AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of May 24, 2013
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, & Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1. CSWA Town Hall at the Indianapolis AAS Meeting

2. Career Profiles: Astronomer to Math Teacher

3. APS Topical Group on Physics Education Research

4. Exploring Industry Options and Informational Interviews

5. How to Be a 'Woman Programmer'

6. ADVICE: Dealing with Discrimination and Harassment

7. 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism

8. Maria Goeppert Mayer Award for Women in Physics

9. Deadline Approaching for the 2013 Blewett Fellowship

10. NSF's Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative

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. CSWA Town Hall at the Indianapolis AAS Meeting
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]

CSWA Town Hall: Unconscious Bias, Stereotype Threat, and Impostor Syndrome
AAS 222nd Meeting, Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, June 4
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM; Wabash Ballroom 3 (Indiana Convention Center)

Women and other underrepresented groups in astronomy can face a powerful
combination of hidden obstacles. With unconscious bias, men and women both
unconsciously devalue the contributions of women. This can have a detrimental
effect on grant proposals, job applications, and performance reviews. Stereotype
threat is the anxiety women face in a situation where they have the potential to
confirm a negative stereotype about women as a group. This anxiety alone can
result in documented cases of lower scores on standardized math tests. Highly
competent women may also face impostor syndrome where they find it impossible to
believe in their own competence. They live with a fear of being discovered. The
CSWA Town Hall at the Indianapolis AAS meeting will discuss these issues in the
context of the AAUW report entitled, "Why So Few? Women in
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics." The Town Hall will
include at least 30 minutes for discussion and answering questions from the
audience.

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2. Career Profiles: Astronomer to Math Teacher
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.

This week's interview is with Andy Cantrell, an astronomer turned math teacher.
After his first postdoc, he worked with a recruiting agency for private schools
to find his new position. He describes his working environment as 'warm and
supportive, and extremely family friendly'.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/05/career-profiles-astronomer-to-math.html

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3. APS Topical Group on Physics Education Research
From: WIPHYS Posting for May 13, 2013

2013 Topical Group on Physics Education Research: APS’s newest unit for
advancing the learning and teaching of physics

The objective of the Topical Group on Physics Education Research (GPER) is the
advancement and diffusion of knowledge concerning the learning and teaching of
physics. This knowledge is based on studies ranging from individuals to
institutional practices, from neural and cognitive processes to social and
contextual components of education, from basic research to educational practices
in physics. The objectives of this research include the integration of
scientific knowledge and analysis methods across disciplines to address the
dynamical complexities and uncertainties of learning and teaching physics.

Learn more here

http://www.aps.org/units/gper/index.cfm

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4. Exploring Industry Options and Informational Interviews
From: Claire Cramer [ccramer108_at_gmail.com]

A recent post from the Wandering Scientist blog:

I'm stretching the original definition of the "Ask Cloud" series a bit with this
post, but since it was my own arbitrary definition to begin with, I think that's
OK. I have found myself typing out advice about how to look into different
industry options and related advice about how to organize and conduct
informational interviews several times recently, so I thought I'd combine it all
into one post. I don't have a single query email to include, but roughly
speaking, here is a composite question:

"I'm finishing up graduate school/my postdoc and am considering going into
industry. I don't really know what options are out there in industry for someone
with my background. What do I do?"

To read more, please see

http://www.wandering-scientist.com/2013/05/ask-cloud-exploring-industry-options.html

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5. How to Be a 'Woman Programmer'
From: Gerrit Verschuur [verschuur_at_aol.com]

By Ellen Ullman

There is always that moment when you are alone with the prejudice: the joke, the
leer, the disregard, the fact that the moment you walk through the door you are
seen as lesser.

To read more, please see

http://nyti.ms/18SH6zs

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6. ADVICE: Dealing with Discrimination and Harassment
From: Joan Schmelz and Patricia Knezek [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu; knezek_at_noao.edu]

This is the third in our new series of ADVICE posts as CSWA tries to ensure that
information gathered over the years remains available to the current generation
of students, postdocs, and faculty. This month, we try to deal with
discrimination and harassment:

The good news for women in astronomy is that incidents of overt sexual
discrimination and sexual harassment have declined dramatically in recent years.
The bad news is that there are still problems, especially for grad students and
post docs. Sometimes we don't realize that these problems are still out there
until something happens to us or to someone we know personally.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/05/advice-dealing-with-discrimination-and.html

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7. 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism
From: Rick Fienberg [rick.fienberg_at_aas.org]

By Jane J. Lee

Despite enormous progress in recent decades, women still have to deal with
biases against them in the sciences.

To read more, please see

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130519-women-scientists-overlooked-dna
-history-science/

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8. Maria Goeppert Mayer Award for Women in Physics
From: WIPHYS Posting for May 13, 2013

Nominate an outstanding woman physicist for the Maria Goeppert Mayer Award:
Deadline is July 1

The Maria Goeppert Mayer Award is designed to recognize and enhance outstanding
achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career, and to
provide opportunities for her to present these achievements to others through
public lectures in the spirit of Maria Goeppert Mayer. The award consists of
$2,500 plus a $4,000 travel allowance to provide opportunities for the recipient
to give lectures in her field of physics at four institutions and at the meeting
of the Society at which the award is bestowed and a certificate citing the
contributions made by the recipient.

More details are available at

go.aps.org/mgmaward

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9. Deadline Approaching for the 2013 Blewett Fellowship
From: WIPHYS Posting for May 22, 2013

The Blewett Fellowship enables women to return to physics research careers after
having had to interrupt those careers. Applications are due June 1, 2013.

Learn more and apply here

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/blewett/index.cfm

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10. NSF's Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative
From: WIPHYS Posting for May 13, 2013

In NSF 12-065 entitled "Dear Colleague Letter: Career-Life Balance (CLB)
Initiative", the Foundation announced the opportunity to submit supplemental
funding requests to support additional personnel (e.g., research technicians or
equivalent) to sustain research when the Principal Investigator is on family
leave. In FY 2012, up to 3 months of salary support may be requested (for a
maximum of $12,000 in salary compensation) by CAREER awardees.

To learn more, please see

http://www.nsf.gov/career-life-balance/suppfunds.jsp

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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

  * Instructor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Northern Arizona University
    http://hr.nau.edu/node/2796&job_req=600330

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