Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2000 10:51:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 11/8/2000

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
    weekly issues of 11/08/2000, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
1. Nominations for Fellows of the American Physical Society
2. Concerned Grad Students
3. Texas Symposium for Relativistic Astrophysics
4. Books for Children
5. Jobs

1. Nominations for Fellows of the American Physical Society

Each year the American Physical Society (APS) nominates 
members to be "Fellows". This is an honor that carries 
considerable cachet in physics circles, and perhaps not 
surprisingly, women are usually under-represented in the 
nomination lists (i.e., they appear in smaller percentages 
than their membership). Nominations are made by division, so 
for astronomers, the Division of Astrophysics (DAP) is the 
relevant one.

To be nominated, potential Fellows must be members of the 
APS, though not necessarily of the DAP. The nomination 
process is similar to that for AAS prizes; details can be 
found on the APS web site ( The Committee on 
the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) is currently working 
to get an accurate list of current women Fellows --- often 
some surprisingly obvious names are missing --- and you can 
check for APS membership using their web site as well. 

The annual nomination deadline is May 1. Please start 
thinking about deserving female colleagues who are eligible 
--- it is never too early to start the nomination process. 

Meg Urry

2. Concerned Grad Students at UC Berkeley

Subject: Unofficial Job Search Notice

Dear AASwomen subscribers, 

The Dept of Astronomy at UC Berkeley is performing a job 
search for a theorist,  preferably a cosmology theorist. To 
date, the graduate students have been unable to suggest a 
woman that the faculty think might be worthy of hiring here. 
We have polled our friends, and friends of friends, and 
brought these names to the faculty. We have been told, 
politely, (paraphrasing) "Thanks, but no thanks. These
people don't have what we are looking for." 

We understand the desire to hire only the best, but we are 
wondering: Are there no women doing good solid work in 
theory? Is this a problem with _numbers_ not being of 
sufficient size or with _reputations_ not being of 
sufficient size?  When faculty call other faculty for
recommendations for good people - no women's names are on 
the list. What does that mean? Are senior people possibly 
not considering applying?

Do you readers know what the statistics are for women in 
theory in astronomy? At the junior level? Have other 
institutions that have done hiring for theorist in the past 
found a similar problem with getting qualified female 
applicants to apply? Are the only faculty jobs going
to women in astronomy observational in nature? Do you know 
any women who may be interested in this position? If so, 
please ask them to apply! 

Some concerned graduate students

3. Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics

This looks like a very interesting meeting, with a number of 
excellent speakers. Worth reminding people about ---


DECEMBER 11-15, 2000

The Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics, a world 
conference of top cosmologists and astrophysicists, returns 
to the state of its origin on December 11-15, 2000 at the 
Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 

Online registration and abstract submission at:

Deadline for early registration is November 15.

A block of rooms at the centrally located Hyatt Regency 
Hotel has been reserved for Conference participants at $115 
per night for a single or double room, and $140 per night 
for a triple or quad room.  HOTEL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE 
BY NOVEMBER 13 to qualify for group rates. For reservation 
and further information about the Hyatt, please call: 1-800-
233-1234, or check their website.

In the tradition of the Texas Symposia, the Austin meeting 
program features major invited talks, as well as topical 
sessions and poster papers on the latest theories and 
findings.  Key topics this year are:

* string theory & quantum gravity    
* the brane world & multi-verses
* observations of massive neutrinos  
* new experiments to detect WIMPS
* cosmic background radiation        
* gravitational waves
* dark energy and quintessence       
* the accelerationg universe
* dark matter, WIMPS included        
* cosmological reionization
* X-ray background & quasar census   
* gamma-ray bursts
* relativistic jets                  
* ultra high energy cosmic rays
* supermassive black holes           
* supernovae
* pulsar/magnetar physics            
* colliding neutron stars
* numerical relativity

New results are expected from the Chandra and Newton X-ray 
observatories and the recently-launched High Energy 
Transient Explorer - HETE2.

PUBLIC POLICY.  Prof. Michael Turner of the University of 
Chicago, Chair of the NRC Committee on the Physics of the 
Universe, will address the Symposium on "From Quarks to the 
Cosmos," the first public presentation of the Committee's 
report that identifies timely scientific opportunities and
thus will provide an opportunity for community input before 
the second phase report determines priorities.

J. Craig Wheeler
Chair, Local Organizing Committee     

4. Books for Children

For about 7-11 years old (plus adult!) I recommend a 
wonderful book, "Bright Star," by Anne Spudvilas.  It is 
Australian, but republished in the US by Kane/Miller 
(Brooklyn).  The story is about a bright Australian girl at 
the turn of last century, who does farmwork every day but 
yearns for something more....She meets an amateur astronomer 
who has discovered a comet, John Tebbutt. Tebbutt (1834-
1916) was a real person; sort of a David Levy of his day, it 
seems to me.  He is on the Australian $100 bill.

The drawings in this book are particularly beautiful, and 
the story inspiring.  Take a look.

-Doug Duncan

5. Jobs

I want to bring to the attention of your readers an opening
in our department advertised in the Nov. 2000 Physics Today,
nominally for a Condensed Matter Physicist, Tenure Track.
Of possible interest is the fact that the search committee
has included photonics and biophysics (including 
astrobiology) among the specialities to be considered.
All applications will be considered on their merits, but my 
colleague Laura Danly and I would be willing to discuss the 
opportunity with interested parties.
--Robert Stencel, Dept. Physics & Astronomy, University of 

End of CSWA Newsletter of 11/8/2000