Monday, June 13, 2011

AASWomen for June 10, 2011

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of June 10, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, and Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Unconscious Bias and the Impact on Women entering Science

2. Maternity leave for graduate students

3. Musings on the two (and three) body problem

4. Job Announcements

5. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

6. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

7. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter


1. Unconscious Bias and the Impact on Women entering Science
From: Waves and Packets
http://www.multibriefs.com/briefs/nsbp/nsbp060811.php

Cambridge physicist and L'OREAL Women in Science Laureate, Dr. Athene Donald, discusses how unconscious bias hinders women during their careers, and why we need to do a better job of nurturing talent amongst this half of the population.

http://occamstypewriter.org/athenedonald/2011/06/03/unconscious-bias-and-the-impact-on-women-entering-science

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2. Maternity leave for graduate students
From: Nancy Brickhouse [bhouse_at_head.cfa.harvard.edu]

This article in the Harvard Crimson was written by two Harvard astronomy graduate students. This has some useful information about schools other than Harvard as well:

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2011/5/23/graduate-harvard-students-childcare

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3. Musings on the two (and three) body problem
From: Female Science Professor Blog

http://science-professor.blogspot.com/2011/06/by-way.html

[...] Some of us have been in the situation of getting an offer of a faculty position and then having to bring up the fact that our spouse is also searching for an academic position and would it be possible to hire a second person as well? In some cases, the two-body problem is common knowledge throughout the process, and in some cases it is news to the hiring department.

And some of us have been in the situation of getting an offer and then at some point needing to bring up the fact that we are going to give birth just before or soon after starting our new faculty position.

[...] But what if you are in both situations at once? When and how do you communicate about these issues with the department head or other administrators?

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4. Job Announcements

[The AASWOMEN newsletter has adopted a simplified format for job ads. We will no longer be posting the entire ad, but rather a 1-line description of the position and a web site -- Eds.]

1. The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the College of Charleston has a visiting assistant professor position in physics and/or astronomy available for the academic year 2011-2012. http://spinner.cofc.edu/~physics/positions.html?referrer=webcluster&

2. Opportunity for Participation: VAO Project Scientist http://www.usvao.org

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5. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

To submit an item to the AASWOMEN newsletter, including replies to topics, send email to aaswomen_at_aas.org

All material will be posted unless you tell us otherwise, including your email address.

Please remember to replace "_at_" in the e-mail address above.

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6.How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

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

If you experience any problems, please email itdept_at_aas.org

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7. Access to Past Issues

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

Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.

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