AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of January 7, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Leaky Pipeline

2. Women in Astronomy Blog postings

3. Seattle AAS Sessions

4. Women in Physics InSight Slide Show 

5. Job Openings, NRAO

6.  Astronomy Lab Instructor, Appalachian State University


7. APS Congressional Science Fellowship

8.  Laboratory Specialist, University of Iowa 

8. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

10. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

1. Leaky Pipeline
From: Karen Kwitter 

There's an interesting article in the NY Times on Jan. 5 about the leaky
pipeline for women PhDs in science, and a study from UC Berkeley concluding
that family-friendly policies do help:

Full report from UC Berkeley, "Keeping Women in the Science Pipeline," is

2. Women in Astronomy Blog postings
From: womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

Recent posts on the Women in Astronomy blog include:

Monday, January 3, 2011
Dealing with an Unsupportive Department Chair
By: Ed Bertschinger

"Last month, following my blog Preparing Department Chairs to Advance
Gender Equity, a colleague asked, 'What do you do when your own
department chair thinks there are no bias or diversity issues in the
department?' This is a tough question for which I seek advice from
others. Here are a few of my own thoughts; they are intended to be from
the perspective of someone not in the old-boy's club of the department,
although they are informed by my experience as a department chair."

See the entire post at

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Advancing breastfeeding and research 15 minutes at a time
By: AnnH

"Initially when I went back to work when my daughter was only 10 and a
half weeks old I was only working 6-8 hours per week and didn't expect
to get much done. However, as time progressed, I had expectations I
would get back into the swing of things and really be back full
time. Sure enough, here we are at 9 months and things are looking better
for working. I now only pump twice a day, once before I leave the house
in the morning and once in the later afternoon a couple hours after I
visit Anya to nurse her. So this means I have two regular interruptions
at work rather than the three I used to have. Finally, the kid is
sleeping quasi-regularly and the fog is starting to clear a little
bit. Also, I really feel like I am in the reward period of
breastfeeding. The kid smiles back at me while nursing and in the night
when something bothers her, sometimes nothing else will soothe her. I
have a superpower that I can use and I am very grateful I have stuck it
out to nine months."

However, one thing I have been battling is the higher level of chaos in
our lives now."

See the entire post at: 

Thursday, December 23, 2010
'Tis the Season...
By: Hannah

"...for job hunting and writing recommendation letters! So I want to
highlight Kelle Cruz's post at Astro Better on advice for writing good
recommendation letters, particularly regarding letters written for
women. The first link is about a study showing that "qualities mentioned
in recommendation letters for women differ sharply from those for men,
and those differences may be costing women jobs and promotions in
academia and medicine." The second link is to a post by Julianne
Dalcanton at Cosmic Variance, who notes that"for some reason, some
fraction of letter writers insist upon doing these comparisons only
within a single gender, when the applicant is a woman." I should also
note that both male and female letter writers are guilty of these
things, so all letter writers should pay heed!"

For links, see the post at:

3. Seattle AAS Sessions
From: CSWA

The 217th AAS Meeting in Seattle is fast approaching! Some sessions to
pay attention to: 

   * Monday Poster session 145: Career Paths, Professional Development,
     and STEM Diversity 
   * Monday 10:00 AM Special Session 110: Strategies for Addressing
     Harassment and Prejudice. Room 4C-4 
   * Monday 12:45 PM CSWA Town Hall: What Can Men Do to Help Women
     Succeed in Astronomy Ballroom 6A 
   * Tuesday 10:00 AM Special Session 208: Two-Body Issues: Balancing
     Work and Life. Room 608 
   * Thursday 11:40 AM Plenary Session: Addressing Unconscious Bias:
     Steps toward an Inclusive Scientific Culture, Abigail
     Stewart. Ballroom 6AB 

4. Women in Physics InSight Slide Show 
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 23, 2010

Physics InSight is a series of slide shows designed to inform and excite
undergraduates about physics. The 2010 Women in Physics slide show is
now available. Download the slide show today from 

5. Job Openings, NRAO
From: NRAO

Full job information is available at
https://careers.nrao.edu/ (NRAO Careers Page)

International Staff Position: 
  * Deputy Data Manager of the ALMA Data Management Group 

International Scientist Positions
  * ALMA System Astronomer
  * Head of the JAO Program Management Group and Deputy Head of the JAO
    Program Management Group 
  * ALMA Operations Astronomer 

    URL1: https://careers.nrao.edu/ (NRAO Careers Page) 
    URL2: https://jobs.eso.org/ (ESO Careers Page) 
    URL3: http://hr.almaobservatory.org/ (ALMA Observatory Careers Page) 
    For further information please consult (almaobservatory.org), as well as
    the NRAO and/or ESO Home Page (www.nrao.edu) or (www.eso.org). 

Scientist Positions
  * NRAO Postdoc - Green Bank

Staff Positions
  * Assistant Director, New Mexico Operations

ESO and the NRAO are Equal Opportunity Employers. M/F/D/V 

6. Astronomy Lab Instructor, Appalachian State University
From: Dan Caton 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University
(www.physics.appstate.edu) invites applications for a full-time 11 month
Astronomy Lab Instructor and Lab Support Position with a starting date
of July 1, 2011. Applicants must hold an M.S. or higher in Astronomy,
Physics, or a related field.  

The duties associated with this position will be a combination of
teaching in the introductory astronomy laboratory, providing support for
the laboratory program and conducting outreach activities for schools,
teachers, civic groups and the general public utilizing
Appalachian's GoTo Astronomy Lab Facility
(http://www.dancaton.physics.appstate.edu/GoToLab/index.htm). The
successful applicant will be under the direct supervision of one of the
tenured/tenure track astronomy faculty.

Please see the full job listing at

Deadline for applications is January 20th, 2011.

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

7. APS Congressional Science Fellowship
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 23, 2010

Deadline is January 14, 2011

APS is currently accepting applications for the Congressional Science
Fellowship Program. Fellows serve one year on the staff of a senator,
representative or congressional committee. Information at:

8. Laboratory Specialist, University of Iowa
From: WIPHYS, Jan. 4, 2011

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa has an
immediate opening for a Laboratory Specialist to manage and coordinate
the departmental instructional facilities. For a complete job
description and to apply go to http://jobs.uiowa.edu refer to
requisition 58850.  

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