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

This week's issues:

1. Obstacles to Institutional Change

2. Up Against the Boards

3. Is There Life After Work?

4. 6 Tips for Surviving a Postdoc

5. Good Beach Reading: The Feminine Mystique

6. More Options, Not Inability, Explains Why Fewer Women Have Science Jobs

7. Call for Submissions for new project: Grandma got STEM

8. IUPAP Working Group on Women in Physics: Supporting Women in Physics in Developing Countries

9. 2014 OUSTA Award of the Society for College Science Teachers

10. Female Visitor Programme seeks applicants

11. Job Opportunities

12. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

13. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

14. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. Obstacles to Institutional Change
From: Ed Bertschinger via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

A thoughtful reader made this observation about my article in the 2013
January/February AAS Newsletter:

[T]here is one sentence in your piece that grabbed my attention, and I would
argue brings up a point far more substantive than grammar and political
correctness: "One grumpy, misogynistic tenured faculty member can cause many
difficulties, but he cannot prevent change."

This reader's reaction to my provocative sentence was thoughtful and important.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/03/obstacles-to-institutional-change.html

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2. Up Against the Boards
From: Neil Gehrels via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

This blog is close to home for me, from University of Maryland. It is about a
study by UMd faculty member Waverly Ding showing the lack of women on corporate
boards. Along with co-authors Fiona Murray of MIT and Toby E. Stuart of
University of California Berkley, she analyzed survey data of 6,000 U.S.
scientists in the biotech industry over a career span of 30 years. In a paper in
the Academy of Management Journal, they find that women at the professorial rank
are almost 50% less likely to serve on corporate boards and start new companies
than equivalent men.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/03/up-against-boards.html

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3. Is There Life After Work?
From: Johanna Teske [jkteske_at_email.arizona.edu]

[A discussion of work-like balance (excerpt below) from Erin Callan, former
chief financial officer of Lehman Brothers. -Eds.]

In recent weeks I have been following with interest the escalating debate about
work-life balance and the varying positions of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg,
Marissa Mayer of Yahoo and the academic Anne-Marie Slaughter, among others.
Since I resigned my position as chief financial officer of Lehman Brothers in
2008, amid mounting chaos and a cloud of public humiliation only months before
the company went bankrupt, I have had ample time to reflect on the decisions I
made in balancing (or failing to balance) my job with the rest of my life. The
fact that I call it "the rest of my life" gives you an indication where work
stood in the pecking order.

To read the complete article, please see

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/opinion/sunday/is-there-life-after-work.html?
src=me&ref=general

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4. 6 Tips for Surviving a Postdoc
From: AWIS Washington Wire March - Issue I

For young scientists, a postdoc is the first step toward an independent academic
career. Unfortunately, postdocs often struggle during this time as they juggle
intense professional demands and increased responsibilities at home. The keys to
success in a postdoc come down to maintaining an optimistic outlook in the face
of adversity, remaining flexible, building a supportive professional network,
and prioritizing happiness.

To read more, please see

http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/
2013_03_06/caredit.a1300035

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5. Good Beach Reading: The Feminine Mystique
From: Joan Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan has been called the book that
changed the consciousness of a country - and the world. Originally published in
1963, this trailblazing book that changed women's lives is still just as
relevant 50 years later.

For the first time in my academic career, I spent Spring Break at the beach. I
took not only The Feminine Mystique, but also A Room of One's Own and The
Mercury 13. I came away with a healthy dose of 20th century feminism as well as
inspiration.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/03/good-beach-reading-feminine-mystique.html

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6. More Options, Not Inability, Explains Why Fewer Women Have Science Jobs
From: Caroline Simpson [simpsonc_at_fiu.edu]

Having a greater number of career options, rather than lack of ability, may help
explain why fewer women than men pursue careers in math and science, according
to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science.

http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112807190/fewer-women-in-science-more-career-
options-032013/

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7. Call for Submissions for new project: Grandma got STEM
From: WIPHYS Posting for Mar 22, 2013

[This program was also brought to our attention by Claire Cramer. -Eds.]

The idea is to counter the notion that if you want to explain something
difficult to someone non-technical, you should explain it "so your grandmother
would understand." Project site at

http://ggstem.wordpress.com

Submit name, pic story/remembrance to Rachel Levy [ggstem_at_hmc.edu].
International submissions welcome.

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8. IUPAP Working Group on Women in Physics: Supporting Women in Physics in Developing Countries
From: WIPHYS Posting for Mar 22, 2013

The APS has received funding to launch a new round of the IUPAP/UNESCO program
to fund the attendance of women from developing and eastern European countries
at regional or international conferences and schools. We expect to be able to
fund 13-14 women between $700 & $800 US each at a maximum. Applications for
these grants should be received no later than April 15, 2013. Recipients will be
chosen by the IUPAP Working Group on Women in Physics by mid May, and we will
notify everyone during the first week of June, 2013.

Please contact Jackie Beamon Kiene [beamon_at_aps.org] for complete application
information. Applications are due by close of business on April 15, 2013
(5:00p.m. EST).

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9. 2014 OUSTA Award of the Society for College Science Teachers
From: WIPHYS Posting for Mar 22, 2013

Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Science
Teacher Award (OUSTA) granted by the Society for College Science Teachers
(SCST). This year's award is also co-sponsored by Springer Science+Business
Media. A nominee need not be a member of the SCST. Nominations may be made by
colleagues or students and self-nominations are also encouraged! The purpose of
the OUSTA is to recognize the achievements of our teaching colleagues who have
enhanced the profession as outstanding teachers of science. This annual award is
based upon a selection process that evaluates nominees according to the
following ranked categories: 1) teaching excellence; 2) scholarship; and 3)
service.

For details regarding the nomination and application process, visit

www.scst.org/grants/ousta

The deadline for application materials is June 1, 2013. Questions or
Nominations? Email csandler_at_umich.edu

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10. Female Visitor Programme seeks applicants

ASTRON and JIVE are world-leading institutes in radio astronomy, technological
research and software development. The Helena Kluyver female visitor programme
has been in operation at ASTRON and JIVE for several years. Its goal is to host
advanced career female researchers for an extended period of time, in order to
exchange experience with younger staff. In addition to sharing professional
expertise, an important part of the exchange is in coaching young women to build
careers in a male dominated environment. The programme covers all travel, food
and accommodation expenses for the visitor, for up to three months.

Each visit is based on a research project in collaboration with a ASTRON or JIVE
employee (male or female!). This may be in astronomy research, correlator
control systems, connectivity for e-VLBI, antenna design, or other relevant
engineering, software or algorithm development. Applications are open to women
from any relevant field and any nationality. Applications can be submitted
throughout the year. Preference is given to women with several years of relevant
experience since their PhD.

For more information, visit the Helena Kluyver web page at

http://tinyurl.com/bf96orb

or email [helenakluyver_at_astron.nl].

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11. 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

* Joint Macquarie University/Australian Gemini Office Lectureship in Astronomy
and Astrophysics

http://jobs.mq.edu.au/cw/en/job/492726/lecturer-in-astronomy-and-astrophysics 

* Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy at Sonoma
State University, Rohnert Park, California

http://www.sonoma.edu/aa/fa/prospective/visiting_professor.html

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