Friday, August 11, 2017

AASWomen Newsletter for August 11, 2017

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of August 11, 2017
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Cristina Thomas, and Maria Patterson

This week's issues:

1. Career Profiles: Astrophysicist/Planetary Scientist to Program Officer: Dr. Melissa Morris

2. How the Girl Scouts' new CEO is using her time at NASA and Apple to promote STEM education

3. In harassment cases, could institutions be cracking down on even big-name faculty members?

4. Women who are elite mathematicians are less likely than men to believe they’re elite mathematicians

5. A Google employee was fired after blaming biology for tech’s gender gap - but the science shows he's wrong

6. Job Opportunities

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. Career Profiles: Astrophysicist/Planetary Scientist to Program Officer: Dr. Melissa Morris
From: Christina Richey via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Below is our interview with Melissa Morris, an astronomer and planetary scientist who is currently a NASA program officer contracted through Artic Slope Technical Services.

For access to all our Career Profile Project interviews, please visit http://aas.org/jobs/career-profiles New Career Profiles are posted approximately every month.

Read more at

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2017/08/career-profiles-astrophysicistplanetary.html

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2. How the Girl Scouts' new CEO is using her time at NASA and Apple to promote STEM education
From: Maria Patterson [mtpatter_at_uw.edu]

"What started as simply stargazing with her Girl Scouts troop as a 7-year-old in New Mexico has since turned into a career at NASA, IBM, Apple and Dell for Sylvia Acevedo.

Most recently, in May, she was named the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, the organization she belonged to growing up. Her mission: to ensure STEM learning is a part of every young woman's life."

Read more at

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/03/how-girl-scouts-ceo-sylvia-acevedo-plans-to-promote-stem-education.html

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3. In harassment cases, could institutions be cracking down on even big-name faculty members?
From: Alexander Rudolph [alrudolph_at_cpp.edu]

"The University of Washington, for the first time ever, has fired a faculty member over findings of sexual harassment. The termination surprised some not only for the what, but also for the who: Michael Katze, a professor of microbiology. Well funded and a major player in infectious disease research, Katze appeared to some as exactly the kind of professor who might have been protected by his (or any) institution in the past."

Read more at

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/08/11/harassment-cases-could-institutions-be-cracking-down-even-big-name-faculty-members

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4. Women who are elite mathematicians are less likely than men to believe they’re elite mathematicians
From: Maria Patterson [mtpatter_at_uw.edu]

"Women, as a now-former Google engineer recently reminded the world, are underrepresented in several mathematical fields, including physics, computer science and engineering. The causes of that underrepresentation are hotly debated, with barriers to entry and gender differences in test scores widely discussed as underlying reasons. But new data analysis underscores the importance of another factor in the gap: confidence. Young women, including women who are exceptionally talented in math, tend to underestimate their ability."

Read more at

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/08/women-who-are-elite-mathematicians-are-less-likely-than-men-to-believe-theyre-elite-mathematicians

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5. A Google employee was fired after blaming biology for tech’s gender gap - but the science shows he's wrong
From: Maria Patterson [mtpatter_at_uw.edu]

"Google has fired an engineer who wrote an internal memo blaming biological differences between men and women for gender inequality in the tech industry. Scientific evidence does not support the claim that differences in personality, preferences, or tendencies between genders is based on genetics or biology. Business Insider went through the memo point by point to fact-check the engineer's claims."

Read more at

http://www.businessinsider.com/google-james-damore-fired-tech-gender-gap-science-2017-8

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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: https://cswa.aas.org/diversity.html#howtoincrease

-Research Associate (Postdoctoral) in Epoch of Reionisation Data Processing, Bentley, Australia https://webkiosk.curtin.edu.au/recruit/WK8127$APP.draw_attachments?P_VACANCY_REF_NO=4902&P_CALLER_URL=WK8127ZZDOLLARZZAPP.QueryListZZQMARKZZZ_VACANCY_CAT=ACADZZAMPZZZ_ORDER_BY=1

-Research Associate (Postdoctoral) in Epoch of Reionisation Sky Calibration Models, Bentley, Australia https://webkiosk.curtin.edu.au/recruit/WK8127$APP.draw_attachments?P_VACANCY_REF_NO=4901&P_CALLER_URL=WK8127ZZDOLLARZZAPP.QueryListZZQMARKZZZ_VACANCY_CAT=ACADZZAMPZZZ_ORDER_BY=1

-Research Associate (Postdoctoral) in Epoch of Reionisation Calibration Software, Bentley, Australia https://webkiosk.curtin.edu.au/recruit/WK8127$APP.draw_attachments?P_VACANCY_REF_NO=4900&P_CALLER_URL=WK8127ZZDOLLARZZAPP.QueryListZZQMARKZZZ_VACANCY_CAT=ACADZZAMPZZZ_ORDER_BY=1

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9. Access to Past Issues

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