Issue of July 22, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson amp; Michele Montgomery
This week's issues:
1. Latest Issue of STATUS Now Available
From: Katy Garmany [Garmany_at_noao.edu]
The June issue of STATUS is now posted on-line at:
Alternately, you can use the AAS Newsletter viewing software here:
Articles in the current issue include:
"Building Respect and Inclusion in Astronomy: Strategies for Addressing and Overcoming Harassment," by Sheryl Bruff and Bernice Durand;
"'Women in Science' Groups as Instruments of Change," by Meredith Danowski;
"Leaders in Science and Engineering: The Women of MIT," by Edmund Bertschinger;
"Introduction to Unconscious Bias," by Joan Schmelz and Patricia Knezek; and
"Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science: An Astronomer among the American Romantics," a book review by Kate Brutlag Follette.
With this issue, STATUS becomes entirely electronic. We have notified by email all the members who received paper copies in the past. If you would like to be included in this email notification when STATUS is posted, please contact me at the address above.Back to top.
2. Walmart Women
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3. Undergraduate Women Engineers: Race Matters
From: Rick Fienberg [rick.fienberg_at_aas.org]
Hannah Hickey wrote this article for the University of Washington entitled, "Race Matters When Recruiting, Retaining Undergraduate Women Engineers."
Attempts to recruit and retain more women in undergraduate engineering programs often lump all female students into a single group. At best, minority women as a group may receive special attention.
But a new study of female engineering students' perceived challenges finds significant differences between black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-American and white women. The findings by researchers at University of Washington could help institutions better retain particular underrepresented groups of students.
"What we're finding is these women's experiences are different, which is why grouping all women together doesn't make sense," said co-author Elizabeth Litzler, research director at the UW's Center for Workforce Development. She recently presented the findings in Vancouver, B.C., at the annual meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education.
The study used data collected in 2008 by the Project to Assess Climate in Engineering survey, conducted by UW researchers and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Investigators distributed questionnaires and interviews to undergraduate engineering students at 21 U.S. colleges and universities that were interested in supporting diversity programs. The study received more than 10,500 responses, with higher than average numbers of women and minority students.
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4. Increasing Diversity in Your Department
From: Hannah Jang-Condell [hannah_at_astro.umd.edu]
The Special Session on "Increasing Diversity in Your Department" at the January AAS Meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2012, 2pm-3:30pm.
Mark your calendars!
Diversity is becoming increasingly important as a component of a successful department. As examples, the rankings of graduate programs by the National Academies highlight diversity as a criterion and diversity is an important component of the broader impact statements required by NSF proposals. This special session, hosted by the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy, Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy, and the Working Group on LGBT Issues, will present hiring policies and practices that have been proven to be effective in increasing both the diversity and the excellence of science departments around the country. We will recommend steps that departments can take to recruit and retain women, LGBT people, and minorities; discuss what factors contribute to a friendly departmental climate; and demonstrate how to create a diverse department while enhancing academic quality. We invite members of the AAS community to attend this session to both share their own ideas and learn new ones.
Confirmed Speakers: Caroline Simpson (Florida Inter. Univ.), Andrew West (Boston Univ.), Van Dixon (Johns Hopkins Univ.), and Caty Pilachowski (Indiana Univ.).Back to top.
5. Summer Conferences
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]
If you have attended a conference this summer, please help CSWA update its list of % women invited speakers:
If you would like to add a conference, please carefully check the gender of all the invited speakers and send the information given in each column of this table to the CSWA webmaster, Nancy Morrison [nmorris_at_utnet.utoledo.edu]. Please remember to include only invited speakers on research topics, no popular lecturers.Back to top.
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