Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 13:11:09 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 5/24/2000

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
    weekly issues of  5/24/2000, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
CSWA in Rochester
2. A Call for Positive Action for Female representation
3. Reception at the New Hayden Planetarium
1. CSWA in Rochester

The meeting of the Committee on the Status of Women in 
Astronomy will be held on Thursday, June 8, 1-2 pm, in 
Highland C/H at the AAS meeting in Rochester. We will have 
an open discussion on the status of women in astronomy and 
the CSWA's role. Incoming AAS President Anneila Sargent, 
Secretary-Treasurer Arlo Landolt, Councilor John Huchra, and 
other AAS officials will be there to talk about their views 
of the committee, its function, its importance, and how the 
AAS executives and council will work with the CSWA to move 
forward.  The meeting will be chaired by Meg Urry.

2. A Call for Positive Action for Female representation

We can all find statistics showing the women are 
underrepresented as conference speakers, editors, etc, but 
we may need to more than point out these discrepancies!  I 
have been informed that one reason there are no women 
editors of ApJ is that the last time there was an opening 
for new ApJ adjectival editors, there were NO women 
volunteers in the fields that had been requested.  AAS 
council chooses invited speakers for meetings from prize 
winners and nominations.  If no women are nominated, there 
will be no women speakers.  Watch for the call for 
nominations for these positions in the AAS Newsletter, and 
then nominate a woman you know!

3. Reception at the New Hayden Planetarium
From: Charles Liu

Hello!  On behalf of the Department of Astrophysics at the
American Museum of Natural History, I am pleased to invite
every astronomer who will be in the metropolitan New York
area on Tuesday, May 30, 6:30pm, to a FREE RECEPTION at the 
newly reopened Hayden Planetarium and Rose Center for Earth 
and Space.

All faculty, postdocs, graduate students and astronomy 
under-graduates are welcome.  Wine, cheese and light dinner 
fare will be served, and an exclusive showing of the new 
space show plus astrophysical visualizations will be 
presented for all attendees in the new planetarium theater.

Even if you don't live in the Metro NY/NJ/CT area, as long 
as you're in town that evening, you are more than welcome.  
This event is being held in conjunction with a conference on 
Stellar Collisions, Mergers and their Consequences being 
held at AMNH that week - but you need not be a conference 
attendee to come to the reception.  

I especially wanted to announce this event in this forum 
because I'd really like to have as strong a representation 
as possible from us readers of aaswomen.  (The museum, by 
the way, is going all out to promote this event -- local and 
regional journalists (TV and print) have been invited en 
masse.)  The new planetarium and Rose Center can accommodate 
over 3,000 people at a time, so don't worry about 

Again, this is a COMPLETELY FREE EVENT, set up specially for 
astronomers. Please spread the word!  We need a head count, 
so please go to this website:

Or, email Rachel Kooney (, our department 
administrator.  For more information about the conference, 
please see the URL; if you 
have any questions at all please don't hesitate to contact 
me.  Hope to see you there.

Many thanks,
Charles Liu or

End of CSWA Newsletter of 5/24/2000