Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Katherine Johnson Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

President Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to
Katherine Johnson on November 24, 2015. (Reuters)
Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who played a crucial role in calculating trajectories for America's early space missions, turned 100 on Sunday August 26th. Johnson and other groundbreaking women mathematicians of color at NASA were highlighted in the book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly and in the movie with the same name.

Numerous articles were written about Johnson this weekend celebrating her many achievements.

Among her many honors, this weekend West Virginia State University honored her with a statue and scholarship dedication. Johnson graduated from the university in 1937. Read more at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nasa-katherine-johnson-hidden-figures-100th-birthday_us_5b840c8ee4b0cd327dfe9857

See a message from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine about Johnson's birthday:

For additional coverage on Johnson, see:





Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Career Profile: Associate Teaching Professor

The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy is compiling interviews highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and lessons learned from individuals on those paths.

Dr. Julia Kregenow is an Associate Teaching Professor at Penn State University. She worked in science policy before moving to teaching. She has also published three children's books about astronomy.

What field do you currently work in?

Astronomy and Astrophysics

What is the job title for your current position?

Associate teaching professor

Friday, August 17, 2018

AASWomen Newsletter for August 17, 2018

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
August 17, 2018
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Christina Thomas, Maria Patterson, and JoEllen McBride

This week's issues:

1. Cross-post: The book that fights sexism with science            
2. Useful and Interesting Webpages 
3. Lawrence Fellowship: Applications Now Being Accepted
4. FUTURE of Physics 2018: Nominations Now Being Accepted
5. Mary G. Ross: Google Doodle honors first Native American woman engineer who helped put man on the moon 
6. The comet calculator: Nicole-Reine Lepaute 
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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Cross-post: The book that fights sexism with science

Angela Saini
Photo: Gareth Phillips for the Observer, from the Guardian
A recent article on the Guardian by Donna Ferguson discusses the impact a recent book, Inferior: The True Power of Women and the Science that Shows It by Angela Saini, has had on the myth that there are biological differences our brains by gender that cause men or women to be better at certain things. Female scientists rallied behind this message and started a crowdfunding campaign to send a copy of the book to every mixed gender secondary school in England.



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Cross-post: How This Female Fortune 100 Executive Is Helping Women Advance In STEM Fields

In this week's cross-post article, journalist and Forbes contributor Elana Lyn Gross profiles Nicola Palmer, the chief network engineering officer at Verizon. Palmer has been committed to helping girls and women gain STEM skills that can make an impact in any field. In the interview, Palmer speaks about "her 28-year career at Verizon, inclusive leadership and actionable ways we can support women in STEM fields".

Read more at 


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

There are many fantastic ways to raise the profile of women in STEM. One that has been in the news recently is hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. The AASWomen editors were inspired last week after seeing an article about a physicist who wrote 270 Wikipedia profiles for female scientists.

Read more here:


There are a number of resources online for how to host your own edit-a-thon. One example from 500 Women Scientists can be found here:


A great example of a successful event at UNC can be seen here:


Let us know if you decide to host an edit-a-thon and we'll include it in a AASWomen's newsletter!