Friday, October 21, 2016

AASWomen Newsletter for October 21, 2016

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 21, 2016
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Christina Thomas, and Maria Patterson

This week's issues:

1. Checking In     
2. Sexual Harassment Workshop: Highlights and Outcomes
3. Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships  
4. What To Do When You're Called A 'Diversity Hire' 
5. Women need to be seen and heard at conferences 
6. Gender pay gap is widest during workers' 50s, analysis shows 
7. Women in computing to decline to 22% by 2025, study warns 
8. Job Opportunities
9. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter
10. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter
11. Access to Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter



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1. Checking In  
From: Sarah Tuttle via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

I’m going to be honest. We’re all feeling a bit fatigued in my physical and virtual neck of the woods. We don’t often talk politics in this particular venue, but I’m going to say - This presidential election season has been especially brutal on my soul.

Read  more at

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2016/10/checking-in.html 

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2. Sexual Harassment Workshop: Highlights and Outcomes
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

As representatives of the AAS, Nancy Morrison, Past President Meg Urry, President Christine Jones, and Deputy Executive Officer Joel Parriott participated in a workshop, “Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Respond”, sponsored by several professional organizations and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Urry presented an invited talk titled “Lessons from the front lines of change: The AAS experience” in a session related to how scientific societies can establish “desired climate and culture in science”.

Read her report and find tangible outcomes at

https://aas.org/posts/news/2016/10/sexual-harassment-workshop-highlights-and-outcomes 

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3. Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships
From: Steven Gordon [sgordon_at_osc.edu]

The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program is a unique and competitive program funded by the National Science Foundation. As part of this program, several graduate students from across the country will be immersed in a year of focused high-performance computing (HPC) and data-intensive research…that will directly benefit from the use of the Blue Waters supercomputer. 

The program is open to students in all fields of study…Fellowship recipients will receive a stipend of $38,000 for the year-long fellowship. They will also receive up to a $12,000 tuition allowance.  Recipients will receive travel funds to attend the Blue Waters symposium. The fellowship provides up to 50,000 node-hours on the Blue Waters system to support the fellow’s research.

For more information and to apply, please visit

https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/fellowships

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4. What To Do When You're Called A 'Diversity Hire'
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

Spoiler alert: “…no savvy business would hire a candidate who wasn’t qualified for a job. It’s simply too expensive a mistake.”

Read more at

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ruchikatulshyan/2016/10/18/what-to-do-when-youre-called-a-diversity-hire/#1a93dcb67c4b

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5. Women need to be seen and heard at conferences 
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

“Since starting in August last year, [a group of neuroscientists has] analysed more than 90 conferences. Two meetings last month show what makes the group angry. One was on memory mechanisms in health and disease, a subject that the NIH grant-winner list suggests has a base rate of 42% women. It mustered only 2 female invited speakers in a line-up of 17 — just 12%. The other was on tools and protocols for handling big neuroscience data, a subject in computational neuroscience, which has a low base rate of just 17–20%. The organizers managed to find no women at all to include among the 14 invited speakers.” 

Read the editorial at

http://www.nature.com/news/women-need-to-be-seen-and-heard-at-conferences-1.20825  

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6. Gender pay gap is widest during workers' 50s, analysis shows 
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

Trades Union Congress analysis of figures from the UK's Office for National Statistics shows that "female employees [are] cumulatively £85,040 worse off than men" after they turn 50 years of age. 

In order to address this gender gap, the government is "taking action by requiring employers to publish their gender pay and bonus gaps for the first time ever from April next year... modernising the workplace through shared parental leave, doubling the amount of free childcare available to working parents and ... working with employers to make sure that women, no matter their age, have the support they need to stay in the workforce.”

See the data and read more at

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/oct/14/gender-pay-gap-widest-during-50s-analysis

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7. Women in computing to decline to 22% by 2025, study warns
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]  

New research from Accenture and the nonprofit group Girls Who Code “warns that at the rate we're going the number of women in the computing workforce will decline to 22% from 24% by 2025 if nothing is done to encourage more of them to study computer science.”

Read more at

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/10/20/women-in-computing-to-decline-22-percent-by-2025-study-warns/92438566/

Read the report at

https://www.accenture.com/t20161018T094638__w__/us-en/_acnmedia/Accenture/next-gen-3/girls-who-code/Accenture-Cracking-The-Gender-Code-Report.pdf 

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8. Job Opportunities

Chief Scientist and Deputy Director, Gemini Observatory, La Serena, Chile
- bit.ly/Gemini_Deputy_Director

Tenure-track opening at Creighton University, Omaha, NE
- http://jobs.physicstoday.org/jobs/8473750/assistant-professor-of-physics 

Postdoctoral Researcher, Evolved Stars in Nearby Galaxies, STScI
- https://rn11.ultipro.com/SPA1004/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*4584950CCF60447

Post-doctoral Researcher, Interstellar Dust and Gas in Nearby Galaxies, STScI
- https://rn11.ultipro.com/SPA1004/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*237CE16CBED192B9 

Postdoctoral Fellowship in research & teaching, Five College Astronomy Department (University of Massachussets Amherst, Amherst College, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Hampshire College). 
- https://jobregister.aas.org/job_view?JobID=56085 

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