Date: Sun, 12 May 2002 20:51:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for May 10, 2002

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of 05/10/02, eds. Meg Urry & Patricia Knezek

This week's issues:

1. Fertility statistics
2. Book recommendation for those interested in the discussion based on Sylvia
   Hewlett's book
3. Roommate needed for June AAS meeting
4. Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award deadline
5. Send a message to WIPHYS 
6. Position available - Director of International Square Kilometre Array 
7. Two astronomer positions at the U.S. Naval Observatory
8. Associate Division Director - X-Ray Research-SRI-CAT Director, Argonne 
   National Lab

1. Fertility statistics
From: Amy Simon-Miller

CNN seems to be doing a series on this, but here are the statistics:

And thanks to Heidi H. for reminding us in the May 2 AASWomen that 
statistics don't necessarily (and shouldn't) rule our lives.

2. Book recommendation for those interested in the discussion based on Sylvia
   Hewlett's book
From: Jo Pitesky

Re: the discussion on Sylvia Hewlett's book:

List readers might be interested in a book that came out last year called
for the Wall Street Journal, so she comes to the topic without an apparent 
axe to grind. The book discusses how corporate culture is placing 
ever-growing demands on white-collar professionals, asking for more of their 
time while cutting wages and benefits. I'm disappointed that Time et al 
didn't make a front cover out of *that* book, which has issues that affect 
far more people than Hewlett's book.

Jo Pitesky

3. Roommate needed for June AAS meeting
From: Lauren Jones


I'm looking for a roommate for the AAS meeting in Albuquerque. If there
is anyone who needs someone with whom to share a room, I would love to
find a roommate!

Please let me know ASAP.

Lauren Jones

4. Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award deadline

>From WIPHYS posting of 05/08/02:

July 1, 2002 is the deadline to nominate a woman physicist for the
APS' Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award. This award recognizes and
enhances outstanding achievement by a woman physicist in the
early years of her career. At the March meeting of the APS, several
past winners (including the most recent winner, Deborah Jin) spoke
informally about how important winning this award had been to
them. The award offers a travel grant to give lectures in their field
of physics at four institutions and at a meeting of the APS, plus a
cash award. Details on how to nominate can be found at

5. Send a message to WIPHYS 

>From WIPHYS posting of 05/08/02:

Dear Women,

The WIPHYS list is dedicated to the discussion of issues involving
women in physics. Examples of the kinds of postings appearing on
WIPHYS include: 
--Discussion of issues involving women in physics
--Announcement of government or privately sponsored programs
  designed to aid in establishing the careers of women scientists
--Postings of job listings
--News about women in physics
--On-line mentorship
--Information on women's events at APS meetings (notices of
  networking breakfasts, workshops, receptions, invited sessions;
  help for those seeking roommates)
--Advice on teaching (suggestions for textbooks, discussion of
  different learning styles)
Please read guidelines for posting on the CSWP website at under "wiphys list" . 

Here's a suggested topic: Is anyone involved in summer programs
to interest girls in physics? What kinds of activities do you offer? 
How many girls to you expect to attract? What age groups do you
work with? WIPHYS does not have room for lengthy descriptions
(much as we would love to) a paragraph and a website would be
Your WiPHYS Moderator

6. Position available - Director of International Square Kilometre Array 
From: Jill Tarter

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a visionary international project to 
develop a next-generation world radio telescope with a collecting area of one 
million square metres.   The SKA is designed to probe the universe at radio 
frequencies from the current epoch back to the epoch of reionization and the 
formation of the earliest galaxies. An International SKA Consortium 
representing twenty four institutes in eleven countries are partners in a 
cooperative research and development program toward construction of the SKA.  
The Square Kilometre Array Consortium is seeking an individual for the 
position of Director of the International SKA Project.   The Director will

- lead the SKA management team in the development of SKA design concepts;
- lead activities to establish an international SKA project office as a legal 
- coordinate institutions involved in SKA development to achieve a structured  
  and efficient global effort;
- lead generation, approval, and implementation of plan for concept  
- develop the scientific goals and requirements of the project in 
  collaboration with the SKA Science Advisory Committee;
- oversee development of possible concepts for SKA architecture that meet 
  scientific, engineering, political, and cost constraints in collaboration 
  with the SKA Engineering and Management Team;
- oversee comparison of scientific, technological, and cost and benefits of 
  alternative concepts, leading to a single design concept;
- and develop a detailed implementation and cost plan for the chosen SKA 
  design concept.

