Thursday, January 3, 2019

Cross-post: AAS 233 events from the CSMA Newsletter

The winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society will take place Sunday January 6 through Thursday January 10 in Seattle, WA. This cross-post contains events and sessions featured in the latest CSMA Newsletter that may be of interest to those supporting astronomers of color and social justice topics. We have supplemented the listing with additional events featuring the other AAS diversity committees.

People of Color Presenting at AAS
Support, promote, and recruit astronomers of colors presenting at AAS! Click here to see a list of presenters on the Astronomy in Color blog.

Didn't get a chance to fill out the Google form? There is still time! The blog post will be updated on Sunday, January 6 with any new additions. Click here to fill out the google form.

CSMA, SGMA, WGAD, CSWA booths at the Student Orientation and Grad School Fair
Sunday, 5:30-7 pm, Room 6B

CSMA will have an information booth at this reception for undergraduates and folks interested in applying to graduate school.

Meet & Greet Events
  • CSMA Meet & Greet
  • Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 pm, Room 4C-1
  • Undergraduate Meet & Greet
  • Monday, 4-5:30 pm, Room 205
  • SGMA Meet & Greet for LGBTQIA Members and Students
  • Monday, 6:30-7:30 pm, Room 214
  • CSWA Meet & Greet
  • Wednesday, 6-7 pm, Room 4C-3

Know Your Power: Understanding the Distribution of Power Throughout the Academic Ecosystem
Monday, 2-3:30 pm, Room 6B

The Know Your Power (KYP) Project seeks to identify the types of power accessible to astronomers at each stage of the academic path. This special session features a panel of astronomers and professionals at various career stages about the power accessible at their current and previous positions. We will also facilitate small group discussions about understanding our own power, how we hold ourselves accountable, and how we can work together to achieve our goals.

AAS Site Visit Program Town Hall
Tuesday, 1-2 pm, Room 6C

The AAS Site Visit Commit will be unveiling a new program to assess the workplace climate of astronomy department and research institutions, soliciting applications for the site visit team, and giving information about how to request a visit.

Talks on E&I in Astronomy Graduate Admissions
There are two sessions aimed at increasing equity and inclusion in graduate admissions, recruitment, and retention from the institutional perspective:
  • Report of the 2018 AAS Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion in Astronomy Graduate Education
  • Tuesday, 11:40 am -12:30 pm, Room 6E
  • Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions: A How-To Guide From Practitioners
  • Thursday, 10-11:30 am, Room 6C

Career Resources and Professional Development at AAS
AAS features a host of events for exploring career options and developing your professional profile. Many of the events are organized for the AAS Employment Committee. Some highlights include:
  • Careers 101: Career Planning Workshop and Panel
  • Monday, 9:30-11:30 am, Room 4C-3 (registration requested)
  • Networking for Nerds: Create Your Dream Career in Real Life (IRL) and via Social Media
  • Monday, 5:30-6:30 pm, Room 4C-3 (registration requested)
  • Beyond the Academy: Transitioning to a Career in Data Science (Panel Discussion)
  • Tuesday, 2-3:30 pm, Room 4C-2
  • Beyond the Academy Round Table Discussions and Career Fair
  • Tuesday, 3:30-5:30 pm, Exhibit Hall 4AB (registration requested)

Skywatchers: Bringing Together Cultural and Scientific Knowledge of the Stars, Tuesday, 9:00 am–12:00 pm, Room 401

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the CSWA- and CSMA-sponsored special session on Indigenous Knowledge in 21st Century Science at AAS 232 in Denver last June. Please join us again in AAS 233 in Seattle, WA, on Monday Jan. 6 at 8:10-9:00 AM, Room 6E, for Dr. Greg Laughlin's Kavli Foundation Lecture, A Color Out of Space: ‘Oumuamua’s Brief and Mysterious Visit to the Solar System, on the discovery, observations and interpretations of 'Omuamua. Ka'iu Kimura ('Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i) will start this Kavli Lecture with a discussion of the Hawai'ian origin of the name and its meaning. Our gratitude to the Kavli Foundation, the AAS Board of Trustees, and the speakers for their support.