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

This week's issues:

1. Dear Postdoc Colleague: Yes, the NSF is Serious About Career-Life Balance

2. When You're the First Pregnant Woman at Your Company

3. Mercedes Richards is the July CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month

4. Where are all the women professors? Among the recently hired!

5. The Numbers Game: Where are the Women?

6. What Can I Do? Give a Talk on a Women-in-Science Topic

7. The Sky is Not The Limit

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. Dear Postdoc Colleague: Yes, the NSF is Serious About Career-Life Balance
From: David Charbonneau via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

The NSF just released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) announcing a very
interesting initiative for postdocs: In short, principal investigators of NSF
grants can submit a request for supplemental funding to cover salary support for
additional personnel to sustain research while the postdoc is on family leave.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/07/dear-postdoc-colleague-yes-nsf-is.html

To read the NSF DCL, see

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13109/nsf13109.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

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2. When You're the First Pregnant Woman at Your Company
From: Johanna Teske [jkteske_at_email.arizona.edu]

This is a good article about one woman's experience as the first pregnant woman
at her company. It plays well off of Kate Follette's recent WomenInAstronomy
post about her pregnancy, and includes some good resources for any working woman
who is/plans to be pregnant.

"When You're the First Pregnant Woman at Your Company"

by Jessica Grose

I never felt like a "woman in the workplace" until I became pregnant. My gender
was not an issue in terms of my pay or general treatment. ... If you had asked
me what being pregnant at work might be like before I conceived, I probably
would have said something glib along the lines of: "I'm not the first working
woman to ever have a kid. Haven't they figured it out by now?"

To read more, please see

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/when-youre-the-first-pregnant-woman-
at-your-company/?src=recpb&_r=0

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3. Mercedes Richards is the July CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month
From: WIPHYS Posting for Jul 02, 2013

Mercedes Richards (President, IAU Commission 42; The Pennsylvania State
University) is a computational astrophysicist in the area of binary stars. She
is also the CSWP featured physicist for July. For more information on her
recognition, please see

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/womanmonth/2013.cfm

Do you know female physicists worthy of recognition? Nominate them! Find more
info here

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/womanmonth/

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4. Where are all the women professors? Among the recently hired!
From: John Asher Johnson via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

I recently wrote a series of posts entitled "Where are all the women
professors?" (see below). I began with a simple premise: "men and women are
equally capable of succeeding as professional astronomers. There is no inherent
(intrinsic) difference in mental capacity, creativity, ability to learn, or any
other factor that plays into the success of an astronomer." From there I
examined the role of unconscious bias as one of the factors in a "leaky
pipeline" that has resulted in an underrepresentation of women among astronomy
professors.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/07/where-are-all-women-professors-among.html

John's earlier posts can be found here

http://mahalonottrash.blogspot.com/2012/10/where-are-women-astronomy-professors.html

and here

http://mahalonottrash.blogspot.com/2012/10/where-are-women-professors-unconscious.html

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5. The Numbers Game: Where are the Women?
From: Rick Fienberg [rick.fienberg_at_aas.org]

by Athene Donald

This year's Institute of Physics (IOP) awards were announced a couple of days
ago, a list of impressive individuals who have shown mastery of their
subject.... What is noticeable is that there is a distinct dearth of women. In
fact there is precisely one.

To read more, please see

http://physicsfocus.org/athene-donald-the-numbers-game-where-are-the-women/

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6. What Can I Do? Give a Talk on a Women-in-Science Topic
From: Joan Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Many graduate students and postdocs would like to do something to promote women
in astronomy and help create a female-friendly workplace, but their time for
such activities is limited. This is the second in a series of monthly posts with
suggestions for those who want to help but don't have the time to commit to
being a full-fledged CSWA member. Today's suggestion: give a lunch talk in your
department/research group summarizing information on a Women-in-Science topic
that interests you.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/07/what-can-i-do-give-talk-on-women-in.html

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7. The Sky is Not The Limit
From: Gaverne Bennett [gaverne_at_gmail.com]

[Among best-practices for creating a welcoming environment for women in your
department is inclusion of images of female scientists. Look around your
departmental walls and if what you see comes up short, the new one below is a
good example of how you can do better. -Eds]

This new wall chart, 'The Sky is Not The Limit - Women in Science', celebrates
Great Women scientists:

http://www.easyart.com/canvas-prints/Guardian-Wallchart/The-Sky-is-Not-The-Limit---
Women-in-Science-428313.html 

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