AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of August 12, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1.  A Question About Professional Behavior: Responses

2.  New NSF Workplace Flexibility Policies:  A Suggestion

3.  How will academic institutions improve work-life balance?

4.  Interviewing without the Angst - A Webinar

5.  L'Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science

6.  [Women] Faculty for the Future Program

7.  AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

8.  Graduate Women in Science Fellowships

9.  Job Opportunities

10.  How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

11.  How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

12.  Access to Past Issues

1.  A Question About Professional Behavior: Responses
From:  Michele M. Montgomery

[Two weeks ago, we asked if it was ever appropriate for a senior professor  
to ask an undergraduate student out for coffee. We got several  
excellent responses, one of which appears below. -- eds.]

From Jayanne English [Jayanne_English_at_umanitoba.ca]

Let's assume that inviting the student for a coffee is NOT about an  
amorous relationship. A common situation in my department is that the  
student is the only one that has turned up for office hour discussion  
this week. Or a student has turned up to discuss interesting facts  
associated with their project. Well, some of us say "Let's talk over a  
coffee" and head to the student centre on campus, regardless of the  
age or sex of the student. As one respondent put it, this is public  
and not a date. Indeed, from my perspective it is mentorship. The  
postings made me recall my own undergrad years in the late 1980s. My  
profs would not only go for coffee, but also beer or wine or lunch.  
Over the years of my undergrad degree, one wonderful, well-known  
physicist and I used to go to galleries, yes alone together, since we  
both had a strong interest in the relationship between art + science  
and lots to discuss. There were no female professors in that  
department to play either a mentorship or role-modelling role, but  
certain men were mentors and mentorship certainly kept me in the  
program. I am so thankful that my male professors didn't know about  
most of the advice posted on AASwomen last week! Of course I'm  
totally against someone in power imposing their unwanted attentions on  
a student, but the question posed did not state that the professor was  
intending to do so. And it would be so sad if people avoided social  
interactions for fear that they would be perceived as planning to  
seduce a student. So I ask anyone with amorous feelings towards a  
student to never (while they have an academic relationship) ask that  
student out for a coffee, so that going for a coffee can be understood  
by academic society as just a normal, friendly and even collegial  

2.  New NSF Workplace Flexibility Policies:  A Suggestion
From:  Chanda Prescod-Weinstein [chanda_at_mit.edu]

[In the 9/30/11 issue of AASWOMEN newsletter,  new NSF workplace  
flexibility policies was introduced.  We received the following  
comment. -- Eds.]

As one of the women who had the opportunity to join NASA's Women in  
Astronomy Delegation to the White House in 2009, and who spoke to Tina  
Tchen and the group about the centrality of diversity in science, I am  
so thrilled to know that we, amongst many, many others, were heard. I  
would like to suggest that people who are happy about the news contact  
the Council via their website and let them know that we are paying  
attention. It's important that they get positive feedback when they  
get things right. You can submit a comment here:


3.  How will academic institutions improve work-life balance?
From:  Edmund Bertschinger_at_women_in_astronomy_blog

[From the Women in Astronomy Blog at womeninastronomy.blogspot.com;  
also posted on the CSWA Facebook page. -- eds.]

I'm thrilled that astronomers are having so much impact in  
highlighting the need for policies that make it easier for young  
people to begin careers and families in science and technology (see  
Hannah's post of October 6). It was exciting to hear about the NSF  
Career-Life Balance Initiative announcement at the White House, and to  
see Michele Obama and Tina Tchen promote the arguments that our  
amazing colleagues gave after WIA-III. The policies announced by the  
NSF are a step in the right direction, and the NSF Director is to be  
commended for his dedication to long-term change. The important  
question now is: who else will listen and act?

To read more, please see


which is also posted on the CSWA Facebook page


4. Interviewing without the Angst - A Webinar
From:  WIPHYS, October 14, 2011

Join Karyn Rosen, a member of the College of Science Co-op Faculty at  
Northeastern University, as she helps you learn about steps you can  
take improve your job interview experience. The webinar will be held  
Wednesday, October 19, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT. Amanda Palchak, senior  
physics major at the University of Southern Mississippi--and 2011 SPS  
National Intern--will moderate the discussion. To learn more about  
this webinar, and to register for your seat, visit:


5. L'Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science
From:  WIPHYS, October 10, 2011

The L'Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science is a national awards  
program that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women  
postdoctoral researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers  
who are pursuing careers in the life and physical/material sciences,  
as well as mathematics, engineering and computer science. Recipients  
receive up to $60,000 each that they must apply towards their  
postdoctoral research.

The program is open only to women postdoctoral researchers.  
Applications will be accepted starting October 18, 2011. Application  
process closes December 15, 2011. Candidates interested in applying  
may visit the website at


6.  [Women] Faculty for the Future Program
From: WIPHYS, October 10, 2011

[Do you know of a woman PhD potential/current candidate or post-doc  
from a developing country who wishes to return to her home country  
to continue her academic career upon completion of her studies?   
Please encourage her to apply for this grant -- eds.]

The Faculty for the Future program was launched by the Schlumberger  
Foundation to award fellowships to women from developing economies.  
The fellowships fund Ph.D. or post-doctoral studies in the physical  
sciences and related disciplines at top universities worldwide. The  
call for applications for Faculty for the Future Fellowships for the  
2012-2013 academic year are open up to November 30, 2011. For more  
information, please visit:


7.  AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
From:  WIPHYS, October 10, 2011

AAAS seeks candidates from a broad array of backgrounds and a  
diversity of geographic, disciplinary, gender, and ethnic perspectives  
as well as disability status. Fellows have ranged in age from late 20s  
to early 70s. They represent a spectrum of career stages, from recent  
PhD graduates to faculty on sabbatical to retired scientists and  
engineers. Fellows also come from a range of sectors, including  
academia, industry, non-profit organizations, and government labs.  
For more information and to apply, please visit:


8.  Graduate Women in Science Fellowships
From: WIPHYS, October 14, 2011

There are several fellowships available from Graduate Women in Science  
for female graduate students studying physics. Deadline is January  
15, 2012.

For more info, visit: http://www.gwis.org/programs.html

9. Job Opportunities

A.  Faculty Position in Physics at the University of California, Berkeley

http://www.physics.berkeley.edu and click on 'Faculty Job Listings.'

B. Theoretical astrophysics at Columbia University


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