Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 14:01:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for Dec. 14, 2001

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of 12/14/01, eds. Meg Urry & Patricia Knezek

This week's issues:

1.  Report on the Bryn Mawr meeting "Women in Science: Opportunity in
    a Changing Landscape" on October 26-27, 2001 
2.  CSWP Plans Events at APS April Meeting
3.  MENTORNET Lauded by President Bush as model for e-mentoring
4.  Application deadline for AAAS Public Policy opportunities only one month 
5.  Opportunity to teach astronomy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
6.  AWIS Accepting Fellowship Applications
7.  Faculty Position, Astrophysics or Cosmology, NYU
8.  Faculty position at Princeton
9.  Postdoctoral positions in observational and theoretical astrophysics and 
    cosmology at NYU

1.  Report on the Bryn Mawr meeting "Women in Science: Opportunity in
    a Changing Landscape" on October 26-27, 2001 
From: Samantha Osmer

The meeting was quite good though I was only able to attend half of it.
I was interested to go because it was addressing both industry and 
education/research. (The last women in science meeting that I attended, I 
believe, was the women in astronomy meeting at STScI in 1992 -- I found
that to be education/research focused, with soft money, dual-career couples 
and the career/family issues taking center stage -- not to mention it was
only astronomers.)

I will be starting a PhD program next fall, and as it will be over 10 years 
since my undergraduate days and I have been in a series of work environments 
in that time, I am no longer sure what path I would like to take when I am 
finished. I wanted to use the symposium to get a sense of what people are 
doing, to try to find a direction. When we broke for workshops there was a 
series to choose from both for industry and education. In industry the issues 
were Networking, Breaking into the New Econonmy (entrepreneurship), and
Risk-Taking and Leadership: What can women from academic, corporate and 
government science learn from each other. On the education side, issues
discussed were New Learning Technologies (how to use new technology to 
provoke science interest in girls at an earlier age, such as in Junior High), 
Pedagogical Strategies (how to bring women into under-represented fields), 
Preparing Science Majors for Success (how to prepare women to succeed in 
graduate school and/or science and technology careers), and Supporting Women
S & T Faculty (how can colleges and universities more effectively encourage 
and support women faculty and what can women faculty do to achieve 
institutional change to promote professional success and satisfaction).

The workshop I chose to attend was Networking. I am currently interested in 
making a job change before I start school and wanted to see what sort of 
ideas were out there. It has been awhile that I have been away from "my 
people," women in science, and I was glad that I had this opportunity to 
interact with them again. I must say, I did not recognize any of the other 
participants and there were not as many as I expected, about 125, I believe 
(I would be interested to know if any other AASWomen readers were present!).
In any case, we began the networking workshop by getting up and taking about 
10 minutes to introduce ourselves to 3 other people. When the 10 minutes were
up we went around the room and at each woman's turn the women who met her 
said what they remembered about her from their short introductory 
conversation. I thought this was an excellent exercize! To get feedback on 
how you are coming across to people. It also turned out to be a useful 
networking exersize for me as I got several useful ideas and suggestions for
pursuing my job search.

My favorite part of the meeting was the panel discussion at the start of the 
symposium: Women in Science: Where Are We Now? This was chaired by Catherine 
Didion, Executive Director of AWIS (Association of Women in Science) with a 
group of five well-distinguished panelists: Anne M Thompson, Maria-Luisa 
Maccecchini, Priscilla Perkins Grew, and Jane Butler Kahle. Each of the panel 
members gave a brief bio of herself and her career path. What struck me most 
was how some of these women seemed to migrate from one science to another. 
Anne Thompson went from being a chemist to a geophysicist. I want to know how
she did that!

I will share other notes that I found personally helpful or inspiring. 
Priscilla Grew stipulated that we (women in science) have 2 main problems: 
fear of loneliness and fear of risk taking. She advocates that we take risks 
and have a sense of humor about our mistakes so we are not deterred from 
moving forward.  Sue Graham suggested that we make conscious decisions
when following our career path, and to not just make moves (though many in the 
audience thought there was something to be said for serendipity in job 
choices).  My favorite comments were by Maria-Luisa Maccecchini who started 
her own pharmaceutical firm, Annovis, Inc.  She said if you have a dream to 
go for it, if people tell you you're not going to be able to do something,
ignore them, "Martin Luther King didn't say 'I have a budget,' he said 'I have 
a dream.'" Her response to a couple of under-30 women in the audience who were
expressing angst that their careers weren't going where they wanted them to be 
fast enough was: you have plenty of time. She said, a woman today at age 50 
who does not have a history of health problems (cardiac, oncological), has a 
life expectancy of 93. That struck a personal chord with me and reaffirmed 
that life and career do not need to follow a formula to be successful.

