Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2001 19:18:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for September 7, 2001

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Bi-weekly issue of 09/07/01, eds. Meg Urry & Patricia Knezek

This week's issues:

1. U.S. National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) report issued 
   July 17, 2001
2. AAS Division of Planetary Science decadal survey
3. AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities - an invitation to the CSWA
4. New Resource Guide available for girls
5. Response to the request for a Christian woman scientist for a doctoral 
   committee in the 08/24/01 issue
6. Keep opportunities at Los Alamos National Lab in mind
7. Senior Faculty Position in Physics & Astronomy at the University of Manitoba
8. Job opening in Physics Department, University of California, San Diego
9. Assistant or Associate Professor Position in Astronomy/Astrophysics 
   (one-half time) at Northern Arizona University
10. Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astrophysics at Princeton University 
11. 2002-03 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Programs

1. U.S. National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) report issued 
   July 17, 2001
From: Melissa McGrath

From the August 14 issue of EOS 82, 33, 362 (AGU publication)

   "Although women studying in and entering scientific fields have
   made significant strides in both academia and industry over the past
   several decades, many of these gains toward parity have stalled,
   according to a new report, 'Balancing the Equation: Where Are
   Women and Girls in Science and Engineering and Technology?'

   The report was issued July 17 by the U.S. National Council for 
   Research on Women (NCRW). The council is an alliance of 95 
   research centers, policy organizations, and educational coalitions.

   For more information, visit the Web site: "

2. AAS Division of Planetary Science decadal survey
From: Amy Simon-Miller


The AAS Division of Planetary Sciences has recently begun its first 
Decadal Survey. This effort was designed to give planetary scientists a 
chance to define top priority science for the next decade, as input to
the NRC's review on future Solar System exploration. As I browsed the
various topics and online forums, I came across one entitled:

'The Increasing Participation of Women in Solar System Exploration'

The current membership statistics of the DPS generally mirror that of
astronomy as a whole, with women representing about 30% of student
membership and ~20% of the overall membership. Currently, there have
been no discussions started on this topic. If anyone has an interest 
in starting a dialog, I encourage you to check out the website and to 
submit your thoughts or questions.

Decadal Survey:
Online Forum:

Please note that posting on these monitored boards is limited to members 
of the professional planetary science community and is not intended for the 
general public (although they may read the discussions).

Thank you,
Amy Simon-Miller

3. AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities - an invitation to the CSWA
From: Keivan Stassun

Dear CSWA members/participants/friends:

The AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA)
is gearing up for a much more active and visible presence in the 
AAS. It is very important to us to establish a relationship of 
partnership and comaraderie with the CSWA (our "sisters" in issues
of equity, diversity, and representation in astronomy). Thus, I 
would like to invite you all to participate in what is an important 
(and exciting) ramp-up time for us.

The CSMA has a new website, located at:
It's still very much a skeleton, and we would be very happy to have 
your input as we try to put flesh on the bones. While you're there,
please sign up for the CSMA mailing list. This will allow us to keep
you informed of CSMA activities, and you'll also automatically receive
our newsletter, SPECTRUM, the first issue of which will be available
in November. Follow the SPECTRUM link to sign up.

The CSMA will host its first Special Session at the upcoming AAS 
meeting in Washington. The Session is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan 8,
10:00 - 11:30 am. I sincerely hope you will join us; we have much
to learn from you! Additional information can be found in the AAS
Meeting Announcement, the next AAS Newsletter, and on the CSMA website.

Finally, I'd like to extend a personal invitation to an informal
"social mixer" following the CSMA Special Session, Tuesday at 8:30 
pm. The location will be announced at the Special Session Tuesday
morning. The purpose of this mixer is for us all to get to know one
another, and to begin discussing ways for our committees to join
efforts where appropriate. Please consider yourselves VIP invited
guests! We have also invited members of the GLBTQastro group, and 
the AAS Council, to join us. (Special thanks to Astronomy Magazine for 
sponsoring this event.)

I look forward to seeing you in Washington, and to beginning what I
believe will be a long, rich, and mutually beneficial conversation.

