Friday, April 16, 2021

AASWomen Newsletter for April 16, 2021

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Sally Ride, the first female U.S. astronaut to fly into space, will be honored on a 2022 circulating coin (Credit: NASA/USMint/collectSPACE)
AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of April 16, 2021
eds: Heather Flewelling, Nicolle Zellner, Maria Patterson, Alessandra Aloisi, and Jeremy Bailin

[We hope you all are taking care of yourselves and each other. Be well! --eds.]

This week's issues:

1. NASA/JPL named two sites on Mars after an author and an engineer. Here’s why you should know them, too.

2. NASA’s Artemis program will land the first person of color on the moon

3. UAE Appoints two new astronauts, including woman

4. US Mint to honor astronaut Sally Ride on 'American Women' quarter

5. Could the Pandemic Prompt an ‘Epidemic of Loss’ of Women in the Sciences?

6. NOVA: Picture A Scientist

7. Applications sought for the 2021 Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship

8. Upcoming SHIELD Webinar: A Path Towards Creating Effective Scientific Presentations (Fri May14th, 2021 2:00 PM EST)

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

An online version of this newsletter will be available at http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/ at 3:00 PM ET every Friday.

Crosspost: #BlackInAstro Unsung Heroes: Crystal Tinch

This post is part of our series #BlackInAstro. For our cornerstone post, see here. The “Unsung Heroes” series aims to highlight the work of folks who are not professional astronomers, but whose work is crucial to the astronomical community!

In this installment, we are publishing an interview with Crystal Tinch, a staff member at the American Astronomical Society.

Eighteen years ago, Crystal Tinch was hired to work at the American Astronomical Society, or AAS.

Crystal Tinch, Communications
and Engagement Coordinator for
the AAS, works to forge stronger
bonds between members of the 
astronomical community.

"It's funny because when I started, my friends were like, what do you know about astronomy?" she laughs. But I'm involved in everything that communicates to our membership, like the social media, the directory, and all of the emails that go out.” 

Tinch has a degree in English with a photography minor, and originally worked at an art gallery in Buffalo, New York, before relocating to Washington, D.C. “I really just moved on a whim,” she says. Soon after, she found her current position at the AAS.

As Communications and Engagement Coordinator, Tinch is the glue that holds the astronomical community together. She has helped with the biannual AAS Meetings, facilitated elections for AAS leadership, maintained a list of obituaries to honor members who have passed away, assisted with the production of AAS educational content, and more.

Read more about Crystal Tinch at

Friday, April 9, 2021

AASWomen Newsletter for April 09, 2021

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of April 09, 2021

eds: Heather Flewelling, Nicolle Zellner, Maria Patterson, Alessandra Aloisi, and Jeremy Bailin

[We hope you all are taking care of yourselves and each other. Be well! --eds.]
From Item 5

This week's issues:

1. Seeking CSWA Members!

2. Short comment for the newsletter

3. Women Of Color Lead Gender Equality In STEM Education

4. Student-Led Report Finds Gender, Ethnicity-Based Disparities in Computer Science at Harvard

5. Micronesian scientist becomes first Pacific Islander to reach ocean's deepest point

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

An online version of this newsletter will be available at http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/ every Friday afternoon.

Seeking CSWA Members!

The Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) is seeking new members! We are a committee of like-minded people, promoting the committee's mission to build an inclusive and self-sustaining community that supports gender equity and the success of women* in astronomy.

In the past few years, we've worked hard, using input from the greater Astronomy community, to create a Strategic Plan for the 2020s, which includes projects that aim to address Harassment and Bullying, Creating Inclusive Environments for an Ethical Workplace, Professional Development, and the committee's own Operations and Interactions.

Those Operations and Interactions include undertaking projects identified in the Strategic Plan, maintaining a collection of helpful resources, publishing the AASWomen newsletter, publishing a weekly blog, hosting workshops at AAS meetings, working with all of the AAS inclusion committees (CSMA, SGMA, and WGAD), and more!

Interested in being part of this team? Apply here! This committee ain't like other women's committees, and we welcome applications from anyone interested in supporting the mission of the CSWA and its projects. The current members of the committee will review applications and make selections, paying attention to career stage, employment area, identity, and CSWA areas indicated to be of interest to the applicant. The application deadline is May 1, 2021.

CSWA Banner w/ an image of the Andromeda Galaxy


* The CSWA interprets “women” to mean people who identify as female, including trans women, genderqueer women, and nonbinary people who are significantly female-identified (1), and includes women with multiple, intersectional (2) identities, including race, ethnicity, class, disability, and more.

Friday, April 2, 2021

AASWomen Newsletter for April 02, 2021

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Vera Rubin, item 14. Credit: Carnegie Institute
AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of April 02, 2021

eds: Heather Flewelling, Nicolle Zellner, Maria Patterson, Alessandra Aloisi, and Jeremy Bailin

[We hope you all are taking care of yourselves and each other. Be well! --eds.]

This week's issues:

1. Why We Leave

2. E.Z. Science: Women in Astronomy

3. Jami Valentin Miller: Barrier-breaking physicist reflects on her journey

4. Seeing the invisible: How Nobel laureate Andrea Ghez found the supermassive black hole in the Milky Way's center

5. Great Women Scientists

6. Sharon Glotzer's Deep Curiosity About Order From Chaos

7. Sally Ride: Entrepreneur for Space, Science, and Inclusion

8. Pandemic measures disproportionately harm women’s careers

9. The Secret Success Of Women In STEM Jobs In 2020

10. Why Are There So Few Women Full Professors?

11. Virtual Career Development Webinar A Whole New World: Preparing for Life After Academia

12. SGMA Committee Openings

13. Women Scientists Are the Rule Rather Than the Exception

14. The Vera C. Rubin Observatory and Women of Chilean Astronomy

15. NASA Fellowship Activity 2021

16. Job Opportunities

17. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

18. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

19. Access to Past Issues

An online version of this newsletter will be available at http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/ at 3:00 PM ET every Friday.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Why We Leave

Reaching to the stars
by Ares Nguyen via flickr
The charge of the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy is to recommend to the AAS Board of Trustees practical measures that the AAS can take to improve the status of women in astronomy and encourage their entry into this field. We define women to include people who identify as female, including trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified. As an organization, the AAS supports and promotes increased participation of historically underrepresented groups in astronomy.

The CSWA has existed for almost 42 years. In that time we have seen a growth in women in the field (although the number of men has also increased alongside this). The linked AIP report found that there was no significant attrition of women between career stages in astronomy. However, attrition does occur for people of all identities, especially those who are underrepresented. We all know someone who left the field at some point.

Friday, March 26, 2021

AASWomen Newsletter for March 26, 2021

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of March 26, 2021
eds: Heather Flewelling, Nicolle Zellner, Maria Patterson, Jeremy Bailey, and Alessandra Aloisi

[We hope you all are taking care of yourselves and each other. --eds.]

This week's issues:

1. Women of Arecibo: Allison Smith
2. Crosspost: Inclusive Mentoring: The Mindset of an Effective Mentor
3. Supporting gender equality through understanding intersectionality
4. Diversity is hard to find among the highest paid leaders at elite research universities
5. Upcoming launch of $8.8 billion telescope places women’s leading roles in center focus
6. Women In STEM: Voices From Around The World
7. Women must not be obscured in science’s history
8. Upcoming SHIELD Webinar: Fri April 9th, 2021 2:00 PM EST
9. Meet the unknown female mathematician whose calculations helped discover Pluto
10. Vera Rubin, astronomer extraordinaire — a new biography
11. Job Opportunities
12. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter
13. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter
14. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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