Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 21:49:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for 1/5/01

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
weekly issues of 1/5/01, ed. by Meg Urry and Patricia Knezek

This week's issues:
1. Vassar job interviews at AAS
2. CSWA Special Session: Margaret Burbidge speaks
3. Luncheon honoring Margaret Burbidge at the AAS Meeting,
   and Photo Signing (stop by STScI booth)
4. January '01 STATUS now on-line
5. Response to Lynda Williams letter in last AASWOMEN, from APS 
   Congressional Fellow Sherri Stephan
6. Women's International Science Collaboration (WISC) Program 2001-2002
7. New Curator needed for Women-in-Astronomy database
8. Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Astrophysics at Drexel University 


1. Vassar job interviews at AAS

In the 12/6/00 aaswomen newsletter, Vassar College Dept. of Physics and
Astronomy advertised a 1-yr physics asst. prof. replacement for next year. I
will be at the AAS meeting in San Diego and available to talk with prospective
applicants; please bring your resumes.

Debra Elmegreen


2. CSWA Special Session: Margaret Burbidge speaks

Don't forget to come to the CSWA-sponsored Special Session, #121,
Thursday, January 11, 10:30-12:00, Royal Palm 5/6. We are delighted
to present San Diego's own Margaret Burbidge, speaking about her 
pioneering career in astronomy, followed by questions and discussion.


3. Luncheon honoring Margaret Burbidge at the AAS Meeting
   and Photo Signing

More than 100 attendees have reserved places at the
Margaret Burbidge luncheon in San Diego, so it promises 
to be lots of fun. All confirmed attendees have received 
an email confirmation (upon receipt of check) from Victoria 
Horne. (If you have not heard from her and believe this is
in error, please contact her immediately;
or 410-338-4793). In addition, confirmed attendees will
receive with their AAS registration materials a ticket to
the luncheon. The entree is chicken; if you prefer the
vegetarian option (eggplant Provencal), please sign up
at the registration desk.

The guest list is now officially closed. Meg Urry will have
a few additional tickets available at $30 each; if any 
are left at the time of the luncheon, we will sell them 
at the door. As of this moment, we don't know the name of
the room in which the luncheon will occur, but it is at the
Town & Country, the main meeting hotel, and we will make
the location known as soon as we can.

PHOTO SIGNING: As a remembrance of the occasion, we will
be presenting Margaret (Note to MB: read no further!) with
a beautiful photographic montage put together here at STScI.
***Please, everyone, stop by the STScI booth to sign the 
frame mat (through Wednesday afternoon) even if you cannot 
be at the luncheon.***


4. January '01 STATUS now on-line

The latest STATUS, the newsletter of the Committee on the 
Status of Women in Astronomy, has just been released. It's
the fifth issue edited by Meg Urry and Lisa Frattare (STScI). 
Look for it in your mailboxes, at the January AAS meeting,
and on-line (PDF version) at 
If you are not already receiving STATUS at your home institution, 
send your mail address to to get on the list.
Past issues are also available on-line.

The January 2001 STATUS includes the following articles: 

	Margaret Burbidge: Astronomical Pioneer 
	    by Vera Rubin

	The Statistics of Women Speakers at Astronomy Conferences 
	    by You-Hua Chu

	Dual Careers, Part 2: Solutions 
	    by Laurie McNeil & Marc Sher 

	Good Morning, Gentlemen and Meg: A Profile of Women in Astronomy Today
	    by Annie Finkbeiner 

	"Notes From A Life" and "Views from the Field" 
	    Contributions from Our Readers


5. Response to Lynda Williams letter in last AASWOMEN,
   from APS Congressional Fellow Sherri Stephan

I feel compelled to respond to Lynda Williams' open letter
to the AAAS regarding the Science Policy Fellowship program.

The suggestion that the AAAS fellowship program 
discriminates against women is not supported by the facts.
The current class of 95 science policy fellows is composed of 
55% women and 15% minorities. Also consider that these fellows 
come from all science and engineering fields.  Many do not have 
the attrition rate problems among women that physics and astronomy 
have.   I would further point out that of the current 
"physics-type" Congressional Science Fellows, 5 out of 6 are
women (see Physics Today, vol. 53, no. 12, December 2000, 
pg. 62-64). 

The current class of fellows is a diverse bunch, but there is 
one thing we all have in common.  We have been very active 
in outreach and public service throughout our careers, 
and are continuing to do so in addition to our science policy
work.  We are "in touch" with the public and society.  
This is one of many qualities  sponsoring societies consider
when looking for worthy candidates.  

Some societies do not require a Ph.D.  In addition, there 
are many other policy opportunities.  AAAS has Mass Media 
fellowships to introduce scientists to science writing. 
Another program, Reach!America, connects 
scientists with federal legislative district offices,
or you can volunteer on your own.  Many of these 
activities can provide the alternate requirement of "related
experience" on most fellowship applications.  But regardless
of the fellowship, I urge you to take any opportunity you 
can to get involved in science policy, which happens on local, 
state and federal levels.  

Again, please feel free to contact me if you want  more
information about the fellowship program or would like to 
know more about at least one fellowship experience (thus far).

Sherri Godlin Stephan
APS Congressional Science Fellow (2000-01)


6. Women's International Science Collaboration (WISC) Program 2001-2002

Just posted by Kevin Marvel on the AAS web site is information about
this grant program, funded by the NSF and administered by the Program 
on Europe and Central Asia of the American Association for the Advancement 
of Science (AAAS). Because the application rate of women scientists 
and engineers to the Central and Eastern Europe Program of the Division 
of International Programs has been disproportionately low, the goal 
of this Program is to increase the participation of women as PIs and 
co-PIs in international research projects.  This program provides small 
grants to individual US scientists who plan to establish new research 
partnerships with their colleagues in Central/Eastern Europe (CEE) and 
the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union (NIS). The grant 
provides a modest stipend but does not cover salary or institutional 
expenses (e.g. overhead), nor can it be used for the sole purpose of 
attending conferences or workshops or teaching or training. For further
details, see the "external grants page" off the AAS site (


7. New Curator needed for Women-in-Astronomy database

A large database of women in astronomy is available on the
CSWA pages (see
At present, this database is resident at STScI and is 
maintained by Lisa Frattare, who has done a fantastic job
for a number of years now but would like to pass the baton.

We are looking for technically literate person(s) to take
over --- and if possible, to upgrade --- this database and
maintain it at their own home institution. Interested parties 
should contact Lisa ( to discuss it.


8. Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Astrophysics at Drexel University 

The Department of Physics at Drexel University invites applications
for an anticipated tenure-track faculty position in astrophysics,
starting in the Fall of 2001. Appointment at a more senior level may
be considered, based on the qualifications of the applicant. The
successful candidate must be committed to excellence in education at
both undergraduate and graduate levels, and will be expected to
establish an active research program. While applications from
qualified candidates in any area of astrophysics are welcome, preference
will be given to applicants whose research interests lie in the
general areas of galactic and extragalactic astrophysics. The Department
currently has research programs in a number of areas of astrophysics,
including stellar evolution, stellar dynamics, large-scale structure,
cosmology, computational fluid dynamics, numerical relativity, and
sources of gravitational radiation. For more information see . Details about 
the department and the Astro group can be found at and respectively.
Applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae, a Plan of Research,
Teaching Credentials with a Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and
arrange for 3 letters of reference to be sent to: Astrophysics Search
Committee, Department of Physics, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Applications received by January 31,
2001 will receive full consideration.
Drexel University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity