Tuesday, January 30, 2018

APS Materials on Attracting and Retaining Women and Minorities

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It's that time of year - peak hiring season in astronomy.  As has been reported by numerous sources, there is an ongoing need to improve our ability to attract and retain women and minorities in our field.  Now is a good time for those involved in hiring and/or retention to review their practices and ensure that they are maximally effective.  One excellent resource is a website maintained by the American Physical Society (APS), where they cover hiring and retention from undergraduates to faculty, and also have a link to tips provided by the APS Committee on Minorities.  Please see: https://www.aps.org/programs/women/reports/cswppractices/index.cfm#.WmYORrRUO6k.mailto

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Gender Pay Disparity Persists

A Nature career brief reports that "US male PhD holders earn more than female counterparts across nearly every scientific field," based on a report from the U.S. National Science Foundation.  For the complete article, see:


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Updated: CSWA Activities at the January 2018 AAS meeting

The Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) is sponsoring two events at the American Astronomical Society's (AAS) winter meeting in January. Both are scheduled for Thursday, January 11.  In addition, CSWA member Christina Richey will be giving a talk during the "Status of the Astronomy Workforce" session Thursday morning.  Here are a few details:

Session 365. Status of the Astronomy Workforce
Potomac Ballroom C, 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

CSWA Workplace Climate Survey: Gender and Racial Harassment in Planetary Science and Astronomy

Dr. Christina Richey

Session 335. The AAS Committee on the Status of Women: Then and Now and Where Do We Go from Here?
Potomac 1-2, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

How We Got from Then (1971 ) to Now - The Annie Jump Cannon Award and the  First Working Group on the Status of Women in Astronomy
Dr. Roberta Humphreys 

Panel:  Where Are We Now and Where Do We Go From Here?
Moderator: Dr. Nancy Morrison

Panelists: Drs. Jarita Holbrook, Maria Patterson, Jane Rigby, Meg Urry

CSWA Meet & Greet
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM; National Harbor 13
Meet the CSWA members & each other – refreshments will be served!!

Finally, please stop by the AAS booth during the meeting.  As a part of launching our new governance model, all the diversity committees will be a part of the AAS space, so its another great opportunity to meet your colleagues who are committed to improving the diversity and inclusion of our community.  We have a slideshow playing continuously to introduce you to your CSWA members, and we will be advertising our activities at this meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, January 5, 2018

AASWomen Newsletter for January 5, 2018

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
January 5, 2018
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Christina Thomas, and Maria Patterson

This week's issues:

1. CSWA Activities at the January 2018 AAS meeting            
2. L'OrĂ©al USA For Women in Science Fellowships  
3. 2018 Space Astronomy Summer Program
4. American Girl's New NASA-Advised Doll is Aspiring Astronaut 
5. Space science work recognised in New Year Honours 
6. Job Opportunities   
7. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter
8. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter
9. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter