Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 13:07:49 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 9/29/99

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
     weekly issues of  9/29/99, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
1.  Vera Rubin's Letter to Science
2.  NSF Announcement - Major Research
3.  Jobs

Note from Editor: At this time of year I am getting lots of 
returned mail from old accounts being closed and no longer 
forwarded and computers being retired.  If you have moved 
your email to a new computer and/or moved to a new 
institution, please email the above address with your old 
and new email address so that I can update the list.  
1. Vera's Letter
 From: Vera Rubin
 Fran Bagenal has suggested I send to aaswomen the letter 
which was published in SCIENCE on August 13. She learned of 
the letter in the discussion following her talk at the  
celebration day for Margaret Kivelson at UCLA on the 
occasion of her 70th birthday and her election to the 
National Academy of Sciences.  The letter was in response to 
a book review entitled  "Does Sex Matter?"  I have heard 
from about dozen people, including McGraw Hill, who asked 
for permission to publish it in a college textbook.  It is 
perhaps one of 6 or 8 such letters I have published over the 
past 25 years.  So perhaps there is a lesson here that 
Letters to the Editors can raise interest.
 Letters to the Editor
 SCIENCE Magazine
 Does Sex Matter? (July 23 SCIENCE Books). In Science, as 
perhaps in sex, it is the questions that matter.  Thus the 
question which Dr. Florence Haseltine, the reviewer, had 
asked of her by a male "policy wonk", "What contributions 
have women made in science that a man could not have made?" 
may be the wrong question.  Why not ask "What contributions 
have men made in science that a woman could not have made?"  
It is, of course, the male culture of science which 
conditioned him to ask the question he did.
 In speaking to science students, I often pose the following 
experiment.  Listen carefully as you say  "There is no 
science problem which has been solved by a man which could 
not be solved by a woman." Then say, "There is no science 
problem which has been solved by a woman which could not be 
solved by a man."  Do they mean the same thing?  And the 
students often answer No; the first seems to say that a 
woman scientist can be a good as a man.  In contrast, the 
second seems to say that women solve only simple problems, 
which of course a man could solve.
 Dr. Haseltine's review was interesting and thoughtful.  But 
it would have been fun to read what her colleagues would 
have said if she had asked "What contributions have men made 
in science that a woman could not have made?"  Does Sex 
Matter?  Of course it does. But does it matter enough to 
Matter?  That's a different question.
 Vera C. Rubin
2. NSF Announcement - Major Research
From: "Wright, James P."

The solicitation for the 2000 Major Research Instrumentation 
(MRI) competition is now publicly available on the NSF 
website .  The publication number is 99-
168.  You can see the solicitation in the NSF online 
document system or on the Office of Integrative Activities 
(OIA) homepage.

The deadline for submission of proposals is January 18, 
2000.  Please note that this deadline is about one month 
earlier than last year.

As in the past, all MRI proposals must be submitted 
electronically via FastLane.  This year we are requiring 
proposers to submit the signed cover sheet and all 
accompanying documents (letter of cost sharing commitment, 
letters of support, manufacturers' quotes, etc.) 
electronically by scanning these documents into the 
Supplementary Documents section of the FastLane proposal 
preparation module and submitting them along with the 
proposal. This is a major change in timing since proposers 
will have to submit the signed cover sheet electronically 
with the proposal rather than five business days later in 
hard copy.

If you have any questions about the solicitation, please 
contact the Office of Integrative Activities at (703)306-
1040 or


Joe Burt, OIA
3. Jobs
From: Joe Shields

                     OHIO UNIVERSITY

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Ohio University 
seeks to expand its astrophysics faculty by hiring a Tenure-
Track Assistant Professor, to begin September 2000. We are 
seeking applicants whose research specialties will 
complement and enhance the current program of the 
astrophysics group, which includes faculty members Thomas 
Statler and Joseph Shields. Research interests currently 
represented include structure, dynamics, and evolution of 
galaxies, active galactic nuclei, nebular astrophysics, and 
X-ray astronomy.  The successful applicant will be expected 
to maintain an active research program and to teach and 
supervise research by both undergraduate and graduate 
students.  A Ph.D. or equivalent degree and postdoctoral 
experience are required. The Department of Physics and 
Astronomy has M.S. and Ph.D. programs in physics, with 21 
full-time faculty and research emphases in condensed matter 
and surface science, nuclear and particle physics, 
biophysics, and nonlinear dynamics, in addition to astronomy 
and astrophysics.  Additional information on the Department 
and its programs can be found at 
Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a summary of 
research activities and plans, a statement of teaching 
interests, and a projected startup budget.  Applicants 
should also arrange for three letters of reference to be 
mailed directly to the department. Application materials 
should be sent to Prof. Tom Statler, Chair, Astronomy Search 
Committee, Ohio University, Department of Physics and 
Astronomy, Clippinger Labs 251B, Athens, OH 4501-2979.  
Review of applications will begin December 1, 1999. Ethnic 
minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply. 
Ohio University is an AA/EO employer.

From: Adrienne Cool

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Observational Astronomy
Department of Physics and Astronomy
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA  94132
Tel:  (415) 338-1655
FAX:  (415) 338-2178
Email inquiries:

Attention:  Dr. Susan Lea, Search Committee Chair

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at San Francisco 
State University solicits applications for a tenure-track 
faculty position in observational astronomy.  While minimum 
requirements are a Ph.D. and one year's postdoctoral 
experience, applicants at all levels of experience will be 

The department is committed to excellence in both teaching 
and research.  We offer Bachelor's and Master's degrees and 
seek candidates enthusiastic about mentoring students.  The 
teaching responsibility is typically three courses per 
semester, with the possibility of reduction to two with 
external funding.  Teaching facilities include a planetarium 
and an observatory.

Members of the department traditionally have collaborations 
with Bay Area institutions such as UC Berkeley and NASA 
Ames, and currently use Keck and Lick Observatories, Hubble 
Space Telescope, and Chandra Observatory.  We seek 
candidates with ongoing research programs that will make a 
significant contribution to the overall strength of the 
department.  The successful applicant is expected to attract 
extramural funding for research and teaching efforts.

SFSU, a member of the California State University system, 
serves a diverse student body of 27,000.  The University's 
mission is to promote scholarship, freedom, human diversity, 
excellence in instruction, and intellectual accomplishment.  
SFSU faculty are expected to be effective teachers and 
demonstrate professional achievement and growth through 
research, publication, and/or creative activities.

Applications should be received by 1 December 1999.  Please 
send curriculum vitae, publication list, statement of 
interests, and names of three references (with postal and 
email addresses).  SFSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative 
Action Employer.  We encourage applications from women and 

End of CSWA Newsletter of 9/29/99