Friday, July 23, 2010

AASWomen for July 23, 2010

Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of July 23, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson amp; Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. AAS Newsletters

2. AASWomen Gender Balance at Conferences

3. The Legacy of Paris Pismis

4. Women Mean Business

5. Women in Planetary Science

6. Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship

7. Nominate a Woman for AAAS Mentor Awards

8. Celebrate Women in Physics Posters Still Available

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

10. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN


1. AAS Newsletters
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The Submission of Meetings for the Calendar Section of the AAS Newsletter has new content. Some discussion has been added to urge all meeting organizers to offer women and other under-represented groups equal opportunity for scientific recognition. If someone you know is planning a meeting then please have them read the Calendar Section of

http://aas.org/publications/newsletter.php

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2. AASWomen Gender Balance at Conferences
From: Johannes Anderson [ja_at_astro.ku.dk]

[The 25 June 2010 issue of AASWOMEN was a special edition on the low percentages of women invited speakers at astronomy meetings - Eds.]

On this topic I'd just like to note that such an otherwise typically conservative organization as the IAU has some very proactive language in their meeting rules on gender balance in all the respects that have been discussed here:

http://www.iau.org/science/meetings/rules

Because there is competition for the endorsement and money(!) that comes with IAU approval, organizers are encouraged to pay attention. But the text is a good guide even without a carrot.

Johannes Andersen Copenhagen University, Denmark

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3. The Legacy of Paris Pismis
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast is a project that will publish one podcast per day, for all 365 days of 2009 and 2010. The podcast episodes are written, recorded, and produced by people around the world.

The July 3rd podcast was on the legacy of Paris Pismis. You may ask, who is Paris Pismis? Paris Pismis is the mother of Mexican formal astronomy. She is a woman who had the courage in 1937 to earn a Ph.D in the sciences and to earn a place in modern astronomy and astrophysics. To read about Paris Pismis or to hear the podcast, please go to

http://365daysofastronomy.org/2010/07/03/july-3rd-the-legacy-of-paris-pismis

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4. Women Mean Business
From: WIPHYS, July 16, 2010

In a new report entitled, Women Mean Business: Why Gender Equality is Essential in Science, Engineering and Technology, the UKRC reveal a growing body of evidence indicating that improving gender equality leads to better organizational performance.

In the report, research showing the following were highlighted: - Organizational performance increases sharply once a threshold of at least three women on management committees is reached (on boards with an average membership of ten people). Below this threshold, no significant difference in performance was observed.

- Also, companies with three or more women on their boards had stronger than average profits based on the following financial measures: return on equity (16.7 percent compared to 11.5 percent), return on sales (16.8 percent compared to 11.5 percent) and return on invested capital (10 percent compared to 6.2 percent).

- Companies with the highest level of gender diversity in top management positions outperformed their peers in terms of return on equity (11.4 percent compared to 10.3 percent), operating profit (EBIT 11.1 percent compared to 5.8 percent) and stock price growth (64 percent compared to 47 percent between 2005 and 2007).

Find the report here: http://www.theukrc.org/influencing-policy/women-mean-business

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5. Women in Planetary Science
From: Women in Planetary Science Newsletter July 20

Planetary science, roughly, is the study of the planets, moons, comets, asteroids, atmospheres, and dust -- everything in the solar system besides the Earth and Sun. Women make up half the bodies in the solar system. Why not half the scientists?

Every Friday, Women in Planetary Science is featuring one woman from that field. Last week, the feature scientist was Bonnie Buratti and the week before that was on Fran Bagenal. To read these articles, please see

http://womeninplanetaryscience.wordpress.com

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6. Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship
From: WIPHYS, July 16, 2010

Awarded to a scientist making new contributions to the physics of the Earth whose four to six lectures would prove a solid, timely, and useful addition to the knowledge and literature in the field. Provided for by funds from the Arthur L. Day Bequest. Scheduled for presentation in 2011.

Find more info here:

http://www.nasonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=AWARDS_day

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7. Nominate a Woman for the AAAS Mentor Awards
From: WIPHYS, July 22, 2010

Deadline is July 31.

Do you know someone who has been a superb mentor over the years? Nominate them for the AAAS' Lifetime Mentor and Mentor Awards. A cash prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the winner in each category. Both awards honor individuals who during their careers demonstrate extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields and careers

More information is available at http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards/mentor

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8. Celebrate Women in Physics Posters Still Available
From: WIPHYS, July 16, 2010

Looking to decorate your office or classroom for the upcoming academic year? Consider a Celebrate Women in Physics poster it's FREE! This full color poster highlights women physicists actively pursuing their work and is 16" x 20" (which means it fits easily on a door or desk). Request a poster at

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/reports/poster.cfm

NOTE: If you requested a poster within the past two months, please do so again. Due to a minor computer glitch, all requests during the last two months were lost.

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

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

To subscribe or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN go to

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

and fill out the form.

If you experience any problems, please email itdept_at_aas.org

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10. 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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