Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001 20:06:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for October 5, 2001

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Bi-weekly issue of 10/05/01, eds. Meg Urry & Patricia Knezek

This week's issues:

1. NASA Ames women scientists featured at Tech Museum
2. Photos of young people in astronomical settings needed
3. NIAC Call for Proposals
   TAIWAN for U.S. Graduate Students in Science and Engineering 
5. Postdoctoral Position in Physics & Astronomy at the University of Manitoba
6. Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position at Illinois Wesleyan University
7. Tenure-Track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor Position in the
   Department of Physics and Astronomy, Beloit College
8. Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Astrophysics at McGill University 
9. Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Physics at Vassar College

1. NASA Ames women scientists featured at Tech Museum
From: Luisa Rebull


Prominent female scientists from NASA Ames Research Center will 
discuss their experiences and their research with the public in a 
month-long series of weekend talks at The Tech Museum of Innovation 
in San Jose.

The talks are part of a continuing effort by Ames to inform the 
public about Ames' and NASA's research and programs. The series, 
titled "The Right Stuff: Women at NASA Share Their Stories," will 
feature women from Ames describing their contributions to America's 
space program, and how the space program has benefited women around 
the world.

"We hope that by sharing our experiences and those of women we know, 
we can arouse the thrill of being part of the unique (and sometimes 
out-of-this-world) agency called NASA," said Bonnie Dalton, acting 
chief of Ames' Life Sciences Division and one of the speakers.

A complete list of scheduled speakers and topics can be found at:

Women have played a key role in pursuing this research. Dalton noted 
that women in Ames' Life Sciences Division have been involved in all 
aspects of research, both on Earth and in space. This research has 
improved our understanding of how long-term space flight affects 
living organisms. It also has shed new light on fundamental aspects 
of biology on Earth. NASA research and technology have helped the 
medical community address women's health issues such as breast cancer 
and osteoporosis. Additional information is available at:

NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research promotes basic and 
applied research to support human exploration of space and to take 
advantage of the space environment as a laboratory. More information 
is available at:

The Tech Museum is an educational resource designed to engage people 
of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing 
technologies affecting their lives, and to inspire young people to 
become innovators in developing the technologies of the future. More 
information is available at:

2. Photos of young people in astronomical settings needed
From: Meg Urry

The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics of the American
Physical Society is putting together a brochure called "Physics
in Your Future," intended to encourage a middle-school audience
to stay the course in science and mathematics. They would like
to include a photo with some astronomy/astrophysics connection
(e.g., a telescope), showing some teen-age kids doing something
interesting and astronomical. 

If anyone has such images or knows of where to find them,
please contact Prof. Beverly Berger (
with the information (she heads the committee putting together
the brochure).

Many thanks,
Meg Urry (

3. NIAC Call for Proposals

The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) has released the next 
Phase I Call for Proposals, CP 01-02. The due date is midnight, 
February 11, 2002. You can download the Call at
NIAC is chartered and funded by NASA to solicite, select, fund and 
nurture revolutionary advanced concepts for aeronautics and space.

   TAIWAN for U.S. Graduate Students in Science and Engineering 
From: Eileen D. Friel

NSF International Research Funding for Graduate Students
Application Deadline: December 1, 2001

Please forward this announcement to your colleagues or students who
might be interested.

TAIWAN for U.S. Graduate Students in Science and Engineering

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will support about 100 U.S.
graduate students (U.S. citizen or permanent resident) for research &
cultural experiences in Japan, Korea, or Taiwan during an eight-week summer
program in 2002. The primary goals of the programs are to introduce students
to Japanese, Korean and Taiwan science and engineering in the context of a
research laboratory and to initiate personal relationships that will better
enable them to collaborate with foreign counterparts in the future. 

International airfare, living expenses in the host country, and a
summer stipend of $2,500 will be provided. The application deadline is
December 1, 2001. For eligibility and other information, consult the Program
Announcement (Summer Programs in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan) that can be
obtained from and the
NSF Tokyo office web site ( 

Graduate students seeking support for a specific research project
with an identified collaborator in the East Asia and Pacific region should
also consider NSF's other programs of support, including dissertation
enhancement awards. See .

Questions should be directed to 

5. Postdoctoral 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 Post-doctoral Fellow. 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.

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


University of Manitoba

International Galactic Plane Survey POSTDOCTORAL POSITION 

University of Manitoba
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 2N2

Tel: 204-474-7105
Department: 204-474-9817
FAX: 204-474-7622

Email Inquiries: Jayanne English:
                 Samar Safi-Harb:

Attention: Dr. Jayanne English 

Applications are invited for an International Galactic Plane Survey
(IGPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) at the University of
Manitoba. Applicants should have expertise in the area of radio
synthesis observations of the Interstellar Medium (ISM). Experience
related to supernova remnants (SNR) or Galactic shells/worms would be
particularly beneficial. The successful candidate will work with both
Dr. English and Dr. Safi-Harb investigating the potential relationship
between SNR and structures extending into the Milky Way's halo (such
as worms). At least 70% of the PDF's time is expected to be devoted
to work that is related to IGPS observations.

