Committees

Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy

About

The Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy was established in 1979 and now consists of eleven members who serve staggered 3-year terms. Our charge is to recommend to the AAS Board of Trustees practical measures that can be taken to improve the status of women in astronomy and encourage their entry into this field. We have several electronic publications: AASWomen, a weekly newsletter; the Women in Astronomy Blog, and Status, a semiannual magazine. We organize special sessions and Town Halls at each AAS meeting, and our members have contributed extensively to the organization of international meetings on the status of women in astronomy.

History: 

Established June 1, 1979.

Members: 

Originally five members — two men and three women — appointed by the Board of Trustees in June, preferably from a list of volunteers. Enlarged to 12 members in 2012.

Term: 

Three years, June to June; staggered; from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Chair: 

Appointed by the AAS Board; three-year term, from the June business meeting to June business meeting.

Charge: 

Recommends to the Board of Trustees practical measures that the AAS can take to improve the status of women in astronomy and encourage their entry into this field.

Board of Trustees Liaison

Nancy D. Morrison

Board Liaison

Term: Jun 2015 – Jun 2020

Committee Chair

Patricia Knezek

Chair

Term: Jun 2017 – Jun 2020

Committee Members

Gregory Rudnick

Term: Jun 2017 – Jun 2020

Patricia Knezek

Term: Jun 2017 – Jun 2020

Angela Speck

Term: Jun 2017 – Jun 2020

Maria T. Patterson

Term: Jun 2017 – Jun 2020

Heather Flewelling

Term: Jun 2015 – Jun 2021

David Grinspoon

Term: Jun 2017 – Jun 2020