Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cross-post: Where Women Must Defy the Odds to Become Scientists

In a new documentary, National Geographic Explorers Clare Fieseler and Gabby Salazar focus on stories of women with careers in science who face intense cultural and social barriers. The film, Outnumbered in Africa, focuses on Moreangels Mbizah, a lion conservationalist in Zimbabwe.

Read the interview with Fieseler and Salazar at:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/women-harassment-outnumbered-clare-feiseler-gabby-salazar-explorers-science/

Thursday, June 14, 2018

NASEM Report on Sexual Harassment of Women in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Earlier this week, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released the report "Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine". The report finds that sexual harassment is prevalent in the academic sciences and includes recommendations for combating the problem at academic institutions, federal agencies, and scientific societies.

Read the report here:
https://www.nap.edu/read/24994/chapter/1

Numerous articles have been written about the report and the corresponding news conference. They include articles from the Washington Post, Science, Nature, and Inside Higher Ed.

Some articles have highlighted the fact that the National Academies could do more to combat harassment by expelling members who have harassed others. Read more from the Chronicle of Higher Education and Ars Technica.



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Cross-post: What does it take to make an institution more diverse?

Credit: Hinterhaus Productions/Getty
This Nature career feature post by Virginia Gewin shares ideas for improving representation from six researchers working on diversity efforts.

Read the interviews at:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05317-4

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Diversity & Inclusion events at the AAS Meeting in Denver

Please join the CSWA at the 232nd AAS meeting in Denver, CO, June 3-7, starting this coming weekend! Here are a few sessions with CSWA support and/or participation, and diversity/inclusion meeting events of general interest.

1. "Student Reception: Orientation & Grad School Fair and Student Pavilion", Sunday June 3, 5:30 - 7 PM, Governor's Square 15. Please encourage your students (undergraduate and graduate), and junior professionals to attend and network with their peers and mentors. Feel free to join us and the AAS in advertising this on Facebook, Twitter and via direct emails to undergraduates and Junior Members, using the hashtag #AAS232. CSWA member Aparna Venkatesan will be at the CSMA table at this event so please stop by for any information.

2. Special Session on AAS Taskforce on Diversity and Inclusion in Astronomy Graduate Education, Monday June 4,  10:40-12:10, Governor's Square 16. The AAS Board of Trustees has undertaken a 2-stage effort to update the 1996 report on graduate education. The recommendations will include the collection of vital data, a menu of evidence-based approaches related to recruitment and enrollment of talented and diverse graduate students, and practices leading to broadly successful graduation rates. The task force is hosting a special session to provide an opportunity for discussion and input by the larger community. Click here for an overview on the AAS Grad Education Diversity Taskforce: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lyuO39gGVc8y1wlUQMtUy7iSuEM6CBbSMhZBjt3GYxI/edit

3. Special Session on Indigenous Knowledge in 21st Century Science,  Tuesday June 5, 10:40-12:10, Governor's Square 16. This session is sponsored by the CSMA and CSWA, with confirmed speakers Dr. Nancy Maryboy (Indigenous Education Institute, and University of Washington), Dr. David Begay (Indigenous Education Institute, and University of New Mexico), Dr. Isabel Hawkins (San Francisco Exploratorium), and Ka'iu Kimura ('Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i). The session will begin with taking a moment to honor Dr. Paul Coleman (University of HawaiĘ»i Institute for Astronomy). Dr. Coleman was the first Native Hawaiian with a doctorate in astrophysics. He passed away at his home on January 16th, 2018.