Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 18:25:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for Dec. 28, 2001, & Jan. 4 & 11, 2002

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issues of 12/28/01, 01/04/02 & 01/11/02, eds. Meg Urry & Patricia Knezek

This week's issues:

1.  **** TONIGHT!!!! ****  LIVE BROADCAST AND WEBCAST, JAN 13. --- NASA Aims 
    to Bridge the Science Gap Among Young Women
2.  Report on the first AAS meeting of the Committee on the Status of
    Minorities in Astronomy
3.  Child care and having women on Boards
4.  Fundamentals of String Theory, Aspen Center for Physics
5.  Survival Skills for Successful Women Physicists
6.  APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women
7.  Workshop on Astrophysical Disks, Aspen Center for Physics, Summer 2002
8.  Some items of note from AWIS
9.  Assistant Professor of Astronomy, The University of Iowa
10. Assistant Professor position in planetary astronomy at Northern Arizona 
11. Tenure-track job announcement, Physics Dept, RIT
[Ed. Note:  Happy 2002!]
1.  **** TONIGHT!!!! ****  LIVE BROADCAST AND WEBCAST, JAN 13. --- NASA Aims 
    to Bridge the Science Gap Among Young Women

From WIPHYS posting of 01/11/02: 


NASA Aims to Bridge the Science Gap Among Young Women
On Sunday, January 13, a panel of six female scientists and
engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,
Calif., will discuss the paths they pursued and the challenges they
faced to achieve science-related careers on a live broadcast and
webcast. Approximately 100 middle school and high school-aged
girls will take part in the discussion, and others nationwide are
invited to join in remotely.

"This event gives me an opportunity to show these girls that
engineers are more than the pocket-protector, calculator-carrying
individuals depicted on screen; that nerd is a good term, and that
science, though challenging, is fulfilling," said Dr. Ayanna
Howard, robotics research engineer at JPL. 

The public is invited to watch the event on NASA Television or on
the Web during a live broadcast and webcast on Sunday, Jan. 13,
from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time).

The webcast can be accessed at: 
Many cable providers carry NASA TV. For NASA Television
schedule information, see 

The session will be moderated, with questions taken in advance
from the public on the JPL homepage at and
that day from a live audience in JPL's von Karman Auditorium. 
Students at the Chabot Space and Science Center's Techbridge
program will also ask questions remotely on the phone. Two
students from the program will be present in the auditorium to ask
questions on behalf of their fellow classmates.

The Techbridge program goal is to increase the girls' confidence in
using technology and to spark creative problem solving. The JPL
Mars Public Engagement and Technology Outreach teams
provided funding for this event. The California Institute of
Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA. JPL is the lead
U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system. 
2.  Report on the first AAS meeting of the Committee on the Status of
    Minorities in Astronomy
From: Patricia Knezek

The Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA) held its first 
ever session at the January 2002 AAS meeting in Washington D.C.!  The session 
resulted in a very successful discussion of issues that face minorities in 
astronomy, including how to increase the visibility of minority astronomers 
who are currently doing active research, what resources are available for
minority AAS members, how to increase the minority representation in astronomy,
and how issues can vary for different minorities.  The session was supported 
by active participation from the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy
(CSWA) and the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgendered/Queer AAS members.  This was
followed by an evening reception for the CSMA and interested AAS members that 
was sponsored by Astronomy magazine.  The reception provided an excellent 
opportunity to meet, greet, and network with our peers and discuss what issues
we have in common. 

The CSMA has established a website.  It includes such features as access to
the first CSMA newsletter, a voluntary list of minority AAS members, a list
of minority astronomers who are interested in speaking on their research, and
resources available for minorities.  To get information on this and other
minority-related issues, please see:

3. Child care and having women on Boards
From: Vera Rubin

The best on-site child care facility I have ever visited was at Brookhaven 
Nat. Lab. About 6-8 years ago, when I was on the AUI Board of Directors, I 
visited the facitily, the first Board member in its history to do so! It
was in a beautiful building (built for child care), and NY state regulations 
required 1 care giver for each 3 young children. During the visit, I learned 
that they needed $25,000 (purpose now forgotten), which I proposed and the
Board appropriated that afternoon. So that's one benefit of having women on 

4.  Fundamentals of String Theory, Aspen Center for Physics

From WIPHYS posting of 01/03/02:

I write to bring to your attention a summer workshop at the Aspen
Center for Physics: ``Fundamentals of String Theory,'' which will
take place from August 5 to September 8 of 2002. I am co-
organizing this workshop with W. Taylor and P. Kraus, and I speak
for all of in saying that we welcome applications from women
physicists. I should mention that the bar for admission to Aspen is
in general fairly high: graduate students are generally not admitted,
and the focus is on individuals who are active researchers in the
area covered by the workshop (in this case, string theory). Within
these parameters, we are eager to have as equitable a distribution of
demographic groups as we can achieve, and I would be delighted if
you could help by advertizing the workshop to your constituency. 
The due date for applications is February 1, 2002. Based on
experience with the Aspen Center from years past, this does tend to
be a hard and fast deadline. Further information on the workshop
can be found at 

Best regards,
Steve Gubser

5.  Survival Skills for Successful Women Physicists

From WIPHYS posting of 01/03/02:

Seeking to improve your leadership skills? CSWP will offer a half-
day workshop on Survival Skills for Successful Women Physicists,
Sunday, March 17, at the APS Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.
Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Fee: $60. Information on
program and registration can be found at

6.  APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

From WIPHYS posting of 01/03/02: 

