AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of May 20, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Special Sessions at the Boston AAS in May

2. Women's Adventures in Science

3. Job Announcements

4. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

5. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

6. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

1. Special Sessions at the Boston AAS in May
From: CSWA

-- Session 214: CSWA is sponsoring a special session on "Transforming
Cultural Norms: Mentoring/Networking Groups for Women and Minorities" on
Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. Please join us!

A growing number of universities, government labs, and other
institutions have established scientific networking and peer mentoring
groups for early career (undergraduate, graduate student, postdocs, and
new faculty) women and minorities. These groups provide a promising
channel for addressing retention and other equity issues. The AAS
Committee on the Status of Women (in coordination with the AAS Committee
on the Status of Minorities) will host a panel discussion of
astronomers, physicists, and administrators from funding agencies
working to maximize the impact of such groups. The goal of this session
is (1) to provide information to the community on how to organize, fund,
and ensure their sustainability and institutionalization and (2) to
present examples showing how departments have managed to change the
climate so that mentoring and networking groups become accepted as the
norm. We encourage both junior and senior AAS members to attend and
share their experiences and opinions. 

-- Session HAD 1: Women in the History of Variable Star Astronomy
Sunday, May 22, 2011, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) will
celebrate its Centennial in 2011. Founded in October, 1911 by William
Tyler Olcott, an attorney in Norwich, Connecticut, the AAVSO received
support from Harvard College Observatory and eventually moved its
Headquarters to the HCO. From the beginning of variable star astronomy
at Harvard, women played a significant role in its evolution from the
time of Pickering's astrophysical factory. Olcott was joined by
Anne Sewell Young of Mount Holyoke College as the first two members to
publish AAVSO variable star observations in Popular Astronomy, in
November, 1911. This session will discuss the contributions of women
astronomers who were significant contributors to variable star astronomy
and to the AAVSO. 

2. Women's Adventures in Science
From: Caroline Simpson [simpsonc_at_fiu.edu]

A project of the National Academy of Sciences intended for young people;
aims to showcase the accomplishments of contemporary women in science. 

This includes information about Heidi Hammel ("Outer Planet Expert") and
Adriana Ocampo ("Space Geologist"). There are links to science
experiments suitable for children, as well as games, and a forum for
asking questions. 


3. Job Announcements

[The AASWOMEN newsletter has adopted a simplified format for job ads. We
will no longer be posting the entire ad, but rather a 1-line description
of the position and a web site -- Eds.] 

Opportunities for Ph.D. students for four available 4-year PhD positions
at the Institute of astronomy at K.U.Leuven. 

See http://www.ster.kuleuven.be/vacancies/2011_1/ for details.

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