Monday, June 20, 2011

AASWOMEN for June 17, 2011

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of June 16, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, and Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Happy 32nd Birthday AASWomen!

2. One Up, One Down

3. Two Body Problem

4. AWIS Conference 2011 - Developing Women-Advancing Science

5. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

6. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

7. How to Access Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter


1. Happy 32nd Birthday AASWomen!
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

According to our web page, CSWA was established June 1, 1979. We've just turned 32! Happy birthday, CSWA.

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2. One Up, One Down
From: Michele M. Montgomery_at_women_in_astronomy_blog

Communicating in a Male Dominated Field - Several weeks ago I asked a tenured male colleague to review a paper I was writing, the subject of which he knew well. I proposed some basic physics that applied to a specific subset of exoplanets with ~100% certainty, physics not previously considered by anyone. The response I got was a diatribe. Although no argument was on the basic physics introduced, some of the interpretation of the results was the sink to the harangue. The shock of such a response to the entire paper inevitably caused me to stop work. Why would a colleague be so mean to me regarding a result that most definitely affects his (and his post doc's) work?

To read more on this male mind game,

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/#item4

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3. Two Body Problem
From: Hannah_at_women_in_astronomy_blog

I'm not actually a huge fan of talking about the two body issue - the question of finding two jobs for both members of a couple, that is, not the college physics orbital dynamics problem. Unlike the physical problem, there is no one-size-fits-all analytical solution to the two body issue in employment.

The two body problem often refers only to dual academic couples. Certainly, a good many scientists are married to fellow academics. In some ways, this problem is the most straightforward to solve, since it involves a single employer: the university. But universities can be large or small, public or private, urban or rural, all factors that can impact their ability to accommodate a dual academic couple.

Because two body issues are so diverse and different, perhaps it is worth talking about them in terms of specific anecdotes and individual solutions rather than trying to define prescriptive remedies. So here I'll talk about my own search for a solution to the two body problem.

To read more:

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/#item4

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4. AWIS Conference 2011 - Developing Women-Advancing Science
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) provides a network for women interested in or working in the sciences. AWIS aims include assisting girls and women to gain confidence in their role in the sciences and provide visibility for women working in the sector. Developing Women?Advancing Science provides opportunities for women working in any field of science to develop their skills to benefit both their careers and personal lives, and provide opportunities for them to learn from and network with other women working in science. Developing Women-Advancing Science is taking place on 28th and 29th July 2011 at SKYCITY Auckland. Registration is now open:

http://www.awis.org.nz/conference2011

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5. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

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6. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

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7. How to Access Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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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