Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 14:05:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 4/28/99

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
     weekly issues of  4/28/99, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
1.  Roommate wanted for Chicago AAS
2.  Babysitting at Chicago AAS
3.  Thoughts about women in science survey
4.  conference on women's lives
5.  Teaching Job

1.  Roommate wanted for Chicago AAS
From: Kristy

I have a non-smoking room with two beds reserved at the 
student rate for the June AAS meeting in Chicago, at the 
conference hotel from Saturday May 29 -- checking out Friday 
June 4. I'm looking for another student to share the room 
with to save travel expenses -- it would be about 46$/night 

-- Kristy Dyer
NCSU Astrophysics

2. Babysitting at Chicago AAS

To all AAS parents:

Once again, we have arranged for childcare at the next AAS 
meeting. This time around, the childcare arrangements are 
different in several significant ways:

- A member of the LOC (Doug Duncan) took on the task of 
making the childcare arrangements for this meeting, and will 
be around at the meeting to make sure things run smoothly.

- The AAS Executive Office (Bob Milkey) agreed to accept 
payment for childcare in advance and to sign the contract 
with the childcare provider.

- The care is being provided in rooms especially designed 
and equipped for this purpose (rather than an empty meeting 
room or a spare hotel room.)

- Reservations and payment are being accepted well in 
advance of the meeting. If enough children are enrolled by 
the deadline (April 28th), childcare will happen - no last 
minute surprises! (If you need childcare and haven't made 
your reservations, please contact the AAS Executive Office 

More information is posted on the childcare webpage at:


If you are planning to attend this meeting and will be 
taking your children along, please consider signing up for 
childcare. The only way we can continue offering this 
service is if AAS parents actually use it. It would also 
help if you do use the service (or plan to in the future) if 
you make a point to tell Bob Milkey, Diana Alexander, Bob 
Gehrz, etc. that you really appreciated having childcare 
available at the meeting and hope that the AAS will make 
this a permanent part of their meeting arrangements.

Thanks! - Alice Monet (
3. Thoughts about women in science survey

Jody Halterman's questionnaire to examine what influences 
women who persist in scientific careers was included in last 
week's aaswomen. The most important question (Question V) is 
the question about what factors kept you in a scientific 
career. This question is poorly constructed. I can't answer 
a question that asks me to rank 10 factors when I consider 
some of them to be false and others to be irrelevant. Does 
Halterman really  mean to state that there is no sex 
discrimination and that salaries in  science are competitive 
(competitive with what? certainly not with what is earned in 
law, business, sports, etc.). The three most important 
reasons why women persist in a scientific career after 
receiving a degree are not even on the list. These are the 
following (not necessarily in order of importance), and they 
apply to men as well as women:
   1. Love of the subject; can't imagine doing anything else
   2. Talent for doing important scientific work  
   3. Success in finding a regular (as opposed to temporary) 
job in the field

The number one factor causing women and men to drop out of 
the job market is failure to find a regular job in the 
field. For dual career couples, the job search is 
complicated by geographic restrictions, and these have 
traditionally affected women more than men.

I suggest that Halterman revise her questionnaire to delete 
the list and instead ask women to state in their own words 
what factors were most important. Then if she wants to know 
about the effect of, for example, encouragement from a 
parent, I suggest that she ask a series of questions:
    1. With regard to your scientific career, did your 
        a) try to encourage you
        b) try to discourage you 
        c) not express an opinion
        d) they were deceased before the question came up

    2. If your parent(s) expressed an opinion about you 
persisting in a scientific career,
        a) at what stage(s) in your career was this opinion 
        b) did it have any effect on your decision?

There was a study done of women working in computer science. 
One of the questions was "How did your parents feel about 
your going to graduate school in computer science." To this, 
my sister replied, "My father felt that if this was a good 
way to find a husband, then it was OK with him." Would you 
consider this parental encouragement?
                                        - Michele Kaufman

4. conference on women's lives
From:  "Liz Bryson" 

Women's Lives, Women's Voices, Women's Solutions: Shaping a 
Agenda for Women in Higher Education

          March 27-29, 2000. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hosted 
by the University of Minnesota, this conference will discuss 
issues related to women in higher education, develop 
strategies to improve the status of women on campus, and 
shape a national agenda for "supporting women as teachers, 
learners, and creators of knowledge." A parallel 
teleconference is also planned, allowing students, staff, 
faculty, and administrators to participate remotely. 
Detailed information about the proceedings is available at 
the site.

5. Teaching job


My name is Sid Freudenstein and I am the chair of the 
Physics Department at Metropolitan State College of Denver 
(MSCD).  I am looking for a physics teacher for next 
academic year.  This is a full-time, one-year position.  We 
will be doing a search next year to fill the position 
permanently.  The teaching load is 12 credit hours of lower 
division lectures and labs in physics and possibly intro to 
astronomy.  Our school located next to downtown Denver on 
the large Auraria campus which we share with the University 
of Colorado at Denver (UCD) and a community college.  The 
physics departments of UCD and MSCD work very closely 
together sharing students and facilities.  The total head 
count of all three schools is 35,000 and MSCD is the largest 
school with 17,000.  The school's web site is 
and my e-mail is I need to fill this 
position ASAP, so if there is interest, please contact me by 
e-mail or by phone at 303-556-2454.
Thank you,
Sid Freudenstein

End of CSWA Newsletter of 4/28/99