Friday, December 11, 2015

AASWOMEN Newsletter for December 11, 2015

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of December 11, 2015
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Elysse Voyer, & Heather Flewelling

This week's issues:

1. AAS President's Column: Rethinking the Role of the GRE

2. DPS member Lucy McFadden Elected AAAS Fellow

3. What Will It Take to Achieve Gender Equality in Leadership?

4. Agency Policies on Sexual Harassment Issues in Conduct of Research Awards

5. Scientific groups revisit sexual-harassment policies

6. Astronomy Allies Team Up to Confront Sexual Harassment

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


1. AAS President's Column: Rethinking the Role of the GRE
From: Christina Richey via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

[This post, by Meg Urry (President of the AAS) was originally posted by the American Astronomical Society.]

An Open Letter to Chairs of Departments That Grant Degrees in the Astronomical Sciences:

I am writing about an issue of concern to the American Astronomical Society (AAS), namely, graduate admissions. In January, the AAS Council will discuss and vote on whether to issue a statement on behalf of the Society (appended at the end of this letter) that makes a case for why the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and the Physics GRE (PGRE) should be optional; or, if they are used, why there should be no fixed cutoff score; and why the demographics of the applicants may need to be taken into account explicitly. I write in advance of that action because the season of graduate admissions is upon us. I hope you will read this letter and draft statement and circulate it to your graduate admissions committee. If you have any comments or concerns, I hope you will send them to me and/or council@aas.org.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2015/12/aas-presidents-column-rethinking-role.html

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2. DPS Member Lucy McFadden Elected AAAS Fellow

From: Anne Verbiscer [av4n_at_cms.mail.virginia.edu] via the DPS mailing list

DPS Member (and currently serving DPS Vice-Chair) Dr. Lucy McFadden has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. McFadden was among 347 new fellows elected his year nation-wide, including just 5 in the Astronomy subsection. Congratulations Dr. McFadden!

To read more, please see

http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/goddard/aaas-names-nasa-goddard-scientists-2015-fellows http://www.aaas.org/elected-fellows

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3. What Will It Take to Achieve Gender Equality in Leadership?
From: Kevin Marvel [kevin.marvel_at_aas.org]

by James Heskett

A recent study concluded that gender inequality is costing the global economy $12 trillion annually, with North America accounting for 25 percent of that total followed by China’s 20-plus percent. If diversity and gender equality have so much potential for improving business, why don’t we see more of it faster? What will be necessary to make it happen?

http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/what-will-it-take-to-achieve-gender-equality-in-leadership

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4. Agency Policies on Sexual Harassment Issues in Conduct of Research Awards
From: Jim Ulvestad [julvesta_at_nsf.gov]

At the November 12 meeting of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC), NSF, NASA, and DOE gave a joint presentation entitled “Agency Policies on Sexual Harassment Issues in Conduct of Research Awards.” For those who might be interested in practices at the agency level, as well as the overall approach in the Executive Branch, the presentation is posted in the information from that meeting, accessible at

To read more, please see

http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134636&org=AST

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5. Scientific groups revisit sexual-harassment policies
From: Heather Flewelling [heather_at_ifa.hawaii.edu]

By Helen Shen

When Heather Flewelling, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu, was stalked by another scientist at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in 2014, her friends sprang into action. They escorted her between sessions to keep her safe — an experience that inspired Flewelling to help create Astronomy Allies, a volunteer group that aids people who experience harassment at AAS conferences.

To read more, please see

http://www.nature.com/news/scientific-groups-revisit-sexual-harassment-policies-1.18790

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6. Astronomy Allies Team Up to Confront Sexual Harassment
From Heather Flewelling [heather_at_ifa.hawaii.edu]

By Sophia Chen

Street drawing for Astronomy Allies on sexual harassment Photo: womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

When a fellow astronomer sexually harassed Heather Flewelling at an American Astronomical Society (AAS) conference, she didn’t report him. At least not at first.

“I didn’t think anyone would believe me,” says Flewelling, a researcher at the Institute for Astronomy in Hawaii. “So I just kept it to myself.”

But her harasser didn’t stop. It happened again — and again. Flewelling felt physically threatened enough that it was affecting her participation in the conference. Between lectures, she would text a close friend, Carnegie Observatories postdoc Katey Alatalo, to walk with her from lectures or networking events in order to avoid interacting with her harasser. Finally, a few days after he harassed her again during the January 2014 AAS Meeting, Flewelling reported him.

To read more, please see

http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201512/astronomy.cfm

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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

- Dennis Sciama Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth, UK. Advert on AAS Job Register: https://jobregister.aas.org/node/52126

- Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/dorothy-hodgkin

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8. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

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10. Access to Past Issues

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