Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 22:50:54 -0500 (EST)
To: aaswliststsci.edu
Cc: aaswomenstsci.edu
Subject: AASWOMEN for February 01, 2002

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

This week's issues:

1. Special Reception in honor of Maria Goeppert Mayer Award at March APS Meeting
2. Concern expressed about the research environment at the Smithsonian Institution
3. REU opportunity at Indiana University at Bloomington
4. Job Posting at the Synchrtron Radiation Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
5. Observatory Supervisor/Instructor position at Williams College
    
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
1. Special Reception in honor of Maria Goeppert Mayer Award at March APS Meeting

>From WIPHYS posting of 01/30/02: 

To honor the 15th Anniversary of the Maria Goeppert Mayer Award, CSWP will sponsor 
a special panel discussion at the APS meeting in Indianapolis. Panelists will be 
past winners Judith Young, Bonny Schumaker, Cherry Murray, Ellen Williams, Laura
Green, and (the newest winner) Deborah Jin. Following the discussion, please join 
us for coffee/tea and light refreshments. The event will be held in the Cameral 
Room, Westin Hotel, from 3:30-4:30 pm, with a reception immediately following from 
4:30-5:30 pm. See the March Meetings website http://www.aps.org/meet/MAR02/ for 
other events of interest to women in physics, including a leadership working, 
networking breakfast, reception with the Committee on Minorities, and invited
session. 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
2. Concern expressed about the research environment at the Smithsonian Institution
From: Suchitra Balachandran suchitraastro.umd.edu

[Eds. note:  We recently received an email from Suchitra Balachandran raising 
concerns about the research environment at the Smithsonian Institution. Below we
refer readers to the sources she provided for you to peruse if you are interested.]

Summaries can be found at:

1. "History for $ale" in the Washington Post's Sunday magazine
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3374-2002Jan18.html

2. A website by SI staff - http://sitruth.freeservers.com

3. An open letter signed by 170 scholars sent to the Board of Regents 
headed by Chief Justice Rehnquist, http://www.commercialalert.org

4. An article in the Jan 27th issue of the Washington Post, written by
Milo Beach, recently retired directory of the Freer and Sackler Galleries 
of the Smithsonian, at
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A33010-2002Jan24.html.

Email addresses for members of the Board of Regents are available at
sites 2 and 3. 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
3. REU opportunity at Indiana University at Bloomington
From: Caty Pilachowski catypastro.indiana.edu

In anticipation of NSF funding, the Astronomy Department at Indiana University
Bloomington is planning to offer a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
program beginning in the summer of 2002. Students will work with faculty to
carry out projects in observational stellar astronomy using ground-based
photometric and spectroscopic data. Projects include:

    - Photometry of variable stars including cataclysmic variables
      and Algol-type binaries.
    - The determination of the properties of star clusters from cluster
      color-magnitude diagrams.
    - Studies of the composition of stars with planets.

Further information about the program, including application materials, may be
found at our website at

          www.astro.indiana.edu/reu/reu.html

or send email to astroreuindiana.edu. The deadline for applications is
Feb. 18, 2002.

Caty Pilachowski
Indiana University
catypastro.indiana.edu

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
4. Job Posting at the Synchrtron Radiation Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

>From WIPHYS posting of 01/29/02: 

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Synchrotron Radiation Center has an immediate 
opening for an Assistant Scientist at its facilities just outside Madison, WI. 
Principal duties include responsibility for the design, enhancement and operation of 
a state-of-the-art experimental station using synchrotron radiation. PhD in the 
physical or biological sciences required. Applications will be accepted until the 
position is filled. Complete information is available at: 
http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/pvl/pv_041075.html
or contact Mr. Clay Vinje, Personnel Dept., Synchrotron Radiation Center, 
cvinjepslsrc.wisc.edu

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
5. Observatory Supervisor/Instructor position at Williams College
From: Karen B. Kwitter Karen.B.Kwitterwilliams.edu

[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
http://www.williams.edu/astronomy). 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: kkwitterwilliams.edu

        WWW: http://www.williams.edu/Astronomy/kkwitter
***********************************************************************

----------------------------------------------------------------------------