Friday, November 18, 2016

AASWomen Newsletter for November 18, 2016

1. Reaffirming Our Commitment to Inclusiveness 
From: AAS President Christine Jones for the AAS Council

As President of the American Astronomical Society, I wish to remind members and other stakeholders of the Society's resolute commitment to promote inclusiveness. In keeping with the AAS Council's recent adoption of a comprehensive code of ethics, it is the responsibility of each of us to treat every member of our Society -- and every member of society more generally -- with respect and dignity, regardless of race, ethnicity, skin color, national origin, age, disability, religion, faith, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or political opinions. I expressed similar sentiments in my last President's Column, but they bear repeating in the aftermath of a polarizing national election that has been followed by a growing number of cruel incidents.

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2. CSWA Meet and Greet at AAS Meeting
From: Christina Richey []

The CSWA will host a Meet and Greet at the winter AAS meeting on Friday, Jan 6th from 6:30-7:30PM. Please note that all diversity events will be announced in a separate blog piece once the agenda is finalized. We look forward to seeing all of our colleagues in Grapevine!

3. Losing Privilege and Gaining Something Else
From: Jessica Mink via

Not many people have the experience of giving up a trait which carries with it a significant amount of privilege in our society. When I changed my gender five years ago this month, several of my woman astronomer friends asked me how I experienced life differently after I gave up my male privilege. I thought that I knew some of the answers a year ago and wrote what I had learned in a post, "On Becoming a Woman Astronomer". As I have learned more, I continue to find more uncertainty about my place in the world. I've realized that in significant parts of my life, I'll continue for a long time to be seen as a transwoman because my personal history has two differently-gendered chapters. Here is another annual installment in my unending journey.

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4. Third verse (almost) same as the first
From: Sarah Tuttle via

My heart is sick. I like to think I’m fairly realistic about our world, and our country. Those of you who know me know that unbridled optimism is not my going-in position. But I still have spent this week struggling with the fact that this is where we are. Several people have commented to me that it has felt like a funeral. Probably because it is.
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5. How to Fix the Many Hurdles That Stand in Female Scientists’ Way
From: Nicolle Zellner []

Author Hannah A. Valantine reports on several different types of discrimination faced by women across all ethnic groups and offers suggestions on how to change the culture. Though almost all of the cited statistics come from NIH studies, readers of this newsletter may find similarities to our own fields.

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6. Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients include Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton
From: Maria Patterson []

From the press release: "President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

Included among this year's recipients are scientists Grace Hopper, inventor of the first compiler, and Margaret H. Hamilton, on-board flight software lead for NASA's Apollo program.

Read more and see the other recipients at:

7. Job Opportunities

For those interested in increasing excellence and diversity in their organizations, a list of resources and advice is here:

-Postdoctoral Position on Astrophysical Transients, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD*C70BE585D9650EDF

-Postdoctoral Position in Chemistry of Planet-forming Disks with JWST, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD*AB2575E4E2480381

-Assistant Professor, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

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