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Monday Minute: Reference letters, ANSMET, and inspiring women

November 29, 2010

It’s Monday again, and time for another Monday Minute, a roundup of the latest interesting links on women in planetary science.  Before you start your work today, don’t forget to check out last week’s featured women in planetary science: Carolyn van der Bogert and Faith Vilas

We send our best wishes and a big BON VOYAGE to Ralph Harvey, Rhiannon Mayne, Inge Loes ten Kate, and the rest of the 2010 ANSMET crew headed down for this year’s expedition!  Stay warm — and we hope you find some amazing meteorites this year!

What’s new around the net?  A reader sent us this link to consider:  Do reference letters cost women jobs?  Do they?  If they do, what can we do differently, as writers, readers, and/or requesters of these letters?  What do you think?

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  1. geochem-mom permalink
    November 29, 2010 5:58 pm

    While this study looks at word choices, applicants can also be affected by references to marital and parental status in their reference letters. I was kindly and indirectly informed by an interviewer that one of my letter writers let everyone know I had a baby during my PhD (in a way the referee probably thought reflected positively on me). Now that I read job applications, its not as uncommon as one might assume/hope. Forwarding articles like the one referred to above or this one : http://das.sagepub.com/content/14/2/191.abstract (Figures 3 and 4 might be sufficient) may help to politely educate your reference writers.

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