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AASWomen Newsletter for May 3, 2024

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AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of May 3, 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. AAS Committee on Employment and You! Services and Recent Updates
2. Singularities Review – The Telescope is on the Ladies
3. The Poetic Lives of Lost Women of Math and Science
4. AAS Trustee Jane Rigby Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
5. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter
6. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter
7. 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. AAS Committee on Employment and You! Services and Recent Updates

From: Nicolle Zellner via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

By Luisa Fernanda Zambrano-Marin, Emily Mason, Chelsea Sharon, and Julia Kamenetzky

The AAS Committee on Employment is here for you! What will you do for work once you complete your degree? How far up in the degree ladder are you interested in going? What branch of work would you want to go into? Here is a summary of what we have been up to this year to help you answer these questions and more!

Read more at

https://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2024/05/aas-committee-on-employment-and-you.html

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2. Singularities Review – The Telescope is on the Ladies

From: Jeremy Bailin [jbailin_at_ua.edu]

by Elaine Mura

Penned and directed by Laura Stribling, SINGULARITIES makes its world premiere at the Road Theatre in 2024. Subtitled “The Computers of Venus,” the play features an all-female cast as astronomers in three different time periods as they grapple with sexism, love, and the infinite. […]

The setting is an observatory, and the time is all over the place from the earliest days of the study of the skies to the present. Into this time machine are tossed a number of females who are obsessed with the universe – even when their contributions are not recognized or even approved of. We have Caroline Herschel (Avery Clyde) and Elizabeth Leland (Noelle Mercer), the earliest of the observers of the heavens. Then there are Maria Mitchell (Susan Diol) and Julia Ward Howe (Blaire Chandler) representing the nineteenth century. Finally, we have Sophia Winlock (Krishna Smitha) and Leria Cushman (Kate Huffman), the contemporary seekers of truth. All will face the challenges of a female in the scientific community as they also deal with their own goal and sexual expression.

Read more at

Singularities Review – The Telescope is on the Ladies

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3. The Poetic Lives of Lost Women of Math and Science

From: Jeremy Bailin [jbailin_at_ua.edu]

By Carol Sutton Lewis, Sophie Mcnulty & The Lost Women of Science Initiative

When poet Jessy Randall started researching the lives of female scientists, she became angry. And we certainly can relate here at Lost Women of Science. So many women made important discoveries but received little recognition.

In this episode of Lost Women of Science Conversations, Randall talks to host Carol Sutton Lewis about Mathematics for Ladies: Poems on Women in Science, Randall’s collection of poems that were born of that anger. They discuss what it means to be the first in a field, the ethics of poetic license and the importance of female role models in STEM. Some of Randall’s poems are about women we’ve featured in our podcast, including the first Black female physician, Rebecca Lee Crumpler, and physicist Lise Meitner.

Read more and listen to the podcast at

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-poetic-lives-of-lost-women-of-math-and-science/

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4. AAS Trustee Jane Rigby Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

From: Jeremy Bailin [jbailin_at_ua.edu]

President Joe Biden will present Dr. Jane Rigby with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday, 3 May, in a ceremony at the White House in Washington. Rigby, an American Astronomical Society (AAS) member and elected At-Large Trustee, is an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland, and the senior project scientist for NASA’s JWST mission — the powerful space telescope launched in December 2021.

Rigby is honored with the Medal of Freedom for her role in the success of the JWST mission, as well as her longtime support of diversity and inclusion in science. In receiving this highest civilian award of the United States, she joins the ranks of distinguished individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” The list of past recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom includes scientist Stephen Hawking and scientist and astronaut (and role model for Rigby) Sally Ride.

Read more at

https://aas.org/press/aas-trustee-jane-rigby-awarded-presidential-medal-freedom

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7. Access to Past Issues

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