Deadline is approaching - January 31, 2002. The American
Physical Society and IBM will co-sponsor a research internship
program for undergraduate women in the summer of 2002. This is
a salaried summer internship at one of IBM's U.S. research centers
located in San Jose, CA; Yorktown Heights, NY; or Austin, TX.
Information on the program, eligibility, and how to apply may be

7.  Workshop on Astrophysical Disks, Aspen Center for Physics, Summer 2002

From WIPHYS posting of 01/07/02: 

Aspen Center for Physics, June 24 - July 15, 2002. Organizers: J.  Robert 
Buchler (, Stirling A. Colgate (, Hui 
Li (, Douglas Lin (, Robert Rosner 

The workshop focuses on the fundamental understanding of astrophysical disks, 
which play a key role in many astrophysical phenomena, from the formation of 
stars and planetary systems, to the regulation of accretion onto the surface 
of degenerate stars, to accretion onto black holes in AGNs and the formation 
of galaxies; they may well play an important role in generating magnetic 
fields in galaxies.

The goal is to bring together astrophysicists who work on disks in a variety 
of astrophysical settings, as well as physicists, experimental and 
theoretical, who work on closely related topics, such as dynamos and rotating 
fluids. The emphasis will be more on fundamental physics than on modelling.

The topics to be discussed will include disk instabilities, pure
hydrodynamical as well as magneto-rotational, the growth into and the nature 
of the nonlinear regime, viz. turbulence, patterns (shock/spiral waves, 
vortices, etc), transport properties, diffusive versus nonlocal, with 
particular emphasis on the important problem of angular momentum transport.

Finally we discuss observations and experiments that relate to these theories, 
particularly AGN, protostellar disks, and interacting binaries and in dynamo 
experiments, in MRI experiments, turbulent resistivity experiments and vortex 
formation experiments.

For more information about the center and about how to apply, please consult 

8.  Some items of note from AWIS
From: Amy Simon-Miller


Known as America's equivalent to the Nobel Prize, Congress established 
the National Medal of Technology in 1980, as part of a wider effort to 
promote the work of American technology innovators. The Medal offers a 
great venue to publicize the many opportunities available in the scientific 
and technological fields, and to show the value of such work. However, 
the fact that there have only been a handful of women who have received 
the Medal serves as a reminder of how important it is to continue a concerted 
effort to call attention to womens' contributions in science and technology.

AWIS has been invited to nominate Medal candidates and would like to offer 
all members an opportunity to be involved. If you know an outstanding 
woman whom you think should receive the award, please fill out the 
nomination forms and send them back to AWIS by e-mail at 
or fax to (202) 326-8960. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2002.
AWIS will then choose official nominations from the suggested candidates. 
The national office will announce its decision on February 15, 2002. 
Forms and criteria can be obtained from the Technology Medal Web site:


REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE on Saturday January 19, 2002. Barbara Filner,
President of the AWIS Educational Foundation, is seeking volunteers to
help process the applications for the undergraduate fellowships. The 
work is somewhat tedious (open envelopes and check that applications 
are complete) but in a good cause. This all takes place at her home in 
Bethesda and lunch is provided. If you are available any time Saturday 
morning and/or afternoon please send an email to

9.  Assistant Professor of Astronomy, The University of Iowa
From: Steve Spangler

[Eds. note:  Dr. Spangler would like to emphasize that that the University 
of Iowa is strongly interested in recruiting women candidates.  He will be 
glad to answer any questions you might have.  Please email him at]

The Department of Physics and Astronomy ( at
the University of Iowa is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor to
begin Fall 2002. Duties of the position will consist of teaching courses
at all levels, establishment of an active research program, and pursuit of
external funding. A Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or a related discipline
is required. Post-doctoral research experience is desirable. We invite
applications from all fields of astronomy. The Department and the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to diversity and
maintain strong ties to programs on campus which provide a supportive
environment for women and minorities, such as the Women in Science and
Engineering program ( The strategic plans of
the University, Department, and College reflect this commitment to
diversity (please see

Interested applicants should send a CV, statements of research and teaching
interests, and the names of three references to:

Astronomy Search Committee
Department of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1479

Applications should arrive prior to February 15, 2002 to receive full

The University of Iowa is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

10. Assistant Professor position in planetary astronomy at Northern Arizona 
From: Tim Porter tim.porterNAU.EDU

The Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University is seeking 
applicants for a tenure track appointment in planetary astronomy at the 
assistant professor level, beginning in August 2002 or later.  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 immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.  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.

11. Tenure-track job announcement, Physics Dept, RIT
From: Michael Richmond

Applications are invited for one or more tenure-track positions in the
Department of Physics. The minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in physics,
astronomy or a closely related field, a research focus compatible with the
Department's current research topics, evidence of excellence in teaching
lecture and laboratory courses, a commitment to sustained research involving
undergraduate and graduate students, and familiarity with current trends in
undergraduate physics education.

The Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational
university with an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students. The Department
of Physics offers a BS degree in physics, currently enrolling 60 majors, and
teaches approximately 1000 students/quarter in introductory physics courses and
50 students/quarter in introductory astronomy courses. The Department maintains
an observatory on campus that is used primarily for undergraduate astronomy
courses and public outreach. The faculty of the Department of Physics
participate in the graduate programs in Imaging Science and Materials Science &
Engineering and will participate in the proposed Ph.D. program in Microsystems
Science and Engineering.

A copy of the full job advertisement with contact information can be
found at