Friday, August 14, 2015

AASWOMEN Newsletter for August 14, 2015

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of August 14, 2015
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Meredith Hughes, & Elysse Voyer

This week's issues:

1. Strategies for Combining Family and Career

2. Fix the system, fix the people

3. Let's Expose the Gender Pay Gap

4. Achieving gender equity at conferences

5. The Best Cities for Diversity in STEM

6. Job Opportunities

7. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

8. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

9. Access to Past Issues


1. Strategies for Combining Family and Career

From: Neil Gehrels via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

I read an interesting article this week about the challenges women face in having children while pursuing a scientific career. It is "Balancing Family Life with Science Career" by Akiko Iwasaki in the August 2015 issue of Nature Immunology. It has valuable advice for women scientists raising children that matched well with experiences that my wife and I had.

Read more at

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/08/strategies-for-combining-family-and.html

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2. Fix the system, fix the people

From: Ed Bertschinger via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Which system, which people? These questions were discussed two weeks ago at a very interesting session ADVANCE Grants: Increasing the Participation of Women in Physics at the summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

The NSF ADVANCE program seeks to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. Many important contributions have come from major ADVANCE programs around the country, including the STRIDE workshops and materials from the University of Michigan and workshops and materials on Departmental Climate and Breaking the Bias Habit from the the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The AAPT session provided an overview by Program Director Jessie DeAro and summaries of several projects. A major recurring theme was the question of where to focus effort for best effect.

Read more at

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/08/fix-system-fix-people.html

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3. Let's Expose the Gender Pay Gap

From: Johanna Teske [jteske_at_carnegiescience.edu]

by Joanne Lipman

"Calling out top executives for making too much money will at most embarrass a few suits. But calling out companies for paying women too little will help millions - and perhaps crack one of the most intractable problems of our time."

Read more at

http://goo.gl/Psn7mH

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4. Achieving gender equity at conferences

From: Elysse Voyer [elysse.voyer_at_gmail.com]

by Beryl Lieff Benderly

Increasing the representation of women speakers at scientific conferences is an important step toward gender equity in science, and in July we reported on efforts in that direction. Such efforts included looking into the statistics and presenting them to the program committees of the 2014 and 2015 annual meetings of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Now, a paper published on 4 August in the ASM journal mBio gives more detail on how this year's ASM national conference "essentially achieved gender equity among speakers, with 48.5% being women" and only 5% of sessions lacking a female speaker.

Read more at

http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2015_08_10/caredit.a1500198

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5. The Best Cities for Diversity in STEM

From: Elysse Voyer [elysse.voyer_at_gmail.com]

By SmartAsset.com

Jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) represent some of the best opportunities for workers in today's economy. The work can be rewarding as well as coming with high pay and good benefits (like a 401(k) and health insurance). Diversity in STEM, however is a problem, one that has captured the attention of CEOs like Jeff Bezos and policymakers including the president himself.

The solutions pursued in both the public and private sectors are varied -- from companies enacting inclusive hiring policies to federal programs like "Educate to Innovate," which among other things has aimed to increase the number of minorities pursuing a STEM education. However, while STEM diversity is a national problem, it isn't equally severe in all parts of the country.

Read more at

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/smartassetcom/the-best-cities-for-diver_b_7957928.html

The direct link to the study is here

https://smartasset.com/career/the-best-cities-for-diversity-in-stem

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6. 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

- Assistant or Associate Professor of Physics Education or Theoretical Physics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI http://lbc.msu.edu/faculty_staff/openPositions.cfm

- Assistant Teaching Professor - Department of Physics, Drexel University http://www.drexel.edu/physics/about/employment

- Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, Astronomy & Materials Science, Missouri State https://jobs.missouristate.edu/postings/21324

- Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Mount Holyoke College https://jobs.mtholyoke.edu/index.cgi?&JA_m=JASDET&JA_s=231

- Tenure track position at Williams College http://physics.williams.edu/open-position

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