Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 08:21:32 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 3/29/2000

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
    weekly issues of  3/29/2000, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
1. Women Representatives at Meetings
2. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and 
4. The Physics Chanteuse
5. Summer AO course
1. Women Representatives at Meetings
From: Vera Rubin

Dear Abi,

Thank you for the poster about the comsmic structure 
meeting.  I have torn it up into 128 pieces, which I would 
happily send to you, except that this is email. 

Do you expect me to hang a poster which names 39 men (approx 
- I was too angry to recount), and two women?  If so, you 
are wrong.  You are offering prestige, exposure, money?, 
confidence, seniority, to many men.  To me this looks like 
affirmative action for men.  And this at a time when the 
students and administration at Harvard are organizing a 
conference on Women in Science. 

For fifty years I have been fighting against the injustices 
which you are propagating. The funds which you are spending 
have been offered to you by the University and by funding 
agencies, assuming that these funds will be properly used.  
I believe that your committee is not properly using these 
funds. At this point, the only recourse I can think of is to 
alert the funding agencies, to insure that such injustices 
do not continue. 

By this letter, I am asking all those who agree with these 
sentiments to refrain from hanging the poster.

Vera Rubin

From: Abraham Loeb

Dear Vera,

I am sorry to learn that you were upset by the poster. Let 
me try to clarify a few details.

The program of the forthcoming conference is focused on high 
redshifts (z>5), and we did our best to bring together the 
people that are active in this field, irrespective of their 
seniority. There are nine (!) postdocs and one student in 
the current program. I am sorry if you got the impression 
that the program is biased towards men; if you would have 
been present in the discussions of the organizing committee 
(which includes also David Spergel and Chuck Steidel) you 
would have seen that there was no trace of such a bias.  We 
simply tried to come up with the list of the active people 
in this field, irrespective of their status or gender.

We have invited in total five women to attend the meeting, 
namely: Amy Barger, Sandy Faber, Guinevere Kauffmann, Rachel 
Somerville, and Suzanne Staggs.  Three accepted and two 
declined (the poster's list is only preliminary; true to the 
date when the poster was made). Sandy Faber and Guinevere 
Kauffmann said that they can not make it, while all but one 
of our male invitees accepted the invitations. We would have 
been delighted if all five women were to attend the meeting, 
but only three accepted.

I hope that the above information will improve your view of 
the organization of this conference. We truly operated with 
the very best intentions.

Best wishes,

2. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and 
From: WIPHYS Posting for Mar 15, 2000

CALL FOR PAPERS -VOLUME 6 and 7, 2000-01
Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Virginia Polytechnic 
Institute and State University, Carol J. Burger, Ph.D., 
Editor-in-Chief Now welcoming submissions for Volume 6 and 
7, the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and 
Engineering publishes original, peer-reviewed papers that 
report innovative ideas and programs, scientific studies, 
and formulation of concepts related to the education, 
recruitment, and retention of underrepresented groups in 
science and engineering. Issues related to women and 
minorities in science and engineering are consolidated to 
address the entire professional and educational environment. 
Subjects for papers submitted can include: empirical studies 
of current qualitative or quantitative research; historical 
investigations of how minority status impacts science and 
engineering; original theoretical or conceptual analyses of 
science from feminist, racial, and ethnic perspectives; 
reviews of literature; explorations of feminist teaching 
methods, minority student/white teacher interactions; 
cultural phenomena that affect the classroom climate. To 
receive guidelines for manuscript preparation or to submit a 
curriculum vita if you are interested in reviewing papers 
for the journal contact: 
Editorial Assistant Journal of Women and Minorities in 
Science and Engineering Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0227
Phone: 540-231-6296  Fax: 540-231-7013

