AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of December 9, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. "Womanspace" Nature article follow-up

2. Impostors Welcome 

3. Water, Ice, and the Origin of Life Summer School

4. Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities

5. Job Opportunities

6. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter

7. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter

8. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter

1. "Womanspace" Nature article follow-up
From: Lucianne Walkowicz [l.m.walkowicz_at_gmail.com]

Thought you might be interested to see responses to the "Womanspace"
article that ran in Nature's correspondence section: 

[Female Science Professor also addressed this article in her blog:
http://science-professor.blogspot.com/2011/11/nature-error.html --eds.]

2. Impostors Welcome
From: Ed Bertschinger at womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

My title is one of the slogans proposed to increase awareness of
Impostor Syndrome by a group of faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate
students who participated in a facilitated conversation about this
subject in my department. Impostor Syndrome is the feeling of not
deserving to be in the position you are, and of being afraid that
advisors, instructors, or peers will come to realize that you are not as
capable as you may seem. The effect can be harmful when it selectively
reinforces negative messages and causes people to try less hard because
they are convinced they are incompetent when they are not. Conversely,
the ability to identify and counter these feelings with positive
reinforcement and determination can be very helpful in increasing
ability through effort and practice. 

I experienced Impostor Syndrome vividly when I started teaching as a
faculty member at the very university that rejected me for undergraduate
admission. How could I ever hope to teach such brilliant students?
Although no one had told me about the syndrome, I knew instinctively
that I just had to persevere through my fears. Experience and hard work
came to my aid. The lesson? Persistence matters. [...]

See the full post at

3. Water, Ice, and the Origin of Life Summer School
From:  Wolf Dietrich Geppert [wgeppert_at_hotmail.com]

In the 2009 Nordic-NASA summer school, slightly more women than men
attended.  The goal is to further achieve gender balance for the 2012
Nordic-NASA summer school to be be held in Iceland from 2 to 15 July
2012 on 'Water, Ice, and the Origin of Life in the Universe.'  The aim
of the school is to give graduate students and early career scientists
(up to 5 years after their first Ph. D. in a related field) a thorough
high-level introduction into the role of water in the evolution of life
in the cosmos, starting from formation of water molecules in space and
ending with evolution of the first organisms. The school is open to
applicants from all nationalities. Detailed information about the summer
school and the application procedure (deadline 31 January 2012) can be
found here 


Accepted participants will receive free lodging, meals, and excursions.
However, accepted participants will have to organize financial means for
travel to and from Iceland. 

4. Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities

    1. The Solar and Stellar X-ray Group and the Solar, Stellar and
	Planetary Sciences Divisions at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for
	Astrophysics. The program is open to current undergraduate students
	who are US citizens. The program will run from June 4, 2012 through
	August 10, 2012. Successful applicants will receive stipend,
	lodging, and travel allowance. Applications open on December 1,
	2011, and they are due by February 11, 2012. Participants must be
	full-time undergraduate students, preferably finishing their
	sophomore or junior years.  

    2. Interdisciplinary Scientific Computation at Ohio Wesleyan
       University in Delaware, Ohio. Project descriptions and on-line
       application at http://reu.owu.edu

    3. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; June 18 - August
       24, 2012. Minority group members and women are especially
       encouraged to apply. All applicants must be US citizens or
       permanent residents.  Admission to the program is competitive
       and preference will be given to physics majors who will have
       completed their junior year by Summer, 2012. Online application
       and further details at: http://www.int.washington.edu/REU

    4. The University of Oregon, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental
       Chemistry, Optics and Materials Science. Chemistry or Physics
       undergraduate with junior standing preferred. 

    5. SPS internships or Undergraduates: Applications due February 1
       These are broad-based learning opportunities for undergraduate physics
       majors. http://www.spsnational.org/programs/internships/

    6. Noblis Internship Program for Undergraduates 
       Noblis is now accepting applications for their 2012 Summer
       Internship Program. Summer internships are available in the
       Washington, DC area. 

5. Job Opportunities

  * Asst. Prof in Astronomy, San Francisco State University

  * Jr. Faculty Search Elementary Particle Theory, The Department of
    Physics at Yale University  

  * NOAO has a variety of job opportunities available.
    View the NOAO/NSO Employment Opportunities at 

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