Friday, September 18, 2015

AASWOMEN Newsletter for September 18, 2015

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of September 18, 2015
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Meredith Hughes, & Elysse Voyer

This week's issues:

1. Meet your CSWA committee: Christina Richey
2. Addressing Gender Bias in the SDSS Collaboration
3. Applications Now Open for 2016 Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics
4. College Lectures Seem to Discriminate  
5. I Regret Giving Up a Career in Science  
6. Valentina Tereshkova: USSR was 'worried' about women in space
7. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter
8. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter
9. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter


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1. Meet your CSWA committee: Christina Richey
From: Stuart Vogel via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

In our newest series on the Women in Astronomy blog, we'd like to introduce our readers to the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy. Our first committee member to be introduced, Christina Richey, is the new Chair of the CSWA, and has been a member of the committee for 2 years.

Read more about Dr. Richey at


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2. Addressing Gender Bias in the SDSS Collaboration
From:   Sara Lucatello and Gail Zasowski via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

In July 2012, at the yearly meeting of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Collaboration, a slide was shown that outlined the current leadership structure for the fourth generation of the SDSS, which was due to get underway in 2014. Of the 26 positions shown on the slide, only one was filled by a woman.

Read about the steps taken to mitigate this lack of diversity at


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3. Applications Now Open for 2016 Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics
From: Meredith Hughes [amhughes_at_wesleyan.edu]

The Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) are a set of annual, regional meetings around the US organized by the American Physical Society. This year's conferences will take place January 15-17, 2016.  The goal of these meetings is to help undergraduate women continue in physics by providing them with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, information about graduate school and professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas. A typical program will include research talks by faculty, panel discussions about graduate school and careers in physics, presentations and discussions about women in physics, laboratory tours, student research talks, a student poster session, and several meals during which presenters and students interact with each other.

Please encourage your students to apply! The application deadline is October 16.

Applications can be submitted through the APS website at:


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4. College Lectures Seem to Discriminate
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

The lecture mode for delivery of course content to undergraduate students seems to be biased toward affluent, white males. To read about this suggested discrimination against women, minorities, low income and first-generation college students, please see:

Read more at


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5. I Regret Giving Up a Career in Science  
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]  

In the 1970s, Eileen Pollack was one of the first women at Yale to earn an undergraduate degree in science. As the only female in most of her classes, she felt left out of groups and marginalized when asking questions.  So she left the field.

Read more at


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6. Valentina Tereshkova: USSR was 'worried' about women in space
From:  Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

In a new interview, Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to fly in space, talks about how Soviet authorities thought it was “too dangerous” to send any females into space. It took the USSR 19 years to send its second and just four Russian (or Soviet) women total have flown, while five others retired with no flight experience.

Read more at


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9. Access to Past Issues


Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.