Friday, March 24, 2017

AASWomen Newsletter for March 24, 2017

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of March 24, 2017
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Cristina Thomas, and Maria Patterson

This week's issues:

1. Large gender gap persists in physical sciences

2. Research: Junior Female Scientists Aren’t Getting the Credit They Deserve

3. Women's History Month and one woman's trek in science

4. 19 Women Leading Math and Physics

5. These Bold Illustrations Celebrate the Incredible Contributions of Women in Science

6. An annual note to all the (NSF) haters

7. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

8. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

9. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter


1. Large gender gap persists in physical sciences
From: Heather Flewelling [heather_at_ifa.hawaii.edu]

By Andrew Grant

"Despite progress in most scientific disciplines, women continue to be particularly underrepresented in physics, astronomy, and related fields.

Although the participation of women in science is increasing around the world, the physical sciences are lagging behind other fields in closing the gender gap. From 2011 to 2015, just 21% of the US physicists and astronomers who published peer-reviewed articles, reviews, or conference proceedings were women, according to a report released 8 March by the publisher Elsevier."

Read more at:

http://physicstoday.scitation.org/do/10.1063/PT.5.1114/full

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2. Research: Junior Female Scientists Aren’t Getting the Credit They Deserve
From: Heather Flewelling [heather_at_ifa.hawaii.edu]

by Marc J. Lerchenmueller and Olav Sorenson

"According to the U.S. National Science Foundation, women earn about half of the doctoral degrees in science, yet they represent a mere 21% of the faculty at the full professor level at research institutions in the United States.

In explaining these numbers, a great deal of attention has been given to the “glass ceiling” – the idea that women reach a level near the top of their organizations beyond which they simply cannot advance. But women often meet barriers well before they have climbed to the upper echelons."

Read more at:

https://hbr.org/2017/03/research-junior-female-scientists-arent-getting-the-credit-they-deserve

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3. Women's History Month and one woman's trek in science
From: Heather Flewelling [heather_at_ifa.hawaii.edu]

by Sarah Bates

"Before Rita Colwell became the first woman to serve as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), she was an internationally recognized expert on cholera and other infectious diseases. To get to that place, she overcame challenges many women in science will recognize."

Read more at:

https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191346

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4. 19 Women Leading Math and Physics
From: Heather Flewelling [heather_at_ifa.hawaii.edu]

by Natalie Wolchover

"Top women in mathematics and physics discuss how they got to where they are — and why there aren’t more of them."

Read more at:

http://portside.org/2017-03-13/19-women-leading-math-and-physics

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5. These Bold Illustrations Celebrate the Incredible Contributions of Women in Science
From: Heather Flewelling [heather_at_ifa.hawaii.edu]

by Marissa Fessenden

"A designer’s touch brings the achievements and faces of female pioneers to a wider audience

Ask the average person to name a famous scientist and they might recall Charles Darwin or Albert Einstein, titans from history. Or, if they are thinking more currently, they might name astronomer Carl Sagan, pop astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson or linguist Noam Chomsky. Chemist and physicist Marie Curie may even make the list, but how many scientists who are women spring easily to mind?"

Read more at:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-bold-illustrations-celebrate-incredible-contributions-women-science

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6. An annual note to all the (NSF) haters
From: Heather Flewelling [heather_at_ifa.hawaii.edu]

by John Asher Johnson

"It's that time of year again: students have recently been notified about whether they received the prestigious NSF Graduate Student Research Fellowship. Known in the STEM community as "The NSF," the fellowship provides a student with three years of graduate school tuition and stipend, with the latter typically 5-10% above the standard institutional support for first- and second-year students. It's a sweet deal, and a real accellerant for young students to get their research career humming along smoothly because they don't need to restrict themselves to only advisors who have funding: the students fund themselves!

This is also the time of year that many a white dude executes what I call the "academic soccer flop." It looks kinda like this:"

Read more at:

http://astronomyincolor.blogspot.com/2017/03/an-annual-note-to-all-nsf-haters.html#more

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