Issue of January 7, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, and Michele Montgomery
This week's issues:
*** FOLLOWING JOB POSTING TAKEN FROM WIPHYS ***
1. Leaky Pipeline
From: Karen Kwitter <Karen.B.Kwitter_at_williams.edu>
There's an interesting article in the NY Times on Jan. 5 about the leaky pipeline for women PhDs in science, and a study from UC Berkeley concluding that family-friendly policies *do* help:
Full report from UC Berkeley, "Keeping Women in the Science Pipeline," is here: http://workplaceflexibility.org/images/uploads/program_papers/mason_-_keepin g_women_in_the_science_pipeline.pdfBack to top.
2. Women in Astronomy Blog postings
Recent posts on the Women in Astronomy blog include:
Monday, January 3, 2011 Dealing with an Unsupportive Department Chair By: Ed Bertschinger
"Last month, following my blog Preparing Department Chairs to Advance Gender Equity, a colleague asked, "What do you do when your own department chair thinks there are no bias or diversity issues in the department?" This is a tough question for which I seek advice from others. Here are a few of my own thoughts; they are intended to be from the perspective of someone not in the old-boy's club of the department, although they are informed by my experience as a department chair."
See the entire post at http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2011/01/dealing-with-unsupportive-department.html
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 Advancing breastfeeding and research 15 minutes at a time By: AnnH
"Initially when I went back to work when my daughter was only 10 and a half weeks old I was only working 6-8 hours per week and didn't expect to get much done. However, as time progressed, I had expectations I would get back into the swing of things and really be back full time. Sure enough, here we are at 9 months and things are looking better for working. I now only pump twice a day, once before I leave the house in the morning and once in the later afternoon a couple hours after I visit Anya to nurse her. So this means I have two regular interruptions at work rather than the three I used to have. Finally, the kid is sleeping quasi-regularly and the fog is starting to clear a little bit. Also, I really feel like I am in the reward period of breastfeeding. The kid smiles back at me while nursing and in the night when something bothers her, sometimes nothing else will soothe her. I have a superpower that I can use and I am very grateful I have stuck it out to nine months."
However, one thing I have been battling is the higher level of chaos in our lives now."
See the entire post at: http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2010/12/advancing-breastfeeding-and-research-15.html
Thursday, December 23, 2010 'Tis the Season... By: Hannah
"...for job hunting and writing recommendation letters! So I want to highlight Kelle Cruz's post at Astro Better on advice for writing good recommendation letters, particularly regarding letters written for women. The first link is about a study showing that "qualities mentioned in recommendation letters for women differ sharply from those for men, and those differences may be costing women jobs and promotions in academia and medicine." The second link is to a post by Julianne Dalcanton at Cosmic Variance, who notes that "for some reason, some fraction of letter writers insist upon doing these comparisons only within a single gender, when the applicant is a woman." I should also note that both male and female letter writers are guilty of these things, so all letter writers should pay heed!"
For links, see the post at: http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2010/12/tis-season.htmlBack to top.
3. Seattle AAS Sessions
The 217th AAS Meeting in Seattle is fast approaching! Some sessions to pay attention to:
* Monday Poster session 145: Career Paths, Professional Development, and STEM Diversity * Monday 10:00 AM Special Session 110: Strategies for Addressing Harassment and Prejudice. Room 4C-4 * Monday 12:45 PM CSWA Town Hall: What Can Men Do to Help Women Succeed in Astronomy Ballroom 6A * Tuesday 10:00 AM Special Session 208: Two-Body Issues: Balancing Work and Life. Room 608 * Thursday 11:40 AM Plenary Session: Addressing Unconscious Bias: Steps toward an Inclusive Scientific Culture, Abigail Stewart. Ballroom 6ABBack to top.
4. Women in Physics InSight Slide Show
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 23, 2010
Physics InSight is a series of slide shows designed to inform and excite undergraduates about physics. The 2010 Women in Physics slide show is now available. Download the slide show today from http://www.aps.org/careers/insight/2010women.cfmBack to top.
5. Job Openings, NRAO
Full job information is available at https://careers.nrao.edu (NRAO Careers Page)
International Staff Position: * Deputy Data Manager of the ALMA Data Management Group
International Scientist Positions * ALMA System Astronomer * Head of the JAO Program Management Group and Deputy Head of the JAO Program Management Group * ALMA Operations Astronomer
URL1: https://careers.nrao.edu (NRAO Careers Page) URL2: https://jobs.eso.org (ESO Careers Page) URL3: http://hr.almaobservatory.org (ALMA Observatory Careers Page) For further information please consult (almaobservatory.org), as well as the NRAO and/or ESO Home Page (www.nrao.edu) or (www.eso.org).
Scientist Positions * NRAO Postdoc - Green Bank
Staff Positions * Assistant Director, New Mexico Operations
ESO and the NRAO are Equal Opportunity Employers. M/F/D/VBack to top.
6. Astronomy Lab Instructor, Appalachian State University
From: Dan Caton <catondb_at_appstate.edu>
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University (www.physics.appstate.edu) invites applications for a full-time 11 month Astronomy Lab Instructor and Lab Support Position with a starting date of July 1, 2011. Applicants must hold an M.S. or higher in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field.
The duties associated with this position will be a combination of teaching in the introductory astronomy laboratory, providing support for the laboratory program and conducting outreach activities for schools, teachers, civic groups and the general public utilizing Appalachian's GoTo Astronomy Lab Facility ( http://www.dancaton.physics.appstate.edu/GoToLab/index.htm ). The successful applicant will be under the direct supervision of one of the tenured/tenure track astronomy faculty.
Please see the full job listing at http://pimlico.phys.appstate.edu/PHYAST_Staff_Ad.pdf
Deadline for applications is January 20th, 2011.
Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity EmployerBack to top.
7. APS Congressional Science Fellowship
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 23, 2010
Deadline is January 14, 2011
APS is currently accepting applications for the Congressional Science Fellowship Program. Fellows serve one year on the staff of a senator, representative or congressional committee. Information at: http://www.aps.org/policy/fellowships/congressional.cfmBack to top.
8. Laboratory Specialist, University of Iowa
From: WIPHYS, Jan. 4, 2011
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa has an immediate opening for a Laboratory Specialist to manage and coordinate the departmental instructional facilities. For a complete job description and to apply go to http://jobs.uiowa.edu refer to requisition 58850.Back to top.
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