Issue of October 02, 2015
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Meredith Hughes, Elysse Voyer & Heather Flewelling
This week's issues:
1. Diversity Matters: Calling In or Calling Out?
From: Joan Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
Melissa Harris-Perry is the host of a TV talk show and a professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. Her book, "Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America", argues that persistent harmful stereotypes profoundly shape black women's politics, contribute to policies that treat them unfairly, and make it difficult for black women to assert their rights in the political arena. Harris-Perry is my go-to source of information on issues of intersectionality. I'm a dedicated viewer and a fan of her show.
Nicholas Kristof is a journalist, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, and a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. Along with his wife, Sheryl Wudunn, he is the author of "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide".
Imagine my angst when Harris-Perry's letter of the week on Jan 25 was addressed to Nicholas Kristof.
To read more, please seeBack to top.
2. Midterm Exam for Faculty Members
From: David Charbonneau via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
Astronomy 501: Departmental Methods for Faculty (Fall Semester)
You have 50 minutes. Answer all questions. Show your work to maximize partial credit.
Question 1: You are a faculty member in a top US astronomy department and serving on a search committee for an assistant professor. Which of the two candidates below gets your vote for the job?
To take the exam, please visitBack to top.
3. Comet Feature Named After Late NASA Scientist Claudia Alexander
From: Rick Fienberg [rick.fienberg_at_aas.org]
Scientists from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission are honoring their deceased colleague, Claudia Alexander of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, by naming a feature after her on the mission's target, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.Back to top.
4. Women in science: Homeward Bound's voyage to Antarctica
From: Daryl Haggard [daryl.haggard_at_mcgill.ca]
by Lucy Cormack
What do you get when you send 78 female scientists on a 20-day voyage to Antarctica?
The beginnings of a global collaboration of 1000 women in science, working to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. It may sound like a big job, but it's one Australian leadership expert Fabian Dattner and marine ecologist of the Australian Antarctic Division Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas are willing to take on, as they launch Homeward Bound.
To read more, please seeBack to top.
5. 2016 Alan T. Waterman Award Nominations
From: AWIS Washington Wire - September 2015 Issue II
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting nominations for the 2016 Alan T. Waterman Award, given in recognition of the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. The Waterman Award is NSF's highest honor for promising, early-career researchers. Nominees are accepted from all sources, and from any field of science and engineering that NSF supports. The award recipient receives a medal and an invitation to the formal awards ceremony in Washington, DC, as well as a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in any field of science or engineering supported by the NSF, at any institution of the recipient's choice. They are especially interested in nominations for women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities. Click here to submit a nomination or to learn more.
Nomination period ends Friday, October 23, 2015.Back to top.
6. 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
- Assistant or Associate Scientist, Gemini [CORRECTED]
- Assistant Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz http://apo.ucsc.edu/academic_employment/jobs/JPF00316-16.pdf
- PhD Positions in Solar System Science, Göttingen, Germany https://www.mps.mpg.de/phd/applynowBack to top.
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