Monday, January 23, 2012

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of January 20, 2012
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, and Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. AAS SMRG Gender Statistics - Response

2. Report from Special Session on Diversity at AAS Austin

3. You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation

4. STScI Summer Intern Program

5. IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

6. Job Opportunities

7. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

8. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

9. Access to Past Issues


1. AAS SMRG Gender Statistics - Response
From: Eric Jensen [ejensen1_at_swarthmore.edu]

[Two weeks ago we posted the AAS Small Research Grant Gender Statistics. We received one clarification which appear below. -- eds.]

First, thanks for all of your good work on the CSWA newsletter - I really appreciate and value it.

It may already have been pointed out by others, but the last sentence of the statistics in the second paragraph may be a little confusing:

"Of the 47 successful proposers, 32 (47%) are male and 15 (54%) are female."

Those percentages must be the percentages of male and female proposers, respectively, who are successful. So the male/female split still ends up about 70%/30% in the awards, but that reflects the demographics of the applicant pools, and shows roughly equal success rates among all proposers.

Thanks again for your work,

Eric Jensen

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2. Report from Special Session on Diversity at AAS Austin
From: Hannah Jang-Condell [womeninastronomy.blogspot.com]

The CSWA helped sponsor a Special Session entitled "Increasing Diversity in Your Department" at the 219th AAS Meeting in Austin last week. We had four terrific speakers for this session, and the CSWA will post their slides on our website soon. For now, I'll highlight some key points from their talks.

Caroline Simpson chaired the session, and spoke about 'Best Practices in Hiring: Addressing Unconscious Bias.' Andrew West spoke about 'Tools for Recruiting a Diverse Applicant Pool,' and his talk focused on recruitment of under-represented minorities (URMs). Van Dixon spoke about 'Recruitment and Retenion of LGBTIQ Astronomers.' In case you are wondering, LGBTIQ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Questioning. Caty Pilachowski spoke about 'Getting to Family-Friendly in Your Department.'

To read Hannah's highlights, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

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3. You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation
From: Bruce Elmegreen [bge_at_us.ibm.com]

Bruce Elmegreen recommends 'You Just Don't Understand: Men and Women in Conversation' by Deborah Tanner, Ph.D. The book is about how men and women speak different languages in ways we don't usually recognize.

[You can browse the book at the publisher's website:

http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780060959623

-- eds.]

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4. STScI Summer Intern Program
From: Lisa Frattare [Frattare_at_stsci.edu]

Please blog, tweet, facebook, forward to faculty or place in the hands of students who could benefit from a summer internship at STScI. We are looking for excellent students for research, outreach, technical, engineering, and support projects. The deadline is January 25th!

Women, minorities, and those dedicated to diversity and multiculturalism are strongly encouraged to apply.

The SASP website and the application form can be reached at:

http://www.stsci.edu/institute/sd/students

Thanks,

Lisa Frattare Head, STScI Summer Intern Program

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5. IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women
From: WIPHYS, January 11, 2012

APS and IBM co-sponsor a research internship program for undergraduate women. The goal is to encourage women students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. The internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long at one of three IBM research locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY), and give the opportunity to work closely with an IBM mentor. For more information, please see

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/ibm/index.cfm

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6. Job Opportunities

Full Professor, Theoretical High Energy Physics, Columbia University http://careers.physicstoday.org/jobs/4628562/faculty-position-theoretical-high-energy-physics

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7.How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

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

All material will be posted unless you tell us otherwise, including your email address.

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

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8. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

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http://lists.aas.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/aaswlist

If you experience any problems, please email itdept_at_aas.org

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9. Access to Past Issues

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

Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.

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