Even though I needed to leave the meeting early I still met and enjoyed 
speaking with a number of people. I was pleased with myself and with women in
science as I group that I could go to the meeting knowing no one, and leave 
feeling a sense of community, with some actual contacts!

It is clear that these events are very important.  Every person I met (a 
couple of men did attend) was very enthusiastic and wanting to do what they 
could to move women in science forward.

Samantha Osmer
(on-again off-again astronomer, currently a tech writer at Appligent, Inc. 
near Philadelphia)

2. CSWP Plans Events at APS April Meeting

> From the WIPHYS posting of 12/11/01

CSWP will sponsor an invited session on "Planetary Science" on Sunday, April 
21 at the APS Meeting in Albuquerque. The session will consist of four 
outstanding speakers covering various aspects of research and discovery and 
will be chaired by Virginia Trimble.  In addition, CSWP will sponsor a 
networking breakfast on Monday, April 22. An informal talk will be followed 
by a chance for discussion and networking. Cost: $15 ($5 for students). 
Further details will be available shortly on the CSWP and Meetings website.

3. MENTORNET Lauded by President Bush as model for e-mentoring

> From the WIPHYS posting of 12/11/01

MentorNet, the leading-edge email and Internet network that links
women engineering and science students with professionals in
these fields, has received the 2001 Presidential Award for
Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.
The four-year old, Silicon Valley-based non-profit is among ten
institutions and 10 individuals that will be honored by President
Bush this week at the White House. The awards program,
administered on behalf of the National Science Foundation,
recognizes outstanding achievement for promoting participation in
scientific and engineering careers.

Since MentorNet began rolling out its program in 1997, it has
emerged as the leading force in e-mentoring. The program has
grown from serving 15 college and universities to more than 115
academic institutions from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology to Maui Community College in Hawaii. The
organization now boasts more than 6,000 students and mentors....

MentorNet will use the $10,000 grant award to continue growing
and to expand MentorNets research on issues impacting the
success of women in engineering and related sciences. Contact:
Amy Love, Deputy Director, MentorNet (408) 924-4061

NOTE: MentorNet will be hosting a local Award Celebration
Reception on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00
p.m. All individuals associated with MentorNet are invited to
attend. Please call Robin Lyday to r.s.v.p. at 408-924-4065. The
reception will be held on the campus of San Jose State University
in the College of Engineering lobby.

MentorNet, c/o College of Engineering, San Jose State University
One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0080 ph: 408-924-
4065 fx: 408-924-4069

4.  Application deadline for AAAS Public Policy opportunities only one month 
From: Joseph O'Neill

The application deadline for the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship 
Programs is less than a month away (January 10, 2002). These ten programs, 
sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, provide 
unique one-year opportunities for scientists and engineers to contribute 
scientific and technical information and external perspectives to federal 
decision-making in Washington, DC, while learning how government works. 
Selected Fellows serve either in the Congress or in one of a dozen executive 
branch agencies.

The AAAS fellowship programs often leads to long-term careers in science 
policy or broaden the experience of Fellows in currently existing career 

For more information and application instructions, call 202/326-6700, e-mail, or visit our Web site at

5.  Opportunity to teach astronomy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
From: M.L. McLaughlin

I am looking for a female who could teach an introductory course in astronomy 
to a small group of young women who are pursuing an undergraduate degree, and 
who, in choosing an elective unanimously agreed they would wish to have a 
course in astronomy.  This degree program is carried out in three week 
modules, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where women must be taught by females. The 
students are in their second year of study, which of course means that many 
instructors have gone there, and indeed one is there as I write. I have just 
returned. That was my second trip this fall. That is by way of saying that it 
is very peaceful and we are very well received. I have been traveling there 
for years, and as a female have never had a moment's discomfort.  If you are 
interested, I would really appreciate either a phone call at 203-932-7112, or 
an e-mail.  I would be eager to set up a meeting, as soon as possible after 
Jan 1. The optimum course time slot would be May 4 - May 22, 2002 (this 
spring).  The stipend is good, and travel is Business class. The 
accommodations are in a country club like atmosphere, of what there is called 
compounds, in which persons from many countries reside. Lodging, food, and 
fitness center (with trainer) are included. One is driven to and from Class. 
The students are lovely. 
I look forward to hearing from you.


