Sunday, December 9, 2012

AASWomen Newsletter for December 7, 2012

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of December 7, 2012
eds. Caroline Simpson, Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, and Nick Murphy

This week's issues:

1. Persistence (& Success)

2. STEM Booster Act of 2012

3. CERN - Women in Physics: Are We There Yet?

4. Seeking Career Stories from Women in Science for Under the Microscope

5. Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference Statistics

6. Graduate Education in Physics Conference

7. Job Opportunities

8. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

9. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

10.Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter


1. Persistence (& Success)
From: Hannah via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

I recently heard an interview with Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. The upshot of this book is that success in college in beyond depends less on IQ or however it is you decide to measure academic intelligence, but more on character traits like persistence and optimism. This is in line with studies of delayed gratification, where researchers found that pre-schoolers who were able to resist eating a marshmallow were more successful later in life.

I've certainly seen my share of anecdotal evidence of the importance of persistence in achieving success…

[To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com ]

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2. STEM Booster Act of 2012
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Senior U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu from Louisiana introduced a bill on August 1, 2012 on 'Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2012.' This bill requires the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award competitive grants to eligible entities with the single goal of increasing participation of women and underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Recipients of NSF grants will be required to use part of the funds to host online workshops, mentoring programs, undergraduate/graduate internships, and outreach programs to elementary and secondary school students for those already in STEM or to increase exposure to those not already in STEM.

The bill has been referred to the Senate committee, which then referred it to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions where it is now being reviewed. To read more about the bill, please see

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:s.3475:/

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3. CERN - Women in Physics: Are We There Yet?
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

CERN employs 15,000 people, of which 2000 are scientific authors coming from 176 institutions located in 38 different countries. In 2008, the fraction of women in the ATLAS collaboration was 15.6%. In 2012, the fraction increased to 19.9%, showing growth of women in the field and in the collaboration.

Of the countries in the ATLAS collaboration having 20 or more authors, USA employs the most numbers of female physicists. Of the countries in the ATLAS collaboration having 14 or more authors, Romania hires the highest fraction of women inside (46.7%) and outside (42.9%) the collaboration. For more information on these and other interesting statistics, please see

http://www.quantumdiaries.org/2012/10/31/women-in-physics-are-we-there-yet

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4. Seeking Career Stories from Women in Science for Under the Microscope
From: WiPHYS, December 5, 2012

A forthcoming guide produced by the Feminist Press will serve as a useful and entertaining manual for succeeding in the sciences. They are seeking stories from established science professionals and students alike that shed light on the problems women commonly face and the solutions that resourceful and determined women have adopted to overcome them. Learn more and contribute here:

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Contribute-Your-Cautionary-Tales---Success-Stories-to-the-Survival-Guide-for-Women-in-Science.html?soid=1102452079265&aid=5oeg_Z-wOpg

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5. Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference Statistics
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWIP)

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

are in their eighth year and increase in strength each year. Goals of the CUWIP include informing undergraduate women on the status of women in physics and astronomy; providing information about graduate school and professions in physics at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D levels; and providing students access to other women in physics of all ages for informal mentoring.

The 2013 CUWIP now has six regional schools participating: California Institute of Technology, Colorado School of Mines, Cornell University, University of Central Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Texas at Austin. These six universities received a total 1165 applicants for 691 budgeted recipients. To meet demand, the schools are seeking additional funds to cover costs for 900 participants. These statistics include both men and women applicants. We apologize in advance if we could not accept you or your students.

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6. Graduate Education in Physics Conference
From: WiPHYS, December 5, 2012

The 2nd Graduate Education in Physics Conference will take place January 31-February 2, 2013 at the American Center for Physics. Hosted by APS and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) with support from NSF, the two-day conference will be a forum for presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions by prominent speakers on physics graduate education. The goal of the conference is to spur innovation and creativity in our approach to graduate education in physics, and to foster discussions of good practice among leaders.

Learn more and register at:

http://www.aps.org/programs/education/graduate/conf2013

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7. Job Opportunities

For those interested in increasing excellence and diversity in their organizations, a list of resources and advice is here:

http://www.aas.org/cswa/diversity.html#howtoincrease

* Western State Colorado University, Tenure Track in Physics and Astronomy

http://www.western.edu/jobs

* SUNY Geneseo, Tenure Track in Physics and Astronomy

https://jobs.geneseo.edu

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