Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1999 12:09:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 12/15/99

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
     weekly issues of 12/15/99, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
1. Roommate for Atlanta
2. Great astronomy songs
3. Toys
4. Jobs
1. Roommate for Atlanta
From: Caroline E Simpson


We're looking for a roommate (female) for the AAS in 
January. Please contact Mansie Iyer ( 

Thank you,

Caroline Simpson
Dept. of Physics
University Park
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-1565
(305 348-6700 FAX

2. Great astronomy songs
From: Lynda Williams

Sing-a-long Annie Jump Cannon song and animation! Sing
the spectral class system online!  free! freely 

(requires free real media player)


Note this is one of the songs Lynda sang at the Austin AAS 

3. Toys
From: Jennifer Hoffman

	This was posted (by a third party) to the Graduate 
Women in Science discussion list.  I thought people would be 
interested in how to contact Mattel with comments about 
their Barbie and Hot Wheels kids' computers.

	Jennifer Hoffman

Here's the breakdown of numbers of titles per 
classifications created by Mattel:

Barbie computer "fun" software - 12
Barbie computer "education" software - 6
Barbie computer "game" software - 1
Barbie computer "internet" software - 1

Hot Wheels computer "fun" software - 4
Hot Wheels computer "education" software - 11
Hot Wheels computer "game" software - 4
Hot Wheels computer "internet" software - 1
What are Barbie computer users missing?  Specifically math 
software, logic lessons, and games like chess.   
Inspired to compose a letter?  Direct your written concerns 

Brian Beitler
Mattel Corporation
Worldwide Consumer Affairs
333 Continental Blvd.
El Segundo, CA  90245

(*side note:  when I called Mattel to find a contact person 
to include in my commentary, the woman I spoke with eagerly 
passed on this man's name  She told me to "keep up with 
this, girl."  I think she has concerns too!)

Check out the differences for yourself at 

Kym Mulhern
Executive Director
The Nokomis Foundation
161 Ottawa NW, Suite 305-C
Grand Rapids, MI  49503

	You can also email Mattel from their website at .

	Jennifer Hoffman

4. Jobs
From: "Nadine G. Barlow"

Astronomers are encouraged to apply for the following 
position. The University of Central Florida has recently 
initiated an undergraduate astronomy program, which allows 
undergraduate physics majors to pursue an astronomy track.  
The UCF Robinson Observatory, located on campus, is home to 
a 0.66-m (26") Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.  There is 
considerable interest in expanding the astronomy research 
program.  Any questions about the UCF Astronomy program can 
be directed to Dr. Nadine Barlow (

		University of Central Florida
		 Faculty Positions in PHYSICS

The Physics Department of the University of Central Florida 
invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor 
position in either theoretical or experimental physics.  
Advanced appointments can be considered for distinguished 
candidates.  The Department is seeking faculty to interact 
with and strengthen its programs in condensed matter, device 
physics, surface science, atomic and molecular physics, 
biophysics, solar system geophysics, and undergraduate 
education.  UCF is a large metropolitan university engaged 
in a strategic initiative to greatly increase research and 
graduate studies.  Collaborative projects are encouraged 
with major on-campus research centers, in areas such as 
materials science, optics, forensics, information 
technology, drug discovery, and solar energy.  A PhD in 
Physics or a closely related discipline is required.  Submit 
a CV, publication list, proposed research program, proposed 
syllabus for a graduate and/or advanced undergraduate course 
in an area related to your speciality, and a list of three 
references to:  Prof. B. P. Tonner, Chair, Department of 
Physics, Univ. of Central Florida, Orlando, FL  32816-2385.  
Consideration of candidates will begin December 1, 1999 and 
continue until the position is filled.  UCF is an Equal 
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  As an agency of 
the State of Florida, all search materials are available for 
review on request.

From: Adair Lane


The Antarctic Submillimeter Telescope and Remote Observatory 
(AST/RO) project is seeking an experimentalist to operate 
the  first permanent submillimeter-wave telescope at the 
U.S. National Science Foundation Amundsen-Scott South Pole 
Station.  Beginning in mid-2000, the incumbent will 
participate in data reduction and analysis and in 
preparation for the winterover year while stationed at the 
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, 
MA.  Late in 2000, she or he will spend 1-3 months at the 
South Pole during Austral summer to operate the instrument, 
assist with system upgrades, and conduct research.  After 
another 9-month period in Cambridge, the incumbent will 
spend the year 2002 as the AST/RO scientist in residence at 
South Pole (as part of a crew of ~45), bearing sole 
responsibility for winterover operations of this state-of-
the-art submm-wave telescope.  The position will be 
renewable for a year following the winterover year, with 
residence in Cambridge.

AST/RO is currently outfitted with heterodyne receivers at 
230, 460-492, and 810 GHz; two new array receivers at high 
frequencies will be installed in late 2000, providing 
significantly expanded capabilities.  AST/RO is the first 
submillimeter telescope to exploit the uniquely transparent 
sky over the Antarctic plateau in winter and is open to the 
astronomical community on a proposal basis.  This position 
provides a unique opportunity for both personal and 
collaborative research projects which can be conducted 
nowhere else.  More information about the AST/RO project can 
be found at our Web site at

A Ph.D. or equivalent technical experience is required.  A 
good general understanding of astronomical instrumentation 
and familiarity with computer operations and software, 
cryogenics, and electronics are desirable.  Ability to work 
independently is critical.  AST/RO is operated under the 
aegis of CARA, the Center for Astrophysical Research in 
Antarctica.  Applications, including a statement of research 
interests and relevant experience, curriculum vitae, and 
three letters of reference, should be sent to:  Dr. Adair P. 
Lane, SAO, 60 Garden Street, MS-78, Cambridge, MA 02138, 
before March 1, 2000.  Women and minorities are encouraged 
to apply.

End of CSWA Newsletter of 12/15/99