Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 11:24:16 -0500 (EST)
Subject: CSWA Newsletter of 11/29/2000

            AAS Committee on the Status of Women
    weekly issues of 11/29/2000, ed. by Priscilla Benson
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This week's issues:
1. A Point of Trivia
2. Jobs

1. A Point of Trivia

There is a letter in the October 19th issue of Nature 
(no.6806 p.833) in which the author (Dean Falk, University 
of Albany) suggests that an attractive side-effect of  
entering the sciences, for women, is the fact that they 
become immortal. He comes to this conclusion based on the 
marked decline in the number of obituaries published in 
which the subject is female.

2. Jobs

Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
Carnegie Institution of Washington
5241 Broad Branch Road, N.W.
Washington, DC 20015-1305
Attention:  Astronomy Staff Search Committee

Applications are invited for two positions as Members of the 
Research Staff in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of 
the Carnegie Institution of Washington.  We are seeking 
theorists and/or observers in one or more of the fields of 
planet formation, extrasolar planet detection, planetary 
astronomy, and star formation.  The Department of 
Terrestrial Magnetism has an active group of researchers in 
these areas.  Alan Boss and George Wetherill lead the 
theoretical effort to understand the formation and evolution 
of planetary systems, while Paul Butler is active in the 
search for extrasolar planets.  Conel Alexander and Larry 
Nittler perform laboratory studies of pre-planetary 
materials.  Other DTM staff members include astronomers John 
Graham and Vera Rubin, and planetary scientist Sean Solomon. 
Carnegie is a lead member institution of the NASA 
Astrobiology Institute.  The Carnegie Institution of 
Washington operates the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.  
Carnegie telescopes include a 1-m, a 2.5-m,  and a 50% share 
of the two 6.5-m Magellan telescopes. Theoretical 
calculations are performed on the 21 GFLOP Carnegie Alpha 
Cluster and a large network of workstations.  Applicants 
should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field and a significant 
record of research and publication.  A C.V., bibliography, 
and brief statement of interest should be submitted to the 
above address by December 31, 2000.  Women and minority 
candidates are especially encouraged to apply.  Carnegie is 
an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.



    The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites 
applications and nominations for a tenure-track assistant 
professor position in astronomy and astrophysics beginning 
in the 2001-2002 academic year.  An exceptionally qualified 
person at a more senior level may also be considered.  The 
successful candidate will be expected to establish a 
vigorous research program and to be highly effective in     
teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  
Candidates with specialties in any area of astronomy and 
astrophysics are invited to apply.  Related research areas 
within the department include star and planetary system 
formation, atmospheres and interior physics of low-mass 
stars and white and brown dwarfs, planetary and 
protoplanetary nebulae, binary and variable stars, space 
physics, particle astrophysics and cosmology.  Potential 
applicants are invited to request more information regarding 
faculty research activities from the Search Committee and to 
visit our web site, at 
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a letter 
describing current and planned research activities and 
teaching experience, and a list of three references who may 
be contacted for letters of recommendation.  Candidates are 
especially encouraged to describe how they plan to develop 
their research programs at Vanderbilt.  Applications and 
requests for further information should be sent to:  
David A. Weintraub, Chair, Astrophysics Search Committee, 
Vanderbilt University, Department of Physics & Astronomy, 
P.O. Box 1807 Station B, Nashville, TN 37235-1807.  
FAX: 615-343-7263.  Review of applications will begin 
January 31, 2001, and will continue until the position is 
filled.  Vanderbilt University is an Equal Opportunity, 
Affirmative Action Employer.  Women and minority candidates 
are particularly encouraged to apply.


Rice University has two tenure-track faculty positions open 
in Astronomy/Astrophysics.  Minorities and women are 
especially encouraged to apply. Interviews will be conducted 
at the AAS meeting in January.


        The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice 
University, which is formed from the recent merger of the 
Physics and Space Physics and Astronomy departments, invites 
applications for a faculty position starting Fall 2001, in 
the area of experimental/observational high energy 
astrophysics. This appointment is intended to be at the 
tenure-track assistant professor level, but applicants with 
exceptional qualifications may be considered for an 
associate professorship.

