Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 17:00:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for August 24, 2001

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Bi-weekly issue of 08/24/01, eds. Meg Urry & Patricia Knezek

This week's issues:

1. Volunteer needed for quick astronomy-statistics job
2. Grants available to early-career physicists to attend IUPAP
3. Christian woman scientist needed for doctoral committee 
4. Sweats and Tees from National Women's History Project
5. AIP (American Institute of Physics) Fellowship Opportunities
6. Postdoc/predoc at the Astronomical Observatory in Padova 
   in galaxies in high-redshift clusters
7. Postdoc in stellar astrophysics at the University of Victoria
8. Full Professorship in Astrophysics at University of Munich
9. How to subscribe to the WIPHYS, the Women in Physics listserv
10. How to submit or subscribe to AASWOMEN

1. Volunteer needed for quick astronomy-statistics job

From Meg Urry ( and Lisa Frattare (

We (the editors of STATUS) are looking for a volunteer to crunch
a few numbers. The January issue will include an article by 
chemist Valerie Kuck, which compares women and men (graduate
students and new hires) in top physics and chemistry departments.
We would like to include similar numbers for astronomy. The scope
is to determine, for each of the top 25 ranked departments:
   # graduate students in the years 1988-1992 (male & female)
   # Ph.D.s produced in the years 1994-1998 (ditto )
   % women asst. profs. in the year ~2000 
For astronomy, the first two items should be available from the NSF; 
the last can be taken from the STScI astronomy survey (see STATUS 
June 1999).

The numbers for chemistry and physics are very interesting and not 
entirely intuitive. The "yield" from individual graduate schools
(# PhD granted / # grad students enrolled) varied widely (even though
it is an average over 5 years), and was generally lower for women than 
for men, but with notable exceptions. Furthermore, at the top 10 schools, 
the yield for women was on average higher than in the next 15 schools. 
It is obviously of great interest to look at these same statistics for 
astronomy -- it should be of interest to the departments and to 
prospective students. 

We estimate that this is about one day's work. Please pass this on
to students who might be interested. Volunteers should contact the
STATUS editors.

2. Grants available to early-career physicists to attend IUPAP 
Conference on Women in Physics (Paris)

The IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics) 
Conference on Women in Physics will be held March 7-9, 2002 
at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Applications are sought from 
early-career physicists (both men and women) who would be 
active participants in the meeting and who would have a firm 
commitment to following up on recommendations/ideas that emerge. 

Information and an application form are available at 
Deadline for the application (by email) is September 21, 2001. 
Information on the conference itself is available at

3. Christian woman scientist needed for doctoral committee 

(We received this message last week; it has been edited slightly
to reduce the size):

My name is Richard Christensen and I am an ordained minister who 
has an MS in Geology. I am trying to find a Christian woman with 
a Ph.D. in a field of natural/astronomical sciences for inclusion 
on my doctoral committee as an adjunct professor. I am currently 
pursuing my doctoral degree in Science and Religion at The Union 
Institute in Cincin, Ohio; my dissertation focuses on an individual's 
emotional and/or intellectual struggles in dealing with their 
scientific learning and religious beliefs especially relative to
the issue of origins (cosmological and biological). I will interview 
leading scientists in the field, of the Christian faith, regarding 
their life experience in how they dealt with having to formulate a 
new belief system. From the dissertation I will have enough 
information to eventually publish a book to assist science-oriented 
Christians in delving into the field of science.
As part of the Ph.D. requirements, my doctoral committee should be 
fairly diversified. However, it's very difficult to find Christian 
women who are involved in the sciences at a Ph.D. level. If any of
your readers could be of any assistance please let me know.  

Rev. Richard Christensen (

[Eds. Note: There was some discussion about this item, and a brief 
exchange with the author, which we reproduce here.]

  Meg Urry to Richard Christensen:
  I must say, I hesitated slightly before agreeing to post this, as this
  newsletter serves scientists independent of their religious beliefs,
  and it feels odd to include that criterion. (Why would it not be valid
  to have, on your dissertation committee, an atheist or a Buddhist?
  Implicit in the scientific method, at least as I understand it, is that
  there is critical scrutiny of any idea. Thus it seems odd to restrict
  a committee to a pre-ordained view, pardon the pun.)
  Anyway, I expect you will get some responses (about 600 astronomers
  read this newsletter) and I also expect we'll get some comments on
  the posting!
Response from Richard Christensen:

Dear Meg:

Thank you very much for your prompt reply. I did appreciate the pun, it was 
quite cute.

Regarding the aspect of faith, I thought the committee appointment would be 
appropriate from the standpoint that the potential adjunct would have a 
better understanding over the conflict over faith and science. This 
conflict/issue will be a central focus of my dissertation.

If you do not feel comfortable with the inclusion of request in the upcoming 
newsletter I totally understand. I do not want to put you or your 
organization in an uncomfortable position.

Again thank you for your time and effort.

Richard Christensen

4. Sweats and Tees from National Women's History Project

From Tara McLoughlin (
[reprinted from WIPHYS]

"Science is Women's Work" sweats and tees are on sale ---
are 50% off ($11 and $8) ---  at The National Women's 
History Project site. Check it out at 

NWHP is a great non-profit group that supports women's history
projects, including National Women's History Month, so your
purchase would also support a good cause.

