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Christina Richey’s response to ‘Bothered’ from the Science Magazine Career Advice Section

June 2, 2015

Christina Richey has a great post in the Women in Astronomy Blog about dealing with sexual harassment – cross-posting the link here with her permission :).

AGU/Wiley book on women in the geosciences

May 20, 2015

This is a somewhat pricey book, but could be an interesting read.

If anyone had read or reads this, let us know what you think.

2015 Susan Niebur LPSC Networking Event Summary

April 13, 2015


Photo by Heather Dalton

Many thanks to all the participants (120!), volunteers, and supporters, especially LPI and DPS, for making the annual Susan Niebur Women in Planetary Science Networking Event at LPSC a great success! The format of table discussions enabled us to cover a wide variety of topics in a short amount of time and to share experience and strategies (some highlights below). As always, the positive energy of the group was inspiring!

If you have any feedback, suggestions, and/or would like to help coordinate future events, please let us know.

–Zibi, Nicolle, Kelsi, Sarah

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LPSC Women in Planetary Science Networking Event 2015

March 7, 2015

Announcement of the 2015 Susan Niebur Women in Planetary Science Networking Event at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference!

This event is open to all interested persons, and we will spend most of the time discussing the topics below.

Light refreshments will be served thanks to generous support from the Division for Planetary Sciences!  If you are not familiar with their resources and programs check out:
When: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015; 6:00 to ~7:30 pm
Where: Montgomery Ballrooms A-C (in Conference Venue – Woodlands Waterway Marriott, Houston , TX)

We will have tables setup for the following topics, and will conclude with a full room discussion:

• negotiating a new position
• careers outside of academia
• the two body problem
• the n-body problem (kids)
• managing and reducing stress
• social media and your professional career
• the proposal submission and reviewing process
• imposter syndrome

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Childcare at LPSC – what solutions have you found/heard of?

January 28, 2015

HI All

There is no formal childcare program sponsored by LPSC for liability reasons.  However, there are quite a few people who are in need of such services :).  What solutions have you used or heard of from past conferences?  

  • Note there will be a mother’s room available at the conference starting Sunday – ask at the LPSC registration desk for details.

Emily Lakdawalla recommends to find great sitters — you can list a job and interview people before hand.   She  has also had very good experiences getting a referral to a babysitting service from the hotel concierge and hiring a local babysitter to sit her kids in her hotel room.

Also, if there are people interested in trading “sitting time” feel free to express interest below.

Conference Announcement: Planetary Systems – A Synergistic View

January 25, 2015

Hi All,

I had a request to post this conference call, and since sounds quite interesting and is not one of the annual conferences, just helping spread the word :).



International Center for Interdisciplinary Science Education

Quy Nhon, Vietnam

19-25 July 2015 Read more…

Evidence of sexism in science doesn’t convince men on the internet that there’s a problem

January 11, 2015

The Washington Post reports on a study that examined the comments left by readers on stories about sexism in the sciences posted by outlets including The New York Times, Discover Magazine, and IFL Science:

…it isn’t surprising that a pile of evidence saying “sexism is a major problem in STEM fields” would make a bunch of male-identifying commenters foam at the mouth. But since commenting threads can produce a kind of herd mentality, and since evidence shows that their tone can influence readers’ perspective of an article, it’s troubling to see these results laid out.



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