Planetary Science Division
Research & Analysis Program Restructuring Virtual Town Hall
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
12:00 noon to 4:00 pm (EST)
The Planetary Science Division announces a virtual town hall presenting the Research and Analysis Program Restructuring. The town hall will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm (EST). A presentation by Jonathan Rall will be followed by a question/answer period. The town hall will be live-streamed with participation available to anyone having Internet access.
You can attend by connecting via adobe connect and listening through your computer (no phone line needed).
If you would like to ask a question type it into the chat room. A moderator will be collecting all the questions and asking them in the order they are received.
To log in to the Adobe Connect link, go to https://connect.arc.nasa.gov/randa as a “Guest” using your full name.
Slides presenting the historical background of the R&A restructuring, brief descriptions of the new portfolio elements and how they map to the old programs, the tentative due dates, and previous presentations and questions are available at:
Thanks to the DPS Committee and all who attended for supporting a great discussion hour at the Denver DPS.
The overall topic was Leadership Development, but we also touched on many general Work-Life Satisfaction topics. You can download the presentation here. Note: If you want to use any of these in the future, please contact me so I can make sure the proper credit is given (sources are also noted on the slides).
Selected topics that arose were:
How can we practice articulating our professional value?
Suggestions from participants:
• Conduct mock interviews
• Attend proposal writing workshops (Curt Neibur conducts and excellent one for planetary science)
• Be on proposal panels to see the “other side”
• Practice stating what your skills are when talking to others (try not to qualify)
• Broaden your definition of what your value might be, find something that might be unique to you
• Keep a folder (either digital or physical) with things that you are proud of to remind yourself
How can we make decisions about time management according to our values?
Suggestions from participants:
• Get through things one by one
• Some things will fall off the list and that is ok
•Triage the less important stuff
• Break big things into smaller pieces – be nice to yourself (helps with the stress)
• Mental health – is important to maintain too
• Set your boundaries where you want them
• See if what they are asking you about/to do aligns with you goals
• Do as you would advise others
• It takes time to figure out who is the priority to respond to in a new job – but it may not be who you think it is…! Look above and below you…!
• Think about who your future self will like and appreciate
• Think about the difference between urgent vs important
• Take a moment in the midst of chaos (where everything seems urgent) – to stay sane
And a reminder – NOMINATE your fellow female scientists for AWARDS! DPS prize nominations are due in April.
We would love to follow up on these topics with additional blog posts, so if there is something that interests you that you would like to write about, let me know!
Read more about it and see her video statement here:
She even has a plug for more women in science and you can find out what she will spend her fellowship money on :).
As a member of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy, I’m extending an invitation for you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter, if you don’t already do so. We cover topics that are of interest to all who work in astronomy and related STEM fields, not just women, and at all levels: grad students, postdocs, faculty, etc.
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AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of September 20, 2013
eds: Michele M. Montgomery, Daryl Haggard, Nick Murphy, & Nicolle Zellner
This week’s issues:
1. Invitation to Subscribe to the AASWOMEN Newsletter
2. Advice: Being Ignored in a Meeting
3. On The Math Achievement Gender “Gap”
4. Postdoc-hood & Infertility: Part 2
5. Career Profiles: Astronomer to Patent Examiner
6. Calling Senior Women Radio Astronomers
7. UK Astronomy – an old-boy’s network?
8. The Women Who Mapped the Universe and Still Couldn’t Get Any Respect
9. Job Opportunities
10. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN Newsletter
11. Access to Past Issues of the AASWOMEN Newsletter
Announcing the 2013 DPS Women in Planetary Science Lunch!
Join us for an informal meeting and discussion hour over lunch at the Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting in Denver, CO. This year’s overall topic will be leadership. We will have a brief presentation, but are planning for a very interactive program with lots of time for discussion among participants. Please feel free to bring any information/announcements related to women in astronomy and planetary science to share. Due to the generosity of the DPS committee, we will be able to provide boxed lunches this year. All are welcome!
RSVPs are requested due to space limitations and for planning the lunch order.
Important: I have just been alerted that the catering order needs to be placed by Sept. 15th, so please RSVP if you think you might attend, and please pass this invite on to interested persons! http://bit.ly/WIA_2013
- Date: Tuesday, October 8th
- Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
- Place: Governor’s Square 15, Sheraton Hotel, Denver CO (Conference Venue)
- 12:00 Lunch pick up and networking
- 12:15 Start of formal program:
- - Updates from the World of Women in Planetary Science
- - Leadership program and discussion
- 1:10-1:30 Open announcements and discussion…
New this year! Invite a friend or colleague who has never been to a WIPS lunch but might be interested to come with you. We are hoping this will make a wider crowd feel welcome attending. Most of the topics we discuss are of a general professional development nature, but of course we also have a focus on supporting female scientists. As always, you don’t have to be a female scientist to support female scientists :). (Please have them RSVP as well though, so we know to order them a lunch!)
Hope to see you there!
Hello fellow WIPS,
The professional development committee of the DPS will be hosting a workshop on negotiation before this year’s conference in Denver (Sunday, October 6th, 2:30-4:30 pm). We are looking for two volunteers for a panel – note, if this is not something you could volunteer yourself for, please also think about others you know who might be good.
The panel currently consists of the following volunteers (info about their institution and specialties are included):
- Bill Farrand (soft money / consulting)
- Courtney Coe (science accounting / grants & contracts)
- Walt Harris (R1 university / 2 body problem)
- Emily Lakdawalla (science journalism / book deals)
We are looking for two more panelists, preferentially someone who might be able to speak from their experience in negotiation at a smaller and/or primarily undergraduate institution or from a government/civil servant type position. Or, if you can think of another way we could diversify this panel, let us know :).
Time commitment for the panel is approximately 1 hour in the afternoon of Sun. Oct. 6, and no registration for the conference is necessary to participate. A short description of the workshop is below; panelists will be given a list of talking points beforehand.
Workshop: Negotiation Skills For Planetary Scientists
Sunday Oct. 6, 2013, 2.30-4.30 p.m.
This two-hour workshop, hosted by the DPS Professional Development subcommittee, will inform and train participants in negotiation techniques, with content tailored specifically for planetary scientists. Workshop is open to all levels: students through professionals. Participants will learn the real-world value and theory behind negotiation, what can and cannot be negotiated at different career stages, and how to negotiate in different planetary career tracks (e.g., university vs. national lab vs. soft money vs. alternative careers), through question and answer with an expert panel and hands-on exercises.
This Guardian story is about a year old, but I only just became aware of it, and don’t think it was posted here. It’s about why women leave academia.