Friday, March 13, 2009

AASWOMEN for March 13, 2009

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of March 13, 2009
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. AAS Women In Astronomy Blog - Astronomy Life After the Post-Doc Phase: Is the Cup Half Full or Half Empty?

2. AAS 214th Meeting Early Registration

3. AAS Book Inventory

4. Orders Now Being Taken for the Galileoscope

5. IYA Issue of Physics World

6. AAUW - Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equality in Higher Education

7. Conference on Understanding Interventions

8. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

9. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN


1. AAS Women In Astronomy Blog - Astronomy Life After the Post-Doc Phase: Is the Cup
Half Full or Half Empty?

[Joan Schmelz and Hannah Jang-Condell debate astronomy life after the post-doc phase. First is the view from Joan Schmelz followed by the view from Hannah Jang-Condell.]

Joan's view, the 'Cup Half Full' side: "The Post Postdoc Phase" From: Joan_at_Women in Astronomy Blog, March 9, 2009

Hannah's view - the 'Cup Half Empty' side: "Something I Would Like to See the Decadal Report Address But Am Afraid It Won't" From: Hannah_at_Women in Astronomy Blog, March 9, 2009

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2. AAS 214th Meeting Early Registration
From: AAS Electronic Announcement #194 ? March 11, 2009

Registration is open for the 214th AAS Meeting, Pasadena, CA, 7-11 June 2009.

Online: aas.org/meetings/aas214/registration.php Phone: 202-328-2010 ext. 110 Fax: 202-234-7850

Register by 20 March to receive the discounted rate.

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3. AAS Book Inventory
From: AAS Electronic Announcement #194 ? March 11, 2009

The following books are available from the AAS book inventory:

http://aas.org/staff/book_inventory.php

Please fill out the book order form. Members are only responsible for shipping costs which we are charging a flat shipping and handling fee of $15.00 per book. For bulk orders discount shipping will be determined on a case by case basis. If you have any questions or concerns please send an email to Scot Garvey (garvey@aas.org). This is a members only opportunity and books will be offered on a first come first served basis.

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4. Orders Now Being Taken for the Galileoscope
From: AAS Electronic Announcement #194 ? March 11, 2009

The Galileoscope is a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit developed as a Cornerstone Project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. For just $15 plus shipping, you get a 50-mm f/10 achromatic refractor that snaps together in less than 5 minutes and gives great views of the celestial wonders that Galileo first glimpsed 400 years ago: lunar craters and mountains, Jupiter?s moons, the phases of Venus, Saturn's rings, and the Pleiades and Beehive star clusters. It comes with a 25x eyepiece and 2x Barlow lens, accepts standard 1?-inch accessories, and attaches to any photo tripod (not included). Two educational activity guides are already available, and more are coming. You can download these guides, and order small numbers of Galileoscopes using a credit card or PayPal, at

http://www.galileoscope.org.

Institutions wishing to place orders of 100 or more get a discounted price of $12.50 per kit, save on shipping via freight service, and may pay by purchase order. To initiate a large order of 100+ kits, fill out the Request for Quotation form. [Form can be found at

http://aas.org/node/544]

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5. IYA Issue of Physics World
From: AAS Electronic Announcement #194 ? March 11, 2009

The March 2009 issue of Physics World is a special issue on astronomy. It is part of the magazine's contribution to the International Year of Astronomy.

http://physicsworld.com/cws/home

Physics World is an international monthly magazine published by the Institute of Physics.

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6. AAUW - Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equality in Higher Education
From: AAUW

AAUW released the most comprehensive analysis to date on trends in educational achievement by gender, race, ethnicity, and income. This report shows that girls and boys from the fourth grade through the end of college are making steady educational gains. An analysis of data from all 50 states indicates that girls' successes do not come at the expense of boys. This report is also the first to analyze gender differences within economic and ethnic categories. The data show that family income is more closely associated with academic success than with gender. The report, Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education, presents a comprehensive look at girls' educational achievement during the past 35 years, paying special attention to the relationship between girls' and boys' progress. Analyses of results from national standardized tests such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the SAT and ACT college entrance examinations, as well as other measures of educational achievement, provide an overall picture of trends in gender equity from elementary school to college and beyond. [An Executive Summary and Full Report can be found at

http://www.aauw.org/research/WhereGirlsAre.cfm]

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7. Conference on Understanding Interventions
From: WIPHYS March, 11, 2009

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Conference on Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Research Careers to be held May 7-9, 2009 at the Bethesda North Marriott in Bethesda, Maryland (Washington DC metro area).

http://www.UnderstandingInterventions.org

We are still accepting abstracts for posters (on intervention research, effective strategies/best practices, and program evaluation design), oral presentations on research results (15-20 minutes), and workshops (1-2 hrs) on effective strategies and evaluation approaches. The deadline for all abstracts is Friday, March 13th. Graduate travel award applications are also due March 13th.

The conference is designed for behavioral/social science and education researchers, graduate students, evaluators, and faculty in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields who participate in or conduct research on intervention programs designed to increase the number of students in the STEM PhD pipeline. Examples of intervention programs include summer research programs for minority students, peer tutoring in freshmen chemistry, graduate student retention programs, K-12 science outreach, and career development issues for women in engineering.

The Conference Summary from 2008 is now posted on the website.

For more information, contact Dr. Linda Blockus (LBlockus_at_AAAS.org, 202-326-6766).

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8. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

[Please remember to replace "_at_" in the below e-mail addresses.]

To submit to AASWOMEN: send email to aaswomen_at_aas.org All material sent to that address will be posted unless you tell us otherwise (including your email address).

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http://lists.aas.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/aaswlist

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If you experience any problems, please email itdept_at_aas.org

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9. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

Past issues of AASWOMEN are available at

http://www.aas.org/cswa/AASWOMEN.html

Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.

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