AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of December 20, 2013
eds: Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, Nick Murphy, & Nicolle Zellner

This week's issues:

1. Survey on Two-Body Careers in Astronomy

2. One Person's Advice on the Two-Body Problem

3. Values Affirmation and You: What You Deeply Care About Affects Your Ability to Do Science (Now Featuring Peer Review!)

4. Faculty Search Committee

5. Society of Women Engineers: 2014 Call for Award Nominations

6. Eight Campuses to Host Conference for Undergrad Women

7. UK Study Finds Women Scientists Get Fewer Grants, Less Funding Than Male Counterparts

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. Survey on Two-Body Careers in Astronomy
From: Erica Rodgers [erodgers_at_spacescience.org] and 
Nick Murphy [namurphy_at_cfa.harvard.edu]

The CSWA is conducting a survey on two-body careers, especially the difficulties
that dual career couples face when trying to find employment in geographic
proximity to each other.  The goal of this survey is to gauge the extent of
these difficulties in astronomy and closely related fields.  The survey is
available at:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CSWATwoBodyCareers

This survey may be taken by astronomers worldwide and will remain open until
January 31, 2014.

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2. One Person's Advice on the Two-Body Problem
From: Annika Peter via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

My husband and I recently found a long-term solution to our two-body problem
after seven years of hopscotching through job seasons. When we entered into the
job season last year with the goal of permanence in mind, I asked many faculty
people for advice on how to approach the job search as a couple. The advice was
all over the place. From this experience, I gleaned that there is no established
protocol for solving the two-body problem; each couple's set of circumstances
makes each search and solution look a little different. And actually, this is
one of the lessons I would like to impart to you — there is no one,
straightforward, established path to a two-body solution.

Nevertheless, there were a few bits of advice that we found extremely useful and
appeared to be pretty generally applicable, and there were some things we
learned along the way. The focus of this advice is on academic solutions at the
faculty/staff level. However, a lot of this advice is applicable at a postdoc
level, or at the faculty level even if you are looking for only one job, not
two!

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/12/one-persons-advice-on-two-body-
problem.html

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3. Values Affirmation and You: What You Deeply Care About Affects Your Ability to Do Science (Now Featuring Peer Review!)
From: Sarah Ballard via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

It was only several years into graduate school that I learned that language
already existed to describe my academic experience in science. I'm an unusual
astronomer in some ways, having arrived in the field only after devoting my
early undergraduate studies to Peace and Conflict Studies and Gender Studies. I
was inculcated in the early years of college with language that describes the
human experience. I was literally tested on phrases such as "intersectionality
of oppression" and "safe space." Value is assigned in these disciplines, in the
form of grades, to a student's ability to articulate ideas of bias and
privilege. I wrote essays in exam rooms, after poring over assigned articles, on
how wrongs get righted within human group dynamics. I thought and wrote about
the activities people undertake to restore feelings of dignity and agency to
underserved groups: this was once my major.

Let me describe to you here why this is relevant to you, an astrophysicist. Let
me describe a way that you can leverage the knowledge other fields accrue about
imperfect human functioning under high pressure. Let me make the argument to you
that reflection on self-worth can alleviate distress and underperformance in
yourself, your colleagues, your mentees.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/12/values-affirmation-and-you-what-you.html

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4. Faculty Search Committee
From: Joan Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

What can we do about unconscious bias? First, we have to be aware that it
exists. Then we need to establish policies and put them into practice. Finally,
there needs to be accountability. We can illustrate this process with an
example: A Faculty Search Committee. How do we typically start a job search for
a new faculty member? There are several standard steps: (1) the department chair
forms a search committee; (2) the committee writes an ad targeting a specific
sub-discipline; (3) the position is advertised; and (4) the committee members go
about their business until the applications begin to pour in.

If you follow this standard practice, odds are that the racial and gender
diversity of your applicant pool will look a lot like your current dept. If you
want the pool to be more diverse, you have to work a bit harder. Your job will
start even before the formation of the committee with a step zero: (0)
recruitment of the applicant pool. Here are some pointers to consider during
this all-important step zero: recruit proactively year-round; recruit from wider
range of institutions; recruit specifically for underrepresented groups; use
"open searches" (broad vs. narrow job definitions); and if possible, advertise
for multiple positions at once (cluster hiring).

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/12/faculty-search-committee.html

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5. Society of Women Engineers: 2014 Call for Award Nominations
From: Matthew Greenhouse [matthew.a.greenhouse_at_nasa.gov]

Is your research supported by brilliant engineers? If so, consider recognizing
them here:

http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/images/awards/2014/FY14_SWE_Awards_Packet.pdf

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6. Eight Campuses to Host Conference for Undergrad Women
From: Nick Murphy [namurphy_at_cfa.harvard.edu]

By Michael Lucibella

Eight campuses across the country will host the ninth annual Conferences for
Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) in January of 2014. Over two days, more
than a thousand female physics students will have the chance to network with
other women in physics, a rare opportunity in a field that remains predominantly
male.

"Just that experience of having 100 undergraduate women together is very
empowering to them," said Mette Gaarde, a professor at Louisiana State
University and organizer of their conference. "I think a lot of women come with
the sense that they are very different because they have chosen to go into math
and physics."

To read more, please see

http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201312/eight.cfm

To learn more about these conferences, please see

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/cuwip.cfm

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7. UK Study Finds Women Scientists Get Fewer Grants, Less Funding Than Male Counterparts
From: Nick Murphy [namurphy_at_cfa.harvard.edu]

By Philip Ross

When it comes to gender inequality in scientific research, the cards are
historically and indisputably stacked against women. "Despite efforts to narrow
the gap, disparities still exist in hiring, earnings, funding and publishing,"
Ars Technica noted. With that said, it might come as no surprise that a recent
study found that female scientists in the UK whose work involves infectious
diseases got fewer grants and received less funding than their male colleagues.

To read more, please see

http://www.ibtimes.com/sexism-science-uk-study-finds-women-scientists-get-fewer-
grants-less-funding-male-counterparts

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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

* PhD studentship, Curtin University, Australia, working on detecting the Epoch
of Reionization with low-frequency radio interferometers:

http://scholarships.curtin.edu.au/scholarships/scholarship.cfm?id=1677

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