Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 09:40:16 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 9/15/99

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
     weekly issues of  9/15/99, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
1. Women in Astronomy Database
2. Need Contributions to Status
3. Old Journals
4. Debate on Women in Science
5. Roommate for Cosmic Explosions Conference
6. Jobs
1. Women in Astronomy Database
From: (Lisa Frattare)

Women in Astronomy Database- Updates and New Entries Welcome
 Lisa Frattare, STScI (
 As part of its on-going commitment to promote the livelihood of 
female astronomers, the Committee on the Status of Women in 
Astronomy would like to remind you to update or submit your name 
and information to the Women in Astronomy Database. 
 This site, begun in 1997, contains professional contact and 
scientific research interest information for more than 215 women 
in astronomy and other related fields. Menu driven search pages 
allow easy browsing of alphabetical, geographical and 
scientifically categorized information. We have also included 
easy web links to e-mail addresses, institutional and 
professional web pages and a submission page for your own 
inclusion on this list.  
 The purpose of this list is manifold, and includes:
 	o  a convenient way to find female speakers 
 	   (e.g., for colloquia, meetings, or public talks)
 	o  a source for soliciting female job applicants 
	   searchable by year of Ph.D. degree
 	o  a resource for newcomers and/or people isolated 
 	   from large research centers (e.g., for women 
 	   isolated at small schools)
  	o  quick access to statistical information about 
 	   current positions, academic degrees, scientific 
 	   interests, etc., of today's women of astronomy
 We encourage all members of the astronomical community to use 
the information provided in this database. The web site can be 
reached from the CSWA web pages: or directly via 
the website url: 
2. Need Contributions to Status
From: (Lisa Frattare)

To continue the STATUS feature "Notes from a Life" we need 
contributions!  These are short episodes that capture in small 
ways the daily influence of gender in science. Here are a few 
examples, and you can find more in the June 1999 issue of STATUS 

	o I am a female astronomer listening to a talk at a                  
        national conference. The speaker finishes and begins taking 
        questions.  I raise my hand right away. The Session Chair 
        knows me and knows I am an expert in the area being 
        discussed, yet he takes questions from 5 men in the room, 
        all of whom raised their hands after mine.  The questions 
        session ends and still, I am not called upon.  

        o At a conference I approach two male colleagues in my 
        field, wanting to introduce myself to the senior male whose 
        work closely parallels mine. I hope to join their 
        conversation about a science issue with which I am very 
        familiar. The senior astronomer turns away from his 
        counterpart- and begins to address me, saying, "Ah, but we 
        are boring this sweet young girl.  What can I do for you, 

        o A new chair has been hired for our Physics and Astronomy 
        Department. Three of the forty faculty members are women.  
        He addresses his very first faculty memo to "Dear 

        o I participate in a research group that has a male lead and 
        both male and female members. I have established a visual 
        cue with one of my male coworkers that when I make a point 
        or ask a question that is ignored or downplayed by our lead, 
        my male counterpart will wait momentarily then ask the same 
        question or repeat the comment. Invariably, the male lead 
        replies with "Good question..." or "Good point made..."  

Since "Notes" premiered in the last issue of STATUS, we have 
received a number of contributions from readers (thank you!). If 
you too have experiences to share, and want to make a positive 
impact, please send them as e-mail to: or  Publication is anonymous but submissions 
should be signed so that the editors can vouch for their reality. 
(No "Ann Landers" stories from Yale, please!). The deadline for 
the January 2000 issue is October 1, 1999, and later 
contributions may appear in subsequent issues. Many thanks!

3. Old Journals
From:	IN%""  "Lynn Scholz"  9-SEP-1999

Perhaps readers would like to know:

There is an AAS Webpage for Donations The AAS has established an 
Donation Forum site to bring together persons with astronomy-
related materials -- journals, books, equipment,etc. -- to donate 
and institutions seeking such materials. The site is located at  The AAS cannot provide funds to 
ship materials but the site does contain information about 
shipping options.  Ed Anderson ( of 
Northern Arizona University will be maintaining the donation 
pages and monitoring the postings.  Questions may be sent to Ed 
or to Kevin Marvel (


4. Debate on Women in Science
From: Andrea Schweitzer

An interesting debate on women in science, sponsored by Nature, 
just began on Sept. 9th.

