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AASWomen Newsletter for May 17, 2024

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AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of May 17, 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:

1. An Undergraduate Perspective: Why Studying Astrophysics Is Worth It
2. P/A SEA Change 4th Cohort Recruitment
3. Special Women in Physics & Astronomy Workshop Announcement
4. Invitation to Participate in Study: Understanding Factors Leading Queer and Trans People to Leave STEM
5. Report: Urgent change needed to tackle bullying in astronomy and geophysics
6. Fellowship (and other) Opportunities
7. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter
8. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter
9. Access to Past Issues

An online version of this newsletter will be available at http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/ at 3:00 PM ET every Friday.


1. An Undergraduate Perspective: Why Studying Astrophysics Is Worth It

From: Nicolle Zellner via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

By Jade Marchant, Weber State University

Studying astrophysics throughout my undergraduate career has changed my life in so many wonderful ways. Currently, I am finishing up my last semester of undergrad at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Writing this has been a lovely way to reflect on what I’ve done and experienced in the last few years at this school. This education has encouraged enormous personal growth, allowed me to see the universe from a unique and beautiful perspective, and introduced me to so many incredible people.

Read more at

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2024/05/an-undergraduate-perspective-why.html

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2. P/A SEA Change 4th Cohort Recruitment

From: Jeremy Bailin [jbailin_at_ua.edu]

By Alexis Knaub, AAPT

The Physics and Astronomy (P/A) STEMM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change Departmental Program is recruiting for its 4th cohort! P/A SEA Change is a collaboration among 11 physics and astronomy professional societies, including the American Astronomical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. […] Please apply for cohort 4 by 5:00 pm ET, 1 August 2024. We plan on informing departments whether they are invited to join cohort 4 by early September 2024.

Read more at

https://aas.org/posts/news/2024/05/pa-sea-change-4th-cohort-recruitment

and

https://www.aapt.org/Programs/Sea_Change/index.cfm

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3. Special Women in Physics & Astronomy Workshop Announcement

From: Meg Urry [meg.urry_at_yale.edu]

The NSF-funded “Diversifying Voices to Communicate Science” workshop is being offered to early and mid-career women physicists and astronomers. Join us for a workshop that will expand your network while focusing on building the capacity to effectively communicate science to the public to advance women in physics and astronomy. Those who identify as female or non-binary are welcome to apply (go to https://coach.uoregon.edu/modules-list/aapt-diversifying-voices-communicate-science). The deadline for applications is May 24, 2024. Applicants will be notified on June 7, 2024. The goals of the workshop are to discuss how to communicate your science to the public through public speaking, Social Media, and personal branding, to network with others with common interests for possible future collaborations, and to provide an opportunity for addressing issues that are slowing the career progress of women in physics and astronomy.

Our workshop will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL, on July 18, 2024. Participants are expected to arrive by 5 pm on July 17th and return home on July 19th to fully engage in the workshop. Travel costs, housing (at the Hyatt Chicago South, University Medical Center), and meals will be covered. The workshop is being co-organized by COACh, a grassroots organization at the University of Oregon that is working to empower women in the sciences through professional development.

Brought to you by the American Association of Physics Teachers. This workshop is based upon a project supported by the National Science Foundation under grant PHY-1938815. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and its possessions.

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4. Invitation to Participate in Study: Understanding Factors Leading Queer and Trans People to Leave STEM

From: Bryce Hughes [bryce.hughes_at_montana.edu]

My name is Bryce Hughes, an associate professor of education at Montana State University. Alongside my collaborators, Lisa Smith at the University of San Diego and Clara Barker at the University of Oxford, I am reaching out to invite you to participate in a research study on identifying the factors influencing the decisions of queer and trans individuals to leave a STEM career or major.

Study Focus:
Our research seeks to unravel the decision-making process of queer and trans people to leave a STEM field. Your participation will provide valuable insights, helping us identify and address the factors contributing to this process.

Why Your Participation Matters:
Your personal experiences are integral to the success of our study. By sharing your journey, you can contribute to a deeper understanding of challenges within STEM, fostering our work toward a more supportive and inclusive environment for everyone in these fields.

Who We Are Looking For:
We are specifically seeking individuals who identify as queer or trans, began their professional journey in STEM, and have at some point left that career path. This departure point could be as early as leaving a STEM major through any point within a STEM career. Your unique perspective will offer valuable insights into the factors influencing this decision.

How to Participate:
To join the study, kindly complete a brief screening survey by clicking on the following link:

https://usd.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9F7HmRIfTat9CtM

The survey will help ensure a broad representation of STEM fields, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities within the study. Eligible participants will be contacted to schedule interviews, either in person or virtually. As a token of appreciation, interview participants will receive a £40 ($50) gift card following the conclusion of the interview.

Privacy and Confidentiality:
All information you provide will be treated confidentially. Any identifying information will be either removed or replaced with pseudonyms to protect your privacy. This study was reviewed by the Montana State University IRB and assigned #2024-930-EXEMPT for reference.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at bryce.hughes_at_montana.edu. Thank you for considering this invitation.

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5. Report: Urgent change needed to tackle bullying in astronomy and geophysics

From: Jeremy Bailin [jbailin_at_ua.edu]

by Royal Astronomical Society

“Urgent” action is needed to address an “insidious” and systemic bullying problem within the world of astronomy and geophysics, a report warns. The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) has today published a list of recommendations to tackle the issue, after finding that such coercive behavior and harassment is rife within the two sciences. A survey commissioned by the society showed that disabled people, women, Black and minority ethnic, and LGBTQ+ people are much more likely to be bullied and harassed than men and white, straight, and non-disabled people.

Read more at

https://phys.org/news/2024-05-urgent-tackle-bullying-astronomy-geophysics.html

Read the report at

https://ras.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2024-05/Final%20RAS%20Bullying%20and%20Harassment%20Report_digital_2024.pdf

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6. Fellowship (and other) Opportunities

From: Nicolle Zellner [nzellner_at_albion.edu]

It’s not too early to start putting together applications for the fellowships (and other support) offered by Zonta and the American Association of University Women. Deadlines are mid-November.

Learn more at

https://www.zonta.org/Web/Web/Programs/Education/Amelia_Earhart_Fellowship.aspx

and

https://www.aauw.org/resources/programs/fellowships-grants/

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7. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

To submit an item to the AASWOMEN newsletter, including replies to topics, send email to aaswomen_at_lists.aas.org .

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9. Access to Past Issues

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/search/label/AASWOMEN

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