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Review of the Status of Women at the Space Telescope Science Institute


In light of the recent studies done on the status of women in science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (see C. M. Urry (2001). STATUS, June; www.aas.org/ ~cswa/pubs.html) and the
California Institute of Technology (see I. A. Sargent (2002). STATUS, June; www.aas.org/~cswa/pubs.html), the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) sponsored a committee to look at the
status of women at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and report on their findings. The Institute, located in Baltimore, Maryland, was founded in 1981, and is home to the Hubble Space Telescope.

The AURA committee visited the STScI and conducted an extensive review over two days in the spring of 2002. AURA has made that report public and AURA and STScI have responded. Links are available from the Institute’s web page (http://www.stsci.edu/institute/) to the report, AURA’s response, STScI’s response (printed below), and the Baltimore Charter.


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