Issue of July 29, 2016
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Elysse Voyer, Heather Flewelling, and Christina Thomas
This week's issues:
1. An ongoing act of creation - Professional Organizations & Policy
From: Sarah Tuttle via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
Today I'd like to explore a question - What are professional societies for? I'm hoping this anecdote from a meeting I recently attended will help you interrogate your place in our professional societies - Who do we pay money to? Where does it go? What do you hope to get out of a group for yourself, your students, your colleagues? What role do our societies play in our larger world?
I recently attended the SPIE (Society for Professional Industrial Engineers) Astronomical Instrumentation conference. SPIE Astro draws astronomers, but also engineers of all stripes (mechanical, optical, electrical, software, systems) from all career stages. There are a variety of tracks including observatory management, and those focusing on all varieties of earth and ground based facilities, as well as the technology that enables them.
It also an incredibly homogenous conference. I'm going to be honest, it is particularly oppressive. There is often 5-10% women in the room at any given time. Although an international conference, it is heavily Western European especially in the visible roles. It is very white. It is exhausting.
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2. The Nashville Recommendations for Inclusive Astronomy
From: Jessica Mink via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
In June 2015, 160 astronomers, sociologists, policy makers and community leaders convened the first Inclusive Astronomy meeting at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN. The goal of this meeting was to discuss the issues affecting people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer/genderfluid, agender, intersex, queer, questioning, or asexual (LGBTIQA*) people; people with disabilities; women; people disenfranchised by their socio-economic status; and everyone who holds more than one of these underrepresented identities in the astronomical community. A key focus of this meeting was examination of issues of intersectionality: the well-established conceptualization that racism, sexism, heterosexism, transphobia, and ableism are often linked (e.g., that women of color are faced with the intersection of racism and sexism). Here is a summary of the final version which the AAS Council has endorsed.
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3. What happened to women in computer science?
From: Daryl Haggard [daryl.haggard_at_mcgill.ca]
by Johanna Dahlroos
In the mid-1980s, while the number of women entering medicine, law and physical science studies began to accelerate, the number of women entering computer science began to fall dramatically. This infographic asks why and looks at the impact that shift has had on modern day software development.Back to top.
4. Kids Benefit From Having a Working Mom
From: Kevin Marvel [kevin.marvel_at_aas.org]
by Carmen Nobel
Here's some heartening news for working mothers worried about the future of their children.
Women whose moms worked outside the home are more likely to have jobs themselves, are more likely to hold supervisory responsibility at those jobs, and earn higher wages than women whose mothers stayed home full time, according to a new study. Men raised by working mothers are more likely to contribute to household chores and spend more time caring for family members.
The findings are stark, and they hold true across 24 countries.
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5. Nominations Solicited for the 2017 Lecar Prize
From: Heather Flewelling [heather_at_ifa.hawaii.edu]
The Lecar Prize selection committee is soliciting nominations for future recipients of the Lecar Prize. Nominations should be in the form of a simple, brief letter, preferably sent by email to Matthew Holman. There is no restriction on the age of the recipient, though the award will not be given posthumously. Nominations received by 1 September 2016 will be considered for the 2017 Lecar Prize and will be valid for five years.
The Lecar Prize was endowed by a generous gift from the estate of Myron S. Lecar to encourage and recognize exceptional contributions to the study of extrasolar planets in particular and theoretical astrophysics in general. The recipient receives an honorarium and delivers a lecture at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
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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
- Postdoctoral Position Reaction Dynamics & Planetary Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
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