AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy
Issue of January 25, 2013
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1. CSWA Special Session at the AAS: Family Leave Policies

2. Reports from the Recent Conferences for Undergraduate Women in
  Physics

3. Encouraging (And Keeping) Women In Physics

4. New data from AIP on Number of Women earning Physics Bachelor's

5. Women's History Month 2013: "Celebrating Women in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics."

6. L'Oreal USA Launches For Girls In Science

7. APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women

8. APS Meetings Child Care Grants

9. NASA Internship, Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities

10. Job Opportunities

11. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

12. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

13. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. CSWA Special Session at the AAS: Family Leave Policies
From: Laura Trouille via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Laura Troulle summarizes the CSWA Special Session on Family Leave
Policies that was held at the January 2013 AAS meeting in Long Beach;
and issues a call for signatures:

"If you'd like to voice your support for improving family leave policies
for our community, please consider signing
http://faculty.wcas.northwestern.edu/aaron-geller/petition. As of this
post, the petition has over 1100 signatures."

Full post at
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/01/cswa-special-session-at-aas-family.html
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2. Reports from the Recent Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics
From: Ed Bertschinger and Neil Gehrels via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Ed reports on the conferences in general, and the Northeast section he
attended in particular; Neil provides information about the Southeast
conference:

From Ed:
This weekend, nearly 1000 undergraduate women in physics gathered in 6
locations around the country for meetings to encourage and support young
women advancing in physics (we were told that 987 undergraduate women
were attending).  The AAS/CSWA was a co-sponsor, along with the APS
CSWP, which provided superb organizational and logistic support to the
conferences -- see the APS conference website.  I attended the Northeast
Conference at Cornell; CSWA member Michelle Montgomery was a faculty
lead for the Southeast Conference at the University of Central Florida,
and Meg Urry was a speaker at the Colorado School of Mines.  They and
others will agree that this was an inspiring event for everyone who
attended. [...]

Full post at:
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/01/conferences-for-undergraduate-women-in.html

From Neil:

My wife, Ellen Williams, attended an interesting conference last week to
help undergraduate women in physics and related fields get started in
their careers.  It was part of a program called Conferences for
Undergraduate Women in Physics cosponsored by AAS CSWA and APS CSWP,
which has simultaneous regional conferences in six regions of the United
States.  She attended the one in Florida in the southeast sector, hence
SCUWP.

The conference goal from their web site is to "help undergraduate women
continue in physics by providing them with the opportunity to experience
a professional conference, information about graduate school and
professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages
with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas."  They have
talks by professionals, student talks and panel discussions on various
topics.  [...]

Full post at: http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/01/report-from-scuwp.html

** If you are interested in hosting a conference, applications are now
open for conferences to be hosted over the Martin Luther King
Jr. holiday weekend in mid-January of following years. Learn more at
http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/cuwip-host.cfm

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3. Encouraging (And Keeping) Women In Physics
From: Caroline Simpson [simpsonc_at_fiu.edu]

Kerstin Nordstrom writes in her blog:

It's a tired stereotype: Guys are more into hard science than gals.
Let's roll up our sleeves and dig deep into the issues at the root of
this old problem.

As a woman in physics, I'm often the odd man out.

At a recent conference I sat down for some post-poster session drinks
with some colleagues. There were seven of us, and I was the only
woman. Now, my lab is actually over half women, but the statistics at
the table were more indicative of the state of the science. In the US, 1
of every 5 physics PhDs is earned by a woman.

Believe it or not, this is good news. [...]

Full post at
http://figureoneblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/encouraging-and-keeping-women-in-physics/

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4. New data from AIP on Number of Women earning Physics Bachelor's
From: WIPHYS, Jan. 23, 2013

The AIP Statistical Research Center has produced another set of Physics
Trends flyers. Among this new set, they report on the number of women
among physics bachelor's degree recipients which continues to
rise. These are printable flyers intended for display. The new flyers
can be downloaded from their website

http://www.aip.org/statistics/trends/phystrends.html

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5. Women's History Month 2013: "Celebrating Women in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics."
From: Caroline Simpson [simpsonc_at_fiu.edu]

Post by Ellen Freudenheim at Brooklyn About.com:
The theme of Women's History Month 2013 is "Celebrating Women in
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics."

Observed in March, Women's History Month 2013 offers public and private
school teachers from kindergarten through college an immense opportunity
to encourage girls in the sciences, to showcase women leaders, and to
discuss the challenges -- perceived and real, internal and external --
to women making strides in these traditionally male occupational tracks.

Full post at
http://brooklyn.about.com/b/2013/01/22/womens-history-month-2013-celebrates-gals-
in-a-guys-world-math-science-engineering-tech.htm

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6. L'Oreal USA Launches For Girls In Science
From: PR Newswire

L'Oreal USA today announced the official launch of
www.forgirlsinscience.org, a website designed to inspire and empower
girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (S.T.E.M).  Featuring everything from videos of women
scientists on the job, a career personality quiz, facts on famous women
in S.T.E.M., career opportunities in S.T.E.M. fields to summer and
weekend camps, and much more -- the website serves up science,
technology, engineering and math in a way that is engaging, interactive
and, yes, cool.

Full story at PR Newswire 
(http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/loreal-usa-launches-for-girls-in-science-187733731.html)

L'Oreal USA For Girls in Science website
www.forgirlsinscience.org

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7. APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women
From: WIPHYS, Jan. 23, 2013

APS and IBM co-sponsor a research internship program for undergraduate
women. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2013. The goal is to
encourage women students to pursue graduate studies in science and
engineering. The internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks
long at one of three IBM research locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX,
or Yorktown Heights, NY), and give the opportunity to work closely with
an IBM mentor. Learn more at

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/ibm/index.cfm

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8. APS Meetings Child Care Grants: April Meeting Deadline is February 1
From: WIPHYS, Jan. 23, 2013

Small grants of up to $400 are available to assist meeting attendees who
are bringing small children or who incur extra expenses in leaving them
at home (i.e., extra daycare or babysitting services). More information
and the online application can be found at

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

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9. NASA Internship, Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities
From: WIPHYS, Jan. 23, 2013

If you are interested in NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship
opportunities, visit http://intern.nasa.gov .

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10. Job Opportunities

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

  * Theorist in Astrophysical Dynamics, UCLA
    http://www.astro.ucla.edu/jobs/

  * NSF Program Director in and Astrophysics and Cosmology Physics
    Programs
    http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/phy13001/phy13001.jsp

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