AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of March 15, 2013
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1. Top 10 Ways to be a Better Advisor to Graduate Students

2. Academia [and the "endogamous" marriage habits of physicists]

3. Think About Expectations for Women in Undergraduate Science

4. National Women's History Month

5. NSF Report: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science

6. Women in Science: Women's Work

7. NSF: Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge

8. Women in Math and Science Quiz

9. Job Opportunities

10. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

11. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

12. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. Top 10 Ways to be a Better Advisor to Graduate Students
From: J. Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

A graduate student recently asked me for advice on how to deal with problems she
was having with her research advisor. It occurred to me that I had already
written extensively on this very subject. It was one of the first tasks I took
on when I became a CSWA member and an editor of the AASWOMEN Newsletter. In
fact, the Top 10 Ways to be a Better Advisor for Graduate Students was the issue
that inspired the CSWA Advice web page, but that was back in 2006! A whole
generation of grad students had come and gone, but the advice we came up with
back then still appears to be relevant. The graduate student mentioned above
thought it was helpful for her case.

CSWA members discussed ways to make sure this advice remained available to the
current generation of grad students and advisors. We decided to try a
once-per-month blog post, i.e., an advice column. We're starting with the Top 10
Ways to be a Better Advisor for Graduate Students. If you have points to add to
our Top 10 list or other topics that we should cover in future posts, please
leave a comment or contact any CSWA member.

Top 10 Ways to be a Better Advisor for Graduate Students

1. Try to see each student as an individual; they will all have different
backgrounds, talents, and goals. Do not expect them to be 'just like you' or
like people you work with. It is crucial to realize just how important their
work with you will be to their careers.

2. You are responsible for guiding your students' research: helping them to
select a topic, write a research proposal, perform the research, evaluate it
critically, and write the dissertation. Set up a weekly meeting with your thesis
advisee to give *constructive* (not personal; not necessarily positive) feedback
on research work.

3. Identify students' strengths and build on them; identify weaknesses and help
students overcome them..

To read more and the rest of the list, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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2. Academia [and the "endogamous" marriage habits of physicists]
From: Annika Peter via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

A number of studies indicate that, at the faculty level, a large proportion of
women physicists and astronomers are partnered with other academic scientists
(especially other physicists!). The exact numbers are hard to come by---a lot of
the time, all physical scientists are lumped together in studies, even though
there are hints that there are major differences across fields (with Stanford's
Clayman Institute for Gender Research finding that physicists have the most
"endogamous" marriage habits) ... if you lump all physical science faculty
together, one finds large differences in the partnering and child-rearing
patterns of men and women. A study referenced in this article shows that women
scientists are more than three times more likely than their male counterparts to
be married to someone who also holds a science PhD. Women science professors are
far more likely than their male counterparts to be single or have no children.
When women science professors are partnered, they are far more likely than men
to have a "two-body problem".

To read on the "endogamous" marriage habits of physicists, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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3. Think About Expectations for Women in Undergraduate Science
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Marie-Claire Shanahan recently wrote an article for Inside Higher Ed on
'Taking time to think about expectations for women in undergraduate science.'
In the article, she discusses why students come to science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and why they leave. She discusses
interactions students have in their daily lives with professors and their peers
and how this daily interaction in the high school years shapes their choices for
college fields of study.  To read about the studies and outcomes regarding
gender and the students' physics identities, please see:

http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/university-venus/taking-time-think-about-
expectations-women-undergraduate-science

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4. National Women's History Month
From: WIPHYS, March 11, 2013

The 2013 National Women's History Month theme is on women in STEM.  Entitled
'Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination,' the theme highlights
generations of women in American history who have made extraordinary
contributions to the STEM fields.   To see the list and read more, please visit:

http://www.nwhp.org/

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5. NSF Report: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

NSF 13-304, a biennial report on 'Women, Minorities, and Persons with
Disabilities in Science in Engineering,' was released in February 2013.  The
report provides statistics about enrollment, field, employment status,
occupation, academic employment, and persons with disabilities.  The
digest-version, data tables, additional resources, and the download can be found
here

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/2013/start.cfm

but highlights are provided below.

- Women are less likely than men to enroll full time as undergraduates
- In most fields, women's participation has risen since 1991, with women's
participation highest in psychology of the science and engineering fields
- The science and engineering workforce is largely white and male
- Women represent less than 1/4 of all full-time, full professors, although the
share has risen since 1993

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6. Women in Science: Women's Work
From:  Maryam Modjaz [mmodjaz_nyu_edu}

This special section in Nature and its accompanying articles may be of
interest to the AASWOMEN readers.

[The article finds that science remains institutionally sexist, and much work is
still needed to achieve gender equality in science.  To read about women's pay,
promotions, winning of grants, etc., despite progress, and the hard look Nature
is taking on the gender gap and what is being done, please click on the link
below.]

http://www.nature.com/news/women-in-science-women-s-work-1.12547

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7. NSF: Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Calling Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Graduate Students:
 
Do you have an idea on how to improve STEM graduate education or graduate
training? If so, the National Science Foundation (NSF) wants to hear from you!
Their Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge calls for entries from
currently enrolled STEM graduate students/teams to submit innovative ideas to
prepare today's graduate students for tomorrow's opportunities and challenges
and ideas to improve graduate education and professional development. Target
audiences of these ideas include students, faculty, departments, institutions,
professional societies, and/or federal agencies, and winning ideas will receive
prizes between $1000 and $3000.
 
For more information and to submit by April 15, please see 

www.nsf.gov/gradchallenge/
 
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8. Women in Math and Science Quiz
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

As part of National Women's History Month, a fun quiz has been developed to test
your knowledge of women in history who have made changes in math and science.
To test your knowledge, please see the 'Women in Math and Science' quiz at

http://www.nwhp.org/resourcecenter/womenwhoworkedforpeace.php#math

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9. 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

- Visiting Assistant Professor position, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California
http://www.sonoma.edu/aa/fa/prospective/visiting_professor.html

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