Issue of December 9, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson amp; Michele Montgomery
This week's issues:
1. "Womanspace" Nature article follow-up
From: Lucianne Walkowicz [l.m.walkowicz_at_gmail.com]
Thought you might be interested to see responses to the "Womanspace" article that ran in Nature's correspondence section: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v479/n7373/full/479299c.html http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v479/n7373/full/479299b.html
[Female Science Professor also addressed this article in her blog: http://science-professor.blogspot.com/2011/11/nature-error.html --eds.]Back to top.
2. Impostors Welcome
From: Ed Bertschinger at womeninastronomy.blogspot.com
My title is one of the slogans proposed to increase awareness of Impostor Syndrome by a group of faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students who participated in a facilitated conversation about this subject in my department. Impostor Syndrome is the feeling of not deserving to be in the position you are, and of being afraid that advisors, instructors, or peers will come to realize that you are not as capable as you may seem. The effect can be harmful when it selectively reinforces negative messages and causes people to try less hard because they are convinced they are incompetent when they are not. Conversely, the ability to identify and counter these feelings with positive reinforcement and determination can be very helpful in increasing ability through effort and practice.
I experienced Impostor Syndrome vividly when I started teaching as a faculty member at the very university that rejected me for undergraduate admission. How could I ever hope to teach such brilliant students? Although no one had told me about the syndrome, I knew instinctively that I just had to persevere through my fears. Experience and hard work came to my aid. The lesson? Persistence matters. [...]
See the full post at http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2011/12/impostors-welcome.htmlBack to top.
3. Water, Ice, and the Origin of Life Summer School
From: Wolf Dietrich Geppert [wgeppert_at_hotmail.com]
In the 2009 Nordic-NASA summer school, slightly more women than men attended. The goal is to further achieve gender balance for the 2012 Nordic-NASA summer school to be be held in Iceland from 2 to 15 July 2012 on 'Water, Ice, and the Origin of Life in the Universe.' The aim of the school is to give graduate students and early career scientists (up to 5 years after their first Ph. D. in a related field) a thorough high-level introduction into the role of water in the evolution of life in the cosmos, starting from formation of water molecules in space and ending with evolution of the first organisms. The school is open to applicants from all nationalities. Detailed information about the summer school and the application procedure (deadline 31 January 2012) can be found here
Accepted participants will receive free lodging, meals, and excursions. However, accepted participants will have to organize financial means for travel to and from Iceland.Back to top.
4. Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities
1. The Solar and Stellar X-ray Group and the Solar, Stellar and Planetary Sciences Divisions at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The program is open to current undergraduate students who are US citizens. The program will run from June 4, 2012 through August 10, 2012. Successful applicants will receive stipend, lodging, and travel allowance. Applications open on December 1, 2011, and they are due by February 11, 2012. Participants must be full-time undergraduate students, preferably finishing their sophomore or junior years. http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/opportunities/solar_reu/index.html
2. Interdisciplinary Scientific Computation at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. Project descriptions and on-line application at http://reu.owu.edu .
3. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; June 18 - August 24, 2012. Minority group members and women are especially encouraged to apply. All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Admission to the program is competitive and preference will be given to physics majors who will have completed their junior year by Summer, 2012. Online application and further details at: http://www.int.washington.edu/REU
4. The University of Oregon, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Chemistry, Optics and Materials Science. Chemistry or Physics undergraduate with junior standing preferred. http://reu.uoregon.edu
5. SPS internships or Undergraduates: Applications due February 1 These are broad-based learning opportunities for undergraduate physics majors. http://www.spsnational.org/programs/internships
6. Noblis Internship Program for Undergraduates Noblis is now accepting applications for their 2012 Summer Internship Program. Summer internships are available in the Washington, DC area. http://www.noblis.org/Careers/SummerInternships/Pages/default.aspxBack to top.
5. Job Opportunities
* Asst. Prof in Astronomy, San Francisco State University http://www.physics.sfsu.edu/hiring.html
* Jr. Faculty Search Elementary Particle Theory, The Department of Physics at Yale University http://physics.yale.edu/elementary-particle-theory-junior-faculty-search
* NOAO has a variety of job opportunities available. View the NOAO/NSO Employment Opportunities at http://www.noao.eduBack to top.
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