Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 19:20:05 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for 02/16/01

	AAS Committee on the Status of Women
    weekly issue of 02/16/2001, ed. by Meg Urry and Patricia Knezek

This week's issues:
1. Age limits for the Warner and Pierce prizes
2. Request for written opinions on women and science from the Mount 
   Holyoke College Alumnae Quarterly
3. Announcement of Towson University Women in Science Program
4. Further comments on translating the Dutch noun for "boys/children"
5. Follow-up to the "NSF research opportunities for women: ADVANCE" program
   of 02/09/01
6. Response to the 02/09/01 report on a conversation from the AAS/AAPT 
   meeting in San Diego
7. Further comments on the "donate a mammogram" article of 02/01/01
8. Postdoctoral/Predoctoral in Cluster Galaxy Evolution in Padova, Italy
9. Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Astrophysics - Louisiana State 
   University and A&M College
10. Temporary Assistant Professor of Physics - Bates College

1. Age limits for the Warner and Pierce prizes
From: Meg Urry & Pat Knezek

The Helen B. Warner prize and the Newton Lacy Pierce prize both require that
the recipients have not attained 36 years of age in the year designated for 
the award.  We wish to solicit opinions on whether they should be changed from
chronological age to age-since-PhD. The American Physical Society has 
recently done this for early career awards, to emphasize the early career 
part, not the age part, since the latter can discriminate against people who 
have taken time out in their careers.  For example, this could include people
who choose to take time off to have kids, or perhaps chose to work outside of
academia for a few years before completing graduate school.  These awards are
advertised by the AAS as "early career" awards, so perhaps the American 
Physical Society has captured the true spirit of such awards.  Let us know 
what you think!

2. Request for written opinions on women and science from the Mount 
   Holyoke College Alumnae Quarterly
From: Zodiac Webster

The Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Quarterly is requesting written 
opinions for a piece they plan to do in the future about women 
and science. Perhaps members of this group have something in 
their archive that they would like to share with the Mount 
Holyoke Community.  As you may know, Mount Holyoke College has a 
long history of sending more than their fair share of women 
scientists on to obtain PhDs in the sciences given its moderate 
size! The solicition is duplicated below. (This is the second 
time the request has occurred, so don't delay!)

"Is science in crisis? While science jobs abound, the U.S. is 
importing scientists to fill them.  The statistics for women are 
even bleaker, despite national efforts to boost their entry into 
the sciences.  Why are kids avoiding math and science in high 
school? And even if they study science in college, why do fewer 
women than men seek advanced science degrees? Please send your 
views on women and science to the editor for a future Quarterly 
article. " (Alumnae Quarterly, 50 College St, South Hadley, MA 
01075-1486, or  Letters must be signed.)

3. Announcement of Towson University Women in Science Program
From:  Karen Schaefer

[Eds. Note: This is primarily of interest for those in the Baltimore
area, although all are welcome!]

        Towson University Women in Science Program
                     Third Annual Forum
                  Saturday, March 3, 2001

On Saturday, March 3rd 2001, the Towson University Women
in Science Program will be holding its third annual forum.
This forum celebrates the achievements of women in science,
engineering, and mathematics, and provides encouragement
and opportunities to women students at all stages of their careers.
We are especially interested in reaching middle and high school
students and their teachers, guidance counselors, undergraduate
and graduate students.  The forum is free and open to the
public, but *you must register in advance*!

This year there will be two excellent speakers: Dr. Grace Brush,
a paleoecologist at Johns Hopkins University, will speak 
about "Humans, Land and Water: A Paleoecological Study of the 
Chesapeake Bay."  The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Vera Rubin, who
will speak about "A Life in Astronomy".  After lunch (which
is provided free of charge), there will be two discussion sections
about "Preparing for Careers in Academic Science and
Mathematics," and "Preparing for Scientific Careers in Business
and Industry."

Deadline for registration is February 26th, 2001.  Additional 
information and the registration form may be found on the web here: 

Contact Information:

Dr. Luz P. Mangurian
Director, Women in Science Program
Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Towson University 21252

4. Further comments on translating the Dutch noun for "boys/children"
From: Imke de Pater & Nicole van der Bliek

[Eds. Note:  We received the following two responses from Dutch
subscribers on their interpretations of the "Physics Experiments" book
first reported on 02/02/01]

1) From: Imke de Pater

Just a short comment on item 2 in the last AASWOMEN, 2/9/01:

Concerning  Cecilia Barnbaum's comment on Marian Bruinvels comment 
about the Dutch version of a science book (which was posted on the last 
AASWOMEN, 2/2/01):
    I often show audiences this 1958 book: "Physics Experiments at Home 
    for Boys and Girls" in a Dutch translation "Physics at Home, physics 
    experiments for boys" (Natuurkunde Thuis, natuurkundeproeven voor 
    jongens). "Jongens" in Dutch means "Boys". It is unbelievable, but true.

