Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2001 15:43:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for Nov. 30, 2001 & Dec. 7, 2001

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of 11/30/01 & 12/07/01, eds. Meg Urry & Patricia Knezek

This week's issues:

1.  Seeing roommate for AAS in Washington D.C.
2.  Request for information on women in infrared astronomy
3.  Nominations sought for the Weizmann Women & Science Award
4.  Contest to name SIRTF
5.  New text book: Planetary Sciences
6.  Various Scholarships/Fellowships/Internship opportunities for minorities
7.  Grants Database
8.  National Survey of Student Performance in Science
9.  National Academies report on Women's Participation in Science and 
10. Observatory Supervisor/Instructor position at Williams College
11. Faculty position in extragalactic astronomy at the University of 
    California at Irvine
12. Faculty Position in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the 
    University of Toronto

1. Seeing roommate for AAS in Washington D.C.
From: Kristy Dyer

I'm looking for a roommate for the AAS meeting for a room with two beds
at the Dupont Circle Bed and Breakfast -- just a few minutes walk from
the meeting.
The cost is slightly more than a shared room at the meeting but includes
breakfast. I'd prefer someone staying for the full meeting (I'm staying
through the Vera Rubin symposium.)

-- Kristy Dyer

2. Request for information on women in infrared astronomy
From: Ryan Korniloff

[Eds. note:  Please email replies to]

I'm looking for some kind of list of women who have contributed to the study 
of infrared astronomy.  I looked around your web site for someone who could
assist me with this question, but couldn't find any other addresses other than
the web master.  Thanks for your time.

Ryan Korniloff
LAN Administrator
Military Advisory and
US Embassy Lima, Peru
301-985-9304 X 2687

3. Nominations sought for the Weizmann Women & Science Award

From WIPHYS posting of 11/27/01:

Nominations are sought for the Weizmann Women & Science Award. Established in 
1994, the award is given to honor an outstanding woman scientist in the 
United States who has made significant contributions to the scientific 
community and to create more visible role models. The objective of the award 
is to advance the cause of women in science and to provide a role model to 
motivate and encourage the next generation of young women scientists. Last 
year's winner was Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus of MIT, who received the Millennial 
Lifetime Achievement Award.  For further information, contact Liz Jaffe, Vice 
President of National Programs at (212) 895- 7907 or e-mail
Nominations must be postmarked by January 28, 2002.

4. Contest to name SIRTF
From: Kris Sellgren

There's currently a contest going on to name SIRTF (the Space InfraRed
Telescope Facility), preferably after a dead famous infrared astronomer.

Someone pointed out to me that all the satellites get named after dead
male astronomers. Wouldn't it be nice if we could name SIRTF after a
woman? The only problem is I can't think of any *dead* women astronomers 
who made significant contributions to infrared astronomy. IR astronomy 
is a young field, and all the founding women are, as far as I know, alive
and well. I can think of a few dead male IR astronomers but not any dead 
women IR astronomers.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Kris Sellgren

5. New text book: Planetary Sciences
From: Imke de Pater imkeastron.Berkeley.EDU

Our book "PLANETARY SCIENCES" has appeared! 

Planetary Sciences presents a comprehensive coverage of this
fascinating and expanding field at a level appropriate for graduate
students and juniors and seniors majoring the the physical sciences.
The book explains the wide variety of physical, chemical, and
geological processes that govern the motions and properties of
planets. Observations of the planets, moons, asteroids, comets and
planetary rings in our Solar System, as well as extrasolar planets,
are described and the process of planetary formation is discussed. We
highly recommend this book for classes at the upper level
undergraduate and first year graduate level in the physical sciences.

The book will be available at the Cambridge University Press Desk at the 
DPS, AGU and AAS meetings.

For more information, see:

Click on the book on the webpage for more information; this also provides 
a link to the book on the Cambridge website.

In the near future you can find this information also on:

Imke de Pater and Jack J. Lissauer


Imke de Pater phone: 510-642-1947 
Professor of Astronomy fax: 510-642-3411 
Professor of Earth and Planetary Science
601 Campbell Hall Email:
University of California
Berkeley CA 94720


6. Various Scholarships/Fellowships/Internship opportunities for minorities

Minority Academic Institutions Student Fellowships, Environmental Careers
Organization provides two full years of financial support to science
students enrolled in either an HBCU, a Hispanic-serving institution or a
tribally-controlled school. Please visit:, click on "Diversity Initiative," then
click on "Fellowship Opportunities."

GEM MS Engineering, Ph.D. Engineering, and Ph.D. Science fellowships.
Pursue Masters' and Doctoral degrees in engineering and science.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Tribal Scholars Program supports
graduates of tribal colleges who are admitted to four-year colleges and
universities for study in science, engineering, computer science, or

NIGMS has issued a request for applications for Summer Research Experiences
for Undergraduates. For undergraduate students in the quantitative and
physical sciences.

7. Grants Database

From the WIPHYS Posting of 12/07/01:

GrantsNet is a searchable, continuously
updated, database of funding opportunities in biomedical research
and science education. It contains programs that offer training and
research funding for graduate and medical students, postdoctoral
fellows, and junior faculty, as well as programs in science, math,
engineering, and technology for undergraduate faculty and students. 

