AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of July 29, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. Starting Up

2. Portman's 'Thor' Highlights Women in Astronomy

3. Recommended Article: "A Woman's Place"

4. NASA Research Opportunities for Educators (NITARP)

5. The Last Word on the Planetary Science Survey

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

1. Starting Up
  From: Hannah Jang-Condell [womeninastronomy.blogspot.com]

[From the Women in Astronomy Blog at womeninastronomy.blogspot.com; also
posted on the CSWA Facebook page, where several resources have been
listed in comments. -- eds.]

It's almost the end of July, and summer is slipping by fast. As a new
academic year approaches, some of us are looking forward to beginning
new jobs. A perennial question around this time of year is, what advice
do you have for brand new faculty members? How do you make the
transition from postdoc to professor? I pose these questions to readers
of this blog with no small amount of self-interest, I must admit. 

While I'm at it, what advice would you give to newly minted PhDs
becoming brand new postdocs? 

My own advice to new postdocs would be to network like mad and build up
your professional connections. Doing research and publishing papers
should go without saying, but networking is vital for career
development. So knock on doors, strike up conversations, go to
conferences, and ask questions during talks. 

Now it's your turn: what advice would you give new postdocs? faculty
members? What do you wish you had been told when you started your new

-- by Hannah

2. Portman's Thor Highlights Women in Astronomy
  From: Judy Johnson via the CSWA Facebook page

Article by Stephen P. Maran, Inside Science News Service:

"Natalie Portman plays an astrophysicist in the recently released
movie Thor, but she is hardly the first Hollywood actress in a leading
role as an astronomer. 

There were other woman scientist actresses prior to Portman's role in
Thor. Comet-observing Darryl Hannah in the film Roxanne, and
alien-searching Jodie Foster in Contact -- but their star turns as
astronomers mirror recent progress in the scientific profession
itself. Once, women were scarce in astronomy, and confined to
low-status, poorly-compensated positions. But their numbers have grown
in recent decades, and they've begun to attain important positions and
achieve well-deserved scientific recognition."

See the entire article at  

3. Recommended Article: "A Woman's Place" 
  From: Heidi Hammel [hbh_at_alum.mit.edu]

I recommend this article (and enjoy the embedded irony):   "Annals of
Communications: A Woman's Place," by Ken Auletta. Can Sheryl Sandberg
upend Silicon Valley's male-dominated culture? http://nyr.kr/jt9BrX 

4. NASA Research Opportunities for Educators (NITARP)
  From: Luisa Rebull [rebull_at_ipac.caltech.edu]

Are you, or do you know of, any educators who might be interested in
doing authentic astronomical research with NASA data, and who are
willing to take three all-reasonable-expenses-paid trips? 

NITARP is now accepting applications for 2012. The application site is
ready, and you can upload your application any time before Sep 23! 

NITARP, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, gets teachers
involved in authentic astronomical research. We partner small groups
of educators with a mentor professional astronomer for an *original*
research project. The educators incorporate the experience into their
classrooms and share their experience with other teachers. The program
runs January through January. Applications are available *now* and due
on September 23.

This program, to the best of our knowledge, is completely unique in
the following two important ways: (1) each team does original research
using real astronomical data, not canned labs or reproductions of
previously done research; (2) each team writes up the results of their
research and presents it at an American Astronomical Society meeting
(the AAS is the professional organization for astronomers in the US).
Each team also presents the educational results of their experience in
the program.

Most, but not all, of our educators are grade 8-13; informal educators
have participated as well.  The kinds of educators we are looking for
are those who already know the basics of astronomy, are interested in
learning  exactly how astronomy research is conducted, and are willing
to share  their experiences with colleagues and students in their
environment. Three all-reasonable-expenses-paid trips are integral to
the program!

More information and the application for NITARP for 2012 is now available

and our application site is now accepting uploads.  Applications are due
Sep 23!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at this
email or at our central email, nitarp_at_ipac.caltech.edu.

Please pass this along to any educators you feel might be interested.

5. The Last Word on the Planetary Science Survey
  From: AASWomen Newsletter Editors

The planetary science survey referred to in the 1 Jul 2011 issue of the
Newsletter was mistakenly attributed to AIP. Although AIP did consult
during the development of the departmental questionnaire, it was in fact
a NASA-sponsored study led by Fran Bagenal from the University of

6. Job Opportunities 

  1. Various Job Opportunities are currently available at the National
     Optical Astronomy Observatory/National Solar Observatory. See

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