AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy
Issue of February 1, 2013
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1. In Praise of Remote Observing

2. Astronomy vs. Data Science

3. Women On Boards of Sci/Tech/CS Companies

4. Birgeneau Receives the 2012 Karl Taylor Compton Medal

5. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

6. Funding Opportunities

7. Job Opportunities

8. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

9. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

10. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

1. In Praise of Remote Observing
From: Eilat Glikman via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

[This week's guest blogger is Eilat Glikman. Eilat holds an NSF Astronomy and
Astrophysics postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. She studies dust
reddened quasars and their role in quasar/galaxy co-evolution, as well as faint
quasars at high redshifts.  Eilat has two young children ages 7 and 4 and is
dedicated to finding that elusive formula for work/life balance.]

When I decided to pursue a career in astronomy (and academia) I was not aware of
the incredible amounts of travel required. I hate to travel, get stressed in the
run up to a trip, am terrible at packing and get homesick quite easily. Of
course, when I arrive at my destination I usually enjoy myself, whether it is
observing and getting awesome data or going to a conference and having
stimulating and vibrant discussions. Still, it was a rude awakening when I
realized the extreme amounts of airline miles that some astronomers rack up (and
the frequent flyer culture that ensues).

To read more, please see


2. Astronomy vs. Data Science
From: Jessica Kirkpatrick via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

In response to my last post about the transition from Astronomer to Data
Scientist many readers wanted to know the pros and cons of academia versus tech.
Below I outline a few of the major differences between these career paths.
Obviously, there is a lot of variety in individual companies, institutions, and
experiences -- so please understand that the below is simply my (somewhat
biased) perspective.

To read more, please see


3. Women On Boards of Sci/Tech/CS Companies
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_northwestern.edu]

[This article comes courtesy of the 'Women in Science' Forum, co-curated by
Laura Hoopes of Pomona College and the American Association of University Women,
on Nature's Scitable page.]

I don't know how you feel about putting women on governing boards of companies,
but it would certainly not be too many, in my view, if 20% of boards were women.
Here's a web site called 20/20 where efforts to increase women on boards to that
level by 2020 are coordinated.


To read more, please see


4. Birgeneau Receives the 2012 Karl Taylor Compton Medal
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_northwestern.edu]

Robert Birgeneau, chancellor of UC Berkeley, will receive the 2012 Karl Taylor
Compton Medal for Leadership in Physics. Birgeneau was cited "for his leadership
in improving the situation for women in science in the United States and around
the world, his efforts to enhance diversity in science and for deepening our
understanding of magnetism and its interplay with other states of matter."

To read more, please see


5. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_northwestern.edu]

[This journal carries interesting articles on equity and best practices across
STEM and may be of interest to you, our dear readers. -Eds]

The Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
Editor-in-Chief: Kimberly D. Douglas-Mankin

Aims and Scope: Designed as a unique and much-needed resource for educators,
managers, and policymakers, the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and
Engineering publishes original, peer-reviewed papers that report innovative
ideas and programs for classroom teachers, scientific studies, and formulation
of concepts related to the education, recruitment, and retention of
under-represented groups in science and engineering. Discipline-specific issues
related to women and minorities are consolidated to address the entire
educational environment from K through post-graduate and on to continuing
education. Included are explorations of feminist teaching methods, black
student/white teacher interactions, cultural phenomena that affect classroom
climate, and new questions to ask of science. The journal includes pertinent
book reviews and "reports from the field" by women and men of color in academe,
business, industry, and federal and state agencies.

To learn more, please see


6. Funding Opportunities

  * Opportunity for Scientists to Collaborate with European Colleagues

  * ADVANCE Program Solicitation

  * Marie Curie Fellowship

  * Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship

  * NSF's Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative

7. Job Opportunities

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


  * Director, IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center, University of Wisconsin

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