Friday, February 4, 2011

AASWOMEN for February 4, 2011

Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of February 4, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, and Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Looking for scholarly work(s) on gender differences

2. CSWA Town Hall recap available

3. Lecture: Intersectionality in STEM Fields

4. CSWP Networking Events at the APS Meetings

5. Faculty position in Cosmology, UT Dallas

6. Middle Tennessee State University $30,000 Dissertation Fellowship

7. Proctor & Gamble Summer Intern Program

8. How to Submit to AASWOMEN

9. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

10. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN


1. Looking for scholarly work(s) on gender differences
From: Jill Tartar [tarter_at_seti.org]

I've been invited to participate in a panel discussion on women in science and technology to celebrate the consolidation of what was previously 4 different bodies at the UN dealing with women's issues into a single new entity, UN Women. Included below is an excerpt from the concept document that launched this event. Biology vs. sociology to explain gender differences in STEM career participation is an issue much discussed within this forum. Clearly I need to do some research on this really complex topic (see e.g. the SCIENCE book reviews at http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6009/1320.full ). Does this forum have a hands-down favorite scholarly publication they recommend?

Excerpt from concept document:

This year, UN Women, the UN's new leadership organization for programs focused on women will shine a spotlight on women in science and technology when the UN's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) convenes from February 22 to March 4, 2011. Headed by former Chilean President Michele Bachelet, who officially took office on January 3, UN Women will elevate the importance of women within the UN System, and strengthen and expand global efforts to promote women's advancement and equality.

In order to bring CSW's deliberations into the mainstream, and to call attention to the creation of UN Women under Under-Secretary Bachelet's leadership, we propose to work with Bachelet to convene a high-profile public conversation featuring accomplished scientists and thinkers on the controversial topic of what holds back women's progress in science and technology -- and what must be done to overcome these obstacles.

The conversation will address the following questions:

o Is there a tangible difference in how men and women think?

o Why do so few women reach the highest levels?

o Should governments try to get involved to sort out the inequities?

o Do women lag behind because of society's road blocks?

o What can be done to reverse this trend?

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2. CSWA Town Hall Recap available
From: Hannah Jang-Condell [womeninastronomy.blogspot.com]

Hannah has reposted points from the slides presented by Joan Schmelz, chair of the CSWA, at the CSWA Towm Hall meeting on "How Men Can Help Women in Astronomy," as well as her notes from the meeting.

See the post and recap at http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2011/02/cswa-town-hall-recap.html#more

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3. Lecture: Intersectionality in STEM Fields
From: WIPHYS, February 4, 2011

Free lecture with Evelynn Hammonds on Intersectionality in STEM Fields: February 17 in New York

Intersectionality is a concept that describes how socially constructed categories like race, class, and gender can interact on many different levels, leading to discrimination and inequality. While the notion of intersectionality has been a powerful idea to capture the multiple and complex ways that women of color have been marginalized in the academy, in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) this idea is rarely, if ever, evoked or used.

Evelynn M. Hammonds, Dean of Harvard College and advocate for the increased inclusion of women in the sciences, will address the implications of not using this concept in exploring the cause for the persistent under-representation of women of color in STEM fields.

Held on Thursday, February 17 at 6:30pm, this event is FREE and open to the public. The location of the lecture is James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall (Barnard College), 3009 Broadway (at 117th Street), New York, NY.

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4. CSWP Networking Events at the APS Meetings
From: WIPHYS, February 4, 2011

The 2011 events focused on women (men are also welcome) at the APS March and April Meetings can be found at http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/index.cfm

If you will be attending the Meeting(s), make plans to attend the Networking Breakfast and/or Reception today!

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5. Faculty position in Cosmology, UT Dallas
From: Mustapha Ishak-Boushaki [mishak_at_utdallas.edu]

The Department of Physics at the University of Texas at Dallas has opened a search for a junior faculty position (tenure track) in observational cosmology, as an extension to our recent cosmology group. Please forward this notice to your colleagues and postdocs, and encourage them to apply. The ad is below and also available on the AAS job register.

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6. Middle Tennessee State University $30,000 Dissertation Fellowship
From: Michele Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Yearly, Middle Tennessee State University provides at least two Underrepresented Minority Dissertation Fellowships. The Fellowship is for a one-year, faculty contract for $30,000 plus benefits, with teaching responsibilities of one course per semester. It is for individuals who have completed their comprehensive exams and are preparing to write their dissertations. If you know of individuals who might qualify for the Fellowship positions, please direct them to

https://mtsujobs.mtsu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1200320079583

and have them click on "Faculty Job Openings" and then click on "Underrepresented Minority Dissertation Fellowship."

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7. Proctor & Gamble Summer Intern Program
From: Michele Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Each year Proctor amp; Gamble has 15 to 20 summer intern openings for students pursuing Ph.D.s in chemistry, most areas of life sciences, chemical engineering, statistics, toxicology, and regulatory and clinical personnel, including future M.D.s, D.V.M.s, D.D.S.s, and Pharm.D.s.

The preferred period for the 10 to 12 week internship is June 1 to September 1. The pay is competitive and depends on your year in school and discipline.

Our projects are meaningfully related to your classroom and research education, and the training and mentoring we provide represent an unparalleled opportunity for professional and personal growth.

At Pamp;G, Intern sessions are considered temporary employment, with a predicted ending point. No full-time employment commitments are made; however, depending on satisfactory completion of certain criteria, candidates may be considered for full-time positions upon obtaining PhD.

We are looking for outstanding candidates to participate in these programs, which provide a challenging and educational experience. Candidates should be graduating seniors applying for graduate study, or graduate students already enrolled in a graduate program of study. U.S. citizens or permanent residents are given priority. We are especially interested in considering underrepresented minorities (African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino) in our summer programs.

Please visit

www.experiencepg.com

and under Search Jobs, enter RND00002028 for the Job Number.

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8. How to Submit to AASWOMEN

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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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9. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

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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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