We posted a statement, On the US Presidential Election, on the CSMA blog: Astronomy in Color. An except is below.
"The undersigned express our solidarity with the people in the astronomy community who are directly and negatively affected by the outcome of this election. We are keeping you in our thoughts, we are feeling your pain, and we are here to support you and to fight for you in whatever way we can. We ask that our colleagues take concrete actions to affirm and validate the needs of the most marginalized members in our community."
We are pleased to announce "Women in Astronomy IV: The Many Faces of Women Astronomers”, a conference sponsored by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the American Astronomical Society (AAS) to take place June 9 - 11, 2017, following the 2017 AAS Summer Meeting in Austin, Texas.
Through extensive use of workshops, panels, and small group discussions, WiA IV will focus on issues that affect a broad spectrum of women in astronomy. It will address the challenges specific to women and what institutions can do to create welcoming, equitable workplaces. Workshops and breakout sessions will be structured with the aim of producing policy white papers, tool kits, and resource lists.
We encourage interested parties to visit our website (go.nrao.edu/wiaiv) to view the formal announcement. Please pre-register (http://tinyurl.com/wiaivprereg) to indicate your interests and topic preferences and to receive updates about the conference. Responses that arrive by November 18, 2016, will be considered as we finalize the program.
Help spread the word by circulating this announcement to your departments and networks. Astronomy professionals at all career levels and in all settings are invited to participate. Questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you at WiA IV!
Nancy Morrison on behalf of the Women in Astronomy IV organizing committee
I was interviewed for a Nature news piece about the Fisher vs University of Texas case and the call for broader reforms to the academic environment.
Turning Point: Diversity Ruling (V. Gerwin, Nature)
I curated an open letter to the Supreme Court of the United States, in response to comments made by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia during the Fisher vs University of Texas case. I mailed physical copies of the letter to each of the eight Supreme Court justices hearing the case.
An Open Letter to SCOTUS from professional physicists, drafted by the Equity and Inclusion in Physics and Astronomy group
This summer a group of roughly one hundred astronomers, activists, and social scientists got together for the first ever Inclusive Astronomy meeting at Vanderbilt University.
The goal of the conference: “Help define recommendations and actions that will make the astronomical community more diverse and inclusive.”
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I am a current LSA Collegiate Fellow at the University of Michigan.
I am a member of the AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA).
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"Mystic Mountain" in the Carina Nebula(NASA/ESA)