Friday, October 14, 2016

AASWomen Newsletter for October 14, 2016

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 14, 2016
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Cristina Thomas, and Maria Patterson

This week's issues:

1. DPS Professional Culture & Climate Subcommittee/Announcement of DPS Plenary

2. Dr. Darby Dyar: The 2016 GSA G.K. Gilbert Award Winner

3. ESO Finds Gender Bias in Awarding Telescope Time

4. Lessons in the Delicate Art of Confronting Offensive Speech

5. Scale of sexual abuse in UK universities likened to Savile and Catholic scandals

6. Ada Lovelace: Celebrating a Pioneer for Women in Technology

7. APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

8. Job Opportunities

9. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

10. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

11. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter


1. DPS Professional Culture & Climate Subcommittee/Announcement of DPS Plenary
From: Christina Richey via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

The Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) created the Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee (PCCS) this past year with the goal of considering and recommending actions that the DPS can take to remove or reduce factors in our professional culture that lead to anything other than scientific merit in consideration of any members's ability to achieve success as a planetary scientist.

Read more about the PCCS activities and the DPS plenary talk at

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2016/10/dps-professional-culture-climate.html

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2. Dr. Darby Dyar: The 2016 GSA G.K. Gilbert Award Winner
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

Dr. Darby Dyar, a planetary scientist and professor at Mount Holyoke College, has been awarded the G.K. Gilbert Award by the Geological Society of America for her "outstanding contributions to the solution of a fundamental problem(s) of planetary geology...". Dr. Dyar is an expert in the analysis of geologic minerals, including extraterrestrial samples from Mars and the Moon. Importantly, Dr. Dyar was also cited for her tireless advocacy for women in science.

Read the citation and Dr. Dyar's acceptance at

https://womeninplanetaryscience.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/dr-darby-dyar-the-2016-gsa-g-k-gilbert-award-winner

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3. ESO Finds Gender Bias in Awarding Telescope Time
From: Selma E. de Mink [sedemink_at_gmail.com]

"Astronomers wanting time on the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO's) telescopes are less likely to get it if they’re women, an internal ESO study has found. Male-led proposals were selected 22.2% of the time, whereas female principal investigators won time only 16% of the time, according to the study, which was published on the preprint server arXiv this week. This discrepancy can be explained partly by the abundance of men at more senior career levels in astronomy, says study author Ferdinando Patat, an astronomer and head of ESO’s observing programs in Garching, Germany. Professional astronomers tended to be more successful in getting time than postdoctoral fellows and students, and men outnumbered women among the professional astronomer applicants by about four to one."

Read more at

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/10/eso-finds-gender-bias-awarding-telescope-time

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4. Lessons in the Delicate Art of Confronting Offensive Speech
From: Nancy Morrison [nancyastro126_at_gmail.com]

Kevin Marvel has pointed out this interesting article from the NY Times for October 12, which discusses clever techniques for confronting harassing or inappropriate speech:

"Lessons in the Delicate Art of Confronting Offensive Speech" By Benedict Carey and Jan Hoffman

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/13/science/donald-trump-billy-bush-offensive-speech.html

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5. Scale of sexual abuse in UK universities likened to Savile and Catholic scandals
From: Selma E. de Mink [sedemink_at_gmail.com]

"The scale of sexual harassment and gender violence by UK university staff has been likened to the scandals involving the Catholic church and Jimmy Savile in accounts shared by more than 100 women with the Guardian.

Their stories – including those of verbal bullying, serial harassment, assault, sexual assault and rape – expose an alarming pattern of abuse and harassment in British universities which remains largely hidden."

Read more at

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/07/scale-of-sexual-abuse-in-uk-universities-likened-to-savile-and-catholic-scandals

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6. Ada Lovelace: Celebrating a Pioneer for Women in Technology
From: Maria Patterson [mtpatter_at_uw.edu]

"In honor of the first woman in computer science, STEM enthusiasts celebrate Ada Lovelace Day. At a time when education for most women was still hard to come by, Ada Lovelace — born Augusta Ada Byron in 1815 — sought out the near-impossible: an education in mathematics and science. The daughter of famed poet Lord Byron, History.com reports that Lovelace was tutored heavily in logic and reason because her mother didn’t want her to inherit her father’s moody romanticism."

Read more about Ada Lovelace Day, celebrated October 11, at

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2016/10/ada-lovelace-celebrating-pioneer-women-technology

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7. APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics
From: Anne Hebert [ahebert_at_physics.harvard.edu] and David Charbonneau [dcharbonneau_at_cfa.harvard.edu]

The Harvard Physics department is organizing an APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) January 12-15, 2017. In addition to the CUWiP program, the organizing committee is piloting SPIN UP, a pre-conference workshop supporting the inclusion of underrepresented peoples.

Application Deadline: Oct 14

Conference website:

http://cuwip2017.physics.harvard.edu

National APS CUWiP website:

http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/cuwip.cfm

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8. 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 Assistant Professor in Experimental Particle Astrophysics, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/39561

-Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at CU Boulder, Colorado https://cu.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=81714

-Assistant professor in astronomical instrumentation (or other astronomy), Dept. of Physics, University of Notre Dame, IN http://jobs.physicstoday.org/jobs/8509271/tenure-track-position-in-astrophysical-instrumentation

-Multiple STScI Postdoctoral positions in dynamics and stellar populations of globular clusters and nearby galaxies, Baltimore, MD https://rn11.ultipro.com/SPA1004/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*893789A8F146CAA4

-Multiple STScI Postdoctoral positions in observational exoplanet studies, Baltimore, MD https://rn11.ultipro.com/SPA1004/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*B61FD1EF63109032

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