You can check it out at:

Andrea Schweitzer
Cytomation, Inc.

5. Roommate for Cosmic Explosions Conference
From: kristy

I'm looking for another woman to share a hotel room at the Cosmic 
Explosions Conference in Marland Oct 11-13. Please email

-- Kristy Dyer
NCSU Astrophysics

6. Jobs
From: Edna DeVore

SOFIA Public Affairs Manager


Featuring a 2.5 meter telescope mounted in a converted 747SP, 
SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) will be 
the world's largest airborne observatory when it begins operating 
in 2002. SOFIA is being developed and will be operated for NASA 
by a team led by Universities Space Research Association (USRA). 
SOFIA's extensive education and public outreach program is being 
conducted by an alliance of two well-known astronomy 
organizations-the SETI Institute and the Astronomical Society of 
the Pacific.

Job Summary:

The Public Affairs Manager is a key member of the SOFIA Education 
and Public Outreach Program and the SOFIA observatory staff. This 
person will work closely with the Project Manager during 
development and the Observatory Director during operations to 
ensure a high level of public visibility for the observatory.

Job Responsibilities:

Develop and lead a proactive media relations program which will 
provide information for the press and the public about SOFIA 
science, technology, and discoveries, and which will be very 
responsive to the needs and requirements of the print, broadcast, 
and electronic media.

Write and distribute press releases and other informational 
materials. Work closely with USRA and its SOFIA subcontractors, 
NASA, Principle Investigators and their institutions, and 
Germany's DLR to ensure a constant flow of accurate, interesting, 
and up-to-date information to the press and public.

Work on other SOFIA education and public outreach projects as 

Minimum Qualifications:

B.S. or B.A. degree (science, journalism, or communications 
degree preferred). Graduate degree highly desirable. Experience 
as a working journalist or in media relations required. Knowledge 
of astronomy required. Excellent English and communication skills 
(both oral and written) a must. Demonstrated computer literacy 
with working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, email, 
and world wide web required.

Reports to: SOFIA head of Education and Public Outreach

Status: Exempt

From: Michael Mickelson

The Denison University Department of Physics and Astronomy 
invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor in 
observational astronomy starting September 2000.  Ph.D. required.  
We are seeking candidates vitally interested in teaching physics 
and astronomy at both the beginning and advanced levels including 
laboratory based courses; the successful applicant will also 
carry out active research with the involvement of undergraduates.  
Preference will be given to candidates in the areas of astronomy 
and astrophysics who have solid experience in observational 
techniques and who have public outreach experience.  Start-up 
funds for research will be available.  On campus interviews will 
include presentation of research, classroom teaching and a 
proposed public outreach program in astronomy.  Denison 
University is a liberal arts college of 2000 students, located in 
Granville, Ohio, 30 minutes from Columbus, Ohio.  The department 
consists of a six member faculty, full time secretary and 
technical assistant.  Facilities include excellent equipment for 
both teaching and research, a link to the Ohio Supercomputer, 
observatory, planetarium, and well-equipped machine shop.  
Additional information may be obtained from our web site at  Applicants should submit vita, 
graduate school transcript, a description of teaching interests 
and experience, a proposed research plan including the means for 
involving undergraduates, and three (3) letters of references to: 
Dr. Kimberly Coplin, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of 
Physics and Astronomy, Denison University, Granville, OH  43023.  
Applications received by December 6th will receive full 
consideration. Please submit applications by post only.  Denison 
is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly 
encourages applications from women and minority candidates.


Submitted by Mike Mickelson, Chair
Denison University Dep. Of Physics and Astronomy
Granville, Ohio 43023
Phone: 740-587-6467
Fax: 740-587-6240

End of CSWA Newsletter of 9/15/99