Saturday, May 21, 2011

AASWOMEN for May 20, 2011

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of May 20, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, and Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Special Sessions at the Boston AAS in May

2. Women's Adventures in Science

3. Job Announcements

4. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

5. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

6. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

1. Special Sessions at the Boston AAS in May
From: CSWA

-- Session 214: CSWA & CSMA are sponsoring a special session on "Transforming Cultural Norms: Mentoring/Networking Groups for Women and Minorities" on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. Please join us!

A growing number of universities, government labs, and other institutions have established scientific networking and peer mentoring groups for early career (undergraduate, graduate student, postdocs, and new faculty) women and minorities. These groups provide a promising channel for addressing retention and other equity issues. The AAS Committee on the Status of Women (in coordination with the AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities) will host a panel discussion of astronomers, physicists, and administrators from funding agencies working to maximize the impact of such groups. The goal of this session is (1) to provide information to the community on how to organize, fund, and ensure their sustainability and institutionalization and (2) to present examples showing how departments have managed to change the climate so that mentoring and networking groups become accepted as the norm. We encourage both junior and senior AAS members to attend and share their experiences and opinions.

-- Session HAD 1: Women in the History of Variable Star Astronomy Sunday, May 22, 2011, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) will celebrate its Centennial in 2011. Founded in October, 1911 by William Tyler Olcott, an attorney in Norwich, Connecticut, the AAVSO received support from Harvard College Observatory and eventually moved its Headquarters to the HCO. From the beginning of variable star astronomy at Harvard, women played a significant role in its evolution from the time of Pickering's astrophysical factory. Olcott was joined by Anne Sewell Young of Mount Holyoke College as the first two members to publish AAVSO variable star observations in Popular Astronomy, in November, 1911. This session will discuss the contributions of women astronomers who were significant contributors to variable star astronomy and to the AAVSO.

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2. Women's Adventure's in Science
From: Caroline Simpson []

A project of the National Academy of Sciences intended for young people; aims to showcase the accomplishments of contemporary women in science.

This includes information about Heidi Hammel ("Outer Planet Expert") and Adriana Ocampo ("Space Geologist"). There are links to science experiments suitable for children, as well as games, and a forum for asking questions.

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3. Job Announcements

[The AASWOMEN newsletter has adopted a simplified format for job ads. We will no longer be posting the entire ad, but rather a 1-line description of the position and a web site -- Eds.]

Opportunities for Ph.D. students for four available 4-year PhD positions at the Institute of astronomy at K.U.Leuven.

See for details.

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4. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

To submit an item to the AASWOMEN newsletter, including replies to topics, send email to

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Please remember to replace "_at_" in the e-mail address above.

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5.How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

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If you experience any problems, please email

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6. Access to Past Issues

Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.

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