Monday, June 11, 2012

AASWomen for June 8, 2012

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of June 8, 2012
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, and Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Serving on a Scientific Organizing Committee

2. Beyond Job Boards: Alternative Job Search Strategies

3. Stereotypes of Women's Role in Technology

4. Book Review: Women in Astronomy and Space Science

5. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

6. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

7. Access to Past Issues


1. Serving on a Scientific Organizing Committee
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]

Thanks to Nancy Brickhouse (CfA), CSWA has added a list of suggestions for serving on a Scientific Organizing Committee to our advice page. How do SOC members ensure an appropriate level of diversity among conference invited speakers if the committee chair does not provide leadership? For some suggestions, please see item #9:

http://www.aas.org/cswa/advice

Contributions to this list from Andrea Dupree, Caty Pilachowski, Roberta Humphreys, Lee Anne Willson, and Lynne Hillenbrand are greatly appreciated.

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2. Beyond Job Boards: Alternative Job Search Strategies
From: Deanna Ratnikova via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

[This week's guest blogger is Deanna Ratnikova. Deanna Ratnikova is the Women and Education Programs Administrator with the American Physical Society. In this role, she works on the Women in Physics program and provides administrative support to the Education and Diversity Department. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry at Austin Peay State University and a Master of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.]

In my position at the American Physical Society (APS), I come across many job seekers looking for help and advice on how to find a job. I often promote the Physics Career Network (a collection of online job boards), but when I'm asked how I got my current and past positions, I have to admit that online job boards were not the best route for me. Nearly 70% of the positions I've held since starting college were found using alternative strategies like networking.

So, if you're struggling to find a position using online job boards, read on for alternative job search strategies that have proven successful for me.

To read these job strategies, please see:

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

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3. Stereotypes of Women's Role in Technologys
From: Eilat Glikman [eilat.glikman_at_yale.edu]

I saw the recent article on sexual harassment in Silicon Valley in the [New York Times] NYT this weekend and was utterly incensed! Women are underrepresented in internet technology firms in Silicon Valley not because women are not capable of contributing to this field, but rather because of the very subject of the article itself: sexual harassment, a culture of a boy's club, and biased views about women's abilities in math and computing.

[To read the article, please see:]

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/technology/lawsuit-against-kleiner-perkins-is-shaking-silicon-valley.html?emc=eta1

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4. Book Review: Women in Astronomy and Space Science
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

In IAU Commission 46, Astronomy Education and Development, Newsletter 76, the proceedings to 'Women in Astronomy and Space Science: Meeting the Challenges of an Increasingly Diverse Workforce' is reviewed. This meeting was held at The Inn and Conference Center at the University of Maryland in October 2009, and is the third in a series on the status of women in astronomy, the first of which came thirteen years after CSWA formed.

The reviewer, Naomi Pasachoff of Williams College, recommends the proceedings to those teaching astronomy anywhere in the world as well as to department heads, deans, and hiring committees. As the reviewer notes, "a tension prevails within the book," highlighting the message of frustration in pursing an academic career due to a lack of stability and security for raising a family. Job rewards seem to be met more in non-academic careers. To read more of the book review, please see

http://www.iaucomm46.org/content/newsletters

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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

Join AAS Women List by email:

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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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