Keivan Stassun
Member, CSMA

4. New Resource Guide available for girls
From: Meg Urry

From the WIPHYS Posting for Sep 06, 2001:

Chabot Space & Science Center (Oakland, CA) is pleased to
announce the release of Girls FIRST: A Guide to Starting
Science Clubs for Girls by Linda Kekelis and Etta Heber. This
resource guide is for teachers, parents and anyone interested in
encouraging girls in science. Girls FIRST is based upon a project
funded by the National Science Foundation, entitled FIRST
(Female Involvement in Real Science and Technology). Topics
include step-by-step directions for hosting a science club,
resources and ideas to encourage girls in science, and ideas for
role models and field trips. To order a copy, visit or call
(510) 336-7382.

5. Response to the request for a Christian woman scientist for a doctoral 
   committee in the 08/24/01 issue
From: Kathryn Mead

It sounds like it would be interesting to be on Richard Christensen's
committee. I'm an Episcopalian, so I think of myself as christian.  However, 
I have never had to "formulate a new belief system." (Or maybe I did, but 
didn't think it was such a big deal.) So, I don't think I meet his 

A question that lingers in my mind is that the way he uses "Christian"
in his posting sounds like code for something. He says it is "difficult to
find Christian women who are involved in the sciences at a Ph.D. level". (Is 
it difficult to find Christian men? Or is it just difficult to find any women 
at all? ... but I digress...) Most - not all - of the women I've met in
science are christian (but maybe not Christian.) He's in Cincinnati, a big
city. If I were him, I'd wander into a secular university and ask around the 
science departments.  But I still have the sense that I don't know what he 
means by "Christian."

respectfully submitted,
Kathryn N. Mead

6.  Keep opportunities at Los Alamos National Lab in mind
From: Dimitri Mihalas

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a DOE-funded R & D laboratory, high in the
beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico. Most permanent Lab jobs are
programmatic in nature, but there are good opportunities for short-term visits,
and financial and technical dissertation-support, for undergraduate & graduate
students. Also, for longer-term visits by postdoctoral associates. We actively 
seek qualified women applicants with astrophysical research skills because 
they represent a large reservoir of talent in specialties of interest to us.

Women with a background in theory areas can likely find a place to work at the 
Lab with a mentor/advisor on: radiation transport, hydrodynamics, plasma 
physics, dense matter physics, thermonuclear processes, and computational 
physics. On the observational/instrumental side, we need people qualified in 
spectral diagnostics of plasmas (huge ranges of temperature and densities), 
for image processing and analysis, and in the space sciences.

Job opportunities are posted on the Los Alamos web site at But it is better to have a direct referral to a person
"on the inside", who can help an applicant find out more about job 
opportunities and act as an advocate for her. Highly qualified, strongly 
motivated, women can contact

     Dimitri Mihalas
     X3, MS-D413
     Applied Physics Division
     Los Alamos National Laboratory
     Los Alamos, NM 87545

for an initial referral to an appropriate staff member.

7. Senior Faculty Position in Physics & Astronomy at the University of Manitoba
From: Jayanne English

The Physics and Astronomy department at the University of Manitoba is
advertising for Tier 1 (Senior Faculty) Canada Research Chair
position. It should be noted that the department only recently
started an astronomy research program and hired its first 2 research
astronomers (both women) 1 year ago. The position is not restricted to
Canadians, but it is seriously senior. The notice for the position, at, is reproduced

On a personal note, Winnipeg is a safe, and friendly city of about
700,000 people. Additionally it is very cultured and boasts the Royal
Winnipeg Ballet, excellent public museums and art galleries run by
artists, and a superb orchestra which hosts a new music festival that
is broadcast nationally. The physicists in our department are very
keen on astronomy and supportive above and beyond the call of duty.

                                       Jayanne English



Senior Faculty Position in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba is seeking applications or nominations for
a Canada Research Chair established by the Government of Canada to
enable Canadian universities to foster world-class research excellence
( ). The University's Strategic Research Plan
( includes a Tier I
Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science.

