Friday, January 6, 2017

AASWomen Newsletter for January 6, 2017

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of January 6, 2017
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Cristina Thomas, and Maria Patterson

This week's issues:

1. Meet your CSWA: Sara Seager
2. Vera Rubin, Pioneering Astrophysicist and Women’s Advocate
3. 2016 James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics Recipient
4. NextProf Science, Future Faculty Workshop at the University of Michigan
5. Job Opportunities
6. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter
7. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter
8. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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1. Meet your CSWA: Sara Seager
From: Christina Richey via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Sara Seager is the Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Science and Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Seager’s research team develops theoretical computer models of atmospheres and interiors of all kinds of exoplanets, to make predictions and interpret data, with a prime interest in atmospheric "biosignature" gases. She is widely credited with conceiving of and formulating the main technique used to analyze exoplanet atmospheres today, work that also led to the first detection of an exoplanet atmosphere.

Read more at:

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2017/01/meet-your-cswa-sara-seager.html

Sara Seager was also recently highlighted by the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/07/magazine/the-world-sees-me-as-the-one-who-will-find-another-earth.html?_r=1

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2. Vera Rubin, Pioneering Astrophysicist and Women’s Advocate
From: Stella Offner [soffner_at_astro.umass.edu]

by Dennis Overbye

“Vera Rubin, who transformed modern physics and astronomy with her observations showing that galaxies and stars are immersed in the gravitational grip of vast clouds of dark matter, died on Sunday in Princeton, N.J. She was 88.

Her death was announced by the Carnegie Institution of Washington, where she had been a longtime staff astronomer.

Dr. Rubin, cheerful and plain-spoken, had a lifelong love of the stars, championed women in science and was blunt about the limits of humankind’s vaunted knowledge of nature.”

Read more at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/science/vera-rubin-astronomist-who-made-the-case-for-dark-matter-dies-at-88.html

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3. 2016 James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics Recipient
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

The American Physical Society announced in July that Dr. Ellen Zweibel (University of Wisconsin) has been awarded the 2016 James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics. Recognized for her outstanding contributions to the field of astrophysical plasmas, Dr. Zweibel is the first female recipient in the prize's 41-year history.

Read the citation at

http://www.aps.org/programs/honors/prizes/prizerecipient.cfm?last_nm=Zweibel&first_nm=Ellen&year=2016

Read the UW press release at

http://news.wisc.edu/uw-madisons-zweibel-wins-2016-maxwell-prize-for-plasma-physics/

More information about the Prize, including nomination deadline, can be found at

http://www.aps.org/programs/honors/prizes/maxwell.cfm

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4. NextProf Science, Future Faculty Workshop at the University of Michigan
From: Emily Rauscher [erausche_at_umich.edu]

The University of Michigan will host NextProf Science, May 2-5, 2017, to encourage talented scientists and mathematicians with a demonstrated commitment to diversity to consider academia as a career. The workshop is aimed at helping participants develop strategies that will strengthen their ability to pursue academic careers. The workshop is targeted at scholars ready to make take the next step — postdoctoral fellows and very advanced doctoral students. People from groups underrepresented in STEM are especially encouraged to apply. Travel, lodging, and meals will be provided for those selected to participate. Deadline for submission of all application materials is February 15, 2017. Learn more at sites.lsa.umich.edu/nextprof-science or email um-nextprof-science@umich.edu with any questions.

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5. 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

-Hiroko and Jim Sherwin Postgraduate Studentship in Astrophysics, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
http://jobregister.aas.org/job_view?JobID=58395

-Postgraduate Studentship in Stellar Cartography, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
http://jobregister.aas.org/job_view?JobID=58399

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