Friday, October 18, 2019

AASWomen Newsletter for October 18, 2019

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 18, 2019
eds: JoEllen McBride, Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Maria Patterson, and Alessandra Aloisi

This week's issues:

1. US Delegation to the 7th International Conference on Women in Physics

2. Are We Pressuring Students to Choose a Hostile STEM?

3. The Style-Quantifying Astrophysicists of Silicon Valley

4. Viewpoint: Feynman, Harassment, and the Culture of Science

5. Doris Lessing at 100: roving time and space

6. Trailblazer in astronomy and science is Delaware's contribution to innovation coin series

7. How I overcame impostor syndrome after leaving academia

8. Shared parental leave: making it work for the whole family

9. Why the 2019 Nobel Prizes in STEM struggled with diversity

10. Once, most famous scientists were men. But that’s changing.

11. Transitioning from postdoc researcher to gig-economy scientist

12. NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk Set For Friday

13. Working Scientist podcast: How to inspire young women to consider scientific careers

14. Award recognizes efforts to inspire girls to pursue science careers

15. REGISTER NOW: Astro2020 Webinar on October 28 at 1:30pm ET

16. Extreme Galaxies and their Extreme Environments as Probes of Galaxy Formation Conference

17. Workshop announcement: How to start a peer-led SVSH prevention program

18. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

19. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

20. Access to Past Issues of the AASWOMEN newsletter

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

US Delegation to the 7th International Conference on Women in Physics

By Beth Cunningham

ICWIP 2017 Group Photo
Copyright Liz Hingley, IoP and University of Birmingham

Every three years, starting in 2002, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics has sponsored a global conference for women physicists and astronomers. About 200 women and their male allies from approximately 60 countries gather to talk about their success stories and continuing challenges in advancing the careers of women in physics and astronomy. Attendees must be part of a country delegation in order to participate. The conference includes plenary sessions with world-renowned women physicists and astronomers, breakout sessions on special topics such as education and improving the workplace, poster sessions to highlight activities supporting women in each country and for attendees to showcase their own work, and multiple opportunities for networking and building collaborations and alliances. The seventh International Conference on Women in Physics (ICWIP 2020), will be held in Melbourne, Australia, from July 13 through July 17, 2020. The proceedings of all the previous ICWIPs are freely available.

The U.S. Delegation has already started preparation for attending ICWIP 2020. Three women have been chosen to lead the U.S. Delegation:

  • Jessica Esquivel, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Laura McCullough, University of Wisconsin - Stout
  • Sherry Yennello, Texas A&M University

The Team Leaders recognize that physics needs diversity both in the practitioners of the science and in the voices that communicate that science to broader communities. It is important to see women in physics as experts in their field. The Team Leaders have decided that the overarching goal for the US Delegation is empowering diverse voices through science communication. The activities that support this goal will be woven around ICWIP 2020. The U.S. Team Leaders have submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation to support the U.S. delegation to attend the ICWIP and the associated activities to provide under-represented groups in physics with the skills they need to communicate their science to a broad set of audiences.

The application process is now open for the U.S. Delegation team to the 7th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics. The 7th IUPAP Conference on Women in Physics will be held July 13 - 17, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. The US will be sending a small delegation to the conference. Applications to become a member of the US Delegation are due by October 18, 2019. To apply to be part of the US delegation, go to the U.S. Delegation website.

Beth Cunningham is Executive Officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Arts degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Kent State University. In 1989, she joined the physics department at Bucknell University as an assistant professor, attaining full professor in 2002. She was named associate dean of the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2000. In 2006, she was appointed as Provost, Dean of Faculty, and Professor of Physics at Illinois Wesleyan University. At AAPT since 2011, Beth provides leadership on a number of physics education initiatives including faculty and K-12 teacher professional development and diversity, equity, and inclusion in physics education.

Friday, October 11, 2019

AASWomen Newsletter for October 11, 2019

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 11, 2019
eds: JoEllen McBride, Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Maria Patterson, and Alessandra Aloisi
From item #1

This week's issues:

1. Crosspost: Women in Planetary Science, Summary from the Planetary Allyship Meeting 2019

2. Apology from the Blogger-in-Chief

3. ‘More women are being nominated’: Nobel academy head discusses diversity

4. The 1st All-Female Spacewalk Is Back on As NASA Gears Up for 10-EVA Marathon

5. Suggest new names for next generation Source Extractor

6. ‘Graduate school is not designed for us’: For parents in graduate programs, traditional academia and gendered expectations clash

7. Ada Lovelace, Pioneer

8. Too Emotional to Go to Space — 'Lucy in the Sky' Reinforces Negative Stereotypes (Op-Ed)

9. 30 women in robotics you need to know about – 2019

10. Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to scientists, some rally behind one who never got one

11. How to be your most authentic self

12. NIH marquee awards for ‘high risk, high reward’ projects skew male—again

13. Staying Power: a convening about postdoctoral women

14. STEM Student Success: Promising Approaches from Minority Serving Institutions

15. The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM

16. Applications for the US Delegation to the 7th International Conference on Women in Physics

17. Job Opportunities

18. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

19. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

20. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

Apology from the Blogger-in-Chief

I want to offer an apology to all of our readers for the Mental Health Day post I posted to the Women in Astronomy blog yesterday. It was a terrible oversight to not get approval from the entire CSWA, especially since I did not do my due diligence as a writer to vet claims in the post. I also want to apologize for the damage done to those who live with the conditions referenced in the post. Life is complicated by many factors. We're all just trying to live our best lives within our circumstances and no one should ever be shamed for that. I'm sorry for any pain or harm I caused.

Thank you to all the people who spoke out about the post and taught me this valuable lesson. I will do better.

-JoEllen McBride, PhD

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Crosspost: Women in Planetary Science, Summary from the Planetary Allyship Meeting 2019

The Women in Planetary Science blog this week featured a summary of the Planetary Allyship Meeting held at the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) conference in September. The Planetary Allyship Meeting is an informal group that has met since 2015 to "discuss issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion among those who have privilege to support folks who have less." At the fourth annual DPS they discussed "several issues that span the Atlantic, affecting both our American and European colleagues, and issues that seem unique to each side of the divide."


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Means of Doing Science

By JoEllen McBride, PhD

The views expressed in this blog post are not necessarily the views of the CSWA, the AAS, its Board of Trustees, or its membership.

When the U.S. decided to go to the Moon, President John F. Kennedy famously said “We choose to go to the moon and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” But is that why we went to the Moon? It is pretty well known that our arms race with the Soviet Union provided the urgency to send men to the Moon. We considered Air Force pilots for astronauts and the government pumped billions of dollars into creating NASA just to beat the Soviets to the Moon. It’s also safe to say that going to the Moon inspired a whole generation of kids to go into STEM fields and created new technologies that benefited most of us.

But what happens when you only look at the products of science and technology and not how it was accomplished? Is it just as inspiring to know the reasons behind why we went? What if the government had just invested in the space program for the technological innovations that would result and the people it would inspire? Instead, we went to the Moon to prove our military and technological superiority to another country that we were in a nuclear arms race with. A race that made it so children practiced drills in school in the event a nuclear weapon was detonated over their town and the government questioned the loyalty of its own citizens.