Monday, January 30, 2012

AASWOMEN for January 27, 2012

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of January 27, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, and Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. A timeless book?

2. "Booth Babes" at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

3. Presentations from Special Session on Diversity at AAS Austin

4. Nature interview with Nancy Hopkins

5. Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus receives Enrico Fermi Award

6. 2012 National Medal of Science Nominations

7. Job Opportunities

8. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

9. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

10. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter


1. A timeless book?
From: Douglas Duncan [duncan_at_colorado.edu]

[This is in reply to an item in last week's newsletter -- eds.]

I'm glad to see Bruce Elmegreen recommends 'You Just Don't Understand: Men and Women in Conversation' by Deborah Tannen. Before we put on the first "Women in Astronomy" meeting at STScI some of us left this book anonymously in the mailboxes of staff members. After 20 years I can now confess to being the pepetrator. At the time there were about 40 tenured or tenure-track men and only two tenure-track women, Meg Urry and Anne Kinney, on the STScI staff. Communication issues are always important in academia, and the default assumption is that men style is correct and womens' style "different."

This book is very good at making people aware of these differences, enhancing successful communication.

Doug Duncan Department of Astrophysical amp; Planetary Sciences University of Colorado Boulder, CO 80309

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2. "Booth Babes" at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
From: Meg Urry [meg.urry_at_yale.edu]

Check this out -- Meg

http://www.awis.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=562&utm_source=AWIS+in+Action!+January+2012&utm_campaign=AWIS+in+Action+January+2012&utm_medium=email

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3. Presentations from Special Session on Diversity at AAS Austin
From: Nancy Morrison [Morris_at_utnet.utoledo.edu]

At the just-completed AAS meeting in Austin, the CSWA, the CSMA, and the newly-formed AAS Working Group on LGBTIQ Equality (WGLE) cosponsored a special topical session entitled, "Increasing Diversity in Your Department." The session organizer was the CSWA's Hannah Jang-Condell (now at the University of Wyoming). The presentation slides have been posted here:

http://www.aas.org/cswa/jan12.html

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4. Nature interview with Nancy Hopkins
From: Nancy Morrison [Morris_at_utnet.utoledo.edu]

Nancy Hopkins is the MIT molecular biologist who was instrumental in creating the seminal 1999 report on gender inequality for science faculty at MIT. That report led to enormous progress. There is a brief but good interview with her in Nature here:

http://www.nature.com/news/a-passion-for-science-without-barriers-1.9734

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5. Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus receives Enrico Fermi Award
From: WIPHYS, Jan. 25, 2012

The Enrico Fermi Award is one of the government's oldest and most prestigious awards for scientific achievement. In its official award citation, the White House said Dresselhaus was selected for the Fermi Award "for leadership in condensed matter physics, in energy and scientific policy, in service to the scientific community, and in mentoring women in the sciences."

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/obama-honors-mildred-dresselhaus-0112.html

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6. 2012 National Medal of Science Nominations
From: WIPHYS, Jan. 25, 2012

NSF Accepting Nominations for the 2012 National Medal of Science through March 2012

The National Medal of Science was established by the 86th Congress in 1959 as a Presidential Award to be given to individuals "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences." In 1980 Congress expanded this recognition to include the social and behavioral sciences.

http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/medal.jsp

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7. Job Opportunities

* Chief, Space Weather Laboratory, Heliophysics Science Division, Goddard Space Flight Center http://usajobs.gov , search for vacancy GS12B0016

* NOAO has a variety of job opportunities available. View the NOAO/NSO Employment Opportunities at http://www.noao.edu

* Executive Director, SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) http://sacnas.org/content/sacnas-executive-director

* Program Director, NSF ADVANCE Program http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/307808500?org=NSF

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10. Access to Past Issues

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