Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 14:03:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for January 25, 2002

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issues of 01/25/02, eds. Meg Urry & Patricia Knezek

This week's issues:

1. "Technically Speaking" Available from National Academies
2. Speakers Sought for AAPT Summer Meeting
3. APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women
4. Positions at Kapteyn Institute
5. Observatory Supervisor/Instructor position at Williams College
1. "Technically Speaking" Available from National Academies

>From WIPHYS posting of 01/22/02: 

The National Academies has released their report "Technically Speaking: Why 
All Americans Need to Know More About Technology," produced by their 
Committee on Technological Literacy. It contains 11 recommendations which 
fall under the goals of Strengthening Technology in Formal & Informal
Education, Enhancing Informed Decision Making, Developing a Research Base, 
and Rewarding Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation.

The report can be viewed at: 
A companion web site is: 

2. Speakers Sought for AAPT Summer Meeting

>From WIPHYS posting of 01/22/02: 

I am a physics faculty member at the University of Puget Sound. I
am also a member of the American Association of Physics
Teachers (AAPT) and its Committee on Women in Physics. I am
organizing a session at the National Summer 2002 meeting in
Boise, ID, in August on behalf of this committee. I am looking for
speakers to invite to speak in a session that will focus on women-
in-science college courses taught by scientists. Many schools with
a gender or women studies program have a course called "Women
in Science". These courses may address feminist critiques of
science and highlight women scientists and their experiences. They
also ask questions such as, Why are there so few women
participating in the sciences like physics? Often these courses are
taught by scientists from biology, chemistry, and physics. I hope
that contributors will be willing and available to share their course
strategies, materials, and experiences at this conference session. I
hope to make our colleagues aware of the issues discussed in these
courses and to encourage some colleagues to introduce or support
the creation of similar courses at their institutions.

If you have taught such a course, please contact me about possibly
speaking at this conference session. Please also suggest other
people who would be able to speak on this topic. I will contact
them directly upon receiving your recommendation. I am
particularly interested in physicists who are involved in these
courses but am open to other ideas.

Kristi Hendrickson

3. APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

>From WIPHYS posting of 01/23/02: 

Applications for the APS/IBM Research Internship for
Undergraduate Women must be postmarked by January 31, 2002. 
Information on eligibility and how to apply for this excellent
opportunity can be found at

4. Positions at Kapteyn Institute
From: Penny Sackett

I would like to bring to your attention three or more positions available at 
the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in Groningen, The Netherlands **with 
fast-approaching deadlines**. They are:

A tenure-track position within a broad range of emphasis
   Deadline 1 March 2002, AAS Job Register #12500
A tenure-track position with emphasis on instrumentation
   Deadline 1 March 2002, AAS Job Register #12502
Several post-graduate/post-doctoral scientific programmers positions
with the ASTRO-WISE project (
   Deadline 1 February 2002, AAS Job Register #12508

Further information about these opportunities can be found
at the AAS Job Register at

More information about the Kapteyn Institute can be found at

Please share this information freely; we are aiming for as large
a qualified applicant pool as possible.

-Penny Sackett

5. 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: