Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 16:38:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Correction for CSWA Newsletter of 7/26

Correction for Newsletter of 7/26/2000.

Number 3, the New Astronomy Software topic in the most recent 
newsletter is probably a hoax.  I apologize for not checking it 
first; I put the letter together from my vacation without good 
internet access.  

Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 14:21:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 7/26/2000

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
    weekly issues of  7/26/2000, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
1.  More on jobs
2.  Morella Commission and AIP Report
3.  New Astronomy Software
4.  Job Listing
1. More on Jobs

In the Newsletter of 7/12/2000, Kathy Mead wrote:

"I was wondering, how many of the offers to women for 
various jobs were made to the same woman?"

As someone who has been "on the other side" of hiring for 20 
years (and now has an even different perspective from either 
that of a hiree or hirer) the real wonder is why most of the 
job offers in any one year are made TO THE SAME PERSON (or 2 
persons)? This usually has something to do with fads and 
lots of people in senior positions who do hiring not being 
up to date enough to know the difference between what the 
"Jones want" and what will be a long-term, sound 
investment."  If you watch your university administrators 
you will find that most of the "new" activities they 
instigate are what was recently written up in the Chronicles 
of Higher Education. And when the head of a department hires 
(or a committee) they "talk around " and find "what's hot."? 
I hope not - because what is hot is usually what is not in 5 
to 6 years.  It does mean that RESPONSIBLE people should be 
willing to really keep up to date and not go with the herd. 
(But that may be an oxymoron when dealing with people who 
have taken on administrative jobs - and lest anyone take 
immediate offense - that includes myself!)

Sue simkin

2. Morella Commission and AIP Report
From:  and

This just came out on the FYI server and should be of 
interest to this audience. If you want more details, check 
out their web page.

The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy 
News  Number 87: July 19, 2000
  Women and Minorities in S&T: Morella Commission and AIP 
  Both a congressionally-established commission and an AIP 
report have recently contributed to the dialogue on 
participation of women and other underrepresented groups in 
science.  After almost ten years of trying to get an effort 
off the ground, Rep. Connie Morella (R-MD) held a press 
conference and hearing on July 13 to celebrate the work of a 
commission she established on the Advancement of Women, 
Minorities, and People with Disabilities in Science, 
Technology and Engineering (CAWMSET).  The 11 members of
the bipartisan commission, mainly from academia and 
industry, were appointed by President Clinton, Members of 
Congress, and Governors, with a steering committee composed 
of senior officials from federal S&T agencies. 
  While the full report will not be available until July 31 
on the commission's web site 
(, its recommendations were 
made public on July 13.  Speakers highlighted the importance 
to the nation of a strong science, engineering and 
technology (SET) domestic workforce, and the growing role of 
women, minorities, and the disabled in that workforce.  "The 
statistics themselves are sufficiently compelling," said 
commission member George Campbell, President of Cooper 
Union.  Over the past 20 years, he noted, many previous 
reports have issued warnings on the same subject.  "So we 
didn't want to produce yet another report that would be news 
for a day and then relegated to the bookshelves to gather 
dust with the others," Campbell asserted.  Instead, he said, 
the commission's goal "was to produce a set of action-
oriented policy statements that would push some buttons that 
haven't been pushed before."
  The report's recommendations advocate greater action, 
emphasis, accountability, and in some cases greater 
resources, from federal, state and local governments, and 
industry.  It is difficult to know, however, what incentives 
or inducements - other than the compelling statistics cited 
by Campbell - the commission can bring to spur these groups 
to action.  The commission's recommendations [concern pre-
college education, higher education, professional life, 
public image, and nationwide accountability.]

3. New Astronomy Software

A new computer program analyzing the Earth-to-Mars mission 
trajectory is available as a free download.  The author is a 
pH.D. student of celestial mechanics at the Univ. of Texas 
at Austin, and this is his research program.  It models the 
mission just like NASA's prototypical five thrust 
trajectory, and it is set up for the 2001 mission.  You
input a mid course correction and the program optimizes the 
flight plan, then outputs all the positions, velocities, and 
times - all 16 significant digits worth!  The exact numbers 
the experts at JPL use to plan their missions.

The program is available free at   
There is a full description of the software on the site, 
plus a technical article on the theory use.  The actual 
computer code is even available.


Bill Clark

4. Job Listing

Project Manager for the CARMA Telescope

 The CARMA project (Combined Array for Research in 
Millimeter-wave  Astronomy) is seeking a project manager who 
will supervise the design  and construction of a merger 
between the 6-telescopes of Caltech's Owens Valley Radio 
Observatory (OVRO) millimeter array, presently located at 
Big Pine, CA, and 9-telescopes of the Berkeley-Illinois-
Maryland Association (BIMA) array, presently located at Hat 
Creek, CA. The baseline plan is to move these 15 telescopes 
to a new, higher elevation site in the Inyo Mountains, 
southeast of Bishop, CA, and operate them together as one 
aperture synthesis instrument.

 The start date is negotiable, but we would like to have 
someone in place as soon as possible, nominally by October 
1, 2000 or whenever an appropriate candidate is selected. 

Please address applications to: Project Manager Position
attn: Dr. D. P. Woody
P.O. Box 968
Owens Valley Radio Observatory
Leighton Lane
Big Pine, CA  93513 

Editor's Note:  The job description was very long and has 
been considerably cut.  Unfortunately, there was no web site 
listed, but if interested, I would assume you could email 
Dr. Woody or the submitter at blitzgmc.Berkeley.EDU for the full 
End of CSWA Newsletter of 7/26/2000