AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of May 27, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1.  Why Women Do Not Promote to Full Professor

2.  AAS Anti-Harassment Policy

3.  AAS and AWIS

4.  Study and Survey on Black Women Physicists

5.  Images of Women Scientists in the Media

6.  Scholarships and Grants for Women

7.  Graduate Women in Science National Symposium

8.  Job Announcements

9.  How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

10. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

11. How to Access Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

1. Why Women Do Not Promote to Full Professor
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]

Men hold more than three-quarters of full professorships in the USA.   
Women at four-year colleges and universities are 10 percent less  
likely to attain full professorship.  Women take from 1-3.5 years  
longer than men to promote to full professor from associate with women  
at doctoral universities lagging the furthest behind.  From a recent  
study on why women do not promote from associate to full professor  
(Misra, Hickes Lundquist, Holmes, and Agiomavritis (January/February  
2011 issue of Academe, Vol. 97, No. 1.), attributing factors include

- women devote more hours to service
- women devote more hours to teaching
- women devote more hours to mentoring
- women devote more hours to building bridges within the university
- women chair departments more at the associate level than men
- men chair departments more at the full professor level than women
- men spend about 7.5 more hours per week on research than women

Gender differences are even more pronounced for science, technology,  
engineering, and math (STEM) faculty.  Of all factors, research seems  
to be the only one valued by research-intensive universities.

For more statistics, please read the "Ivory Ceiling of Service Work:"


Additional information and opinion is provided in this week's blog on  
Women in Astronomy.  Note that Ed Bertschinger addressed similar  
issues in his 5/26 blog on Obstacles to the Progress of Women in  
Science in Engineering.


2.  AAS Anti-Harassment Policy
From:  Nancy Morrison [NMorris_at_UTNet.UToledo.Edu]

The AAS Council has just adopted a slightly revised anti-harassment  
policy, as follows.

Statement of Policy

It is the policy of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) that all  
participants in Society activities will enjoy an environment free from  
all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. As a  
professional society, the AAS is committed to providing an atmosphere  
that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas.  
In pursuit of that ideal, the AAS is dedicated to the philosophy of  
equality of opportunity and treatment for all members, regardless of  
gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic  
origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual  
orientation, disabilities, veteran status, or any other reason not  
related to scientific merit. Harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a  
form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of Society meetings.   
Violators of this policy will be subject to discipline.

The policy can be found at


[Please help circulate the revised policy to improve awareness on this  
important issue. - Eds.]

3.   AAS and AWIS
From:   Pat Knezek [pknezek_at_noao.edu]

The AAS has joined the AWIS-sponsored AWARDS (Advancing Ways of  
Awarding Recognition of Disciplinary Societies) project.  AWARDS aims  
to improve recognition of women among scholarly award winners.  Please  
read more:


4. Study and Survey on Black Women Physicists
WIPHYS, May 23, 2011

Katemari Rosa, a physicist and Fulbright researcher, is documenting  
the life history of Black women in physics. In the current phase of  
the research she is trying to gather information about Black women who  
are currently working in physics or related fields in the United States.

There are a few ways in which you can contribute to this study:
1 - If you identify yourself as a Black woman physicist, please answer  
the initial survey


2 - If you know other women who might identify themselves as Black  
physicists, please forward them this message;

3 - Please spread the word among your contacts.

The survey takes less than five minutes to complete.

In further steps of the study Katemari will conduct in-person  
interviews, and if you are interested in participating further with  
the study, please email her at katemari.rosa_at_fulbrightmail.org.

5. Images of Women Scientists in the Media
From:  Caroline Simpson [simpson_at_fiu.edu]

I found this article [on images of women scientists in the media]  
fascinating ...


6.  Scholarships and Grants for Women
From: Nancy Morrison [NMorris_at_UTNet.UToledo.Edu]

The organization ScholarshipsAndGrants.US maintains a listing of all  
available scholarships and grants for students:


They have a listing dedicated to scholarships and grants for women here:


This link is now also available on the CSWA's Resources page:


7.  Graduate Women in Science National Symposium
From:  GWIS [gwis_at_cornell.edu]

The 2011 GWIS National Symposium now has reduced registration rates!   
The symposium will be held at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY on  
Saturday, June 18- Sunday, June 19, 2011.  Join us as we celebrate the  
90th anniversary of Graduate Women at Cornell University, where  
university women first came together to found the Alpha chapter of  
GWIS in 1921. The focus of this meeting will be a celebration of the  
progress made over the last 90 years by women in Science, Technology,  
Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and a critical discussion of the  
potential and challenges that lie ahead. Both men and women are welcome.

- Keynote speaker
- Science talks from GWIS Fellowship winners and graduate students
- Student poster sessions - Gender Issues and Development sessions
- Historical exhibit on the progress of GWIS since 1921
- Social receptions

Final registration closes: 30th May
Students are invited to submit posters or oral presentations  
Poster/Oral Abstracts due: 30th May.  For registration and details:


or contact gwis_at_cornell.edu

8.  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.]

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is seeking

- Public Program Specialists, Kitt Peak (part-time)
- Astronomy Educator
- Postdoctoral Research Associates, National Solar Observatory (NSO)
- Staff Scientist, NSO Data Center
- Tenure-track Astronomer, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory
- Assistant or Associate Scientist, Dunn Solar Telescope
- Division Head, Software, Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT)

among other positions.  Further information can be found at


9.   How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

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11. How to Access Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

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