Friday, February 10, 2017

AASWomen Newsletter for February 10, 2017

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of February 10, 2017
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Christina Thomas, and Maria Patterson

This week's issues:

1. Happy Black History Month!     
2. Women in Astronomy IV: The Many Faces of Women Astronomers
3. International Day of Women and Girls in Science (February 11)
4. Vanguard: Conversations with Women of Color in STEM (#VanguardSTEM)        
5.  Dr. Brett Denevi: Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way 
6.  2017 NASA Planetary Science Summer Seminar* Applications Open  
7.  Ad Imagines A World Where We Treat Female Scientists Like Celebrities
8.  Job Opportunities  
9. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter
10. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter
11. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter


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1. Happy Black History Month!
From: Sarah Tuttle via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Ok, after stating the obvious (one month? really? We should do better than one month.) let's spend today's post (re)committing to using this time to not just celebrate Black history but to interjecting it throughout our work. What does that mean to you?

Read more at


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2. Women in Astronomy IV: The Many Faces of Women Astronomers
From: Kelsi Singer via womeninplanetaryscience.blogspot.com

Women in Astronomy IV: The Many Faces of Women Astronomers, a conference sponsored by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the American Astronomical Society (AAS), with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), will take place June 9 – 11, 2017, following the 2017 AAS Summer Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Through extensive use of workshops, panels, and small group discussions, WiA IV will focus on issues that affect a broad spectrum of women in astronomy.

Read more at


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3. International Day of Women and Girls in Science (February 11)
From: Maria Patterson [mtpatter_at_uw.edu] and Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

This Saturday February 11th, the United Nations officially observes "International Day of Women and Girls in Science."  In a public message, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova underscores the tight connection between engaging governments to promote full participation of girls and women in science and advancing towards goals outlined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, proclaiming "Humanity cannot afford to ignore half of its creative genius."

Read Irina Bokova's full message at


and background and resources about the day at


The official webpage can be found at


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4. Vanguard: Conversations with Women of Color in STEM (#VanguardSTEM)
From: Daryl Haggard [daryl.haggard_at_mcgill.ca]

"Vanguard: Conversations with Women of Color in STEM" (#VanguardSTEM) is a project of astrophysicist Jedidah Isler and her fantastic team. #VanguardSTEM is a "live, monthly web-series featuring a rotating panel of women of color in STEM discussing a wide variety of topics including their research interests, wisdom, advice, tips, tricks and current events (among many other things!)." The show airs the first Tuesday of every month. Recent guests include theoretical physicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein and "Hidden Figures" author Margot Lee Shetterly.

To learn more and watch, please visit


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5. Dr. Brett Denevi: Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way
From: Kelsi Singer and Heather Meyer via womeninplanetaryscience.wordpress.com

As part of an on-going series to showcase women in Planetary Science, Dr. Brett Denevi, a Planetary Geologist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), was interviewed about her career and education. Dr. Denevi is currently serving as the Deputy Principal Investigator for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), and she has also served as the Deputy Instrument Scientist for the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) on board the MESSENGER spacecraft at Mercury leading the in-flight calibration and co-leading the Geology Discipline Group. 

Read about Dr. Denevi’s work at


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6. 2017 NASA Planetary Science Summer Seminar* Applications Open
From: Leslie Lowes [leslie.l.lowes_at_jpl.nasa.gov]

NASA is accepting applications for its 29th Annual Planetary Science Summer Seminar (previously named Planetary Science Summer School), which will be held July 24-28, 2017 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science.

For further information, including eligibility requirements and application, please see


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7. Ad Imagines A World Where We Treat Female Scientists Like Celebrities
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

General Electric is committed to hiring more women into technical positions and has set a goal of "obtaining 50:50 representation for all of their tech entry-level leadership development programs". To kick-off the initiative, GE ran an ad featuring Mildred Dresselhaus in a celebrity role.

Read more and see the ad at


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8. 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 

- ALMA Director, Santiago, Chile

- ALMA Head of Data Management Group, Santiago, Chile

- Director of the Central Development Laboratory, Charlottesville, VA

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11. Access to Past Issues

  
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