Issue of July 15, 2016
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Elysse Voyer, Heather Flewelling, and Christina Thomas
This week's issues:
1. Cross-posting: Solidarity from APS COM & AAPT COD
From: Sarah Tuttle via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
7/8/16 Dear Members of the Physics Community,
We, the undersigned, members of the American Physical Society's Committee on Minorities (APS COM) and the American Association of Physics Teachers Committee on Diversity (AAPT COD) stand with Black physicists and all members of the Black community in the U.S. as we are faced with the recent killings, within 36 hours, of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police. Although Sterling and Castile are referenced here and are the impetus for this statement, we note that their names add to a long list of police injustice against Black people as well as other people of color.
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2. CIERA REU Career Panel Discussion
From: Daryl Haggard via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
[Aaron Geller is director of the Northwestern CIERA REU program and an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow (AAPF) jointly appointed at Northwestern and the Adler Planetarium. In addition to his REU/EPO activities, Aaron develops astronomy visualizations and researches star clusters and stellar evolution. His interests include dynamics in a star cluster environment and the binary and multiple stars and planetary systems that live inside, and how star clusters contribute to the production of exotic systems.]
Continuing our annual tradition, Northwestern University's CIERA Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program hosted a live, online Career Panel discussion last week for our summer undergraduate researchers, hosted by the director of the CIERA REU program, Aaron Geller. The archived video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNLvliVF_Kg
Astronomers develop an incredibly useful (and employable!) set of skills while pursuing their degree and research interests. The latest stats indicate that while ~75% of recent astronomy Ph.D.s accepted a postdoc position, over 80% eventually pursue careers outside the tenure track faculty route.
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3. Independent feature film "Starry Night"
From: Ethan Daniel [ethan_at_dfproductions.net]
The independent feature film entitled "Starry Night" follows Dawn, a young girl living in a small town in Washington State who dreams of becoming an astronomer and studying at CalTech. It showcases a young woman pursuing her dreams in the field of science and achieving them on her own merit.
The completed short film version of this concept was funded by the Alfred P. Sloan foundation. In the 2016 Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival, the short took home five awards, including Best Overall Short Film. The feature version is scheduled to be shot in May, 2017.
Find the 15 second film trailer here
Find the Sloan Foundation grant award listed hereBack to top.
4. IEEE-WIE Global Women in STEM Leadership Summit
From: Chryssa Kouveliotou [ckouveliotou_at_email.gwu.edu]
A special invitation to invest in yourself and participate in a groundbreaking global women in STEM leadership summit in Atlanta this November:
The summit is hosted by the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), in partnership with the UGA College of Engineering and a number of corporate, economic development, nonprofit, and higher education partners. This is the first of its kind 2-day summit ever held in the region that is dedicated to giving women in STEM access to powerful tools, strategies and networks to realize their full potential. Four hundred women from all paths of STEM are expected to participate.
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5. 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
- Astronomer (ESM Program Director), MPS/AST, National Science Foundation
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