The department maintains a variety of vigorous, externally funded
research programs of international calibre. We are seeking an
innovative leader and established scholar in areas which complement
the current strengths and strategic interests of the department. These
include condensed matter physics, subatomic physics, mass
spectrometry, atomic and molecular physics, and astronomy and
astrophysics, both experimental and theoretical 
( The position represents an exciting
opportunity for experienced individuals who are recognized
internationally as leaders in their field and who are currently in the
rank of Professor or within a year or two of promotion to that
rank. The appointment will be tenured or tenure track with limited
teaching responsibilities.

The successful applicant should possess an earned doctoral degree in
one of the fields listed above, with an outstanding publication and
funding record that demonstrates a successful and active research
program, commensurate with the requirements of the Tier I
Chair. Experience in teaching, and in mentoring graduate students and
postdoctoral fellows is expected.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research
interests and future plans, and the names and addresses of at least
three references to:

              Physics and Astronomy Search Committee
               Department of Physics and Astronomy
                      301 Allen Building
                      University of Manitoba
                     Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2 CANADA

The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified
women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal
peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2001, and will
continue until the position is filled. All Chairs are subject to
review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat.

8. Job opening in Physics Department, University of California, San Diego
From: Eileen McKoy


The Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego, is 
beginning a substantial increase of its faculty as part of the growth of the 
entire campus. The department is presently large and broad-based and will add 
eight faculty appointments at the tenure-track assistant professor level 
during the next three years. Outstanding applicants at the associate or full 
professor level will also be considered in exceptional cases. As many as four 
will be effective July 1, 2002. For current recruitment, applications are
invited in the fields of experimental astrophysics, theoretical condensed 
matter (applicants to previous TCM posting in July issue need not reapply), 
nonlinear dynamics, particle physics experiment, experimental quantum optics, 
and computational physics (in biophysics, condensed matter, or astrophysics). 
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics and a clear record of research 
accomplishments. In addition, they should have a strong interest in 
undergraduate and graduate instruction and evidence of teaching skills. Salary
will be commensurate with experience and qualifications, based on University 
of California pay scales. Applications, consisting of a curriculum vitae, 
list of publications, summary of research that would be pursued at UCSD, and 
the names, addresses, and other contact information of at least three 
referees should be sent by mail only to: Faculty Search Committee for (state 
your field of research), Department of Physics G-0354, University of 
California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0354. Review of 
applications begins December 1, 2001 and will continue until the positions 
are filled.  UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

9. Assistant or Associate Professor Position in Astronomy/Astrophysics 
   (one-half time) at Northern Arizona University
From: Tim Porter tim.porterNAU.EDU

The Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University is seeking 
applicants for a one-half time (0.5 FTE) tenure track appointment in astronomy
at the assistant or associate professor level, beginning in August 2002.  This
position is benefit eligible.  Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in 
physics, astronomy, planetary science, or related field.  The successful 
candidate will have a commitment to excellence in education with a strong 
dedication to teaching.  The candidate should also have an ability to work 
with students, colleagues, and community members from diverse cultures.  In 
addition, candidates will be committed to the development of a strong 
scholarly program.  NAU is one of 3 state-funded Universities in Arizona, and 
as such the successful candidate will be eligible to apply for time on the 
University of Arizona supported 1.6m, 2.3m, and 6.5m telescopes, as well as 
the 11.3m Large Binocular Telescope once it becomes operational.  Applicants 
should submit a CV, a statement describing teaching experience and 
philosophy, a statement describing research interests, and the names and 
contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin 
Nov. 1, 2001.  Send application materials to Stephen Tegler, Chair, Astronomy 
Search Committee, Dept. Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University, 
Box 6010, Flagstaff, AZ, 86011-6010 and direct queries to  Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal 
Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, 
and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

10. Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astrophysics at Princeton University 
From: Gillian Knapp

      Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astrophysics at Princeton University 

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University invites
applications for the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship and other
postdoctoral fellowships in a wide variety of areas in observational and
theoretical astrophysics. The principal selection criteria for all fellowships
will be outstanding research accomplishment and promise of future achievement.

