Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2000 16:11:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 6/28/2000
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            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
    weekly issues of  6/28/2000, ed. by Priscilla Benson
***  send email and addresses to aaswomenwellesley.edu  ***

This week's issues:
1.  SUMMARY OF THE CSWA SESSION AT THE JUNE AAS MEETING
2.  Virtual Observatories Opportunities

Editor's Note:  During the summer the newsletter will 
probably be out only every other week unless there is a lot 
of material to get out.
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1. SUMMARY OF THE CSWA SESSION AT THE JUNE AAS MEETING
From:  cmustsci.edu

The CSWA session at the AAS meeting in Rochester was an
open discussion of current issues facing women in astronomy.

As the new CSWA Chair, I opened the meeting expressing 
concerns about recent evidence that women are not 
progressing equally in our professions (see June 2000 
STATUS). 

AAS representatives Bob Milkey (Executive Officer), Kevin 
Marvel (Associate Executive Officer), and Arlo Landolt (AAS 
Secretary) made several points, including: 
o	The AAS Demographic Survey, for which results on 
women were reported in the June STATUS, will be 
repeated every 2 years.

o	Greater coordination between the CSWA and other 
AAS committees (on employment, education, minorities, 
public policy) would be 	very valuable because of our 
common interests. 

o	Interested AAS members can volunteer to serve on 
AAS committees or to be session chairs at AAS meeting, 
and women are encouraged to do so (send email to Arlo 
Landolt at aassecrouge.phys.lsu.edu).

During subsequent discussion with the audience, several 
specific issues arose. 

Congress has funded efforts (e.g., $10 M to NSF) to improve 
the situation of women in astronomy. This would be a good 
issue for coordination with the public policy committee.

One key issue concerns dual career couples. The problem of 
getting two jobs in one geographical location affects both 
men and women, of course, but since women 
astronomers/physicists are far more likely to be married
to other scientists than men, it has a disproportionate 
effect on women.

In some cases, job sharing (two people sharing one position) 
has been an effective solution. We will try to describe this 
--- how it works, how often it has been done, and how it is 
perceived on both sides of the employment equation --- in a 
future issue of STATUS.

Kevin Marvel commented that this same issue --- dual careers 
--- was being discussed by the employment committee, and 
there is a tentative plan to hold a session at the January 
2001 AAS meeting in San Diego. Laura Kay volunteered to work 
on this with Kevin, on behalf of the CSWA.

There are several useful Web sites addressing dual careers, 
including:
     o	A report by physicists Laurie McNeil and Marc Sher 
	(www.physics.wm.edu/dualcareer.html)
o	A discussion on the AWIS (American Women in 
Science) site
	(www.awis.org/html/dual_careers.html)

Several people expressed an interest in mentoring, 
especially for postdocs and junior faculty. Postdocs in 
particular can be isolated.  This issue will be discussed 
with the AAS Committee on Employment.

There were suggestions that we could consider mentor 
matching at a future AAS meeting, and/or we could explore 
internet-based matching. Kevin Marvel has posted a link to 
http://www.mentornet.net/, a national mentoring network for 
women in science and engineering. 


GENERAL CSWA NEWS

Every June, new CSWA members are appointed. The current 
membership and terms are:

	Meg Urry (2000-2003), Chair
	Beatrice Mueller (1998-2001)
	Wal Sargent (1998-2001)
	Regina Schulte-Ladbeck (1998-2001)
	Lisa Frattare (1999-2002)

plus 4 members recently appointed (and still to be 
confirmed).

Many thanks are due Priscilla Benson for her leadership of 
the CSWA over the past three years, and for continuing to 
administer AASWOMEN for a few months until we can transition 
it to STScI. (Until further notice, please continue to 
correspond with aaswomenwellesley.edu.)

Over the next few months, the CSWA will be developing goals 
and plans for the coming year. We welcome suggestions (send 
to cmustsci.edu) and will try to keep the community 
apprised of ongoing activities through the AASWOMEN server.

Please encourage interested colleagues who have not already 
done so, to subscribe to AASWOMEN (send email to 
aaswomenwellesley.edu) and to the semi-annual newsletter 
STATUS (send email to ssavoyaas.org).




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2. Virtual Observatories opportunities 
jwrightnsf.gov

Forwarded from:
From:	Robert J. Brunner [SMTP:rbastro.caltech.edu]
Sent:	Friday, June 23, 2000 5:40 PM
To:	efrielnsf.gov
Subject:	NVO Funding Opportunites

At the suggestion of Joe Bredekamp, I am passing along the 
following information regarding NASA funding opportunities 
for NVO related activities.


Cheers,

Robert
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To: Parties interested in the Virtual Observatory

Several NASA information technology programs are
potential sources of funding for VO related research.
The NASA Research Announcements listed below have
relatively near due dates.


1. NRA 2-37143
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Research in Intelligent Systems
http://ic.arc.nasa.gov/ic/nra/
Step 1 Proposals are due July 11, 2000
(this is NOT just a letter of intent)

Of the four technology areas covered, two
(Intelligent Data Understanding and Automated
Reasoning) may be relevant.


2: NRA 00-OSS-01 (A.9)
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Applied Information Systems Research
(part of Research Opportunities in Space Science)
Notice of Intent due July 14, 2000
Proposals due September 15, 2000

http://spacescience.nasa.gov/nra/00-oss-01/
http://spacescience.nasa.gov/nra/00-oss-01/A.9.1.html

The Applied Information Systems Research solicitation seeks 
innovative applications of computer science and information 
technology to improve the effectiveness of space science 
research endeavors.  Priority consideration
will be given to proposals that foster and facilitate 
interdisciplinary research or that contribute to high 
performance information technology frameworks for conducting 
space science research.


3:  NASA COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT NOTICE FOR INCREASING 
INTEROPERABILITY AND PERFORMANCE OF GRAND CHALLENGE 
APPLICATIONS IN THE EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES
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To be released within weeks, with a 60 day response period.

The draft version of the CAN located at the following web 
site address:
   http://esdcd.gsfc.nasa.gov/ESS/CAN2000/CAN.html


This Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) is a joint 
solicitation from the Earth Science and Space Science 
Enterprises and is part of the HPCC Earth and Space Sciences 
(ESS) Project. ESS is a cross-cutting information technology 
activity striving to enable the NASA sciences Enterprises 
and their field centers to meet increasing mission 
requirements more effectively and efficiently using high 
performance computing and communications.

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End of CSWA Newsletter of 6/28/2000