AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of July 26, 2013
eds. Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, Nick Murphy, & Nicolle Zellner

This week's issues:

1.  The Awesomest 7-Year Post-Doc

2.  Everything is Useful

3.  Findings: All-Male Departments Largely Due to Lack of Women in Physics

4.  Understanding Gender Discrimination - Landing a Job by Adding 'Mr.' to

5.  Sophie Brahe

6.  APS Distinguished Lectureship Award on the Applications of Physics

7.  NSTA New Science Teacher Academy

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

1. The Awesomest 7-Year Post-Doc
From: Jessica Kirkpatrick, Guest Blogger at womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

This week a Scientific American Blog Post by Radhika Nagpal, professor of
Computer Science at Harvard made a circulation among my academic Facebook
friends, and I thought I'd share it with this community.

Her advice on how she "Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track
Faculty Life" can be summarized in the below seven things she did in her first
seven years of her faculty appointment at Harvard:

To read more, please see


2. Everything is Useful
From: Sethanne Howard, Guest Blogger, via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

There are many paths to becoming an astronomer, almost as many as there are
astronomers.  My path was a squiggle of overlapping tracks.

Like many astronomers I knew what I wanted to be from age 5.  I read the Little
Golden Book on Stars. There was a series of little golden books on the natural
world, one on rocks and minerals, one on flowers, one on insects, birds, etc.
The one on stars was divided into two parts...

To read more, please see


3. Findings: All-Male Departments Largely Due to Lack of Women in Physics
From: Rick Fienberg [rick.fienberg_aas.org]

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) published findings from a study called
"Number of Women in Physics Departments: A Simulation Analysis." The study
considers whether or not the lack of a woman in a faculty department is due to
the representation of women in physics and the number of faculty members in a
single department. Conclusions are that all-male (or possible all-female)
departments would still exist even if half of all physics faculty were women.

To read highlights from the report, please see


To read the full report, please see


To join the discussion in the Women in Physics LinkedIn Group, please see


4. Understanding Gender Discrimination - Landing a Job by Adding 'Mr.' to Resume
From: Nancy Morrison [NMorris_utnet.utoledo.edu]

From Quartz, July 12, 2013:

'My first name is Kim. Technically, it's gender neutral, but my experience
showed that most people's default setting in the absence of any other clues is
to assume Kim is a woman's name.


'My choice to brand the CV with a bold positioning of my name actually seemed to
scream that I was a woman. I could easily imagine many of the people I had
worked for discarding the document without even reading further. If they did
read further, the next thing they saw (as politeness declared at the time) was a
little personal information, and that declared I was married with kids. I had
put this in because I knew many employers would see it as showing stability, but
when I viewed it through the skewed view of middle-aged men who thought I was a
woman, I could see it was just further damning my cause. I doubt if many of the
managers I had known would have made it to the second page.

'I made one change that day. I put Mr. in front of my name on my CV. It looked a
little too formal for my liking but I got an interview for the very next job I
applied for. And the one after that. It all happened in a fortnight, and the
second job was a substantial increase in responsibility over anything I had done
before. In the end I beat out a very competitive short-list and enjoyed that job
for the next few years, further enhancing my career.'

To read more:


5.  Sophie Brahe
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

[Thank you Kelle Cruz for pointing us to this very important set of findings --

Else Hoyrup, Danish contributor to 'Grandma Got STEM,' writes about the Danish
astronomer, scholar, and writer Sophie Brahe. To read about the Sophie's (and
Tycho's) family history and her contributions to the field, please see the blog


6.  APS Distinguished Lectureship Award on the Applications of Physics
From: Nancy Morrison [NMorris_utnet.utoledo.edu]

'The American Physical Society's Committee on Careers and Professional
Development (CCPD) and the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP) seek
to recognize and honor physicists in industrial and other non-academic careers
for their significant contributions to the advancement of physics of a
technical, industrial, or entrepreneurial nature and for their demonstrated
ability to give interesting and engaging lectures to both experts and

' ... The award recipients agree to give a minimum of three lectures over a term
of one year delivered at a national APS conference, a sectional APS conference,
and other venues, such as physics department colloquia, to be arranged by mutual
agreement with the recipient and the Selection Committee Chair in consultation
with the CCPD and with assistance from APS staff. The Distinguished Lectureship
presentations should discuss key aspects of the recipient's career and
professional development in physics, they should be interactive and engaging,
and they should be aimed especially at physicists early in their careers. The
Distinguished Lectureship will include a $5,000 award and a plaque to be
presented at an APS conference following the completion of the Distinguished
Lectureship term. Travel costs will be reimbursed by APS up to $5,000.'

APS membership is not required of nominees. To read more:


7. NSTA New Science Teacher Academy
From:  WIPHYS, July 22, 2013

The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy is a professional development initiative
created to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and
classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. The academy
endeavors to use mentoring and other professional development resources to
support science teachers during the often challenging, initial teaching years
and to help them stay in the profession.

Apply here: http://www.nsta.org/academy/2013/fellowapplication.aspx

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