Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 15:46:29 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 11/22/2000

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
    weekly issues of 11/22/2000, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
1. Responses to Berkley grad students
2. A New Idea
3. Jobs

Editor's apology - Sorry there was no newsletter last week.  
I injured my back and couldn't sit up long enough to deal 
with it. 
1. 1. Responses to Berkley grad students

Item 2 in the November 8, 2000, Newsletter on the Status of 
Women in the AAS makes an assertion whose implications we, 
as students and faculty members of the Berkeley Astronomy 
Department, would like to address.

The Berkeley Astronomy Department is engaged in a search for 
a new member of its faculty (see the the CSWA Newsletter of 
8/16/2000).  The emphasis of that search is theoretical 
astrophysics.  This article suggests that this search is not 
open, and is being conducted in a manner that is prejudicial 
against women applicants. This is not correct.

The Search Committee's activities have been confined to 
asking widely in the community for names of candidates who 
we should encourage to apply. The purpose of this activity 
is to guarantee the greatest possible diversity in the 
applicant pool before the job ad closes on November 22.  The 
Search Committee, which consists of students and faculty, 
has solicited names of both women and men, and suggested 
that some of these people (women as well as men) should 
apply.  When the advertisement closes all applicants will be 
given equal consideration, regardless of gender or 

Our primary reason for responding to the Newsletter article 
is to ensure that no one is deterred from applying. To this 
end we would be grateful if you bring the job advertisement:

to the attention of your readership as soon as possible, and 
certainly before the November 22 closing date of the 

Sincerely yours,

James Graham Jonathan Arons Alison Coil Imke de Pater Andrea 
Gilbert Geoff Marcy Ivan King Ryan Chornock Henry Roe 
Douglas Leonard Gibor Basri Marc Davis Joshua Simon Jonathan 
Swift Alex Filippenko Andrew Youdin Shuleen Chau Martin, 
Frank Shu, Jack Welch, Jim Gibson, Carl Heiles, Don Backer, 
Chris McKee


A few years ago, succumbing to curiosity about a similar 
situation, I took the ratio of female to male authors in the 
AJ (assumed to be observational) and ApJ (assumed to be 
theory).  The results were 20% observational and 8% theory, 
averaging to the oft-quoted 15% total.  I also assumed that 
I could not identify/misidentified gender for an equal ratio 
of scientists.   I conclude that it is indeed more difficult 
to find a  female theorist than a female observer.

However, I am disquieted by your describing the faculty as 
not precisely defining the job requirements by using the 
phrase ' "Thanks, but no thanks. These people don't have 
what we are looking for." '  This is a typical pattern for 
discrimination, identified in at least one article in 
Status, where the job requirements change subtly and perhaps 
unconsciously to exclude the under-utilized group of the 
person competing for the job.

Given all this, I refuse to believe that there is *no* woman 
who is qualified!  Please request a specific *fixed* list of 
job requirements and a promise from the search committee to 
pay for the trip and interview anyone meeting those 
requirements.  (After all, if there are no such women as 
they contend, it won't cost them a dime.) You might wish to 
jump off the grapevine and look through the journals for 

Thank you for realizing that the status quo is wrong, and 
for acting to change it.

Beth Hufnagel

2.  A New Idea

A friend of mine pointed me to an article by a Michigan 
professor on an idea which I think could help solve many of 
the problems of academia that readers of this list describe 
all of the time.

The idea is for PhD holders to have the option of becoming 
freelance instructors with state or national accredidation. 
A professor could work at a university or own her own, much 
as doctors and lawyers can either work at a hospital/law 
firm or set up private practice.

This solves two problems at once:
1. Many students do not have access to higher education
2. There are not enough university positions for PhD 

This system would allow much more flexibility for both the 
instructors and the students. With the low overhead, 
students could pay less and instructors would earn more than 
at traditional state universities. I think this system would 
especially benefit women and minority instructors and 
students. Instructors would no longer be tied to the system 
where you have to focus on a narrow research field at the 
expense of many other things to get tenure or have no 
position at all in your field. They could set up private 
practice in any location where there were students desiring 
college classes. For example they could live in any city and 
teach in neighborhood centers of (minority) neighborhoods.

Imagine if only 10% of MD's were allowed to practice 
medicine, and only at (research) hospitals, when there were 
people who needed medical attention?

There are so many good implications for this option that I 
haven't listed here. As far as I know it has not been put 
into full practice, so I think it would be good for our 
community to push on it. I'm very excited about it. I 
welcome any comments to me personally or to this list!

The original article has more details and can be found at:

Kim Coble, UCSB
3. Jobs

For anyone who would consider a career change from 
astrophysics to atmospheric physics (specifically, climate 
modeling), here are some job openings with my company in my 
NASA group. I have made this transition and would be willing 
to discuss it with other astronomers who are contemplating 
switching to a field that gets good funding...write to This posting is only going to 
AASWOMEN, not the Job Register, so forward it to any 
interested friends.

