Friday, January 20, 2017

AASWomen Newsletter for January 20, 2017

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of January 20, 2017
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Cristina Thomas, and Maria Patterson

This week's issues:

1. Meet your CSWA: Aparna Venkatesan

2. Job listings that are too 'feminine' for men

3. Breaking limits in science and life

4. Roberta Bondar recalls the nerves, thrills of becoming Canada’s first woman in space

5. 'She’s been life changing': Why female mentors matter in tech

6. Search for Hidden Figures contest awards women in STEM

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


1. Meet your CSWA: Aparna Venkatesan
From: Christina Richey via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Aparna Venkatesan is a cosmologist working on a number of research topics including studies of the first stars and quasars in the universe and the physical conditions in early-universe galaxies. Aparna is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of San Francisco (USF), and a former NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow. She has received multiple NSF grants, AAS and APS grants, and the Single Investigator Cottrell College Science Award. She was recently featured amongst USF’s Changemakers. She appeared recently in a number of episodes of The Weather Channel’s show The Strangest Weather on Earth.

Read more at

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2017/01/meet-your-cswa-aparna-venkatesan.html

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2. Job listings that are too 'feminine' for men
From: Alexander L. Rudolph [alrudolph_at_cpp.edu]

"Job postings for home health aides say applicants need to be 'sympathetic' and 'caring,' 'empathetic' and focused on 'families.' It turns out that doesn’t lead very many men to apply."

Read more about gender-neutral language in job postings at

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/upshot/job-disconnect-male-applicants-feminine-language.html

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3. Breaking limits in science and life
From: Maria Patterson [mtpatter_at_uw.edu]

Scienceline profiles Debra Fischer, remarking that "a woman astronomer’s 20-year quest to find 100 Earth-like planets is within reach."

"...Listening to Fischer lecturing undergraduates in an amphitheater classroom, you immediately recognize her as an engaging explainer and committed teacher. But she’s much more: a female pioneer in a testosterone-infused field, a social activist in science, and a cutting-edge researcher finishing a new machine that may soon rock the field of planet-hunting."

Read more at

http://scienceline.org/2017/01/breaking-limits-science-life

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4. Roberta Bondar recalls the nerves, thrills of becoming Canada’s first woman in space
From: Maria Patterson [mtpatter_at_uw.edu]

"Sunday will mark 25 years since Roberta Bondar spent eight days circling the Earth aboard the Shuttle Discovery, making her Canada's first woman in space. Bondar says seeing the planet from space is transformational."

Read her interview at

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/01/19/roberta-bondar-recalls-the-nerves-thrills-of-becoming-canadas-first-woman-in-space.html

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5. 'She’s been life changing': Why female mentors matter in tech
From: Maria Patterson [mtpatter_at_uw.edu]

"Finding a mentor can be an invaluable career asset for women – especially in industries not renowned for their gender diversity, like technology. As well as boosting confidence, mentors can help open up networks, set and achieve goals, and generally give a sense that someone is looking out for you."

Read more at

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2017/jan/16/shes-been-life-changing-why-female-mentors-matter-in-tech

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6. Search for Hidden Figures contest awards women in STEM
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

Pepsi and 21st Century Fox's "Search for Hidden Figures" contest highlighted a dozen student and professional women in STEM, including LSST astronomer and AASWomen editor Maria Patterson.

Read the announcement at

https://impact.21cf.com/search-for-hidden-figures-grand-prize-winners

And watch all the winners' STEM videos at

https://searchforhiddenfigures.com/the-search-for-hidden-figures

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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: https://cswa.aas.org/diversity.html#howtoincrease

- Postdocs in stellar populations, microlensing, adaptive optics, or astrometry, UC Berkeley https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01239

- Full-time permanent faculty position at Anne Arundel Community College, Maryland (retirement replacement) https://aacc.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=58&job=instructor-assistant-professor-astronomy

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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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