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AASWomen Newsletter for May 10, 2024

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AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of May 10, 2024
eds: Jeremy Bailin, Nicolle Zellner, Sethanne Howard, and Hannah Jang-Condell

[We hope you all are taking care of yourselves and each other. –eds.]

This week’s issues:

Gruber Prize Recipient Marcia Rieke.
Image Credit: NASA

1. Advocating to Change Academia for Mothers 
2. Marcia Rieke Receives $500,000 Gruber Cosmology Prize
3. AIP Launches the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, & Accessibility Strategic Plan
4. 2024 Advancing IDEA in Planetary Science Conference: Save the Date  
5. 4 Amazing Women From History You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
6. Graphic novels can help boost diversity in STEM 
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

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1. Advocating to Change Academia for Mothers 
From: Nicolle Zellner via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

In a commentary for Nature, Fernanda Staniscuaski writes that “[w]orldwide, mothers are too often pushed out of academia. But we are stepping up to push for a revolution in academia. Individuals and groups affected by the hostile academic environment should unite.

Read more at

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2. Marcia Rieke Receives $500,000 Gruber Cosmology Prize
From: Jeremy Bailin [jbailin_at_ua.edu]

Marcia Rieke, University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory, has received the Gruber Cosmology Prize for her pioneering work in infrared astronomy, especially her oversight of instruments allowing astronomers to explore the earliest galaxies in the universe. Congratulations!

Read more at

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3. AIP Launches the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, & Accessibility Strategic Plan
From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has announced the official launch of its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, & Accessibility (DEIBA) Strategic Plan. This plan represents a milestone in efforts to address under-representation in STEM fields and was developed through the collective input of the Federation/Member Societies. It aims to drive systemic change, remove barriers, and promote equity by: (1) Diversifying the physical sciences by fostering environments of inclusiveness and belonging; (2) Developing and adopting best practices to promote and stimulate diversity; and (3) Creating tools, resources and programs to support DEIBA initiatives for Member Societies.

Read the report at

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4. 2024 Advancing IDEA in Planetary Science Conference: Save the Date

From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

The 2024 Advancing IDEA in Planetary Science conference aims to boost the community’s momentum in incorporating Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) principles in the workforce. NASA and other planetary science stakeholders have committed to fostering IDEA principles throughout their agencies and funded programs. 

To be added to the mailing list to receive additional information about this conference, go to

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5. 4 Amazing Women From History You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
From: Jeremy Bailin [jbailin_at_ua.edu]

By Kassandre Dwyer

Although just under half of the people inhabiting the planet are female, women are often underrepresented in the retelling of global history. Though their role in society and politics was suppressed for centuries and is still a challenge in some locations and circumstances, there is no denying that they played a key role in many historical events that impacted human existence. Inspiring and impressive, these women are just a few examples of those who deserve to be remembered and celebrated for their contributions to the human experience.

Read about them at

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6. Graphic novels can help boost diversity in STEM
From: Jeremy Bailin [jbailin_at_ua.edu]

By Alexander McNamara

Imagine a secret organization that combines the exceptional talents and physical skills of its agents with incredible gadgets to protect the world from evil villains bent on using science to rule the world.
No, we’re not talking about the next instalment of James Bond, but the incredible female scientists in the “Curie Society” series of YA graphic novels.

Read more at

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