From: "Wright, James P."
   Contact: Patellen Corr 610.964.9357
   -- First Award Dedicated to Cosmology --
   WASHINGTON, DC - March 2, 2000 - The Peter Gruber 
Foundation, along with the International Congress of 
Distinguished Awards (ICDA), announced the creation of the 
world's first award devoted to cosmology with a substantial 
cash prize of $150,000. The Cosmology Prize of the Peter    
Gruber Foundation, given annually to an outstanding 
astronomer, cosmologist, physicist or mathematician, will 
recognize fundamental scientific advances that shape the way 
we see and comprehend our universe.
   "This unique award will recognize discoveries and new 
contributions that cause fundamental shifts in human 
knowledge and world culture," said Peter Gruber, founder of 
the Peter Gruber Foundation. "We are proud to begin honoring 
some of those individuals who are advancing the most 
fundamental of all the sciences."
   The Cosmology Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation will 
accept its first round of nominations from March 2 until May 
1, 2000. The first recipient will be announced at the time 
of the XXIV General Assembly of the International 
Astronomical Union in Manchester, U.K., in August. The award 
will be formally presented for the first time on November 
11, 2000, in ceremonies at the Pontifical Academy of 
Sciences at the Vatican.
   The award recipients will be chosen by a distinguished 
Advisory Board which includes Professor John D. Barrow of 
Cambridge University; Dr. Vera C. Rubin of the Carnegie 
Institution of Washington; Sir Martin Rees of the University 
of Cambridge; Rev. Dr. George V. Coyne, S.J.; and Professor 
Owen Gingerich of Harvard Smithsonian Center for 
   "For scientists, most rewards are internal ones, which 
come from the joys of discovery," said Dr. Vera Rubin. "The 
Cosmology Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation recognizes 
the exceptional merit of one researcher's contributions, to 
both science and humankind."
   The Peter Gruber Foundation also anticipates the creation 
of three additional awards during 2001 - each also with cash 
prizes of $150,000.  They include a Science Prize, 
incorporating physical, life, and the social sciences; a 
Culture Prize, recognizing those who cause fundamental 
changes in the way we approach and pursue social life; and 
the Code of Law Prize, incorporating executive, legislative, 
and judicial law-making that preserve and extend civil 
liberties across state, local, and national boundaries. 
These additional awards will be launched and be presented 
annually beginning in 2001.
   The Peter Gruber Foundation, founded in 1993, has 
established a reputation of charitable giving principally in 
the U.S. Virgin Islands.  There it funds social service 
organizations, scholarship programs, and community 
foundations. It also supports other projects focusing on 
young people and their education.
   Dr. Larry E. Tise, Ph.D, founder and president of the 
International Congress of Distinguished Awards, a historian 
and author, will administer the awards program of the Peter 
Gruber Foundation from offices located in Philadelphia, 

4. The Physics Chanteuse
From: Lynda Williams lwilliams

I will be on the East Coast in April doing some shows in and 
around the NYC, Boston, DC and Philadelphia areas. I would 
like to offer to do a Physics Chanteuse show that focuses on 
women in physics and astronomy with song, media and more.
I have been doing this Cabaret style show for scientists, 
the general public and now at high schools.  It is 
appropriate for a public show or a colloquium or party or 

I am booked for shows at CUNY (April 7),  DC (April 15) and 
Vassar (April 13).  I'll be in Philadelphia the 19th -21st 
staying will family and would love to do a show while there 
- especially at Bryn Mawr!

If anyone out there is interested in having me do a show,  
please let me know asap!  For more info on my act:

Lynda Williams

5. Summer AO course
From: Luisa Rebull

Announcing a Chautauqua Summer Course for College Teachers 
The Sharper Image: Adaptive Optics in Vision Science and 

Optical astronomy and imaging are currently experiencing a
Renaissance.  Adaptive Optics (AO) is a major part of this 
revival as it holds the promise of making ground based 
telescopes more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, 
making it possible to image individual rods and cones in a 
living human eye, and perhaps even making it possible to see 

This course will provide participants with a solid 
background in the theory and practice of adaptive optics 
technology and its applications in the fields of 
astrophysics and vision science.

For college teachers of: the physical sciences and 
biological sciences No Prerequisites.

Class will be held June 20-23, 2000, at the historic Yerkes 
Observatory in Williams Bay, WI.

APPLICATIONS BEING REVIEWED NOW through early May, or until 
the class is filled.

For more information, see class site at:
and the main Chautauqua site at

End of CSWA Newsletter of 3/29/2000