8. National Survey of Student Performance in Science
From: The American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News
      Number 143: November 30, 2001

[Eds. note:  Abridged version.]

A newly-released survey of U.S. student achievement in science
shows little change in performance over 1996 in grades four and
eight, and a slight decline in performance by twelfth-graders. 
This new report provides results of the Department of Education's
2000 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) in science,
including both national and state results for samples of U.S.
students in grades four, eight, and twelve. The report, entitled
"The Nation's Report Card: Science 2000," was released on November 20.

Commenting on the NAEP results, Education Secretary Rod Paige
said, "At first glance, the scores look flat. Our students are
not learning science any better. On second glance, you notice
that while fourth- and eighth-grade scores are flat, twelfth-
grade scores have declined. The decline is not huge, but it is
statistically significant, and morally significant as well. 
After all, twelfth grade scores are the scores that really
matter. If our graduates know less about science than their
predecessors four years ago, then our hopes for a strong 21st
century workforce are dimming just when we need them most."

The report, "The Nation's Report Card: Science 2000," and
accompanying materials can be found at 

The NAEP assessments in reading and math may contribute to
progress on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
reauthorization. Leaders of the House-Senate conference
committee have been working through the fall to resolve
differences in the two versions of this bill (now both referred
to as H.R. 1). Reportedly, a tentative resolution to one
sticking point will be to use biennial NAEP surveys to calibrate
and compare the results of statewide fourth- and eighth-grade
assessments in reading and math. The full 39-member conference
committee was scheduled to meet this week to vote on some ESEA
issues, and key conferees remain determined to complete the bill
this year. Appropriators are delaying the FY 2002 Labor-HHS-
Education appropriations bill partly in hopes of seeing the
outcome of the ESEA reauthorization bill, but may have to move
forward without final guidance from ESEA.

9. National Academies report on Women's Participation in Science and 

Women's participation in science and engineering has grown impressively
during the past 25 years, but they still are more likely than men to hold 
jobs with lower status and pay.  A new National Academies report documents 
progress and differences in career outcomes for female scientists and 
engineers.  See:

10. Observatory Supervisor/Instructor position at Williams College
From: Karen Kwitter

The Astronomy Department at Williams College announces an opening
beginning 1 July 2002, for an Observatory Supervisor/Instructor
(OS/I). This full-time position carries an initial appointment of one
year, and is renewable annually.

Primary responsibilities include supervision of the introductory
astronomy observing program and training of observing TA's, some
introductory lab teaching, and oversight and maintenance of the
telescopes and observing equipment for solar and nighttime use. The
OS/I is also encouraged to become involved in the development of
innovative laboratory and observing experiences for students at all
levels. Our rooftop observatory houses a 24-inch DFM, a 14-inch Meade,
and a 5-inch solar spar, each in its own dome, along with a 7-foot
radio telescope and several smaller optical telescopes. We have 2
CCD's in routine use; one for imaging, and one attached to a
spectrograph. The department houses a network of linux workstations
running IRAF, and a variety of Macs (some running IDL) and PC's.
Applicants should have at least a B.A. or B.S. in astronomy or a
related field. Experience with computers (Macs, PC's, UNIX/linux, web
page maintenance) and electronics is desirable, as is previous
teaching experience. Applicants should send a CV and arrange for two
letters of recommendation to be sent to the above address by 31
January 2001.
Williams College is a highly selective liberal arts college with 2000
students in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts ( see An Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Employer, Williams College especially welcomes
applications from women and minorities. 

    Karen B. Kwitter, Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Astronomy and Chair
    Astronomy Department 
    33 Lab Campus Drive Office: 110 TPL
    Williams College Phone: 413-597-2272
    Williamstown, MA 01267 FAX: 413-597-3200 
    USA e-mail:


11. Faculty position in extragalactic astronomy at the University of 
    California at Irvine
From: Linda Halsey Arias

The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of California at
Irvine invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor
position in the general area of extragalactic astronomy, though
exceptionally qualified candidates from any area of astronomy will also
be considered. Candidates with either observational or theoretical
experience are encouraged to apply. The appointment can begin as early
as the 2002/2003 academic year. The successful candidate must possess
a Ph.D. (or equivalent) and will be expected to establish a vigorous
research program and participate effectively in teaching at the
undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department has active research
programs in star formation, galaxy formation and evolution, X-ray
astronomy, wavefront sensing and adaptive optics, and particle
astrophysics. Observers in the Department have access to the Lick and
Keck Observatories. Candidates should send a complete curriculum
vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests, and arrange to
have at least three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf

Professor David A. Buote
Chair of the Astrophysics Search Committee
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-4575

For full consideration applications should be received before
January 15, 2002. Please visit our website at:

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer 
committed to excellence through diversity.

12. Faculty Position in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the 
    University of Toronto
From: Marlene Cummins

The University of Toronto Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics seeks
candidates for a tenured or tenure-stream faculty appointment. See-


     * Marlene Cummins                             *
     * University of Toronto                       *
     * Astronomy and Astrophysics Library          *
     *Dept. of Astronomy and Astrophysics Webmaster*
     *                   *