Date: Wed, 03 May 2000 12:08:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 5/3/2000
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            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
    weekly issues of  5/ 3/2000, ed. by Priscilla Benson
***  send email and addresses to aaswomenwellesley.edu  ***

This week's issues:
1.  Roommate wanted for Rochester
2.  Ap. J. Editors are all male!
3.  THE NATIONAL DOCTORAL PROGRAM SURVEY
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1. Roommate wanted for Rochester
From: laurenastro.ufl.edu

I am planning to attend the New Faculty Workshop to be held 
at the AAS in Rochester. I would love to share a room with 
someone for Friday and Saturday nights (June 2 and 3). I am 
still officially a student, so I qualify for a student room, 
but I'll take whatever I can get. I've also already reserved 
a single with two beds at the regular rate. Please let me 
know if you are interested. 

Lauren Jones
laurenastro.ufl.edu

Thanks!

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2. Ap. J. Editors are all male!
From: You-Hua Chu chuastro.uiuc.edu

Over the weekend, while I was looking for some information 
about the ApJ, I came across the list of its editors.  I was 
shocked to find that ALL 16 editors of the Astrophysical 
Journal were male!  The ApJ Letters fared better, 1 out of 
the 5 editors was a woman.  Out of curiosity, I checked the 
AJ and found a male editor and a female associate editor.

I wondered how an all-male ApJ editorial board could have 
slipped under the AAS's nose.  I tried to come up with 
rational answers to my questions.

Why didn't more people notice an all-male ApJ editorial 
board?  If most people are like me, a user of ADS and online 
journals, they wouldn't have a chance to see the inside of 
the ApJ cover, where the editors are printed.

Why aren't there women in the ApJ editorial board?
I have learned since that the selection of editors is based 
on applications.  If no women applied, then there won't be 
any woman editor.

So, the bottom line is:  IF WE WANT TO SEE A BALANCED 
EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE APJ, WOMEN SHOULD APPLY FOR THE 
EDITORIAL POSITIONS.

I trust that the call for applications of ApJ editors would 
be advertised in the AASWOMEN newsletter and I hope that 
women would contribute their talent and services to the 
astrophysical publications.

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3. THE NATIONAL DOCTORAL PROGRAM SURVEY

The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students 
(NAGPS) is conducting THE NATIONAL DOCTORAL PROGRAM SURVEY 
, an assessment of educational and 
professional development practices in the nation's doctoral 
programs. The survey is funded by a grant from the Alfred P. 
Sloan Foundation and is supported by a growing list of 
professional societies.

The survey will compile the experiences of doctoral 
students, present and past (any time within the last five 
years) on a program-specific basis to assess which programs 
are doing a great job of educating and preparing Ph.D.s - 
and which need to improve.

Results and ranking will be posted on the Internet in Fall 
2000.  This is an important opportunity to give feedback to 
the academic community on ways to improve the education and 
training of Ph.D.s.

The survey is anonymous, free, and takes just 10-15 minutes 
to complete online.

A high response rate is essential, so EVERY current and 
recent doctoral student should fill it out.  Forward this 
message to all your friends and colleagues.  Completing the 
survey only takes a few minutes but can stimulate change in 
graduate education for years to come.

We thank you for your participation in this important 
project!

NAGPS Survey Team
The National Doctoral Program Survey
National Association of Graduate-Professional Students 
(NAGPS)
e-mail: phdsurveynagps.org
web:    http://survey.nagps.org/

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End of CSWA Newsletter of 5/3/2000