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To prevent sexual harassment, academic institutions should go beyond legal compliance to promote a change in culture, says a new study. Current approaches have not led to a decline in harassment.
The former chief scientist at NASA has been named the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall, effective 30 April.
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.
Proposal acceptance rates for the Chandra X-ray Observatory were higher for men than women in the early years, but they have been indistinguishable since 2009. That's good news!
We know there's gender+age bias in proposal reviews. Shouldn't we all follow the Hubble team's example and try to fix it?
The January 2016 issue of the semiannual newsletter of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy is now available for download as a PDF.
The bad news about sexual harassment in astronomy is actually good news, because we're talking about the issue openly.
An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education includes interviews with five women astronomers, all AAS members, as it explores what it’s like to navigate a field in which women are such a clear minority.
The National Postdoctoral Association has published a guidebook to assist postdoc women in navigating through their careers by utilizing professional societies and associations.
Responding to a highly publicized case of sexual harassment by a famous astronomer, the chair of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy has posted a message to the greater community.
The June 2015 issue of the semiannual newsletter of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy is now available for download as a PDF.
The January 2015 issue of the semiannual newsletter of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy is now available for download as a PDF.
The June 2014 issue of Status, the magazine of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA), is now available for downloading as a 3.1-megabyte PDF.
AASWomen is the weekly electronic publication of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA). It consists of news, advice, and job postings relevant to women in astronomy.
Women are now more than 1/3 of physics majors at several top universities and 28% of astronomy assistant professors were women in 20061. Long gone are the days when women were barred from faculty positions in science departments and were not permitted to observe at some astronomical observatories2. Yet women still face challenges that men do not, and this limits the success of the academic research enterprise. Some readers may challenge this premise and I invite them to learn about this topic by attending a Women in Physics or Women in Astronomy meeting.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has endorsed a new set of recommendations to improve the status of gender equity in astronomy. The recommendations, endorsed at the 205 th meeting of the Society in San Diego from January 8 to 13, 2005 , were prepared by the Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA). The recommendation document, entitled Equity Now: The Pasadena Recommendations for Gender Equality in Astronomy is available online at http://www.aas.org/~cswa. The recommendations cover tenure-track hiring, career advancement and recognition, institutional policies, varied career paths, cultural issues and statistical information. The AAS Council endorsed the recommendations unanimously.