Hinz [jhinz_at_as.arizona.edu]

[This is a preview for an article to be published in the January 2013 of
STATUS -- eds.]

Looking for more flexibility in your hours at the office? Or contemplating a
bold move to at-home soft money research scientist? Karly Pitman gives a
refreshingly detailed list of practical strategies on making the most
of telecommuting time and maintaining a active, productive schedule when
working from home long-term. Look to this article for advice on everything
from setting up an ideal home office environment, to sending and receiving
packages, to workplace safety, to defining and protecting your "work only"
zone from home and family matters. Learn how to budget for supplies and how
to maximize input on video conferences to stay fully engaged in research.
Compiled straight from astronomers with decades of experience in working
independently and remotely, Pitman offers the first look into this topic,
augmenting the growing CSWA archive of online resources and advice columns.
Catch it in the next issue of STATUS.

6. Why do so many women leave science?
From: Rick Fienberg [rick.fienberg_at_aas.org]

Why Do So Many Women Leave Biology?
Increased competition for academic positions may disproportionately
disadvantage young women scientists.

" ... women physicians work longer hours than most scientists, under arguably
more stressful conditions, but that this does not deter women from
entering medicine. Why, then, do women leave the academic track in
biology at higher rates than they leave the medical profession? [The
study's author] blames the difference in the timing of the most acute
period of competition in the two careers. In biology, the most intense
competition is for the first faculty position. This typically occurs
when women are in their early 30's. Biologists have little financial and
institutional support for balancing family and career during this
stressful time. Women with children find this pressure particularly
difficult, and it appears to be getting worse because of a decrease in
available academic positions. Strong career competition in medicine, in
contrast, occurs earlier, before most women have started families."

7. "Science: It's A Girl Thing" Parody Video: Woman Neuroscientists
From: Huffington Post via Google Alerts

Dance parties, drawing math problems in lipstick on the bathroom mirror
and spying on cute male research subjects?

That's the day in the life of a woman scientist, according a spoof video
above, made by psychology and neuroscience graduate students at Bristol
University. Their video, "Science: It's a Thing.4.Girls.," is a response
to the widely criticized "Science: It's A Girl Thing" video produced by
the European Union Commission in June 2012.


8. How to undo stereotypes that hinder women in science
From: sfari.org

[More on unconscious bias and how to address it -- eds.]

Unequal opportunity: Evaluators subconsciously apply more stringent
standards to a female scientific candidate than to a male candidate with
the identical ...


9. Women in Science: The Voice of Experience

A talk by Prof. Nancy Haegel - Department of Physics, Naval Postgraduate
School, Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellow, The Hebrew University of
Jerusalem, in a conference on "Women in Science: The Challange of
Progress in America" 4/12/2012


10. Where are all the Female Geniuses?
From: Caroline Simpson [simpsonc_at_fiu.edu]

From an article in Scientific American:

Try this simple thought experiment. Name 10 female geniuses from any
period in history. Odds are you ran out of names pretty quickly. The
message is clear: something is rotten in the state of genius.


11. The Gender/Resource Gap
From: Insidehighered.com via Google Alerts

A study published Wednesday in PLOS ONE confirms that women in a series
of scientific disciplines publish less, on average, than do men. But the
study went further, and looked for trends within the disciplines -- and
the authors argue that their findings suggest that women may be
publishing less than men because departments are not providing them with
the same resources.

Read more:


12. SPS Internships for Undergraduates: Applications due February 1
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 12, 2012

SPS internships are broad-based learning opportunities for
undergraduate physics majors. Students are placed in organizations and
agencies that utilize the energy and diversity of aspiring students and
contribute to their professional development through meaningful
assignments, both relevant to the institution’s programs and in the
advancement of physics or allied sciences. Participating organizations
also assign one or more mentors from its senior staff to guide the
interns’ work and overall experience. Learn more at


13. Job Opportunities

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


  * Tenure Track Position, RIT School of Physics and Astronomy
    http://careers.rit.edu/faculty/  search for 241BR

  * Visiting Astrophysics Scientist Positions at NASA HQ

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