Friday, July 14, 2017

AASWomen Newsletter for July 14, 2017

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of July 14, 2017
eds: Nicolle Zellner, Heather Flewelling, Cristina Thomas, and Maria Patterson

This week's issues:

1. AAS press release: New Survey Highlights Gender, Racial Harassment in Astronomy

2. AAS Sustainability Committee seeking new members

3. Academia needs to confront sexism

4. Real Men Might Get Made Fun Of

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. AAS press release: New Survey Highlights Gender, Racial Harassment in Astronomy
From: Heather Flewelling via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

This AAS press release is based on a joint AGU-AAS press release:

Women of color working in astronomy and planetary science report more gender and racial harassment than any other group in the field, according to a new study revealing widespread harassment in these scientific disciplines.

In a survey of workplace experiences among astronomers and planetary scientists, about 40 percent of women of color reported feeling unsafe in their workplace because of their gender, while 28 percent said they felt unsafe due to their race. About 13 percent of the survey’s female respondents reported skipping at least one class, meeting, fieldwork opportunity, or other professional event for this reason. Some men of color also skipped events as a result of hearing racist comments at school or work.

Read more at

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2017/07/aas-press-release-new-survey-highlights.html

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2. AAS Sustainability Committee seeking new members
From: Andria Schwortz [aschwort_at_uwyo.edu]

The AAS Presidential Advisory Panel on Sustainability is seeking new members who are passionate about sustainability issues. There are up to three positions available for three year terms from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. The position involves monthly telecons and events at AAS meetings.

The AAS Presidential Advisory Panel on Sustainability aims to inform and support AAS members and leadership in matters relating to the environmental impact of our work, and to provide facts and recommendations on sustainability for engaging students, colleagues, and the broader world community.

For more details, interested members of the AAS can check the AAS Sustainability webpage at http://sustainability.aas.org or contact Andria Schwortz (Member) at aschwort@uwyo.edu or Geoff Clayton (Chair) at gclayton@fenway.phys.lsu.edu.

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3. Academia needs to confront sexism
From: Heather Flewelling [heather_at_ifa.hawaii.edu]

by a postdoc who persisted

A few years ago, I started my postdoc in a prominent biology lab at a top U.S. university, supported by a prestigious fellowship. I thought I was on track to become a professor. Instead, I am one of a number of female postdocs to leave the lab prematurely in recent years because of my supervisor's sexist behavior and the toxic lab environment she created. (Yes, she—women can be sexist, too, though I initially thought there would be little chance of facing sexism in a female professor's lab.) I am still committed to pursuing a scientific career and am transitioning to another lab. But I am driven to share my story because tolerating or fighting sexism should not be a rite of passage for female scientists.

Read more at

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/357/6347/222

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4. Real Men Might Get Made Fun Of
From: Heather Flewelling [heather_at_ifa.hawaii.edu]

by Lindy West

A few weeks back, some old friends invited me to appear on their podcast. They are two stand-up comedians in their mid-30s — I know, the podcast comes as a shock — and their show is a kind of micro focus group, investigating how to be better straight white dudes by picking the brains of guests who don’t fit that description.

They want to know what people like me, for instance (fat, female, feminist) need from people like them (plausible extras in a Buffalo Wild Wings commercial). It’s sweet and, I think, encouraging.

Read more at

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/opinion/real-men-might-get-made-fun-of.html?_r=0

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5. Job Opportunities

For those interested in increasing excellence and diversity in their organizations, a list of resources and advice is here: https://cswa.aas.org/diversity.html#howtoincrease

-Tenure-Track or Tenured Astronomer – Lowell Observatory https://lowell.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Tenure-Track-Astronomer-2017-16.pdf

-Science Operations Analyst - STScI https://rn11.ultipro.com/SPA1004/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*B0EC7D1E910B1C8E

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8. Access to Past Issues

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