Issue of July 18, 2014
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Meredith Hughes, amp; Elysse Voyer
This week's issues:
1. A Painting is Worth Three Hundred and Eleven Words
From: Neil Gehrels via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
Hiring statistics, harassment, bias, glass ceiling, discrimination, .... All important topics to discuss and address to improve our world. But I have a more cheery subject on my mind today, namely art. Scientific American had an on-line article in March on art depicting women in STEM fields. The pages were filled with interesting paintings and discussions of the scientists depicted. See http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/15-works-of-art-depicting-women-in-science
The author, Maia Weinstock, comments on the importance of art and design in science and technology and morphs STEM into STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Pictures and paintings of scientists have historically concentrated on male subjects. Since pictures have such an important effect on our perception and memory, it is important to highlight the few works of art that depicted women scientists ... and to create more of them!
Read more atBack to top.
2. Elite Male Faculty Employ Fewer Women
From: Ed Bertschinger via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
My title has removed the words "in the Life Sciences" from the title of an article published June 30 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While I do not have statistics to demonstrate the universality of this conclusion, I do have some relevant experience and connections to the work to share.
In their article, MIT biology graduate student Jason Sheltzer and physics graduate Joan C. Smith showed that senior male professors in biology, especially those who have prestigious awards or are members of the National Academies, train a significantly smaller percentage of female graduate students and postdocs than their female or junior colleagues. The most prestigious labs, led by men and offering many of the best career development opportunities, are the least likely to train women. The data are convincing, and the effect is clear: women are less likely than men to get either the professional development opportunities or the top letters of recommendation from these prestigious labs. It’s no wonder that only 36% of assistant professors in biology are women, even though half of the PhDs in biology go to women.
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3. Career Profiles: Astronomer to Professor at a Small Liberal Arts College
From: Laura Trouille via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the AAS Employment Committee have compiled dozens of interviews highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and lessons learned from individuals on those paths.
Below is our interview with an astronomer turned Associate Professor of Physics. S/he is the only astronomer in her/his department within a small liberal arts college. In the profile below, s/he discusses the enjoyable aspects as well as the challenges of her/his position. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below.
To read the interview, please seeBack to top.
4. STATUS for June 2014
From: Nancy Morrison [nancy.morrison_at_utoledo.edu]
The June, 2014 issue of the CSWA's magazine STATUS has been posted as a 3.1 MB PDF:
The tables of contents of this and of past issues are available here: http://www.aas.org/cswa/STATUS_TOC.html
Table of contents:
1 CSWA Survey: Two-Body Careers in Astronomy, Erica Rodgers, Space Science Institute
3 Note from the Editor
12 How Workplace Climate Changes the Knowledge We Generate, Meg Urry, Yale University
16 On Planck's Law, Blackbodies and the Physics of Diversity, Jedidah C. Isler, Syracuse University
19 Math and Verbal Performance of Men and Women Under Competition and Time Pressure, Nancy Morrison, The University of ToledoBack to top.
5. Statistical Research from the American Institute of Physics
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]
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6. Why Women Should Send More Letters of Recommendation
From: WIPHYS Posting for July 15, 2014
The following is from a LinkedIn discussion on why women should send more letters of recommendation.
From one of our Women in Physics readers:
I have observed that when we say in a job or award advertisement to "send 3 letters of reference", women will usually send 3 and men will on average send more than 3. All candidates that have made the shortlists have had one extra letter of reference (occasionally two extra, but rarely).
There is a very clear effect going on: the women are, in general, reading the line "send 3 letters" as a rule/limit and the men are seeing this as a minimum. No matter the reason for this, the bottom line is that we need advise women to consider sending more letters when applying for positions and awards, unless additional letters are explicitly forbidden!
What’s your take on this situation? Join the discussion on our Women in Physics LinkedIn groupBack to top.
7. Sloan Research Fellows - Accepting Nominations Until September 15
From: WIPHYS Posting for July 15, 2014
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is now accepting nominations for Sloan Research Fellowships in eight fields: chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics. These two-year, $50,000 fellowships are awarded annually to 126 early-career faculty in recognition of their distinguished performance and exceptional potential as researchers. Candidates must be nominated by a department head or other senior researcher. For more information, please visit this site:Back to top.
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