Women in Science

I have a second career working to increase the number of women in science. (See articles in bibliography.) I chaired the American Astronomical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy, and re-invented its newsletters AASWOMEN (weekly email) and STATUS (twice yearly journal; see www.aas.org/~cswa/pubs.html). I organized the first conference on Women in Astronomy in 1992, from which we issued the Baltimore Charter (released at the 1993 June AAS meeting, BAAS, Vol. 25, p. 913, or Meeting 182 paper 65.01; see www.stsci.edu/pubinfo/BaltoCharter.html), and a decade-later conference at Caltech in 2003, for which I am currently editing the Proceedings. I helped organize the American Physical Society’s 2007 Gender Equity Conference, and was elected a Fellow of the Association of Women in Science in 2006. I regularly write and speak about this issue, including in 2005 an appearance on National Public Radio’s Science Friday and an Op/Ed piece in the Washington Post.

Invited Talks and Papers on Women and Minorities in Science

  1. “Science and gender: Scientists must work harder on equality” C. M. Urry, Nature, 528, 471-473 (December 2015)
  2. “My Journey through the Cosmos: Taking on supermassive black holes and the invisible barriers facing women in science” Invited Speaker for Yale Scientific, Yale University (November 2015)
  3. “Implicit Bias and Gender in Astronomy” Space Telescope Science Institute, Caroline Herschel Discussions (October 2015)
  4. “How to End Sexual Harassment in Astronomy: The case against Geoff Marcy must be a wake-up call to reform our field” Scientific American (October 2015)
  5. “A (U.S.) Woman’s View of Astronomy at Age 30, 40, 50 and nearly 60” Women in Astronomy Workshop, Brisbane (July 2015)
  6. Women in a Man’s World: Why It Matters and How to Succeed” Ewha Women’s University, Seoul (June-July 2015)
  7.  Panelist, “Sexism, Science and Science Writing: Promoting Women Leaders in the Lab and Newsroom” Harvard Kennedy School (April 2015)
  8. “Why So Few? The Dearth of Women in Science” College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas, Austin (December 2014)
  9. “Hidden Gender Bias Still Influences Physics Field” Fermi Today, August 2014 issue, p. 1
  10. The Growth of Supermassive Black Holes and their Co-Evolution with Galaxies” Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Special Particle Astrophysics Seminar (July 2014)
  11.  “Women in Physics and Astronomy – Why So Few? And How to Get to Parity,” Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (July 2014)
  12. “How Workplace Climate Changes the Knowledge We Generate” STATUS, June 2014 issue, p. 12-15 (June 2014)
  13.  “Black Holes, Galaxies and the Evolution of the Universe: An Observer’s View” Russell Women in Science Lecture, Mills College (April 2014) 
  14. “Women in Science: Why So Few (and How to Move Toward Normal)” Mills College (April 2014)
  15. “How Workplace Climate Changes the Knowledge We Generate” Keynote address, University of California Office of the President ADVANCE Roundtable, UC Davis (April 2014) 
  16. “Women in Science” ETH Zurich (April 2014) 
  17. “Women in Science: Why So Few?” University of Zurich (April 2014)
  18. “Unconscious Bias - Current Status and the Way Forward” Panel on Women in Physics and Astronomy: Past, Present, and Future, Iowa State University (February 2014)
  19. “Understanding Black Holes and Active Galaxies” Public Lecture, Women in STEM Series, Iowa State University (February 2014) 
  20. “Why We Resist Unconscious Bias” STATUS, January 2014 issue, p. 10 (2014) 
  21. “Why So Few? The Dearth of Women in Physics and Astronomy” University of California at San Diego (October 2013)
  22. “Why So Few? The Dearth of Women in Physics and Astronomy” 6thAnnual Fall Luncheon, Graduate Women in Science and Engineering, Boston University (October 2013)
  23. “Raising the Bar in Physics Graduate Education” STATUS, p. 1 (June 2013)
  24. “Raising the Bar in Physics Graduate Education”APS Newletter “Back Page” (May 2013)
  25. “Raising the Bar in Physics Graduate Education” Keynote Address, American Physical Society Conference on Graduate Education (February 2013)
  26. “Black Holes, Galaxies, and Cosmic Evolution” Keynote address, Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, Colorado School of Mines (January 2013)
  27. “The Cosmic Growth of Black Holes & Why There Are Too Few Women in Science“ University of Denver (January 2013)
  28. “Women in Physics: Why So Few?” Drexel University (November 2012)
  29. “Women in Science” STEM Panel, Fifth Annual Women’s Leadership Initiative Conference, Yale University (November 2012)
  30. “Why Are We Biased Against Women In Science?” CNN.com (October 2012) 
  31. “Thank You, Sally Ride” CNN.com (July 2012)
  32. “Women in Science: Why So Few?” University of Chicago (January 2012)
  33. Women in Science: Why So Few?” Northeast Regional Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, Yale University (January 2012)
  34. “The James Webb Space Telescope” Women in Aerospace, Capitol Hill (December 2011)
  35. “Women in Science: Why So Few?” Distinguished Women Scholars Seminar, University of Maryland (October 2011)
  36. “Girls and the Future of Science” Huffington Post (July 2011)
  37. “The Fourth International Conference on Women in Physics” STATUS, p. 5-11 (June 2011)
  38. “Physics Chairs at Harvard and Yale” (with Melissa Franklin), National Symposium for the Advancement of Women in Science, Harvard University (February 2011) 
  39. “Supermassive Black Hole Growth and Galaxy Evolution” ADVANCE Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona (January 2011)