Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 19:14:51 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for Mar. 29 & Apr. 5, 2002

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of 03/29/02 & 04/05/02, eds. Meg Urry & Patricia Knezek

This week's issues:

1. NASA Ames celebrates Women's History Month
2. Faculty Diversity: "Too Little for Too Long", Harvard Magazine
3. Tufts Web Site Encourages Females to Study Engineering
4. CSWA website updates!
5. MIT Completes Ground-breaking Studies on Status of Women Faculty
6. Complementary earlier article to item #5 in MIT news about the President's 
   Workshop on Gender Equity 
7. Chronicle for Higher Education article addressing the MIT Study of item #5
8. Associate Editor position at Astronomy Magazine
1. NASA Ames celebrates Women's History Month
From: C. Megan Urry


NASA's Ames Research Center is recognizing and celebrating National Women's 
History Month and the contributions of female scientists, researchers and 
managers to the space program.

Media representatives will have the opportunity to speak with Ames researchers 
and administrators, who will share their experiences at NASA and discuss 
contributions made by women to NASA's aeronautics and space programs. Participants 
also will address issues related to education and career opportunities for young 
girls and women.

"We want to let the world know about the great research and innovations NASA 
women have made and continue to make," said NASA Ames community relations 
coordinator Sheila Johnson.

"What NASA does affects not only astronauts in space, but also people here on 
Earth," said Winifred Huo, NASA Ames' computational chemistry group lead. "Women 
should realize that the research we have done and technologies we continue to 
develop may improve their health and lifestyle."

"One day, instead of going through traumatizing biopsy, women will go through a 
painless breast cancer detection procedure using the NASA Smart Surgical Probe," 
said NASA Ames chief scientist Stephanie Langhoff. "During pregnancy, our daughters 
could swallow a NASA pill transmitter that will allow them to monitor the fetus. 
NASA cares about women's welfare, and there are incredible women who help the 
agency to succeed in its mission," she added.

The official celebration of women's accomplishments began in 1978 when the Sonoma
County, Calif., government sponsored Women's History Week to promote the teaching 
of women's history. In 1981, Congress passed a resolution making the week a 
national celebration, and in 1987 Congress expanded the celebration to the full
month of March, making it National Women's History Month.

More information about NASA's women's outreach initiative is available at:

2. Faculty Diversity: "Too Little for Too Long", Harvard Magazine

>From WIPHYS posting of 03/26/02:

"Despite 30 years of affirmative action, and contrary to public perceptions, the 
American faculty profile, especially at preeminent universities, remains largely 
white and largely male." See

3. Tufts Web Site Encourages Females to Study Engineering

>From WIPHYS posting of 03/26/02:

"Tufts University and groups active in advocating for greater career opportunities 
for females in engineering have launched a web site for prospective and current 
female engineers. The site was developed with a grant from the GE Fund, the 
philanthropic foundation of the General Electric Company." ENC Bulletin, 03/25/02 

4. CSWA website updates!
From: Amy Simon-Miller 

Just in time for spring, the CSWA has decided to do some cleaning of its website! 
We are in the process of overhauling all the pages and updating links, while 
removing outdated information. All of the pages have been moved to our main site 
on the AAS servers: 

The largest change has been in the Women in Astronomy Database. The original 
database, designed in 1997 by Lisa Frattare, received overwhelming interest with 
nearly 200 entries posted over the past five years. The design was such that new 
entries and modifications were emailed directly to the database administrator who 
had to manually add/change the entries. Many of the entries have become out of date 
and it is impossible to maintain the database in its current format. We have 
instituted a new database that should streamline entries and modifications.

Check out the new database information at:
Women may register as database users and then add or modify their own information 
at any time. In addition, a guest account will allow anyone to search the database 
to look for speakers or job applicants and to do statistical searches. Virtually 
any information or keyword can be used for a search and you can also sort 
alphabetically by any of the information areas.

Unfortunately, we can not port the old database to the new format. We encourage all 
women, including prior users, to their submit entries to the new database! The old 
database will remain open through 2002 for searches, but no further entries will be 
accepted on that site. WiAD Browser Requirements: Netscape 4.6 or Internet Explorer 
5.1 and higher. 

Another change to the website has been the updating of our Related Links page. It 
now includes links to organizations, articles and meetings relevant to women in 
astronomy and other physical sciences. Please feel free to submit suggestions for 
links that should be included.

Future improvements to the web site will include a Frequently Asked Questions page 
and possibly online surveys. All comments and suggestions on ways to improve the 
website are always welcome! Finally, we wish to thank Lisa Frattare for her many 
years of service as the CSWA webmaster - her hard work has been truly appreciated!

Amy Simon-Miller for the CSWA.

5. MIT Completes Ground-breaking Studies on Status of Women Faculty

>From WIPHYS posting of 03/28/02:

"MIT 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 Sciences; and 
the Sloan School of Management." Text of the release and a link to the report may 
be found at 

6. Complementary earlier article to #5 in MIT news about the President's Workshop 
   on Gender Equity 
From: Howard Georgi

An earlier article, but an interesting one is and MIT news report about the 
President's Workshop on Gender Equity -

This happened under our previous administration, and I am working on getting the 
current administration to follow up.

7. Chronicle for Higher Education article addressing the MIT Study of item #5
From: C. Megan Urry

An article in the Chronicle for Higher Education appeared on Wednesday, March 20,
2002 entitled: "New Study at MIT Finds That Female Faculty Members Still Feel
Marginalized".  It is based on the MIT study highlighted as item #5 in this issue
of AASWOMEN.  To read the Chronicle for Higher Education article, you must be a
subscriber.  It is available at:

8. Associate Editor position at Astronomy Magazine
From: David Eicher

[Eds. note: For more information, please contact Dave Eicher at

ASTRONOMY Magazine, the world's largest English-language magazine for
astronomy enthusiasts, has an immediate opening for an associate editor.
Duties include editing, writing, reading manuscripts and producing material
for the magazine, and contributing to its website. Ideal candidates will
have a bachelor's degree and 1 to 2 years' experience editing and writing.
Education or professional experience in astronomy is preferred.

Our office is located in a beautiful western suburb of Milwaukee, near I-94
and HWY 18 in Brookfield. We offer an excellent benefit package that
includes 401K & Profit Sharing, and relocation assistance. 

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter (including your
e-mail address if available) detailing related experience and salary
requirements to:
Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Attn: Human Resources Dept AST-WEB 1
21027 Crossroads Circle
P.O. Box 1612
Waukesha WI 53187-1612
FAX: (262) 796-0739
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Dave Eicher
Managing Editor, Astronomy