Friday, January 28, 2011

AASWOMEN for January 28, 2011

Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of January 28, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, and Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. The women of Galaxy Zoo

2. Women in STEM Organizations- Getting Started

3. April APS Meeting Child Care Grant

4. APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women

5. DPP Katherine Weimer Award

6. Improve Your Skills as a Research Mentor: APS March Meeting Workshop

7. NOAO Recruitment Notice

8. NRAO Tenure-track Astronomer & Scientist Opportunities

9. How to Submit to AASWOMEN

10. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

11. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN


1. The women of Galaxy Zoo
From: Karen Masters [Karen.Masters_at_port.ac.uk]

[This is well-worth taking a look at -- eds.]

Readers of the AASWomen list might be interested in the summary I recently wrote of the Galaxy Zoo "She's an Astronomer" series. As part of the IYA2009 She's an Astronomer project we ran a series of 16 interviews with women involved in Galaxy Zoo on our blog ( http://blogs.zooniverse.org/galaxyzoo ). This list included both researchers, and volunteers who provide the classifications. The summary (at http://blogs.zooniverse.org/galaxyzoo/2011/01/07/shes-an-astronomer-did-we-really-need-that-series ) compiles the answers all 16 women provided to the question "What (if any) do you think are the main barriers to women's involvement in Astronomy?" and I think provides an interesting overview of the opinions of women at many different career stages as well as interested members of the public.

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2. Women in STEM Organizations- Getting Started
From: Meredith Danowski at Womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Post by guest-blogger Meredith Danowski*, PhD student in Astronomy at Boston University.

"The day-to-day work of science can be difficult. There are grant proposals to be written, courses to be taught, data to be analyzed. But that's the stuff we came for! That's what we do. It's when we encounter other roadblocks on our path--juggling family and work, finding adequate health care, fostering our own professional development-- that we realize we need friends, we need a community, and we need supportive institutions.

Many organizations dedicated to the cause of women in STEM are designed to address this need - not to ease one individual's struggles, rather to act as an incubator for a more diverse and supportive community. I have been lucky enough to have been involved in the founding years of two such groups-- the Society of Women in Physics (SWiP) at the University of Michigan, and most recently, the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) group at Boston University."

For the entire article, go to http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2011/01/women-in-stem-organizations-getting.html

* Meredith Danowski is a PhD student in Astronomy at Boston University and this is her first guest blog at the Women in Astronomy Blog. This is the first in a series where she describes her experiences with GWISE-- she'll be back to discuss how to find amp; utilize institutional and community support for your organization, and how to build partnerships to effectively provide unique programming.

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3. April APS Meeting Child Care Grant
From: WIPHYS, January 25, 2011

Small grants of up to $400 are available to assist meeting attendees who are bringing small children or who incur extra expenses in leaving them at home (i.e., extra daycare or babysitting services).

Deadline: February 17, 2011

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/childcare.cfm

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4. APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women
From: WIPHYS, January 25, 2011

Apply by February 1 for the APS/IBM research internship program for undergraduate women. The goal is to encourage women students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. The internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long at one of three IBM research locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY), and give the opportunity to work closely with an IBM mentor.

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/ibm

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5. DPP Katherine Weimer Award
From: WIPHYS, January 25, 2011

Deadline is April 1, 2011

Awarded every three years, the Katherine Weimer Award is open to any female plasma scientist. The nominee'ss Ph.D. must have been received within the ten-year period prior to the nomination deadline of April 1, 2011. The award consists of $2,000 and funds for travel to the annual meeting where the award is to be presented. The recipient will also be invited to give a talk at the Division of Plasma Physics annual meeting.

To nominate a candidate, send the following to women_at_aps.org: a letter evaluating the nominee's qualifications identifying the specific work to be recognized, a biographical sketch, a list of the most important publications, and at least two, but no more than four, seconding letters.

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6. Improve Your Skills as a Research Mentor: Workshop at APS March
Meeting
From: WIPHYS, January 25, 2011

How do you effectively mentor individuals at different stages of their careers? Are you ready to address the NSF's new requirement about mentoring post docs in your next proposal? Consider registering for a FREE workshop on mentoring at the APS March Meeting on Sunday, March 20, 1:30-5:30pm.

http://www.aps.org/meetings/march/events/workshops/mentoring.cfm

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7. NOAO Recruitment Notice
From: Cindy Burnett [burnett_at_noao.edu]

For a list of current job openings at all levels at NOAO and the National Solar Observatory, please see

http://www.noao.edu/cas/hr/jobs/jobs_list.html

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8. NRAO Tenure-track Astronomer & Scientist Opportunities
From: Nrao-announcements_at_nrao.edu

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is entering an extremely exciting phase driven by new science opportunities and new instrumentation.

The Observatory has one or more openings for tenure-track Astronomers this year and anticipates additional openings in the coming years. The NRAO tenure-track Astronomer system parallels the tenure-track systems in research universities, with the support of the Observatory\u2019s science mission substituting for teaching. Tenure-track appointments will be made on the basis of both the candidate\u2019s excellence in research and their ability to maintain cutting-edge research programs and thereby further the mission of the Observatory. NRAO Astronomers are expected to play a leadership role in theObservatory and in the wider astronomical community.

The Observatory also has one or more Scientist openings for instrumentalists, computational scientists, and observational scientists this year and anticipates additional openings in the coming years.

Additional information about these NRAO positions is available at http://science.nrao.edu/opportunities/scientist.shtml

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9. How to Submit 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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10. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

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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11. 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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