General Sciences Corporation, a subsidiary of Science 
Applications International Corporation (SAIC GSC), has an 
immediate opening for the following position:

#578 SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMMER/ANALYST - to provide support to 
the Data Assimilation Office (DAO) at NASA Goddard Space 
Flight Center in the area of constituent data assimilation.  
Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with 
leading atmospheric scientists in the field of stratospheric 
modeling and data assimilation.  The initial work includes 
further development of an ozone data assimilation system, 
comparison and validation of its products, and  maintenance 
of its code and datasets.   The work involves programming in 
Fortran and Unix, and the use of Matlab, IDL,  and GrADS in 
development and validation.  Candidate will have the 
opportunity to participate in the presentation and/or 
publication of results at scientific conferences and in 
referreed journals.  This position requires an M. S. or a 
Ph. D. in atmospheric sciences or a related field, strong 
analytical, quantitative, and communication skills, and  
proven experience programming in Fortran in a Unix 
environment.  Desired skills include a background in 
atmospheric data assimilation, atmospheric chemistry, or 
numerical algorithms; and experience in Matlab, IDL, and 
GrADS analytical packages.  

Additional information about the Data Assimilation Office 
can be found at  Further 
information about the research area related to this position 
can be found at

#562 SUPPORT SCIENTIST -- to Support the Laboratory for 
Atmospheres Sounder Research Team (SRT) at NASA/GSFC. SRT is 
developing algorithms for determination of terrestrial 
atmospheric, surface, and cloud  properties from satellite 
measurements. The SRT has developed advanced algorithms for 
retrieval of these geophysical climate products using  
multi-spectral measurements from the Atmospheric Infrared 
Sounder (AIRS),  Advanced Microwave Sounder Unit (AMSU-A), 
and Humidity Sounder Brazil  (HSB) which will be flown on 
the EOS-Aqua platform, scheduled for  launch in May 2001. 
The SRT has also processed 21 years of POES satellite 
measurements, including NOAA-15, which has the AMSU-A and 
AMSU-B instruments along with the High-resolution InfraRed  
Sounder(HIRS), and is in the process of adapting the 
AIRS/AMSU/HSB  retrieval system to the HIRS/AMSU system in 
order to evaluate the performance and robustness of the new 
algorithms with real data.  The successful applicant will 
develop, test, and implement software to apply the new 
algorithms to both current and future satellite data 
systems. Applicant will have the opportunity to work with  
leading NASA scientists in state-of-the-art Unix-based 
computer systems.   Requires a BS or MS in physical science 
or computer science, at least 3 years experience programming 
in Fortran in a Unix environment, solid Unix skills - 
including shell scripting, and experience working with large 
scientific data sets.  Desired skills: experience 
programming in C and Perl, as well as experience with 
radiative transfer algorithms using infrared and microwave  
data a plus. Atmospheric Science or related 

SAIC/GSC is an Affirmative Action Employer with competitive 
salaries and excellent benefits. Qualified candidates should 
send their resume for consideration, identifying position of 
interest, to: General Sciences Corporation, 4600 Powder Mill 
Road, Suite 400, Beltsville, Maryland 20705-2675; or FAX 
your resume (301) 953-3797; or E-mail: 
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Assistant Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics
University of California, Santa Cruz
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Attention:  Faculty Search Committee in Astronomy

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position in mm,
sub-mm, far-IR astronomy, or theoretical planetary science 
at the Assistant Professor level, starting July 1, 2001. 

We seek an individual with expertise and interests in 1) the 
formation, structure, dynamics and evolution of planetary 
system bodies; 2) the formation of young stellar objects and 
evolution of protostellar disks; or 3) the structure of star 
forming regions within or beyond the Galaxy. The candidate's 
expertise could include mm, sub-mm, far-infrared astronomy, 
orbital, atmospheric, and internal dynamics or the evolution 
of planetary and satellite bodies. The research could entail 
radio or infrared observations, analytic theory, computer 
modeling or involvement in space exploration missions 
including remote sensing of planetary environments. 

The successful candidate is expected to develop a first-
class research program in astronomy, astrophysics, or 
planetary science, teach undergraduates and graduates, and 
supervise student research.

SALARY:  Based on qualifications and experience. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D., or equivalent, in Astronomy, 
Physics, Planetary Sciences or related field, a demonstrated 
record of research excellence and a commitment to teaching. 

To be assured of full consideration, applicants should 
submit curriculum vitae, a brief summary of research and 
teaching interests, and at least three letters of 
recommendation by closing date of 01-15-01.

Please refer to Provision #562  on all correspondence. 

End of CSWA Newsletter of 11/22/2000