Monday, July 23, 2012

AASWomen for July 20, 2012

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of July 20, 2012
eds. Daryl Haggard, Michele Montgomery, Nick Murphy, and Caroline Simpson

This week's issues:

1. Women Versus Women, Part 2

2. Report from Anchorage AAS: CSWA Town Hall

3. From the AAS CSWA Twitter feed

4. Conference Announcement: From Stars to Life

5. NSF Program Solicitation: ADVANCE

6. AWIS education/travel awards

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. Women Versus Women
From: Joan Schmelz via

[Part 2 - Why Junior Women Can Navigate Their Own Path To Success -- eds.]

In part I of this two-part series, I confessed that I cringe when I hear women in astronomy put other women down. Last week’s post was aimed at junior women, but at the risk of alienating everyone, it is now time for senior women to sit up and take notice. I pay close attention when women talk about what it is like to be a woman in astronomy. One unfortunate theme that seems to repeat itself goes like this: a junior woman reluctantly complains about the senior woman in her department/group/organization who does not support her.

To read more, please see

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2. Report from Anchorage AAS: CSWA Town Hall
From: Hannah Jang-Condell via

I attended my first Summer AAS Meeting last month, in Anchorage, AK. I will admit that the location was a big draw for me. Of course, I fully enjoyed the scientific aspects of the meeting as well. And while 22 hours of sunlight a day is an interesting novelty, it's nice to go to sleep in the dark, too.

The CSWA hosted a Town Hall on Astronomical Bullying during the meeting, which is the real point of this post. It was held on Monday, June 11, with an estimated 50 or so attendees. It was a little hard to tell exactly what our attendance was, since we were given an enormous ballroom.

Our CSWA chair, Joan Schmelz, began the Town Hall with a short presentation defining astronomical bullying, along with some advice on how to deal with it.

To read more, please see

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3. From the AAS CSWA Twitter Feed

A few tweets and retweets from the CSWA twitter feed, maintained by Nancy Morrison:

AWIS member Sue Rosser @insidehighered: dual careers, challenges for scientists married to other scientists

Careers, Age, amp; ‪#Women‬: Too young, too old, but never the right age

"Top Recommendations from Top Women in Science on Keeping Women in STEM" - New report: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering:

How to Encourage Women to Consider STEM Majors - US News and World Report

How Stereotypes Can Drive Women To Quit Science

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4. Conference: From Stars to Life
From: Caroline Simpson []

From Stars to Life - Connecting our understanding of star formation, planet formation, astrochemistry and astrobiology

Wed. 3rd - Sat. 6th April 2013 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA contact:

Science topics: Star Formation (including isolated and clustered star formation), Circumstellar Disks, Planet Formation, Exoplanets (including search and characterization), Astrochemistry, Prebiotic Chemistry.

We would like to understand the physical and chemical processes that lead to habitable planet formation, starting from the simplest interstellar medium initial conditions of pre-stellar cores, through star formation, accretion amp; protoplanetary disk evolution, and planet amp; planetary system formation amp; evolution. We will discuss theoretical, observational and laboratory constraints on these processes. The conference aims to foster inter and multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers interested in these topics.

Space is limited to about 125 participants.

If you are interested in attending the conference and want to join the email list, please visit the conference webpage and follow the pre-registration instructions.

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5. NSF Program Solicitation: Increasing the Participation and
Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
From: WIPHYS, July 17, 2012

Letter of Intent Due Date is October 5 and Full Proposal Deadline is November 8, 2012. For more information and details, read the solicitation

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6. AWIS education/travel awards
From: Kathleen Kraemer []

The Association for Women in Science has a small grant program whose next deadline was just announced. There will probably be another opportunity in the Nov/Dec timeframe, too.

The 2013 AWIS Educational Awards support travel for professional development, broadly defined. We particularly wish to encourage early-career scientists. Individuals may request funding to attend a conference, to acquire specialized training, or to pursue professional development in other ways that take them from home.

The next application process will open on August 1, 2012 and close September 16, 2012 for travel that starts between December 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013.

Award amount: Awards are $1,000 to $3,000. The maximum to be awarded is $3,000.

Additional details amp; applications are available at

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7. Job Opportunities

* Postdoctoral position in extragalactic astroinformatics at Western University (London, Ontario, Canada)

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10. Access to Past Issues

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