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My Impressions: The IAU XXIX General Assembly

17 Aug 2015, 19:00 UTC
My Impressions: The IAU XXIX General Assembly
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The International Astronomical Union (IAU) XXIX General Assembly (GA) took place from August 3-14 in Honolulu, Hi.  In addition to a high-level scientific program, the GA included 4 Women’s Lunches and several Mentoring Events organized by the IAU Women’s Working Group (through Chair Francesca Primas) and the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (through me).  The events were highlighted throughout the two weeks in the IAU GA newspaper.  It was a busy two weeks, and this recap will include some key notes, highlights, and even a few concerning points from the IAU GA.Preliminary results from the CSWA Survey on Workplace Climate that were recently presented at the IAU GA.The first event hosted was the Women’s luncheon.  The luncheon began with AAS President Meg Urry, who highlighted her trail-blazing path and discussed how progress comes from the realization that we still don’t know everything, listening to those around us, and constantly learning.  The lunch then moved on to past IAU President Bob Williams, who spoke about the changes he’s seen at the IAU and even at the Women’s lunch, and spoke of the pros and cons of the quota system for increasing women’s participation.  The program then moved into ...

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