Friday, December 2, 2016

AASWomen Newsletter for December 2, 2016

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of December 2, 2016
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Christina Thomas, and Maria Patterson

This week's issues:

1. 500 Women Scientists
2. 2016 Holiday Gift Guide   
3. Cross Posts: On the US Election: Inclusion, Allyship, & Solidarity in Astronomy & Planetary Science
4. Now Open: L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Application      
5. Next Scholar Program Accepting Applications  
6. Berkeley Students Are Challenging How Faculty Harassment Is Handled
7. The Search for Hidden Figures (contest announcement)
8. High School Girls Have Designed Africa's First Private Satellite
9. Children Learn Early On That Scientists Are Men
10. Job Opportunities  
11. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter
12. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter
13. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter


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1. 500 Women Scientists
From: Jessica Kirkpatrick via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

A group of women scientists who have been working in Washington as AAAS science fellows have written an open letter to the US congress and the new administration expressing their concerns. ... This effort was inspired by a letter of 100 women of color and the letter from the National Academies of Science. … Note that the letter is not restricted to issues of the US and acknowledges the global nature of science, they welcome non-US-resident-signatories.

Read more at


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2. 2016 Holiday Gift Guide  
From: Christina Richey via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

For the past few years, the Women in Astronomy blog has posted a holiday gift guide in preparation for the vast array of holidays celebrated in December. The 2014 post included links to various shopping and blogging sites focused on science and empowering girls (many of which are still useful today), and the 2015 post focused on a gift giving guide from the creators of STARtorialist.

Find great gift ideas at


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3. Cross Posts: On the US Election: Inclusion, Allyship, & Solidarity in Astronomy & Planetary Science    
From: Vishnu Reddy via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Several statements, in addition to two (Nov. 9th and Nov. 14th) posted via the Women in Astronomy blog, have been posted by groups affiliated with the American Astronomical Society with regards to the recent US Presidential election and the need for inclusion, allyship, and the safe guarding of our colleagues and friends. 

Read those pieces (in brief forms with links to their fuller versions) at


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4. Now Open: L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Application
From: Rachel Pacifico [RPacifico_at_us.loreal.com]

The L’OrĂ©al-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.  More than 2,250 women scientists in over 110 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998.  In the US, the For Women In Science fellowship program awards five post‐doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each.  Applications are due on Friday, February 3, 2017.

The application and more information about the program can be found at


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5. Next Scholar Program Accepting Applications  
From: Lucianne Walkowicz [l.m.walkowicz_at_gmail.com]

The Next Scholars Program, run by the New York Academy of Sciences, is now accepting applications for both mentees and mentors.

Find out more at


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6. Berkeley Students Are Challenging How Faculty Harassment Is Handled  
From: Elysse Voyer [elysse.voyer_at_gmail.com]

“…students increasingly find confidentiality surrounding investigations into sexual harassment allegations, in particular, irksome and even dangerous. Because campus queries into such claims can take a long time, some students say they shouldn’t unknowingly be forced to work with a professor already accused of harassment.” To protest how a sexual harassment investigation involving a prominent faculty member is being handled, graduate students carried signs and blocked access to the professor’s department.

Read more at


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7. The Search for Hidden Figures
From: Lucianne Walkowicz [l.m.walkowicz_at_gmail.com]

There's a contest for women in STEM as part of the Hidden Figures release-- scholarship money (and free screenings/tickets)!

Read more at


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8. High School Girls Have Designed Africa's First Private Satellite
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

"Africa's first private space satellite will be launched in May 2017, thanks to 14 girls from South Africa. They have designed and constructed payloads for a satellite that will collect agriculture information across the continent, helping African countries better prepare for natural disasters and food shortages." By being involved with this project, these girls are learning that "any career is possible."  

Read more at


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9. Children Learn Early On That Scientists Are Men
From: Rick Fienberg [rick.fienberg_at_aas.org]

“When children were asked to draw a scientist, a bald, middle-aged man in a white coat was most often depicted. Why is that? A group of Leiden University science communication researchers discovered that children already get this impression in primary school.”

Read more at


Read the journal article at


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10. Job Opportunities

For those interested in increasing excellence and diversity in their organizations, a list of resources and advice is here: https://cswa.aas.org/#howtoincrease 

- Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position in Theoretical Astrophysics, High Energy and Gravitational Theory, University of California, Santa Barbara

- Data Analyst Open Rank, NRAO, Charlottesville, VA

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11. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

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13. Access to Past Issues

  
Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.