·The need is critical. Women are still often behind in the sciences–-and Christians in science are often misunderstood. So women of faith working in science have two sets of hurdles! The need may be especially acute for those working in secular universities, laboratories, or companies.
·There is a real gap to be filled.There is currently NO national or international organization specifically for Christian Women in Science or related professions.
·We will draw inspiration and ideas from other organizations. There are strong organizations helping women in their professions. They have done it --we can do it.
·Our work will benefit ASA in general. Launching such an organization will help us accomplish goals that all of ASA cares about -- involving more early-career scientists, increasing ASA membership, and increasing women in ASA leadership.
If you are a woman in ASA ... a Christian woman in science, technology, engineering, or math ... or if you are a man and care about these issues ...
We need your ideas to give birth to this new group!
Three ways to be involved…
1. Email your ideas: Email any of us on the organizing committee with your response, opinions, ideas, recommendations, and questions. Contacts and emails below.
2. Sign up for email updates: Send your email to email@example.com and I’ll keep you posted on updates.
3. Join us for the Nashville Jam Session (organizational discussion), in person or via webinar: Saturday, July 20, 8:00-10:00 PM CDT
a. In person at the ASA National Conference: Massey Board Room, Massey Building
b. Via webinar, no matter where you are:
Click on the link below. Put in your name, skip the password line, go down click on the "I have read and agree…..” box; then click on "Proceed.” If possible, try this 15-30 minutes before the webinar starts, in case you have to download some software.
Then call in for the audio teleconference:
1-888-576-6970 passcode 3993217#
Send your thoughts via email any time to one of these individuals:
·Lynn Billman (ASA National Council sponsor) –firstname.lastname@example.org
·Susan Daniels --email@example.com
·Ruth Douglas Miller –firstname.lastname@example.org
·Pamela Gay –email@example.com
·Shani Golovay --Shani.Golovay@greenville.edu
·Sara Miles –firstname.lastname@example.org
·Faith Tucker –email@example.com
·Leslie Wickman –firstname.lastname@example.org
·Jennifer Wiseman –email@example.com
"According to the NSF’s 2007 report, women earned fewer than a third of the PhDs in computer sciences; earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences; mathematics and statistics; physical sciences; and engineering….Many of the women who earn PhDs in science and engineering and enter the workforce leave soon after they begin academic employment. They do so because certain obstacles prevent them from remaining in the field or from reaching their full potential as professionals in academia. Some of these barriers are new, but interviews Rosser conducted with women scientists in 2004 document that issues from thirty years ago remain, appearing today in somewhat different language, behaviors, and structures….” Rosser, S.V., Taylor, M. Z. "Why Are We Still Worried about Women in Science?” in Academe, magazine for the American Association of University Professors, May-June 2009. (http://www.aaup.org/article/why-are-we-still-worried-about-women-science#.UdsfzPldKu4) accessed June 2, 2013.