6.  AWIS Accepting Fellowship Applications

>From WIPHYS posting of 12/14/01

The Association for Women in Science is accepting fellowship applications to 
support work that leads to doctorates in engineering or in the behavioral, 
life, physical, or social sciences. 

-- Who is eligible: women enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States 
   who have passed their department's qualifying exam and expect to complete 
   their dissertation within two years. 
-- Deadline for applications: January 25, 2002. 
-- Total amount to be awarded and number of awards: an unspecified amount for 
   5 to 10 awards. 
-- Amount of individual awards: $1,000. 

View the full text of the announcement on the association's World Wide Web 

7.  Faculty Position, Astrophysics or Cosmology, NYU

>From the WIPHYS Posting of 12/14/01:

The Department of Physics of New York University anticipates hiring a faculty 
member in astrophysics, as part of an ongoing program to develop this area, 
subject to final budgetary and administrative approval. Exceptional candidates 
at all levels will be considered. Curriculum vitae, publication list, and at 
least three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Ms. Lorelei DeMesa,
Department of Physics, New York University, 4 Washington Place, New York, NY 
10003. Applications received by December 15, 2001 will get first 
consideration; later submissions will also be reviewed.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

8. Faculty position at Princeton
From: Jill Knapp


Princeton University anticipates appointing a tenure-track Assistant Professor
in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, to begin in September 2002. The
primary selection criteria will be a demonstrated capability for original
research in astronomy and astrophysics and exceptional promise of future
activity and growth. The ability to teach and to supervise research at the
undergraduate and graduate levels are also important criteria. The search
will focus on researchers specializing in theoretical astrophysics, but
outstanding candidates from all areas of astronomical research are encouraged
to apply. Further information on departmental resources and research programs
can be found at, or by directly contacting
department faculty. 

Candidates should send curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a research
statement of three pages or less to Professor S. Tremaine, Chair, Department
of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, Peyton Hall, Princeton, NJ
08544-1001 USA. They should also arrange for at least three referees to send
letters of recommendation to the same address. Consideration of applications
will begin immediately; all material should arrive by March 1, 2002 at the

Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

9. Postdoctoral positions in observational and theoretical astrophysics and 
   cosmology at NYU

>From the WIPHYS Posting of 12/14/01:

The Astrophysics group at NYU will have openings for postdoctoral fellows in 
observational and theoretical cosmology and related aspects of astrophysics, 
starting group at NYU continues to expand rapidly. It presently consists of 
Professors Andrei Guzinov (black hole accretion, gamma ray bursts), David
Hogg (SDSS, Keck, SIRTF), Patrick Huggins (planetary nebulae), Roman 
Scoccimarro (large scale structure, SDSS), Atias Zaldarriaga (CMB, Lyman 
alpha forest). There is intensive collaboration with particle theorists Gia 
Dvali (extra dimensions, cosmology) and Glennys Farrar (ultrahigh energy 
cosmic rays, dark matter), and also Massimo Porrati, Alberto Sirlin, Daniel
Zwanziger and members of NYU's Courant Institute. 

Postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to pursue independent research projects, 
or work with others in the group, as their interests dictate. Current 
postdoctoral fellows working in cosmology, astrophysics, and astroparticle 
physics include M.  Blanton, K. Benabed, C. Deffayet, H. Drescher, and A. Lue.
Fellows will be able to take advantage of the lively atmosphere of the Center, 
a vigorous visitors program, and the proximity of other astrophysics research 
groups in the area. Appointments are usually for two years, with the 
possibility of renewal for a third year.  Exceptional candidates will be 
considered for longer term appointments. Completed applications must be 
received by January 1, 2002 at the latest and should include a curriculum 
vitae, statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation; 
they should be addressed to: 

Professor David Hogg, c/o Ms. Lorelei DeMesa 
Department of Physics 
New York University 
4 Washington Place 
New York, NY 10003 
Phone (212) 998-7711 
Fax (212) 995-4016 

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