Although in a colloquial way, one often uses `jongens' for short to adress  
children or a mixed audience (like `guys' here in the US), in the formal 
written language `jongens' strictly means boys.  The title of this book really 
means physics experiments for boys.  The author really did not mean boys and 
girls, or children.  Physics experiments, in his mind (as deduced from the 
title and the time the book was written) was something interesting 
specifically for boys.

Imke de Pater

2) From: Nicole van der Bliek

I would like to comment on the second point (by Cecilia Barnbaum) in
this weeks newsletter:

> in the western languages listed above, every noun, adjective, etc is 
> associated with gender: masculine-feminine (and in some, neuter) unlike 
> english where gender does not exist for words that are not related to 
> female or male (such as desk, printer, etc...). Although i don't speak 
> dutch, i would bet that the title of the dutch book, to a dutch reader, 
> would mean "Physics at Home, physics experiments for youngsters,"
> without the implying "for boys only."

I am Dutch and I would interpret "voor jongens" as for boys only (as
written by Marian Bruinvels, who must be Dutch herself, looking at her
last name).  If the translator wanted to include girls as well, he/she
should have written either "voor jongens en meisjes" or "voor de
jeugd" (which would translate in English to "for youth").  

I am also pretty sure that in German this would have been exactly the
same: "Jungens und Madchen" corresponding to "boys and girls" and
"Jugend" for "youth".  Similarly in Swedish, so it is probably like
this in all Germanic languages.  In fact, if the English title would
have been "for boys", one would not interpret this as "for boys and
girls" either.

Nicole van der Bliek
CTIO, La Serena, Chile

5. Follow-up to the "NSF research opportunities for women: ADVANCE" program
From: Sue Simkin

Just a follow-up on Lauren Jones' note about the NSF "ADVANCE" program:

I am the AST "contact person" for this. (I learned this on Friday Feb 9th -
the day your newsletter went out). By clicking on the link above and reading
the document it brings up you will learn as much as I know about it. I can,
however, pass on questions to the NSF committee which is developing the
program and try to get answers.

 Susan M. Simkin

Susan M. Simkin
Program Director, Extragalactic Astronomy  & Cosmology
NSF, Division of Astronomical Sciences    
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Rm 1045,  Arlington, VA 22230                
phone: 703-292-4905;  fax: 703-292-9034;  E-mail:

6. Response to the 02/09/01 report on a conversation from the AAS/AAPT 
   meeting in San Diego
From: Linda French

This is in response to the item in last week's AAS Women email
concerning a conversation with a high school physics teacher.  In my
experience conducting summer workshops for K-12 teachers at CfA and
also in talking about students' previous experience with science, the
attitude described by Jonathan Gelbord is all too common.  Most high
school physics teachers are still male, and many do not expect or work
toward equal achievement from their female and male students.  While
there are exceptions, it can be extremely disheartening.

I teach at a college which prepares early childhood and elementary
teachers.  Approximately 90% of my students are women, and probably 75%
of the students suffer from some degree of science or math anxiety.  The
most common sources of this anxiety, as identified by the students
themselves, are high school science teachers who clearly and often
explicitly demonstrate prejudice against girls in science.  Much of our
work here is simple triage--taking the students as they come to us and
trying to improve their attitudes and performance in a limited amount of

While I know many good and well-meaning high school teachers, there is
still much work to be done in this area.

Linda French
Associate Professor of Physics
Wheelock College

7. Further comments on the "donate a mammogram" article of 02/01/01
From: Nahide Craig

I had no problem with the mammogram article, and forwarded to all the female
staff in our group. Many came and thanked and said they responded.
Social consciousness does not hurt anybody, even if it takes 30 seconds of
somebody's time to read!.

Nahide Craig

8. Postdoctoral/Predoctoral in Cluster Galaxy Evolution in Padova, Italy
From: Bianca Poggianti


The Astronomical Observatory in Padova, Italy, announces the
availability of a research position, either at the predoctoral or at
the postdoctoral level, open to applicants of all nationalities.