Current research areas at Princeton include the formation and evolution of
planets, stars, and galaxies, theoretical and observational studies of the
interstellar medium, the large-scale structure of the Universe, gamma-ray
bursts, gravitational lenses, galactic and solar system dynamics, accretion
disks, cosmic background radiation, and numerical hydrodynamics. The
department has shared access to the 3.5-meter telescope at Apache Point
Observatory, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a 64-processor SGI Origin 2000
computer, and a Beowulf cluster of 18 dual Pentium III 450 MHz systems. For
additional information on the Department and its research activities and
facilities, see

The expected starting date for all fellowships is 1 September 2002. The
appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory
performance, for a total of up to three years. Applicants should send a
curriculum vitae, bibliography and statement of research interests, and
arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent by 1 December 2001 to
Prof. S. Tremaine, Chair, Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences, Peyton Hall,
Princeton NJ 08544-1001, USA. Please note that applicants will automatically
be considered for all postdoctoral positions in the department. EEO/AAE.


Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship In Astrophysics

The Spitzer Fellow is expected to carry out original research in astrophysics,
either independently or in collaboration with Princeton faculty, postdoctoral
fellows or students. The Fellowship is intended primarily to support
researchers in theoretical astrophysics, but exceptional candidates in
observational astronomy are encouraged to apply. The fellowship has a 
research fund of $10,000 per year; in addition,
the Department will nominate the Spitzer
Fellow for membership in the new Princeton Society of Fellows. Princeton
astronomers with research interests in theoretical astrophysics include Neta
Bahcall (large-scale structure, clusters of galaxies), Renyue Cen (large-scale
structure, cosmological simulations), Bruce Draine (interstellar dust,
interstellar medium), Jeremy Goodman (disk dynamics, gamma-ray bursts,
scintillation), J. Richard Gott (cosmology, general relativity), Jeremiah
P. Ostriker (formation and evolution of large-scale structure), Bohdan
Paczynski (gravitational microlensing, gamma ray bursts), David Spergel
(cosmic microwave background, particle astrophysics, cosmology, galaxy
dynamics), Michael Strauss (large-scale structure, quasars), Scott Tremaine 
planetary and galaxy dynamics), Edwin Turner (gravitational lenses), Russell
Kulsrud (primordial magnetic fields, plasma physics), James Gunn (cosmology)
and 8 postdoctoral fellows. The department also maintains close ties with
theoretical astrophysics groups at the Princeton Physics Department and the
Institute for Advanced Study.


Sloan Digital Sky Survey Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University hopes to
offer a postdoctoral position to an outstanding young scientist to
work on the analysis and interpretation of data from the Sloan Digital Sky
Survey (SDSS), beginning in September 2002. The SDSS, which will eventually
map 1/4 of the sky in five optical bands to about 23m and obtain redshifts
for approximately one million galaxies and 100,000 quasars, began its five-
year survey in April 2000. To date, some 2200 square degrees of sky have been
imaged and about 200,000 spectra obtained. The postdoctoral fellow will work
with Professor Michael Strauss on studies of large scale structure, galaxies,
quasars and clusters of galaxies. The close-knit SDSS group also includes Drs. 
Neta Bahcall, James Gunn, Robert Lupton, Zeljko Ivezic, Jill Knapp, David 
Schlegel, Douglas Finkbeiner, and several graduate students, who carry out
research on galaxy clusters, stellar populations, brown dwarfs, solar system 
objects, peculiar quasars, galactic structure, interstellar extinction, 
gravitational lensing and many other topics with the SDSS data.

This position is offered subject to the availability of funding. For
additional information on the SDSS, see


Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship in Astronomy - PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics of Pontificia Universidad Catolica 
and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University invite
applications for a prize fellowship in observational or theoretical astronomy, 
sponsored by Fundacion Andes, to begin in September, 2002. The appointment is 
for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for up to
three years. The appointment for the first two years will be with Universidad
Catolica in Santiago, with the option of an initial stay of up to three
months at Princeton (in housing provided by the Dept of Astrophysical 
Sciences). The third year of the appointment will be with Princeton. The
fellow will join Drs. Gabriela Mallen-Ornelas, Patrick Hall and Andrew
Stephens as Catolica Prize Fellows.

