Friday, November 20, 2015

AASWOMEN Newsletter for November 20, 2015

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of November 20, 2015
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Meredith Hughes, & Elysse Voyer

This week's issues:

1. On Becoming a Woman Astronomer   
2. Accessible Astronomy   
3. Childcare and Dependent Care at the AAS Meeting in Florida
4. Dr. Beatrice Mueller: Find a great advisor, a great support system, and passions outside of science
5. L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship
6. When women are missing from peer review 
7. Distractingly Sexist      
8. FACT SHEET: Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color
9. Job Opportunities
10. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter
11. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter
12. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter


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1. On Becoming a Woman Astronomer 
From: Jessica Mink via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

A year ago, three years after I transitioned from male to female, I wrote a guest entry for this blog entitled "On Being a Transgender Astronomer", giving a sort of Gender 101, with a few stories of my own experience. At that time, I envisioned a second blog with the same title as this one, thinking that it would be written a lot sooner than this. It turns out that despite having had woman astronomers around me since I was an undergraduate and therefore thinking that I knew what I was doing, it is taking me more than a few years to become a woman astronomer. 

Read more at

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/11/on-becoming-woman-astronomer.html

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2.  Accessible Astronomy   
From: Jesse Shanahan via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

The more time I spend in astronomy, the more I realize that the ability to just do science is an incredible privilege. Generally speaking, I’ve never experienced this fully due to being a female-presenting astronomer. However, even setting aside gender discrimination and harassment,  I’ve never experienced the privilege of being able to access my workplace, data, or classroom like my coworkers, advisors, and students can.

Why?

Well, I have a disability.

Read more at

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/11/accessible-astronomy.html

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3. Childcare and Dependent Care at the AAS in Florida
From: Dara Norman [dnorman_at_noao.edu] and Christina Richey [christina.r.richey_at_nasa.gov]

Childcare service will be available at the AAS meeting in Florida, and the deadline for the Winter 2016 Childcare Grant is November 23, 2015.

Learn more at 

http://aas.org/calendar/deadlines/aas-227-winter-2016-childcare-grant-deadline 

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4. Dr. Beatrice Mueller: Find a great advisor, a great support system, and passions outside of science  
From:  David W. Brown via womeninplanetaryscience.wordpress.com

Dr. Beatrice E. A. Mueller is currently a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute after working at the European Space Operations Center (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson. Among her activities and achievements are the successful acquisitions, analysis, and interpretation of observational data of small solar system objects, contributions to international campaigns resulting in numerous published works, and managing over a dozen NASA and National Science Foundation grants since 1993.

Read more of David W. Brown’s interview at

https://womeninplanetaryscience.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/dr-beatrice-mueller-find-a-great-advisor-a-great-support-system-and-passions-outside-of-science/

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5. L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellowship
From: Rachel Pacifico [RPacifico_at_us.loreal.com]

The L’OrĂ©al-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations. In the US, the For Women In Science fellowship program awards five post‐doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

Applications will open on November 30, 2015 and are due by February 5, 2016.

Learn more at

http://www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience 

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6. When women are missing from peer review
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

In a study of papers submitted to the journal “Functional Ecology”, authors Charles W. Fox, C. Sean Burns, and Jennifer A. Meyer found that the number of female reviewers increased when the number of female editors increased. The authors report that “[m]ale editors selected <25% female reviewers even in the year they selected the most women, but female editors consistently selected ˜30–35% female reviewers.” Additionally, women were more likely to accept invitations to review papers when asked by either male or female editors, but men were less likely to accept invitations when asked by a female editor.

Read more at 

http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2015_11_17/caredit.a1500263 

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7. Distractingly Sexist        
From:  Rick Feinberg [rick.fienberg_at_aas.org]

Distractingly Sexist is a new website investigating sexism in science. It is a run by a team of science-journalism students at City University, London, that aims to explain why women only make up 14% of the United Kingdom’s science workforce.

Learn more at

http://distractinglysexist.com/ 

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8. FACT SHEET: Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color 
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

The White House Council on Women and Girls, in collaboration with the Anna Julia Cooper Center (Wake Forest University), recently hosted a daylong forum on Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color. This forum focused on empowering and increasing opportunities for women and girls of color and their peers. Concurrently, White House officials also released a report and stated several initial steps to increase efforts that can help advance equality for women and girls of color.

Read more about the forum and these steps at

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/13/fact-sheet-advancing-equity-women-and-girls-color

Find a pdf file of the report at

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/documents/ADVANCING_EQUITY_FOR_WOMEN_AND_GIRLS_OF_COLOR_REPORT.pdf

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9. 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 

- Tenure Track Position in Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Florida
        http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/495242/assistant-professor
- Postdoc position, Multi-scale physics of Black Holes, Stars and Exoplanets, UCLA
        https://jobregister.aas.org/job_view?JobID=52336
- Postdoc position, EXES spectrograph (SOFIA), UC-Davis
        http://jobregister.aas.org/job_view?JobID=52471
- PhD studentships, Astrophysics, University of Bath
        http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=68713 
        http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=68717 

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