Friday, April 22, 2016

AASWOMEN Newsletter for April 22, 2016

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of April 22, 2016
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Elysse Voyer, & Heather Flewelling

This week's issues:

1. Social Justice in the Physics and Astronomy Classroom
2. White Privilege Conference 17      
3. President’s Column: Combatting Bias in the Trenches
4. The complex role of gender in faculty hiring
5. How Marvel's 'Thor' Contest Empowered a Group of Young Women Science Buffs
6. Why We Need Intersectionality Week  
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 of the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. Social Justice in the Physics and Astronomy Classroom  
From: Daryl Haggard via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

At the beginning of this winter term (in Montreal we don't even try to call it the "spring" term), I tried for the first time to directly address social justice issues, including racism and harassment, in my physics classroom…

With considerable trepidation, I tackled this the way brand new faculty tackle most things, I just tried something. And yes, it was clumsy. I share my experience here because I want to embolden other junior (and senior) faculty to take a stab at this conversation and because I would like to learn from those of you who have made (or will make) similar attempts.

Read more at

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2016/04/social-justice-in-physics-and-astronomy.html  

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2.  White Privilege Conference 17
From: Ed Bertschinger via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

White people who want to improve the experiences of others have to work against the socialization and norms of society, which convey fear of people of color, of Muslims, of transgender people, of people with disabilities, and so on. If it was possible to be unaware of this fear and its impact before, this year's presidential campaign should make it clear to anyone, regardless of her/his/their politics, that we live in a divided and troubled society.

Read more  

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2016/04/white-privilege-conference-17.html

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3. President’s Column: Combatting Bias in the Trenches
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

In her column, AAS President Meg Urry urges us in the community to think about how to combat gender bias in proposal reviews.

Read more at

https://aas.org/posts/news/2016/04/president%E2%80%99s-column-combatting-bias-trenches

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4. The complex role of gender in faculty hiring
From:  Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

"Gender bias in hiring is not blatant...but gender-associated differences in productivity, postdoctoral experience, and institutional prestige of degree-granting institutions—which are likely due to bias against women during the training process—largely account for the observed gender imbalance in computer science faculty hiring networks."

Read more about hiring computer science faculty at

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/04/complex-role-gender-faculty-hiring

Read "Gender, Productivity, and Prestige in Computer Science Faculty Hiring Networks" at

http://arxiv.org/abs/1602.00795

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5. How Marvel's 'Thor' Contest Empowered a Group of Young Women Science Buffs    
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

“Natalie Portman's physicist may not be returning for 'Thor: Ragnarok,' but her character has forever changed the lives of 10 girls from around the country who excel at STEM studies.”

Read more at

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-marvels-thor-contest-empowered-884464

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6. Why We Need Intersectionality Week
From: Meg Urry [meg.urry@yale.edu]

At the annual AAUW National Convention, a group of Younger Women’s Task Force chapter directors got together to discuss social justice, including the topic of intersectionality. As a result of those discussions, the first-ever YWTF Intersectionality Week will take place May 1–7.

Read more at

http://www.aauw.org/2016/04/13/intersectionality-week/

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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.

- Assistant Professor of Astronomy (tenure-track), University of Hawai`i at Hilo (Big Island)
   http://hilo.hawaii.edu/uhh/hr/vacancy/982

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