Tuesday, June 1, 2010

AASWomen Newsletter for May 21, 2010

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of May 21, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson amp; Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. 216th AAS Meeting Special Session: Unconscious Bias

2. Toolkit for Negotiation

3. An Inspring Quote from Gauss

4. Live Webcast: 2010 Kavli Prize

5. AAS Prize Nominations

6. HST Survey

7. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

8. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN


1. 216th AAS Meeting Special Session: Unconscious Bias
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Are you attending the 216th AAS Meeting in Miami, FL May 22-27? If so, you are cordially invited to attend Special Session 202 - CSWA: Addressing Unconscious Bias. The special session is to be held 10 - 11:30 AM on Monday, May 24, in Hibiscus AB of the Hyatt Regency. In this special session, the concept of unconsious bias will be introduced and recommendations given on how to address it as well as negative effects on womens' careers should unconsious bias not be addressed. Please join us in this very important endeavor.

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2. Toolkit for Negotiation
From: Hannah at Women in Astronomy blog, May 19, 2010

Here's a recent New York Times article entitled "A Toolkit for Women Seeking a Raise:"

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/15/your-money/15money.html

It's an interesting article because it gives practical solutions to the problem that women and men are treated differently when they negotiate. After all, as the article says, "research shows that[women] are less likely to ask for raises. Even when they do, their requests may be perceived as overly demanding or less agreeable."

Also, "You may be asking yourself, as I did, whether negotiating in ways more favorable for women means that we?re just succumbing to stereotypes ? or whether the ends justify the means."

To read more, please see ...

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

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3. An Inspring Quote from Gauss
From: Rosemary Mardling [Rosemary.Mardling_at_monash.edu]

Very few men of science in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries had the courage, intelligence and vision to lend their support to women's pursuit of science (for example, Einstein openly stated that he thought Marie Curie was a fluke of nature!).  Carl Friedrich Gauss was a glaring exception; here is an extract from his tribute to Sophie Germain.

Rosemary Mardling

``The taste for abstract science in general, and especially for the mysteries of numbers, is very rare; this is no suprise, as the enchanting charms of this lofty science only reveal themselves in their full beauty to those with the courage to go deeply into it. Women, by our customs and prejudices, must encounter infinitely more obstacles and difficulties than men do to acquaint themselves with these thorny investigations; and when a person of that sex is nonetheless able to break through these barriers and penetrate the most hidden secrets, she must undoubtedly have the most noble courage, quite extraordinary talent, and superior genius. Your [Sophie Germain's] favoring this science, which has added so much beauty and joy to my life, reflects honor upon it; nothing could give me a more flattering and unambiguous proof that its attractions are not chimerical.''

-- Carl Friedrich Gauss (translated from the French by Willian C. Waterhouse).

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4. Live Webcast: 2010 Kavli Prize
From: Michele Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

A live webcast of the 2010 Kavli Prize laureates announcements will be held June 3, 8:30 - 10:00 AM EST at

http://www.kavlifoundation.org/kavli-prize .

Kip Thorne will discuss the prize field of astrophysics. The Kavli Prizes in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience consist of a scroll, medal, and a cash award of one million dollars and are awarded every two years. To read more, please see

http://www.kavlifoundation.org/kavli-prize

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5. AAS Prize Nominations
From: AAS Electronic Announcement #207

The AAS needs your help in getting due recognition for our most outstanding colleagues. Nominations for the AAS Prizes for 2010 must arrive in the Secretary?s Office by 30 June 2010. Members may obtain the Prize nomination form online at

http://aas.org/grants/awards.php .

Electric submission to aassec_at_aas.org is encouraged. To obtain a hard copy, please email aassec_at_aas.org.

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6. HST Survey
From: AAS Electronic Announcement #207

As a service to NASA, the AAS is conducting a survey related to the Hubble Space Telescope. The purpose of this survey is to explore what role the Hubble Space Telescope played in inspiring individuals to pursue educational degrees and professional careers in science and/or astronomy. Created by the Science Mission Directorate, this short survey can now be completed at the following link:

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

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7. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

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8. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

Past issues of AASWOMEN are available at

http://www.aas.org/cswa/AASWOMEN.html

Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.

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