AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 25, 2013
eds: Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, Nick Murphy, & Nicolle Zellner
 
This week's issues:
 
1. The Career-Life Beer Hour
2. Unearned Advantage
3. Raising the Bar in Physics Graduate Education   
4. End Harassment
5. Career Profile: Astronomer to Non-Tenure-Track Lecturer
6. Professional development at the 2014 Winter AAS Meeting      
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
 
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1. The Career-Life Beer Hour
From: David Charbonneau via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
 
... last night I shared a beer with some of the students and postdocs. One of
the concerns that I heard at the pub was that many of the panel discussions that
are convened to discuss Career-Life balance are organized by Women in Science
groups. While in principle anyone can attend, the audience is almost always
comprised nearly exclusively of women. But the main audience we are failing to
engage are the men! I have a hunch that many men feel that they shouldn't attend
a Women In Science event, and perhaps that a panel type event may be a little
intimidating.
 
To read more, please see
 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-career-life-beer-hour.html#more
 
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2. Unearned Advantage
From:  Joan Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
 
Unconscious bias goes hand-in-hand with the concept of unearned advantage. The
two kids on the seesaw start out at the same level and can play together. As
time goes by, however, one accumulates advantage and the other disadvantage. Any
one slight may seem minor, but small imbalances and discrepancies accrue. Not
only will they no longer be able to play together in future, but these
disparities can have major consequences in salary, promotion, prestige, and
advancement to leadership positions (Merton 1948; 1968).
 
To read more, please see
 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/10/unearned-advantage.html
 
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3. Raising the Bar in Physics Graduate Education
From:  Jessica Kirkpatrick via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
 
The keynote address by Meg Urry, Yale University (Department of Physics and
Department of Astronomy), at the American Physical Society Conference on
Graduate Education in January, 2013, has been reprinted at
womeininastronomy.blogspot.com.
 
To read her address, please see
 
http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/10/raising-bar-in-physics-graduate.html
 
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4. End Harassment
From:  Carol Jones [cejones_at_uwo.ca]
 
The editors at Nature write that 'sexual harassment is a stain on science' and
that a 'major problem is the widespread tacit acceptance of adolescent
behaviour'. In their editorial, they urge us all to take a stand by promoting a
'culture of active discouragement and prevention of sexual harassment'.
 
To read more, please see
 
http://www.nature.com/news/end-harassment-1.13991
 
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5. Career Profile: Astronomer to Non-Tenure-Track Lecturer
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 an astronomer/astrophysicist turned non-tenure-track
lecturer at a large research 1 institution. If you have questions, suggestions,
advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below.
 
To read more, please see
 
http://networkedblogs.com/QoyqF
 
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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6. Professional development at the 2014 Winter AAS Meeting      
From:  Chris Crockett via astrobetter.com
 
The number of professional development opportunities at the annual AAS meeting
seems to grow every year. And the upcoming January meeting is no exception. This
year’s conference features workshops, panel discussions, and talks on everything
from Python programming to interviewing skills to changing demographics and to
maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
 
To read more, please see
 
http://www.astrobetter.com/professional-development-at-the-2014-winter-aas-meeting/
 
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7.  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
 
-          Peter T. Paul Chair in Space Sciences at the University of New Hampshire
http://jobs.usnh.edu
 
-          Head of the ALMA Department of Engineering
http://careers.nrao.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=50965  
 
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