        In addition to outstanding research and teaching 
credentials, we are seeking a dynamic 
xeperimentalist/observer who will effectively complement our 
existing efforts in high energy astrophysics, which include 
research in pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, black hole and 
neutron star binaries, AGNs, SNRs and particle acceleration. 
Current research involves data from most high energy space 
observatories and ground-based telescopes, as well as 
laboratory experiments using ultra intense lasers to 
simulate astrophysical phenomena. In addition, the 
department has active programs in star and solar system 
formation, ISM and nebula, astrophysics, galactic chemical 
evolution, planetary science, magnetospheric and ionospheric 
physics, space weather, and high energy and nuclear physics.

        Each applicant should send via paper mail a resume 
with statement of research interest, publication list and 
selected reprints, and arrange to have four letters of 
reference sent to: Prof. Edison Liang, Chair of the Search 
Committee (email:, Department of 
Physics and Astronomy, MS108, Rice University, Houston, TX 
77005-1892. Review of applications will begin on 1 December 
2000 and continue until the position is filled. (More 
information about the department can be found at Rice University encourages 
applications from minority and women candidates.  AAE/EOE. 
(The weblisting of this job can be found at and


         The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice 
University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty 
position in the field of observational 
astronomy/astrophysics related to star formation and 
origins.  Specific research areas of interest include 
protostellar objects and outflows, young clusters and 
associated emission nebulae and molecular clouds, and global 
star formation processes on galactic and extragalactic 
scales.  Candidates with multiwavelength research experience 
(UV-optical-IR-radio) and/or instrumentation experience 
(instrument development or participation in a development 
team) are particularly encouraged to apply.

         This appointment is expected to be made at the 
assistant professor level, but outstanding applicants can 
receive consideration for accelerated promotion or 
appointment as associate professor with tenure.  Review of 
applications will begin on 1 December 2000 and continue 
until the position is filled.  Interested applicants should 
send a resume and statement of current research activities 
and future interests, reprints of two recent publications, 
and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to o: R. 
J. Dufour, Astronomy Search Committee, Department of Physics 
& Astronomy, MS 108 Rice University, 6100 Main Street, 
Houston, TX 77005-1892.  Email inquires:

         Rice University is one of the premier small private 
universities in the nation ( with an 
exceptionally talented undergraduate student body and a 
strong commitment to excellence in research and graduate 
education.  The Department of Physics & Astronomy 
( currently has several faculty 
engaged in research in observational and theoretical 
astrophysics.  Rice University encourages applications from 
qualified women and minorities.  AAE/EOE.(The weblisting of 
this job can be found at  and


The Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas at 
Austin invites applications for a faculty position to begin 
in the 2001-02 academic year. Applications at both tenure-
track and tenured levels are encouraged.  We are searching 
for a candidate who will conduct a vigorous astronomical 
research program. The candidate's main teaching 
responsibilities will be in the University of Texas UTeach 
program.  UTeach is an innovative program at the University 
of Texas for the preparation of secondary mathematics and 
science teachers.  More information on UTeach may be found 

Applications from candidates in all areas of astronomical 
research are welcome.  Members of the department of 
Astronomy have access to the telescopes of McDonald 
Observatory (the 9.2 Hobby-Eberly Spectroscopic Telescope, 
and the 2.7m, 2.1m, and 0.8m general purpose telescopes) and 
the Texas Advanced Computation Center.  The department also 
participates in the Caltech submillimeter telescope on Mauna 

One important responsibility will be to teach a course on 
research methods for UTeach students.  This course is an 
interdisciplinary upper-division course on the nature of 
scientific research with a laboratory component. The course 
serves upper-division science and mathematics majors 
preparing to teach in the secondary schools.  Other 
opportunities to teach interdisciplinary courses for UTeach 
may develop as the program grows.

Applicants are requested to send a letter of application, a 
description of their research and educational 
accomplishments, an outline of their present and future 
academic interests, and a curriculum vitae with a list of 
publications to The Faculty Search Committee, Department of 
Astronomy C-1400, The University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712-
1083.  An applicant should also arrange for a maximum of 
four letters of recommendation to be sent to the Faculty 
Search Commmittee.  To assure full consideration, 
applications should be completed by January 15, 2001.  The 
committee welcomes further inquiries on this unique faculty 
position, and contact can be made via e-mail to, by phone at 512-471-3000, and by 
FAX at 512-471-6016.  The Astronomy Program's general web 
address is

The University of Texas is an Affirmative Action - Equal 
Opportunity employer.  Women and minority candidates are 
strongly encouraged to apply.

End of CSWA Newsletter of 11/29/2000