AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of September 27, 2013
eds: Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, Nick Murphy, & Nicolle Zellner
 
This week's issues:
 
1.  Unconscious Bias: the Studies from Sociology
2.  Sexism the Other Way Around
3.  Career Profile: Astronomer to Consultant
4.  Sara Seager Receives a MacArthur Fellowship
5.  Q&A with the Women of the James Webb Space Telescope
6.  The "Second Shift" at Work
7.  Exhibit: A Secret History of Women in Science
8.  Job Opportunities
9. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter
10. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter
11. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter
 
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1. Unconscious Bias: the Studies from Sociology
From: Joan Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
 
Steinpreis, Anders & Ritzke (1999) published a pioneering study on unconscious
bias and gender. Panels composed of male and female university psychology
professors were asked to evaluate application packages for either "Brian" or
"Karen" and determine the candidate's suitability as an assistant professor. The
panels preferred 2:1 to hire "Brian" over "Karen," even though the application
packages were identical except for the name.
 
To read more, please see
 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/09/unconscious-bias-studies-from-sociology.html
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2.  Sexism the Other Way Around
From: Gerrit Verschuur via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
 
Organizations, People and Strategies in Astronomy (OPSA, Vols. 1 & 2) presents a
compilation of 49 chapters designed to reveal the way astronomy is practiced
all over the globe. Or, to frame this in words used by its editor, it is a
continuation of a former series in which scientists and non-scientists describe
their experience on 'non-purely scientific matters, many of them of fundamental
importance for the efficient conduct of our activities.' While fascinating
material, it is not a target for a book review for CSWA. What is interesting is
what it does not do.
 
To read more, please see
 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/09/sexism-other-way-round.html
 
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3. Career Profile: Astronomer to Consultant
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 Joseph Pesce, an astronomer turned consultant. If
you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path,
please leave a comment below.

To read more, please see
 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/09/career-profiles-astronomer-to-consultant.html
 
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.
 
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4.  Sara Seager Receives a MacArthur Fellowship
From: Nancy Brickhouse [nbrickhouse_at_cfa.harvard.edu]
 
Congratulations to Sara Seager, recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship!
 
To read more, please see
 
http://www.macfound.org/fellows/903/
 
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5.   Q&A with the Women of the James Webb Space Telescope
From: Laura E. Betz [laura.e.betz_at_nasa.gov]
 
NASA invited the general public to participate in a question and answer session
with women working on the agency's next generation of a space-based telescope as
part of a Reddit.com event on Thursday, September 26.
 
The Q&A thread will be posted to Webb telescope's various social media
presences.
 
For more information, please see
 
http://twitter.com/NASAWebbTelescp
 
https://www.facebook.com/WebbTelescope
 
http://gplus.to/NASAWebbTelescope
 
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6.  The "Second Shift" at Work
From: Nancy Brickhouse 
 
Melissa Anderson talks about the "second shift" at work and inequities in
general. She states that the second shift is a symptom of a broader cultural
expectation that women clean up messes wherever they are -- and how doing all
that extra work, work that's not considered part of the job, can be a drag on
time and power.
 
To read more, please see   
 
http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2013/09/19/what-to-do-if-youre-sick-of-taking-
on-the-second-shift-at-work-too/
 
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7.   Exhibit: A Secret History of Women in Science
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]
 
The Grolier Club in New York City is hosting an exhibit on the personal lives
and scientific contributions of 32 extraordinary famous (and not-so-famous)
female scientists from the 16th century to the present day. Over 150 original
items from Rosalind Franklin, Marie Curie, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin and others
are on display.
 
More information about the exhibit can be found at
 
http://www.grolierclub.org/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=289912&ssid=169182&vnf=1
 
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8.  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
 
-         Astronomy Support Representative and Content Developer, at Sapling Learning:
http://saplinglearning.catsone.com/careers/index.php?m=portal&a=details&jobOrderID=2872005
 
-         Doctoral Research Assistant in Science Education, at Temple University:
Contact Doug Lombardi at doug.lombardi-at_temple.edu
 
-         Tenure-track faculty positions in Astronomy and Astrophysics, at UC-San Diego:
http://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/aps/adeo/recruitment/jobdetails.asp?PositionNumber=10-644
 
http://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/aps/adeo/recruitment/jobdetails.asp?PositionNumber=10-641
 
-         Tenure-track position in Astrophysics: Star and Planet Formation, at Rice University:
http://www.physics.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=65
 
-         Tenure-track position in Astronomy/Astrophysics (Associate or Assistant level), at Ohio University:            
http://www.ohiouniversityjobs.com/postings/7108
 
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