Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 09:19:01 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter 4/14/99

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
     weekly issues of  4/14/99, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
1.  Request for Funding Ideas
2.  Jobs Outside Academia
3.  NSF program Deadlines
4.  Small Radio Telescope from Haystack Observatory

1. Request for Funding Ideas
From: Luisa Rebull

Hello -

I'm a broke graduate student nearing the end of my poverty 
as a grad student (and looking forward to poverty as a post 
doc), but in the meantime, I'm trying to get to Germany to 
work with a colleague at ESO in August and Cool Stars 11 in 
the Canaries in October.

What pots of money, if any, are out there to support 
scientific travel for grad students?  Being female and in 
the physical sciences should help, but my web searches so 
far have turned up empty.  

Any tips would be greatly appreciated. 

Luisa Rebull

Editors Note:  The deadline for Sigma Xi has already past.

2. Jobs Outside Academia
From: Eric Schulman


Rachel's post about jobs outside academia led me to realize 
that CSWA readers might be interested in the non-academic 
job I started last year. I work at the Institute for Defense 
Analyses, which is a non-profit organization that does 
independent scientific studies and analysis, primarily for 
the department of defense. It's located in Alexandria, 
Virginia (just outside of Washington, D.C.) and the 
atmosphere is very academic, although the dress in my 
division is somewhat more formal than the T-shirts and blue 
jeans that I wore as a grad student. Part of the reason that 
there's an academic atmosphere is that most of the staff 
come from academia. In my group of five people there are 
three physics PhDs and two astronomy PhDs. The pay is very 
good ( >50% better than the most generous astronomy job that 
I applied for last year) and the pace is much less hectic 
than in academia. You really can work a 40-hour week and 
have a life outside of work!

IDA's web site is and current IDA job 
openings can be found at  (In 
particular, the "Analyst, Test and Evaluation of Defense 
Systems"  and "Science and Technology Division" jobs would 
be particularly suited to people with PhDs in astronomy). 
You can apply for these jobs via a World-Wide Web form on 
the IDA jobs site.

Feel free to e-mail me if you would like to know more about 
IDA or even just to chat about what it's like to apply for 
non-astronomy jobs.

Eric Schulman or

3. NSF program Deadlines
From: "Eileen D. Friel"

Following is a list of this year's NSF program deadlines for 
the Astronomy Division or NSF-wide programs that may be of 
interest to the readers of AASWomen.  

Dr. Eileen D. Friel
NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences, Suite 1045
4201 Wilson Blvd
Arlington VA 22230                            fax : (703) 
306-0525                              phone : (703) 

NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences 
Program Deadlines for FY 2000

CAREER - Faculty Early Career Development Program  - 22 July 
1999 [FastLane submission of cover sheet and project summary 

Advanced Technology and Instrumentation Program (ATI) - 31 
August 1999

Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics Program (SAA) - 1 
September 1999

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - 15 September 

Galactic Astronomy Program (GAL) - 21 September 1999

Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology (EXC) - 15 October 

Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) - 15 October 

Planetary Astronomy Program (PLA) - 1 December 1999

Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and 
Education (POWRE) -    9 December 1999 [Tentative]

Minority Research Planning Grants (RPG)  - 15 January 2000
Minority Career Advancement Awards (CAA) - 15 January 2000

All of the AST research programs require the use of FastLane 
for full electronic proposal submission.  Please see the AST 
Web page ( for information about 
Astronomy programs and for important considerations for 
FastLane submissions. Instructions on FastLane proposal 
preparation and submission can be found on the FastLane home 
page at :

4. Small Radio Telescope from Haystack Observatory
From: Preethi Pratap
Subject: Haystack survey
X-Envelope-to: pbenson2

MIT Haystack Observatory has developed a small radio 
telescope for use in undergraduate education, under a grant 
from NSF. The goal is to provide the telescope as a low cost 
kit for faculty to use in astronomy courses as an 
introduction to radio astronomy and for some basic 
laboratory-type experiments.  Of course, the kit can also be 
assembled by students as a learning experience.

Since the design of the telescope is nearly complete, we are 
considering whether to transfer the kit design to a small 
commercial firm for replication and sale.  Potentially 
interested firms have asked about the demand for the kit, 
and this survey is being transmitted to you as part of a 
survey to assess this demand.  There is no obligation on 
your part to purchase or commit to this purchase.

If the demand is high, a firm would be found to replicate 
the kit and sell it.  If the demand is small, Haystack will 
develop a plan to provide the kit to those interested.  In 
either case, the kit design will be available for students 
as a construction project.

We need to make this assessment in the next month, so we can 
lay out our plans for the next year and determine the 
engineering support that is needed for this project.  The 
price for the kit is estimated at $2500, and installation is 
the responsibility of the purchaser. A commercial price may 
be somewhat higher and will depend on demand.  Design 
details, complete circuit diagrams and parts lists are 
available on our web site at 
The Web site also describes projects that can be carried out 
with the telescope, as well as information about our overall 
undergraduate educational research program.

If you are interested in this telescope kit over the next 1-
3 years, and may consider purchasing it, would you please 
respond to our survey?  The survey may be filled out below 
and returned via email to the given address.  Respondents 
will also be added to our mailing list and kept up to date 
on our progress.


 	(No commitments implied)

1. Would you be interested in buying this kit? 

	For $2500?   Yes_____    No ______
	For $4000?   Yes_____    No ______

2. I may consider such a purchase in

	Year 2000 ____
	Year 2001 ____
	Year 2002 ____

3. I an interested in the kit for students to construct 

	Yes _____	No_____  

4. Your name, institution and email address:




5. What will the kit be used for?

	undergraduate instruction _________

	high school instruction   _________

	other (please explain)    _________


Please email responses to

End of CSWA Newsletter for 4/14/99