Chile has the greatest concentration of large telescopes in
the southern hemisphere. Foreign-owned telescopes in Chile must grant 10%
of their observing time to the small community of Chilean astronomers. While
resident at Universidad Catolica, the fellow will qualify as a member of
this community and will be eligible to propose for observing time on all
telescopes in Chile, including ESO's 3.5m NTT and 4x8m VLT, the Gemini 8m, 
Carnegie's 2.5m and Magellan 6.5m, and the 15m SEST. Collaboration with 
astronomers at Catolica and Princeton will be welcomed but not required.

The fellow will have a salary of US$40,000 for the first year, with
a research budget averaging US$15,000 per year. The selected candidate
is expected to apply to Chilean sources for additional funding. Additional
information on research support and on Chile, the Pontificia Universidad
Catolica and on Chilean society and lifestyle, can be obtained from
L. Infante ( or

We are seeking an individual with exceptional scientific promise from any
field of astronomy, although preference will be given to those areas
in which Princeton and Catolica staff already have active research
interests. Selection, by a joint Princeton-Catolica committee, will be on the
basis of demonstrated excellence. Preference will be given to candidates who
received their Ph.D within the past four years. Additional information may be
found at These websites also contain 
information on the first joint PUC/Princeton astrophysics conferences, 
held in Pucon, Chile in January 1999, in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, in
July 2000 and to be held in Pucon, Chile in April-May 2002.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and research plan,
and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to BOTH Princeton
and Catolica by 1 December 2001. The research plan should address how the
applicant intends to use the facilities available to both Princeton and
Catolica. Applicants will automatically be considered for other Princeton
postdoctoral positions, but should clearly state in the cover letter that they
wish to be considered for the Princeton/Catolica Prize Fellowship.
Applications should be sent to the following addresses: Prof. S. Tremaine,
Chair, Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences, Peyton Hall, Princeton NJ
08544-1001, USA; and L. Infante, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, P.
Universidad Catolica, Casilla 306, Santiago 22, Chile (e-mail address: EEO/AAE.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Cosmology

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University hopes to
offer a postdoctoral position to an outstanding young scientist to
work on questions in theoretical cosmology with Professor David Spergel,
beginning in September 2002. With the successful launch of the 
Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) in June 2001, a new era in the 
analysis of fluctuations in the microwave background on small and large
scales, and the derivation of the primordial power spectrum and the 
structure and formation of the early Universe, begins. The fellow will
work with Professor Spergel and other members of the MAP team on 
the interpretation of the MAP data and its implications for cosmology.
While the postdoctoral fellow will not be a member of the MAP science
team, he/she will have the opportunity to work closely with the results
as the data become publically available.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Astrophysics: Gravitational Lensing

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University will
offer a postdoctoral position to an outstanding young scientist to
work on theoretical studies of gravitational lensing with Professors
David Spergel and Uros Seljak, beginning in September 2002. The
fellow will work with Drs. Spergel and Seljak, and other postdoctoral
fellows and faculty, on studies of the effect of lensing on the 
propagation of light from the distant Universe, with particular attention
to the effect on the microwave background and on comparing the expected
mass distributions with those revealed by large-scale redshift surveys,
such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Deep Lensing Survey.

11. 2002-03 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Programs
From: Joe Kovacs

2002:03 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Programs

The American Association for the Advancement of Science invites scientists 
and engineers to apply for one-year science and technology policy fellowships 
in Washington, DC, beginning September 2002. Fellows serve in the Congress, 
the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the 
Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Agency for International 
Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of 
Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Justice, the 
Department of Energy, and other federal offices.

These programs are designed to provide each Fellow with a unique public policy
learning experience and to bring technical backgrounds and external 
perspectives to decision-making in the U.S. government. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must have a Ph.D. or an equivalent 
doctoral degree by the application deadline (January 10, 2002) from any 
physical, biological or social science or from any field of engineering. 
Individuals with a master's degree in engineering and at least three years of 
post-degree professional experience may also apply. Federal employees are 
ineligible. Stipends begin at $55,000. 

For application instructions and further information about the AAAS Science 
and Technology Policy Fellowship Programs, contact: 

1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202/326-6700