Friday, March 28, 2014

AASWOMEN Newsletter for March 28, 2014

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of March 28, 2014
eds: Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, Nick Murphy, & Nicolle Zellner

This week's issues:

1. Belinda Wilkes Appointed as Director of the CXC

2. Career Profiles: Astronomer to Tenure Track Faculty at a Small Liberal Arts College

3. Women are Less Successful in Getting Grants

4. What should I do if I witness sexual harassment?

5. Women Biographies Lacking on Wikipedia

6. Webinars Galore!

7. 2014 Katherine Weimer Award

8. L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program

9. Research mentor training seminar - free guide available

10. Call for Proposals: 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting

11. Job Opportunities

12. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

13. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

14. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter


1. Belinda Wilkes Appointed as Director of the CXC
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_northwestern.edu]

In consultation with NASA, CfA Director Charles Alcock has appointed Belinda Wilkes to succeed Harvey Tananbaum as the director of the Chandra X-ray Center. She assumes the directorship on April 20, 2014.

Congratulations, Belinda!

The full Chandra press release is available here

http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/14_releases/press_031914.html

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2. Career Profiles: Astronomer to Tenure Track Faculty at a Small Liberal Arts College
From: Laura Trouille via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Below is our interview with an astronomer turned tenure track faculty at a small liberal arts college. She went directly from graduate school into her current position and loves her job. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2014/03/career-profiles-astronomer-to-tenure.html

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3. Women are Less Successful in Getting Grants
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

According to a study published 26 March 2014 in Nature, women are less successful in getting grants from Research Councils UK. The study covered grant applications in the years 2010-2013 and eight different age groups. To read about this study and findings, please see:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v507/n7493/full/nj7493-525a.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20140327

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4. What should I do if I witness sexual harassment?
From: Ed Bertschinger via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

This public service message of the Department of Homeland Security applies not only to unattended backpacks in a public place; it applies to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. In other words, sexual harassment.

Under the law, supervisors may have a special responsibility to report incidents or allegations of sexual harassment to their employer. This responsibility should be made clear to them. Many workplaces, and some states (e.g. California's AB 1825), require periodic training of supervisors (e.g., faculty who supervise undergraduate or graduate research) about their reporting responsibilities. That is not what I'm writing about today.

I'm writing about Bystander Intervention.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2014/03/what-should-i-do-if-i-witness-sexual.html

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5. Women Biographies Lacking on Wikipedia
From: Neil Gehrels via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

I have heard for a while that men create and edit Wikipedia articles more than women by a huge factor -- something like ten to one. Whatever the reasons for this are, a bad consequence is that there are many prominent women who do not have biographies on Wikipedia. The Royal Society in the UK has recently undertaken an "edit-athon" to create more biographies for deserving women scientists and engineers. That got me thinking --- why not write a few myself? If you would like to do the same but are not sure how to do it in practice, I outline here the steps to write such biographies. The steps are simple, but it took a bit of effort to figure them out!

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2014/03/women-biographies-lacking-on-wikipedia.html

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6. Webinars Galore!
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu] and Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_northwestern.edu]

A slew of interesting webinars have appeared recently. Here are a few that might compel our readers:

* Envisioning the STEM Workforce of the Future (April 2)

http://awis.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=418232&group=

* Finding a Fulfilling Non-Research Career (April 8)

http://womeninplanetaryscience.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/interesting-aaas-webinar-on-april-8th-finding-a-fulfilling-non-research-career

* The Dual Career Challenge (March 25, archived)

https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/playback/Playback.do?id=ap52n5

Additional resources from The Dual Career Challenge Webinar:

- Results of Dual Career Couple Survey https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/download/schedule/c1jxxg8nda3m

- Embracing the Dual Career (Ad)Venture https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/download/schedule/22k771z80l06

- Dual Career Negotiations and Love Songs https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/download/schedule/2aat3kflgvpt

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7. 2014 Katherine Weimer Award
From: WIPHYS Posting for Mar 17, 2014

The Weimer award is open to any female plasma scientist who received her Ph.D. within the ten-year period prior to April 1, 2014.

Nominations are active for one selection cycle (three years). The award consists of $2,000 and funds for travel to the annual meeting where the award is to be presented. The recipient will be invited to give a talk at the Division’s annual meeting.

More details are available online

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/katherineweimer.cfm

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8. L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program
From: WIPHYS Posting for Mar 27, 2014

The L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program will award five post‐doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

Applications are available online, and are due on Monday, May 19, 2014.

More information on the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found at

http://www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience

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9. Research mentor training seminar - free guide available
From: WIPHYS Posting for Mar 27, 2014

The Physics Research Mentor Training Seminar is a facilitation guide to an educational seminar for physics faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who are in mentorship roles. It is ideal for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs and can be run as a weekly seminar during the summer.

The guide is available in pdf format on

http://www.aps.org

Enter "mentor training" in the search bar and select the first option in the search results to learn more and access the guide.

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10. Call for Proposals: 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting
From: AAAS Annual Meeting [meetings_at_aaas-science.org]

AAAS Symposia are an opportunity to present your research to the interdisciplinary and international community of AAAS Annual Meeting attendees. Discuss your work and make connections with leading scientists, engineers, policymakers, educators, and journalists.

This year's theme -- Innovations, Information, and Imaging -- focuses on the transformation in science and technology brought about by rapid progress in organizing, visualizing, and analyzing data.

Share your work and connect with the science community at the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, CA. Symposia submission is open through 25 April 2014.

For more information, please see

http://www.aaas.org/AM2015/proposals

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11. Job Opportunities

For those interested in increasing excellence and diversity in their organizations, a list of resources and advice is here:

http://www.aas.org/cswa/diversity.html#howtoincrease

* Instructor/Lecturer in Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign http://go.illinois.edu/AstrInstLec

* AAS Science Highlights Editor, The American Astronomical Society https://jobregister.aas.org/job_view?JobID=48027

* Visiting Professor of Physics, Syracuse University
http://web.physics.syr.edu/job-opps/Visiting%20Assistant%20Professor.pdf

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