Friday, August 29, 2014

AASWOMEN Newsletter for August 29, 2014

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of August 29, 2014
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Meredith Hughes, & Elysse Voyer

This week's issues:

1. Update on the number of women hired

2. Ladybucks

3. Career Profiles: Astronomer to University Administrator in a Center for Teaching & Learning

4. Women In Tech: It's Not Just A Pipeline Problem

5. Harassment in Science, Replicated

6. Short-Lived Science Line From Lego for Girls

7. CSWP/COM Gazette Fall 2014 issue

8. Blewett Fellows Announced

9. APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics Accepting Applications for Host Sites

10. Job Opportunities

11. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

12. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

13. Access to Past Issues


1. Update on the number of women hired
From: John Johnson via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Last year I wrote a post about the number of women hired based on the Astronomy Rumor Mill. Sure, this is an incomplete database, but it is our go-to source of information about the recently hired. Here's a quick update based on hires made this past job cycle.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2014/08/update-on-number-of-women-hired.html

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2. Ladybucks
From: Laura Trouille via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

If you're looking for talking points to confront our country's neanderthal stance towards equal pay for equal work, check out John Oliver's diatribe on Last Week Tonight. Zing zing. My favorite bit comes at 2min10sec into the clip... can't wait to use that one.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2014/08/ladybucks.html

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3. Career Profiles: Astronomer to University Administrator in a Center for Teaching & Learning
From: Laura Trouille via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the AAS Employment Committee have compiled dozens of interviews highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and lessons learned from individuals on those paths.

Here is our interview with Carie Cardamone, an astronomer turned Associate Director at a University-based Center for Teaching and Learning. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2014/08/career-profiles-astronomer-to.html

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4. Women In Tech: It's Not Just A Pipeline Problem
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_amherst.edu]

by Jon Evans

Why are there so few women in tech jobs? Repeat after me, robotically, defensively: "It's a pipeline problem!" So says David Cohen of TechStars, echoing many others, e.g. Paul Graham and CNN. But come on, folks. We're kidding ourselves if we pretend that's the only obstacle here. The pipeline problem is very real; but so is the trapdoor problem.

It's true that it would be better if more women went into technology to begin with, but it's disingenuous to turn a blind eye to the fact that many women who do enter the industry subsequently drop out of it. Why? Well, let's just look at a few recent headlines, shall we?

To read more, please see

http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/23/just-another-white-dude-writing-about-diversity

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5. Harassment in Science, Replicated
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_amherst.edu]

by Christie Aschwanden

As an undergraduate student in biology, I spent several weeks in Costa Rica one summer with an older graduate student on a research project deep in the cloud forest. It was just the two of us, and upon arriving at our site, I discovered that he had arranged a single room for us, one bed.

...

Reflecting back, I'm struck by how ill equipped I was to deal with this kind of situation, especially at 19. My university undoubtedly had a harassment policy, but such resources were thousands of miles away. I was alone in a foreign country and had never received any training on my rights and resources in the field.

To read more, please see

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/12/science/harassment-in-science-replicated.html

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6. Short-Lived Science Line From Lego for Girls
From: Daryl Haggard [dhaggard_at_amherst.edu]

By Rachel Abrams

Lego is demonstrating this summer that role models in science and technology for girls are still fairly scarce in toy land, just as in the real world.

The company stirred excitement this month by offering a line aimed at girls called the Research Institute, Lego’s first offering to feature women in a professional setting rather than at play or partying.

The set included three female scientists in their respective labs (without the pink frilly dresses worn by the girl Legos in the company's best-selling Friends line).

To read more, please see

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/22/business/short-lived-science-line-from-lego-for-girls.html

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7. CSWP/COM Gazette Fall 2014 issue
From: WIPHYS Posting for Aug 26, 2014

The Gazette is the newsletter of the APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) and the Committee on Minorities (COM). This newsletter is produced by volunteer writers and editors and has a circulation of over 2,000 copies per issue. Items featured in the Gazette include updates on CSWP and COM activities and programs, book reviews, statistical reports, and articles on programs designed to increase the participation of women and minorities in science.

The latest issue of the CSWP/COM Gazette is now available online

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/reports/gazette/index.cfm

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8. Blewett Fellows Announced
From: WIPHYS Posting for Aug 26, 2014

The M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship enables women to return to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers. The fellowship consists of a one-year award of up to $45,000 (applicants can apply in a subsequent year for one additional year of support). Allowed expenses include dependent care (limited to 50% of the award), salary, travel, equipment, and tuition and fees.

APS awarded five Blewett Fellowships this year, including planetary scientist Amy Daradich; learn more about the recipients here

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/blewett/2014-recipients.cfm

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9. APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics Accepting Applications for Host Sites
From: WIPHYS Posting for Aug 26, 2014

Deadline is November 1, 2014

APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) are three-day regional conferences for undergraduate physics majors. If you are interested in hosting one of the eight APS CUWiP in January 2016 at your institution, please see application guidelines at this webpage

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

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10. 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

* Two Assistant Professors of Physics, Union College Department of Physics and Astronomy

http://jobs.physicstoday.org/jobs/6326299

* The Omidyar Fellowship, The Santa Fe Institute

http://www.santafe.edu/education/fellowships/omidyar-postdoctoral

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