AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy
Issue of February 22, 2013
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1. STATUS newsletter for January 2013 now available online

2. Annie Jump Cannon and the Spectra of Stars

3. Maternity Leave: International Comparison

4. Undergraduate Science Education at a Crossroad

5. NASA Science4Girls and Their Families

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. STATUS newsletter for January 2013 now available online
From: Katy Garmany [garmany_at_noao.edu]

The January 2013 issue of STATUS, the CSWA's semi-annual magazine, is now available:

http://www.aas.org/cswa/STATUS.html

Articles in the current issue include:

"Toward More Inclusive Family-Friendly Policies," Megan Reiter, Steward Observatory

"Unraveling Hardwiring" reprinted from Delusions of Gender Ch 16, by Cordelia Fine

"Women vs Women" (reprinted from Joan Schmelz's blog post)

"Practical Strategies for Soft Money Researchers Who Work Remotely," Karly
Pitman, Planetary Science Institute

Book reviews by Gerrit L. Verschuur: American Women and World War II by
Doris Weatherford, The Women Who Lived for Danger: Behind Enemy Lines During
WW II by Marcus Binney

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2. Annie Jump Cannon and the Spectra of Stars
From: Neil Gehrels via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

I got the idea for this piece from a blog by Astroian (Ian Cohen) and then did
my own research. Annie Jump Cannon is familiar to many astronomers through the
Harvard Classification Scheme for stars that she invented: O, B, A, F, G, K, M.
Also, her name comes up every year when the AAS award named for her is given
out. It is for a woman scientist within 5 years receipt of her PhD for
"distinguished contributions to astronomy".

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/02/annie-jump-cannon-and-spectra-of-stars.html

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3. Maternity Leave: International Comparison
From: Laura Trouille via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

The United States is one of only eight countries, out of 188 that have known
policies, without paid leave.

To read more, please go to

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/02/maternity-leave-international-
comparison.html

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4. Undergraduate Science Education at a Crossroad
From: Ed Bertschinger via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

This past weekend I attended a 3-hour symposium on undergraduate education at
the AAAS meeting in Boston. While the subject was not immediately focused on
gender equity or diversity, it is closely related, and interesting linkages were
made by symposium participants. In brief, improving undergraduate education
requires leadership for culture change of the same kind required for improving
the status of women and other underrepresented groups in the physical sciences.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/02/undergraduate-science-education-at.html

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5. NASA Science4Girls and Their Families:
From: Bonnie Meinke [meinke_at_stsci.edu]

NASA science education partners are celebrating National Women’s History Month
with the expanded NASA Science4Girls and Their Families initiative. This year,
more than 25 libraries nationwide will host NASA science educators and events
exploring topics in astrophysics, Earth science, heliophysics, and planetary
science!

Library programs will include field-tested educational activities and hands-on
science events designed to engage girls in STEM. Together, girls and their
families will explore the wonders of the universe, learn about Earth and space
science, and celebrate the many groundbreaking contributions women have made to
science.

If you are interested in resources for this year or joining us for 2014, please
contact us at astroforum@stsci.edu or visit http://smdepo.org/node/4896

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8. Access to Past Issues

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Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.