Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 16:53:29 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for January 18, 2002

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issues of 01/18/02, eds. Meg Urry & Patricia Knezek

This week's issues:

1. "Math Gender Gap Doesn't Add Up "
2. CSWP EVENTS: Receptions, March and April 2002
3. Observatory Supervisor/Instructor position at Williams College
4. How to submit to, subscribe to, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN
1. "Math Gender Gap Doesn't Add Up "

>From WIPHYS posting of 01/15/02: 

[Eds. note:  This link is old, so you will be required to pay for the article.]

N.C.) News and Observer, 01/11/02

"A pair of UNC researchers say they have found the answer to the
longstanding question of why boys do better than girls in math:
They don't? The problem, they say, is that previous studies have
focused on narrow groups, such as super-smart seventh-graders and
college-bound SAT takers." 

2. CSWP EVENTS: Receptions, March and April 2002

>From WIPHYS posting of 01/07/02 & 01/10/02: 

[Eds. note:  The April meeting coincides with thhe AAS/HEAD meeting in
Albuquerque, so you may want to consider going to some of these events
if you are already planning to attend the HEAD meeting!]

At each March and April meetings of the APS, the Committee on the Status
of Women in Physics (CSWP) will co-sponsor receptions with the 
Committee on Minorities in Physics (COM). These are excellent 
opportunities to meet, greet, and network with your peers! Please join 
us on Sunday, March 17, 6-8pm at the March meeting in Indianapolis for 
wine and cheese. In Albuquerque, we hope to see you on Sunday evening, 
April 21, 8-9:30 pm for a dessert reception. Don't forget to check out the
many other events planned, including a workshop on survival skills
for women physicists, and networking breakfasts. Details at


CSWP will sponsor a networking breakfast on Monday, April 22,
2002 at the APS meeting in Albuquerque. An informal talk will be
followed by a chance for discussion and networking. Cost: $15 ($5
for students). You need not be registered for the APS meeting to
attend, however pre-registration for the breakfast is strongly
encouraged. Further information and registration details can be
found at

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

[Eds. note:  Please note the extended deadline.  This is AAS Job Register 
position #12430.]

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 15
February 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:


4. How to submit to, subscribe to, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN
To submit to AASWOMEN:
   send email to
All material sent to that address will be posted unless
you tell us otherwise (including your email address).
To subscribe to AASWOMEN:
   send email to, with message in the BODY
subscribe aaswlist yourusernameyouraddress
To unsubscribe to AASWOMEN:
   send email to, with message in the BODY
unsubscribe aaswlist yourusernameyouraddress