Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 12:01:45 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 5/10/2000

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
    weekly issues of  5/10/2000, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
2.  Journal Editors
3.  Help Requested

WIPHYS Posting for May 03, 2000

On-line Registration for Beijing+5 Conference, New York, 
June 2000

Register on-line  for the Beijing +5: Women 2000 at . 
AWIS, on behalf of the Global Alliance, is cosponsoring 
events on June 5-7, 2000 in New York, NY.  If you are 
planning to be in the New York City area, we hope that you 
will attend any or all events as our guests.  If you have 
any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I look 
forward to seeing you in New York this June!
Best regards,
Amaliya Jurta
2. Journal Editors
From: Mary Kay Hemenway

Editiors of PASP:

Please note that of the two co-editors of the Publications 
of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, one is female 
(Anne Cowley).  The PASP has one (male) associate editor.  
Of the 16 members of the Publications Committee, three are 
female (Andrea Ghez, Silvia Torres-Peimbert, and Megan Urry.

3. Help Requested

The MAD Scientist Network is a Web-based "ask-a-scientist" 
service covering all branches of science. We could really 
use some help in the astronomy department: more professional 
astronomers to help with the astrophysics questions, and 
more women to balance the gender representation (which is 
currently some 90% male in the astronomy section).

This is a fun volunteer opportunity -- I've learned a lot 
answering these questions -- and it has the advantage of 
being totally flexible. We ask that scientists try to answer 
questions within two weeks of receiving them, but it is 
perfectly OK to defer a question you can't or don't have 
time to answer. The time commitment is not large (maybe an 
hour or so a week) and it's possible to request an upper  
limit on the question frequency.

The questions are usually not too hard to answer, although 
occasionally they are obscure or just totally crazy. The 
moderators screen the questions before sending them to be 
answered, removing questions that have been answered before, 
can be easily looked up or are incomprehensible.

This is a good opportunity for people who are interested in 
doing public outreach type stuff, or for folks who are 
leaving astronomy to keep a hand in the field. If you're 
interested, check out the website, -- 
e-mail me ( if you have questions.

Pauline Barmby

End of CSWA Newsletter of 5/10/2000