AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of April 5, 2013
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1.  Sexual Harassment at Astronomical Observatories

2.  List of Women Astronomers

3.  Science Journalism as a Career Path for Women in Astronomy

4.  The Alternative-Academic Career - Having 'The Talk'

5.  Survival Guide for Women in Science - Add Your Story!

6.  Op-Ed: The Still-Tolerated Gender Bias in Science

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

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1. Sexual Harassment at Astronomical Observatories
From: J. Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Most sexual harassment rules apply to employees of a
company/university/organization. What happens at an astronomy observatory when,
for example, a staff member harasses a visiting scientist or the other way
around? Or an advisor harasses an REU student or other intern? Or, if the
observatory is run by multiple organizations, an employee of one organization
harasses an employee of another?

Dealing with sexual harassment is a harrowing experience. If there are also
layers of confusing and even conflicting bureaucracy, then reporting an incident
gets even tougher. Getting a satisfactory outcome may be next to impossible...

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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2. List of Women Astronomers
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

A wiki is growing on women astronomers and astrophysicists as well as other
notable women who have made significant contributions to the field.  Do you know
of any that you can also add to the list?

For the current list, please see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_women_astronomers

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3. Science Journalism as a Career Path for Women in Astronomy
From: AASWomen Editors

[This post highlights science journalism and outreach as viable careers for
astrophysics-oriented women. Megan Watzke notes, "writing books is one outlet that (thus
far) doesn't seem to have much female participation." -Eds]

Two women working in high-energy astrophysics have expanded their careers in
science journalism and outreach by co-authoring a book that showcases
photography taken by the Hubble, Chandra, and Spitzer space telescopes. The
book Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos is written
by Kim Arcand and Megan Watzke of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The book was
released on April 2, 2013 by Smithsonian Books.

To learn more, please see

yourtickettotheuniverse.com

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4. The Alternative-Academic Career - Having 'The Talk'
From: Sarah Garner [sterrs_at_astro.washington.edu]

Thought I would share this article; some good advice about how to approach your
adviser if you're considering alt-ac (alternative academic) careers. [To read
the article, please see.]

http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2013/04/01/essay-telling-your-dissertation-chair-you-
may-not-want-go-academe

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5. Survival Guide for Women in Science - Add Your Story!
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Under the Microscope is creating a Survival Guide for Women in Science to help
women stay in the sciences.  They would like to include in the guide cautionary
tales, success stories, and practical advice.  To add your story on how you
navigated gender bias or work-life balance or how you found the right lab or
mentor, complete the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XDLXWVR

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6. Op-Ed: The Still-Tolerated Gender Bias in Science
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Particle physicist and Professor Sarah Demers writes about her experiences of
being a women in science in the Op-Ed of TED blog.  To read about her views on
gender equality, please see

http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/29/op-ed-the-still-tolerated-gender-bias-in-science/

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7. 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

- Wiess Instructorship in Physics and Astronomy at Rice University
http://physics.rice.edu

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