Friday, August 28, 2015

AASWOMEN Newsletter for August 28, 2015

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of August 28, 2015
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Meredith Hughes, & Elysse Voyer

This week's issues:

1. Astronomer to Data Scientist, Three Years Later

2. Fierce Conversations

3. Harmful Workplace Experiences and Women's Occupational Well-Being

4. Gender at IAU Closing Ceremony and Response

5. Meet Marvel's newest female superhero in Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

6. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

7. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

8. Access to Past Issues


1. Astronomer to Data Scientist, Three Years Later

From: Jessica Kirkpatrick via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

In August 2012, I began my first job as a data scientist. I handed my completed dissertation to my committee on a Friday and the following Monday I started work. Leaving academia (and astronomy) was not an easy decision for me. I remember starting that first day thinking: "Well... if this doesn't work out, I guess I'll reapply for post-docs again next year." It ended up working out better than I could have imagined. I wrote several posts about this transition during my first year working as a data scientist, but I thought I'd reflect and talk about what it has been like working as a data scientist, now that I am further along in my career.

Read more at:

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/08/data-scientist-three-years-later.html

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2. Fierce Conversations

From: Laura Trouille via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

In my new role as Director of Citizen Science* at the Adler Planetarium, much of my time is spent in 'managing' - setting goals, determining how we'll reach those goals, pursuing grants, managing grants, mediating relationships within the group, across departments, and with external partners, etc. In seeking management advice that resonated with my personality and background, I had some difficulty until a friend recommended:

"Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time", by Susan Scott

Read more at:

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/08/fierce-conversations.html

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3. Harmful Workplace Experiences and Women's Occupational Well-Being

From: Meredith Hughes [amhughes_at_wesleyan.edu]

By Victor E. Sojo, Robert E. Wood, and Anna E. Genat

Abstract:

We report a meta-analytic review of studies examining the relations among harmful workplace experiences and women’s occupational well-being. Based on previous research, a classification of harmful workplace experiences affecting women is proposed and then used in the analysis of 88 studies with 93 independent samples, containing 73,877 working women. We compare the associations of different harmful workplace experiences and job stressors with women’s work attitudes and health. Random-effects meta-analysis and path analysis showed that more intense yet less frequent harmful experiences (e.g., sexual coercion and unwanted sexual attention) and less intense but more frequent harmful experiences (e.g., sexist organizational climate and gender harassment) had similar negative effects on women’s well-being. Harmful workplace experiences were independent from and as negative as job stressors in their impact on women’s occupational well-being. The power imbalance between the target and the perpetrator appeared as a potential factor to explain the type and impact of harmful workplace experiences affecting women’s occupational well-being. In the discussion, we identify several gaps in the literature, suggest directions for future research, and suggest organizational policy changes and interventions that could be effective at reducing the incidence of harmful workplace experiences. Additional online materials for this article are available to PWQ subscribers on PWQ’s website at http://pwq.sagepub.com/supplemental

Read more at:

http://pwq.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/08/21/0361684315599346.full

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4. Gender at IAU Closing Ceremony and Response

From: Meredith Hughes [amhughes_at_wesleyan.edu]

At the closing ceremony for this year's International Astronomical Union meeting, there was some criticism directed at Dr. Piero Benvenuti for how he introduced the three female incoming IAU officers. Here is a summary by Elizabeth Tasker:

http://girlandkat.com/blog/2015/8/16/24ssub7x8ftpuh7liygepn5qc1rbrp

Here is a response by Dr. Benvenuti:

https://digitatospecchio.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/statement-on-the-iaus-new-officers

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5. Meet Marvel's newest female superhero in Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

From: Meredith Hughes [amhughes_at_wesleyan.edu]

In 1978, Marvel comics published Devil Dinosaur, a story by Jack Kirby about a red Tyrannosaurus Rex and his caveman-like friend, Moon-Boy. The series itself was short-lived, but come this fall, the world will once again be introduced to the adventures of Devil Dinosaur — and this time, his companion won’t be a caveman named Moon-Boy, but instead, a pre-teen super genius named Lunella Lafayette... otherwise known as Moon Girl.

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/08/12/moon-girl-devil-dinosaur-marvel-female-superhero

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