The IGPS consists of an international consortium of universities and
observatories. A primary goal is to carry out a high-resolution,
interferometric survey of the atomic hydrogen from the disk of the
Galaxy. These data will be combined with survey data from radio,
millimetre and infrared wavelengths at arc-minute resolution to
provide images of all major components of the interstellar medium over
a large portion of the Galactic disk. Further information on the
project can be found at

The Department of Physics and Astronomy maintains a variety of
vigorous, externally funded research programs of international
calibre. As well as participating in the IGPS, the astronomers are
currently involved in Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray
Telescope collaborations, for example. More information about the new
(1 year-old) astronomy and astrophysics research group can be found at

Winnipeg is an inexpensive, safe, culturally-rich, and friendly
city. More information about Winnipeg can be found at

The position is for two years and must commence before February 2002.
The salary is CND$35,000 per year, with additional funds for travel.
Applicants should have a PhD in physics or astronomy (by the time of
their appointment). Interested individuals should send a curriculum
vita, a statement of research interests, and arrange for at least two
letters of reference to be sent to Drs. English & Safi-Harb at the above
address. Applications received by Nov. 15, 2001 will be given full

6. Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position at Illinois Wesleyan University
From: Narenda Jaggi

Illinois Wesleyan has a tenure-track opportunity, at the Assistant Professor 
level, beginning Fall 2002, for someone hoping to teach physics at an 
undergraduate liberal arts institution. The ideal candidate will be one who 
values the mission of a liberal arts education, and has an affection for
communicating the beauty and power of physics to undergraduate students. If 
someone is specifically looking to work with undergraduates, and maintain 
their scholarship, then they should examine
Candidates with a Ph.D. in any subfield of physics or astronomy are welcome 
to apply. Illinois Wesleyan is a highly selective, residential, liberal arts
institution of approximately 2000 students. Located in Bloomington-Normal
(also home to Illinois State University), Illinois Wesleyan is one hour's
drive west of Urbana (where potential collaborators reside) and two hours
south of Chicago.  If interested in opportunities for spouse or partner, 
please examine . This website includes a list
of current openings at Illinois Wesleyan, as well as information about
the community (e.g., Bloomington is also the international headquarters of
State Farm Insurance) and links to nearby universities: Illinois State is 
only 9 blocks away from Illinois Wesleyan; Bradley University is 40 min
west. Send c.v., three letters of recommendation, a one-page statement of
teaching philosophy, planned research that can include undergraduate students 
and any other helpful materials to / Narendra Jaggi,
Chair, Physics Department, Illinois Wesleyan, Bloomington, IL 61702. IWU is
an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and 

7. Tenure-Track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor Position in the
   Department of Physics and Astronomy, Beloit College
From: Andrea Cox

Beloit College is a small liberal-arts college located between Madison,
Wisconsin, and Chicago, Illinois. The Physics and Astronomy Department
is seeking a Ph.D. astronomer or physicist with teaching experience, to
begin in Fall 2002. The full job ad is online at,
and will appear in the October issue of the AAS Job Register.

I wanted to bring this job to the attention of AASWomen because
experience with optical telescopes would be a plus (we have a 20-inch
computer-controlled telescope in a rooftop observatory), and because I
have found Beloit College to be a female-friendly place to work. The
application deadline is December 10, 2001. If you have any questions,
please contact me.

-- Andrea Cox

Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Beloit College
700 College Street
Beloit, WI 53511 - 5595


8. Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Astrophysics at McGill University 
From: Diane Koziol

Tenure-Track Faculty Position
McGill University

The Department of Physics at McGill University in Montreal is expanding its 
research in Astrophysics.  Applications are invited for a tenure-track 
faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning as early as 
September 2002.

We seek candidates with a record of leadership in research and potential 
for excellence in teaching. Faculty members are currently active in radio, 
X-ray, and gamma-ray astronomy, with an emphasis on studies of high-energy 
phenomena. However, excellent candidates from other fields of Astrophysics 
are also welcome to apply.

The McGill Physics Department has active groups in Atmospheric Physics, 
Astrophysics, Condensed Matter, Nuclear and Heavy-ion Physics, as well as 
Particle Physics. For more information about McGill and the Physics 
Department you are invited to consult our home page at

Applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae and a statement of 
teaching interests as well as a research plan. They should also arrange for 
three letters of reference to be sent directly to:

Professor Jean Barrette, Chair
Department of Physics, McGill University
3600 University St.
Montréal, Québec
Canada, H3A 2T8

The deadline for the receipt of applications and letters of recommendation 
is December 15th, 2001.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, this advertisement is 
directed in the first instance to Canadian citizens and permanent residents 
of Canada. McGill University encourages applications from all qualified 
candidates and is committed to equity in employment.   

9. Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Physics at Vassar College
From: Melissa Lape

Vassar College Physics Position

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vassar College invites
applications for a tenure-track position in physics at the assistant
professor level beginning in September 2002.  Applicants should have a Ph.D.
in physics or a closely related field; teaching experience is preferred. All
areas of expertise will be considered. The successful candidate will be
expected to teach all levels of undergraduate physics courses, including
upper level lab courses. Preference will be given to candidates who can
engage undergraduate students in laboratory research programs. The
department consists of two astronomers and five physicists; their research
specialties are detailed on the department homepage Vassar College is a liberal arts
school with an enrollment of 2300 students.  The 1000-acre campus is located
in Poughkeepsie, 75 miles north of Manhattan along the Hudson River.
Candidates should send (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a statement of interest
and experience in teaching, and (3) a statement of plans for research which
will engage undergraduates within the context of our department, and (4)
arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the department.
Deadline for applications is Jan.20. Salaries are competitive.  Department
of Physics and Astronomy, Box 745, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0745, Attention:
Professor Debra Elmegreen, Chair; Tel: (845) 437-7340. Vassar College is an
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.