Information on the SKA project can be found at

The appointment is funded by the International Square Kilometre Array 
Steering Committee (ISSC) for at least two years, and the successful 
applicant will be expected to take up the position at one of the Consortium 
institutes.  Options in which the Director takes up the appointment away 
from his/her home institute are encouraged.  The Director will report to the 
ISSC, which has ultimate responsibility for SKA development.  We are seeking 
an individual with a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, physics or 
engineering, or equivalent experience, a strong record of achievement and 
leadership in radio astronomy or radio astronomy instrumentation, and 
excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Applications for the position should be sent to A.R. Taylor, International 
SKA Secretariat, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary, 
2500 University Dr. N.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 1N4.  Applications 
received before July 1, will be given full consideration.   Further 
information can be obtained from the Chairman of the ISSC, Ron Ekers, 
phone: (+61) 293724300, email:

7. Two astronomer positions at the U.S. Naval Observatory
From: Sethanne Howard

The Nautical Almanac Office (NAO) at the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO),
Washington, DC has an immediate opening for two astronomers. Both are civil
service positions, and require US citizenship. The NAO is a Division within
the Astronomical Applications (AA) Department at USNO. The NAO produces
several publications for the U.S. Navy, including The Astronomical Almanac
and The Nautical Almanac. Address questions specific to these positions to
Dr. Sethanne Howard, TEL: 202-762-1496, FAX: 202-762-1612.

One position requires a Bachelors Degree in astronomy, physics, a related
field, or equivalent experience as well as expertise in a high level
computer language such as Fortran, and web language such as HTML. This
person will participate in the production of the almanacs. The software
language used to produce the almanac data is Fortran. This position is a
career appointment in the U.S. civil service. The position will be filled
at the GS7, 9, or 11 level (salary range: $31,397-$46,469) depending upon
the qualifications of the successful applicant. This position is announced
under the advertisement number CAPNWD02-1330-183. Applications are accepted
through May 31.

The second position is for a post-doctoral scientist with a specialty in
dynamical or positional astronomy. The position is a temporary Federal
appointment at the GS 12 level. The position is for one year, renewable for
up to three years. This person will work under the direction of Dr.
Sethanne Howard. The successful candidate is expected to conduct
astronomical research or scientific study consistent with the status of the
Department as a national resource in fundamental astronomical reference data
and collaborate with members of the staff. Areas of special interest are
the fundamental astronomy relating to solar system dynamics, reference
frames, precession, and nutation models as they relate to the underlying
science in The Astronomical Almanac. The Department has a network of PCs
and Linux systems available. The announcement number is CAPNWD02-1330-240.
Applications are accepted through June 17.

The web based Navy job application tools begin at URL: Written applications must include a
resume, the names of three references, and a copy of the applicants college
transcript. Send all written application materials to HRSC-NW, Code 52,
3230 Randall Way, Silverdale WA, 98383. Ensure that your name, SSN and
announcement number are on all documents you submit.

8. Associate Division Director - X-Ray Research-SRI-CAT Director, Argonne 
   National Lab

>From WIPHYS posting of 05/10/02:

Argonne National Laboratory is inviting applicants for the position
of Associate Division Director, X-Ray Research, Synchrotron
Radiation Instrumentation Collaborative Access Team (SRI-
CAT)Director. The successful candidate will guide, coordinate and
initiate state-of-the-art x-ray research at the Experimental Facilities
Division; initiate and support new and productive research in
collaboration with other academic and industrial partners; supervise
group leaders responsible for SRI CAT sectors to ensure high
quality and productivity of x-ray research; and facilitate strong
Independent Investigator Program at SRI CAT beam lines. 

This position requires comprehensive knowledge, skills, and
experience in managing complex, technical organizations and in
Department of Energy policy and procedures as it applies to
division administration within a national laboratory. This position
requires an outstanding international reputation in x-ray science;
comprehensive skill in managing a diverse group of Ph.D.
physicists; and demonstration of leadership abilities. 

Argonne National Laboratory is a multi-program laboratory
operated by the University of Chicago for the U. S. Department of
Energy. Argonne's Illinois' site is located about 25 miles southwest
of Chicago on a beautiful 1500-acre campus-like environment. Send
a detailed CV with three references to: Teri Rodriguez, Reference
XFD#303340-100, via email to or fax to
(630) 252-9388. For additional information, please visit our web
site at Equal Opportunity Employer.