Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2000 14:33:09 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 8/09/2000

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
    weekly issues of  8/09/2000, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
1.  NSF Deadlines
2.  Women's Lunch at IAU
3.  Jobs
1. NSF Deadline

The National Science Foundation's Division of Astronomical 
Sciences (AST) announces the following deadlines for 
research grant opportunities for funding in FY2001.   

22 July 2000: CAREER - Faculty Early Career Development 
Program (MPS)

31 August 2000: ATI - Advanced Technologies and 
Instrumentation Program 

15 September 2000: REU Sites- Research Experiences for 
Undergraduates Sites - See 

REU Supplements - anytime. See REU website above.

25 September 2000: Individual Investigator research grants 
EXC - Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology; 
GAL - Galactic Astronomy;
SAA - Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics;
PLA - Planetary Astronomy; and 
RUI - Research in Undergraduate Institutions
Program Announcement at "

15 January 2001: Underrepresented Minorities Programs:
	RPG - Research Planning Grants 
	CAA - Career Advancement Awards 
Program Announcement at "

The NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) is at".

Those familiar with AST's programs will notice that a common 
deadline for the individual investigator programs (EXC, GAL, 
SAA, PLA, RUI) is a departure from past practice.  This 
change is part of a general restructuring of the research 
grants programs designed to reflect the dynamism of today's 
astronomical research environment and to ensure that the 
review process recognizes the most meritorious projects 
across the whole range of the astronomical sciences.  
Investigators are encouraged to propose any meritorious 
project of astronomical research even if does not appear to 
fit precisely within the existing categories, or if it spans 
several disciplines or program topics.  The community is 
strongly encouraged to visit the Division's web site at for a specific program officer to 
contact, for details regarding proposal submission, and for 
updated information about the astronomy grants programs as 
we move forward with our program restructuring.

All proposals have to be sent in by FastLane. See 
"".  All the telephone numbers at 
NSF have been changed.  You may look up the new numbers for 
all of NSF at "".

James P. Wright
Program Director
Education and Human Resources and Special Programs
Division of Astronomical Sciences  Room 1045
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA  22230
Telephone 703-292-4910,  E-mail 
FAX  703-292-9034

2. Women's Lunch at IAU

A very successful lunch was held on Tuesday 8th August to 
discuss the issues affecting women astronomers. Some sixty 
GA participants (including some men) attended and a wide 
range of facts and figures, viewpoints and opinions were 
aired.  Wendy Freedman presented some of the latest 
statistical findings from the USA which show that 
proportionately more men than women are advancing at almost 
every stage of the careers ladder, particularly at the very 
highest levels.  Sawako Maeda presented similar statistics 
from Japan which reveal, amongst other things, that about 
half of all married Japanese women astronomers endure years 
of separation from their husbands due to the problem of 
finding two jobs in the same locality.  This is one of many 
well known problems which affect female astronomers world 
wide.  The floor was then opened for a lively discussion. On 
the bright side, we heard that in both Italy and India 
things look relatively good for female astronomers.  
However, in France, a country widely believed to have a good 
culture for women astronomers, we heard that the number of 
young women entering the profession is declining.  
Ominously, this trend was predicted some years ago. There 
was strong support for a more formal meeting to address many 
of the issues discussed during the lunch at the next IAU GA 
in Sydney, particularly from some of the very senior women 
present.  These issues are not new, and they affect women 
from many cultures and nationalities.  The challenge for 
such a meeting will be to find new ways forward enabling 
more women to contribute fully to the pursuit of scientific 
knowledge. A full report on Tuesday's meeting will appear in 
Astronomy & Geophysics, the house magazine of the Royal 
Astronomical Society, who generously sponsored the lunch. I 
would like to thank my co-organisers, Althea Wilkinson and 
Phillipa Browning, and everyone who attended to make this an 
interesting and enjoyable occasion.

Myfanwy Bryce

3. Jobs

The University of Rochester Astronomy group expects to have 
an Assistant Professor position for an  
experimentalist/observer in 2001.  I am sending this 
announcement to AASWomen as a "heads up", because I am 
hopeful that we will be able to attract outstanding 
female candidates.   

There are currently 3 experimentalist/observers(IR)in our 
group, all of whom are involved in the SIRTF experiment, and 
who have interests in brown dwarfs, young clusters, disks, 
active galaxies among others; 2 theorists with primary 
interest in bipolar outflows and accretion disks; and 2 
astronomical colleagues who are either adjunct faculty,
or in another department at Rochester.

We would be interested in having some prospective candidates 
visit us during this academic year, even prior to 
formalization of the position. Please contact if you are interested in
our upcoming faculty position.

Judy Pipher
End of CSWA Newsletter of 8/09/2000