AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of May 3, 2013
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1.  Career Profile: Astronomer Turned Web Editor for Sky & Telescope

2.  When Money Can't Talk

3.  Your (Mom's) Ticket to the Universe: Review

4.  Parsing the Data About Women in Physics

5.  Women of Color STEM Conference

6.  Cosmos in the Classroom 2013

7.  How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

8.  How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

9.  Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. Career Profile: Astronomer Turned Web Editor for Sky & Telescope
From: Laura Trouille via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the AAS Employment
Committee have compiled dozens of interviews highlighting the diversity of
career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and
lessons learned from individuals on those paths.

Below is our interview with Monica Young, an astronomer turned Web Editor for
Sky & Telescope. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about
this career path, please leave a comment [at the Women in Astronomy blogspot --
see link below].

For access to all our Career Profile Project interviews, please visit

http://aas.org/jobs/career-profiles .

We plan to post a new career profile to this blog every first and third Thursday of the month.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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2. When Money Can't Talk
From: Nicolle Zellner via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

In one of my earlier posts, I wondered whether or not K-12 STEM programs are
truly effective at helping to plug the leaky pipeline in the United States.  In
that post, I referred to the study

[The Right Policies Can Fill the Gender Gap in Science
http://www.scidev.net/en/science-and-innovation-policy/gender/opinions/the-right
-policies-can-fill-the-gender-gap-in-science.html ]

that found that countries that make economic commitments to science and science
education report higher percentages of women in STEM careers. In this current
period of continuing resolutions and a sequestration that are dominating the
distribution of federal dollars and threatening to cut NSF and NASA (and other)
programs, I wonder if an already bad situation in the United States will only
get worse.  Specifically, will young scientists in general, and perhaps even
women in particular, be disproportionately affected by decreasing numbers of
research grants and dwindling STEM education opportunities?

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/

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3. Your (Mom's) Ticket to the Universe: Review
From: AASWomen Editors

In the April 5th issue of AASWomen, we highlighted an alternative career in
astronomy, one on science journalism and outreach.  Megan Watzke and Kim Arcand
showcase photography taken by large space telescopes in their book, Your Ticket
to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos.

Since the April 5th issue of AASWomen, a review of the book has come out in
Discovery.  To read how this book might be a great mother's day present, please
see

http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/review-your-ticket-to-the-universe-130430.htm

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4. Parsing the Data About Women in Physics
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Louis Amaral from Northwestern University and colleagues at Universitat Rovira i
Virgili in Catalonia, Spain find in a recent paper published in the journal PLoS
One that women publish less than men.  In disciplines where expenditures are
low, no significant difference in publication rates based on gender is found.
But this is not the case for disciplines where expenditures are more costly.

Roxanne Hughes finds from her 2012 study on the effectiveness of a program
called WSTEM, which targets supporting female undergraduates in STEM fields,
that undergraduates need more than just access to resources and opportunities
within the STEM fields.

To read more on these parsed data, please see

http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201305/womeninphysics.cfm

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5. Women of Color STEM Conference
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

General Dynamics and Women of Color magazine are hosting a Women of Color STEM
conference October 17-19, 2013 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
This conference is great for students seeking advice on networking,  finding a
mentor, looking to meet top employers, and meeting diverse women from executive
ranks.  To read more on this conference, please see

http://intouch.ccgmag.com/page/woc_conference

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6. Cosmos in the Classroom 2013
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The next Cosmos in the Classroom symposium is July 20-24 on the San Jose State
University campus.  The symposium is for college-level introductory astronomy
instructors, grad students, and post-docs.  ASP has a limited number of
scholarships available for educators.  For more information, please see

http://www.mailermailer.com/x?function=view&c=74902426i-8cf9dd21*989417h-6f535ac9

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