5. AIP (American Institute of Physics) Fellowship Opportunities

From Flory Gonzalez (

AIP is now accepting applications for two fellowship programs, the AIP 
State Department Science Fellowship and the AIP/APS Congressional Science 

represents an opportunity for scientists to make a unique and substantial 
contribution to the nation's foreign policy.  Each year, AIP sponsors one 
fellow to work in a bureau or office of the U.S. State Department, 
becoming actively and directly involved in the foreign policy process by 
providing much-needed scientific and technical expertise.  Application 
deadline is November 1, 2001.  For more information, visit:

CONGRESSIONAL SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP - The American Institute of Physics and 
the American Physical Society are accepting applications for their 
2002-2003 Congressional Science Fellowship programs.  Fellows serve one 
year on the staff of a Member of Congress or congressional committee, 
learning the legislative process while lending scientific expertise to 
public policy issues.  Application deadline is January 15, 2002.  For more 
information, visit: or

6. Postdoc/predoc at the Astronomical Observatory in Padova in 
galaxies in high-redshift clusters
The Astronomical Observatory in Padova, Italy, announces the
availability of a research position, either at the postdoctoral or 
at the predoctoral level, open to applicants of all nationalities.
The successful candidate will work on a program aimed at studying
galaxy evolution in clusters up to redshift 1. The project is based 
on a photometric and spectroscopic dataset of galaxies in 10 clusters 
at z=0.8 and 10 clusters at z=0.5, obtained with FORS2 at the 
Very Large Telescope. The successful applicant will collaborate 
to the acquisition, reduction and analysis of the spectra, will 
contribute developing an automated method for measuring spectral 
features, and will be involved in the interpretation of the data 
and the scientific outcomes.

She/he will mostly work in collaboration with Dr. Bianca Poggianti in
Padova, where the astronomical community consists of 60+ astronomers
working in the field of galaxy and stellar evolution, and will be part
of the international team carrying out this project (EDisCS,
http://www.MPA-Garching.MPG.DE/~ediscs). She/he will also have the
opportunity to be involved in other cluster projects currently pursued
at the Observatory in Padova.

The initial appointment will be for one year, starting as soon as
possible, and it is renewable for up to two more years, subject to 
the availability of funds. Applicants should fill in the two forms 
that can be found at, 
where further informations are given. All applications received by 
October 15, 2001 will receive full consideration. Informal enquiries 
to Bianca Poggianti ( are welcome.

7. Postdoc in stellar astrophysics at the University of Victoria

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in theoretical stellar
astrophysics at the University of Victoria (Dept. of Physics & Astronomy).
Applicants should have expertise in one of the following three areas:
stellar population models, convection and mixing processes in stellar
interiors, or stellar rotation.  This appointment will be for two years,
with the possibility of renewal for a third year, contingent upon performance
and the availability of funds.  The successful candidate will be expected to
pursue innovative independent research as well as to participate in
collaborative work with Don VandenBerg, whose research grant is funding
this position.  Outstanding applicants may also be nominated for a CITA
National Fellowship.

At present, the astrophysics group at University of Victoria consists of
8 faculty members (A. Babul, J.A. Burke, A. Gower, F.D.A. Hartwick,
J. Navarro, C. Pritchet, C. Scarfe, and D. VandenBerg), and 5 postdoctorai
fellows/research associates.  See for more
information on our group.

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae, bibliography,
and statement of research interests, as well as arrange for three letters
of recommendation to be sent, to:
    Dr. D.A. VandenBerg
    Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Victoria
    Elliott Bldg, 3800 Finnerty Rd
    Victoria, BC V8W 3P6

For full consideration, applications and letters of recommendation should
be received in Victoria by November 1st, 2001.  Applicants must have a Ph.D.
by the start date, which is flexible, but preferably as soon as possible
after Dec. 31, 2001.  Please do NOT send documents by fax or e-mail.

8.  Full Professorship in Astrophysics at University of Munich

The faculty of physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
offers the position of a Full Professor in Astronomy and 
Astrophysics (C4).

Applicants should have an outstanding and internationally recognized
research record. They are expected to establish and lead their own
research group and to participate in the management of the University
Observatory Munich. Ability to provide comprehensive teaching in
astrophysics is required.  Qualified women are especially encouraged
to apply.

The University Observatory Munich has guaranteed observing time at the
Hobby-Eberly-Telescope and the VLT Survey Telescope, and it operates
the Wendelstein Observatory. It has furthermore access to most major
European ground-based and satellite observatories. Extensive computing
capacities for data reduction and numerical simulations are available
at the University Observatory or through access to the Leibniz-
Computing-Center Munich, one of the leading computing centers in Europe.

Information on the activities at the University Observatory Munich and
the Physics Faculty of LMU can be found at and, respectively.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications
and a research plan until Nov.15 to the:
     Dekan der Fakultaet fuer Physik
     Schellingstr. 4
     80799 Muenchen

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