Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2002 17:12:21 -0500 (EST)
To: aaswliststsci.edu
Cc: aaswomenstsci.edu
Subject: AASWOMEN for March 22, 2002


AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of 03/22/02, eds. Meg Urry & Patricia Knezek

This week's issues:

1. MIT completes studies on status of women faculty
2. Impressions from the IUPAP Meeting on Women in Physics in Paris
3. Special advertising supplement on women's careers in Science, 03/15/02 
4. Reception and Networking Breakfast Planned by CSWP 
5. Sally Ride Launches "Imaginary Lines" to Attract Middle-School Girls
6. Observational cosmology position at Ohio State University
    
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1. MIT completes studies on status of women faculty
From: Ivan King kingbluemoon.astro.washington.edu

[Eds. note:  In the interest of brevity, we present only a short portion of 
the accompanying press release.  For the full press release, please contact:
Sarah H. Wright, MIT News Office, 617-258-5400, shwrightmit.edu .]
    

MIT completes ground-breaking studies on status of women faculty

 Monday, March 18, 2002

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has completed a rigorous 
and systematic study of the status of women faculty in the entire 
university with publication Monday of reports on the Schools of 
Architecture and Planning; Engineering; Humanities, Arts, and 
Social Science; and the Sloan School of Management.

The 2002 Reports on the Committees of the Status of Women Faculty 
complete MIT's groundbreaking 1999 report on the status of women in 
the School of Science, summarizing data and narratives of women 
faculty members' experiences in each of the schools.

The reports were discussed at a late-afternoon faculty meeting. The 
100-page dcocument is available online at 
http://web.mit.edu/faculty/reports/provost.html

The 1999 report had world-wide impact and prompted similar studies 
in many other universities, particularly in research universities 
with a strong emphasis on science and engineering.

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2. Impressions from the IUPAP Meeting on Women in Physics in Paris
From:  Dr. Sara Beck sarawise1.tau.ac.il

I was at the IUPAP Meeting on Women in Physics held at UNESCO in Paris
last week as part of the Israeli delegation. Among woman astronomers I
recognized were Aparna Venkatesan from Colorado and Aaswomen's own Meg
Urry. It was a very interesting and thought provoking meeting; I'm not
going to try to summarize it as there is a Web site: 
www.if.ufrgs.br/~barbosa/conference.html.  I was very moved by
some of the women I met from developing countries (there were 67 countries
represented). Not only do they do things like teach in schools that don't
have electricity, they may be in arranged marriages to men who try
to forbid them to work outside the house. It made me appreciate what I
have. What I really want to pass onto this list from the meeting are one,
the importance of mentoring and personal contact, even into the early
grades. Boys may take physics just because it's there, girls need some
special attention to light the spark. Two, women who have gotten academic
or industrial positions often find themselves frozen out, marginalized, or
basically disempowered in their department or company, so they feel
isolated and depressed. It helps to network in your university or
wherever, first so you know you're not alone, and second because
sometimes--as in the famous MIT case to which there have been many
references here already--it's much easier to change things when people
act together. 
Anyone else who was there want to chip in? 

sara beck
sarawise.tau.ac.il

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3. Special advertising supplement on women's careers in Science, 03/15/02 
From: Kevin Marvel marvelaas.org

In the 15 March 2002 edition of Science on page 2116-2120 there
is a special advertising supplement entitiled "Focus on Careers: Women
in Science: Beyond the Glass Ceiling". The current AAS President,
Anneila Sargent is featured and resources are provided (through an
online site) for career advice and perspectives.

Kevin B. Marvel
Deputy Executive Officer

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4. Reception and Networking Breakfast Planned by CSWP 

>From WIPHYS posting of 03/22/02:

Attending the American Physical Society's meeting in Albuquerque,
April 20-23? The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics
(CSWP) will sponsor a networking breakfast for women in physics
on Monday, April 22, 7-9 am. Featured speaker, Meg Urry, Yale
University, will report on the IUPAP International Conference on
Women in Physics which was held in early March in Paris. Details
on cost and how to sign up ahead (and save time at the door!) at
http://www.aps.org/educ/cswp/apr-breakreg.html 

Breakfast too early? CSWP and the Committee on Minorities will
co-sponsor a dessert reception on Sunday evening, April 21, 8-9:30
pm (wine will be served). This is a nice chance to meet other
women and minorities in physics, to network, and relax! Both of
these events will be in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. 

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5. Sally Ride Launches "Imaginary Lines" to Attract Middle-School Girls

>From WIPHYS posting of 03/22/02:

Sally Ride, first American woman in space, has launched a company, Imaginary 
Lines, whose mission is to excite middle school girls about science. Imaginary 
Lines offers science festivals, a Sally Ride Science Club, and space camp 
adventures. If you know a middle-school girl, or if you work with girls in 
this age group, you might want to pass along this information at: 
http://www.imaginarylinesinc.com/index.html

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6. Observational cosmology position at Ohio State University
From: Kris Sellgren sellgrenastronomy.ohio-state.edu

Ohio State University is looking for an observational cosmologist to 
fill an "Eminent Scholar" position (endowed chair type position). We 
are taking a broad view of observational cosmology and will also consider
extragalactic observers and observationally-oriented theorists whose 
work connects to cosmological problems. Ohio State is a partner in the 
Large Binocular Telescope and will have one sixth of the observing time
when it is completed.

Please see AAS Job Ad 12445 in the Jan. 2002 back issue of the AAS job 
register for details. The ad asks for applications, expressions of 
interest, or suggestions for candidates. There is no hard deadline, but 
we'd like to fill the position in the next 2 years.

If anyone has any suggestions to make -- or are interested in the job
themselves -- please contact Pat Osmer at posmerastronomy.ohio-state.edu.
I am personally very interested in women candidates and/or minority
candidates, but all suggestions or expressions of interest are welcome.

Kris Sellgren
Astronomy Department, Ohio State University

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