AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of August 30, 2013
eds. Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, Nick Murphy, & Nicolle Zellner

This week's issues:

1.  Unconscious Bias: Schemas

2.  Say Cheese

3.  Women Cite Themselves Less Often Than Men

4.  Oh. I Thought You Were a Guy

5.  Women in Engineering Summit 2013

6.  Postdoc Advancement: Marketing Your Value

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

1. Unconscious Bias: Schemas
From: Joan Schmelz at womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Schemas are non-conscious hypotheses. They are expectations or stereotypes that
influence our judgments of others (regardless of our own group). For example,
with regard to gender, we're not just talking about men judging women; we're
also talking about women judging women. Men and women both downplay the
contributions of women. With regard to race/ethnicity, we're not just talking
about whites judging minorities; we're also talking about minorities judging
minorities. Whites and minorities both downplay the contributions of minorities.
Unconscious bias is NOT discrimination. Here's an example of a schema ...

To read more, please see


2. Say Cheese
From: Nicholas McConnell, Guest Blogger, via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

A couple of years ago, in the midst of applying for postdoc jobs, I scanned a
particular department's directory page for people who shared my research
interests. As I scrolled through the names and photographs, two things quickly
became apparent: there were very few women, and almost all the men looked somber
or dour. Unfortunately, this department was hardly alone in exhibiting a gender
imbalance among its researchers. The male mugshots left a stronger impression:
"This does not seem like an enjoyable place to work."

To read more, please see


3. Women Cite Themselves Less Often Than Men
From: John Leibacher [jleibacher_at_nso.edu]

"ONE of academia's deficiencies is that, though its lecture halls and graduate
schools are replete with women, its higher echelons are not. Often, this is seen
as a phenomenon specific to the sciences. A report published in 2008 by
America's National Science Foundation, for example, found that in most fields of
science and engineering male full professors outnumbered females by nearly four
to one. In fact, the disparity applies to the whole grove. Another report from
2006, by the American Association of University Professors, found the same ratio
in the faculties of arts, humanities and social science, too.

Observers are divided about the cause ... Barbara Walter, of the University of
California, San Diego, however, offers a fourth explanation: that female
academics are not pushy enough."

To read more, please see:


4. Oh. I Thought You Were a Guy.
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

[Thank you Caroline Simpson for pointing out this article -- editors.]

Musings by Laura Dattaro about the 'Ask Me Anything' session on Reddit, which
was hosted by all-female Mars Rover scientists, can be found here:


The title to the musings is "Oh. I Thought You Were a Guy." The quote is in
reference to the female who runs the "I *** Love Science" Facebook page and the
posts she received after disclosing her gender to her followers. To read about
these posts and her reaction, follow the links in the article.

5.  Women in Engineering Summit 2013
From: Duncan Ndebele [duncan_at_amabhubesi.co.za]

Women In Engineering Summit 2013 will be held 25th - 26th September in
Sunninghill, Johannesburg, South Africa. This summit's theme is "Key Solutions
to Dearth and Critical Skills of Women Engineers" and key topics include

-challenges of mentoring women
-social and environmental factors as barriers
-role of emotional intelligence in career progression
-essence of felinity to the environment
-engage and network with other females from leading organizations

More information can be found at


Questions can be addressed to duncan_at_ amabhubesi.co.za

6.  Postdoc Advancement: Marketing Your Value
From: John Leibacher [jleibacher_at_nso.edu]

"The postdoctoral appointment is not only a time of exploration and hard work,
but also a time to learn and hone critical skills that will enable you to move
into a position of independent research. Skills such as leadership and
management, team building, communication, fundraising, and even marketing are
required to advance, and one must be adept in all of these areas to succeed in
this highly competitive economic landscape. There are multiple opportunities for
postdocs to not only gain these necessary abilities, but also demonstrate them
to current and future employers. The key is keeping a watchful eye out for
chances to learn and sharpen your talents and to articulate your value to

To read about how you can gain skills in leadership and management; team
building; communication; fund raising to market your value and thus get hired,
please see:


7. Job Opportunities

* Experimental Astrophysics Postdoctoral at Syracuse

* McWilliams Postdoctoral Fellowship

* 2014 Sagan Fellowship Application

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