The successfull applicant will work on a photometric wide-field survey
of low redshift clusters, aimed at studying morphology and
other galactic properties as a function of the environment.

The project is based on multi-band imaging of an X-ray selected sample
of 85 clusters at z=0.04-0.07, obtained with the Wide Field Camera at
the Isaac Newton Telescope (La Palma) and the ESO 2.2m telescope at La
Silla.  The succesfull applicant will be involved in the reduction of
the WFC images, their photometric and morphological analysis, the
scientific outcomes and the creation/update of a WEB page dedicated to
the project.

She/he will work in Padova, where the astronomical community consists
of 60+ astronomers mostly working in the field of galaxy and stellar
evolution, and will be part of the international team carrying out
this project (Daniela Bettoni, Giovanni Fasano and Bianca Poggianti in
Padova, Mariano Moles in Madrid, Per Kjaergaard in Copenhagen, Warrick
Couch in Sydney and Alan Dressler in Pasadena).

The initial appointment will be for one year, starting as soon as
possible, and it is renewable for another year. Renewal for a third
year will be subject to the availability of funds. The net salary,
after deductions, will be about 1.600.000 lire (830 euros) per month
for a predoctoral fellow and 1.900.000 lire (1000 euros) per month for
a post-doctoral fellow.  For comparison, the salary of a tenure
researcher with a permanent position in Italy is about 1.960.000 lire
during the first two years. Health insurance/assistance provided by
the National Health System will depend on nationality (European
citizens will generally be covered by the E111 agreement).

Applicants should fill in the attached two forms, enclose the
documents listed in form A), and send them all either by courier
(DHL, FedEx or equivalent) or by registered post as recorded delivery
with acknowledgement of receipt to the Director of the Astronomical
Observatory of Padova (see address in Form A) in an envelope marked
with their name and address and the reference number 7/2001. The
candidates may be contacted for an interview, possibly via video- or

All applications received by March 25, 2001 will receive full 
consideration. Informal enquiries at the following email address 
are welcome:

9. Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Astrophysics - Louisiana State
   University and A&M College
From: Geoff Clayton

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Louisiana State University and A&M College

The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for an 
anticipated tenure-track position in astrophysics starting in fall 
2001.  Although the opening is at the level of an assistant 
professor, candidates with outstanding records will be considered for 
a more senior level position.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. or 
equivalent degree in astronomy, physics, or a related field.  The 
successful candidate is expected to teach at both the undergraduate 
and graduate levels and establish a vigorous research program.   LSU 
has an ongoing research program in theoretical, observational, and 
experimental astrophysics, with involvement in ground-based and 
space-borne multiwavelength observations, involvement in several 
major neutrino, cosmic ray, and high energy astrophysics experiments, 
and an active gravitational wave detector group on campus.  LSU is 
also located less than 30 miles from the Laser Interferometer 
Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) Livingston laboratory. 
Preference will be given to candidates with a strong track record of 
research that complements these existing strengths and focuses on the 
astrophysics of compact objects, although exceptional candidates in 
all areas of astrophysics will be considered.  Salary will be 
commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Applicants should 
send a vita, a description of research interests and experience, and 
the names of three references to:  William Metcalf, Chairman, 
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, 
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001.  Application deadline is March 31, 2001 
or until a suitable candidate is selected.  LSU is an equal 
opportunity/equal access employer.

10. Temporary Assistant Professor of Physics - Bates College
From: Tammy Couturier for Professor Mark Semon

Bates College
Assistant Professor of Physics
Two and One-Half Year Temporary Position

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Bates College seeks to fill a
leave replacement position for two and one-half years, beginning January
1, 2002. Applicants must demonstrate potential for teaching excellence
in a vigorous undergraduate program and welcome the opportunity for
close interaction with serious students. Applications are encouraged
from candidates that can teach non-calculus astronomy courses with
weekly labs, as well as upper level courses in physics or astrophysics.
Teaching may include working with seniors on research projects. Bates
College is a highly selective liberal arts college of approximately
1,600 students, located in Maine, two and one-half-hours north of
Boston. Review of applications begins March 1, 2001, and will continue
until the position is filled. Please submit a letter of application,
curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, and the names of three
references to:

Physics and Astronomy Search (#R2312)
c/o Bates College Secretarial Services
2 Andrews Road, 7 Lane Hall
Lewiston, ME 04240

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