Issue of February 17, 2012
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, and Michele Montgomery
This week's issues:
1. Remembering Susan Niebur
From: Hannah Jang-Condell [womeninastronomy.blogspot.com]
Last week, on February 6, 2012, Dr. Susan Niebur, founder of the Women in Planetary Science Blog, passed away after battling inflammatory breast cancer. Dr. Niebur was a powerful advocate for women in planetary sciences and brought an amazing amount of energy and enthusiasm to the cause. Last year, she won NASA's Planetary Science Division?s Public Service Award for her outreach efforts. You can read about some of her many accomplishments here.
By the time I met Susan, she had already been diagnosed with breast cancer. She had two young boys just a bit younger than mine. And yet, she maintained a level of energy that put me to shame. There have been many times that I wished I could blog as well as or as prolifically as Susan did. I will miss Susan's voice in the blogosphere very much. My poor words cannot do her justice.
Rest in peace, Susan.
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2. National STEM Video Game Challenge
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]
Inspired by the Educate to Innovate campaign, an initiative by President Obama is to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education. Therefore, a National STEM Video Game Challenge has been developed. The aim of the challenge is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America's youth. A way to motivate is tapping into many students' passions for playing and making video games. The challenge features two competitions, a Youth Prize for grades 5-8 and a Developer Prize, which is open to emerging and experienced (e.g., college, graduate students, and educators) game developers. The deadline is March 12, 2012.
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3. IUPAP Women in Physics is on Google+ and Facebook
From: WIPHYS, February 17, 2012
The IUPAP Women in Physics: U.S. Delegation now has a Google+ page in addition to our Facebook page. Please "friend" us or add us to your Google+ circles if you are interested in women in physics from an international perspective. You can find us at Facebook:
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4. APS March Meeting on Sexual and Gender Diversity Issues
From: WIPHYS, February 17, 2012
Currently there has been little discussion on the contributions that LGBT+ physicists (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc,...) have made to the natural sciences or what resources might be needed to support sexual and gender minorities working in these fields. This special session titled will be held to draw attention to these issues. The session will feature invited speakers presenting on research, outreach, and advocacy for greater inclusion and visibility. The session will be held on Tuesday, February 28, from 11am-2pm in room 253c.
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5. Workshop: Moving FORWARD In Space
From: Fran Bagenal [bagenal_at_lasp.colorado.edu]
Workshop Announcement: Moving FORWARD In Space
Who: For planetary scientists (including exoplanets!) heading for the academic track Where: Philadelphia When: June 4-6, 2012
The primary goals of the workshop are to provide young female scientists with information and skills development necessary for a successful bid for a tenured professorship in the planetary sciences. Workshop activities will focus on developing mentoring and networking connections, techniques for more successful writing, acquiring grant funding, sharing of classroom ideas and materials, maintaining work-life balance, and challenges for dual career couples.
Invited participants include finishing doctoral students, postdocs, scientists in a career break after a PhD or postdoc, in the early stages of a tenure-track position or employed outside academia. Though this conference is aimed specifically at maintaining female scientists in the tenure-track pipeline, we encourage all underrepresented minorities in the planetary sciences to apply. Dual career couples are encouraged to apply as well.
Applications to attend available: March 7, 2012.
E-mail: planetary_at_temple.edu for an application or additional information. We expect to invite 30-35 attendees to the workshop - and will have some funds available to help cover hotel costs for those who request them (via a separate application).
Conference sponsor: National Science Foundation via the FORWARD to Professorship Program.
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