Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2002 21:10:32 -0400 (EDT)
To: aaswliststsci.edu
Subject: AASWOMEN for September 6, 2002 (and August 2002)

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issues of Aug. 9,16,23,30, 2002, & Sept. 6, 2002, eds. Meg Urry,  
Patricia Knezek & Michael Rupen

This week's issues:

1. New AASWOMEN newsletter editor
2. Seeking room mate for DPS 2002
3. Success and kids: Is the impact of adoption equivalent to giving birth?
4. Study: Women's Attitudes Can Influence Drop-Out Rates 
5. Book: Rosalind Franklin
6. MentorNET Seeks E-Mentors
7. Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference, November 14-15
8. 40th Anniversary of the publication of "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty
   Friedan
9. UK Delegation Publishes Report on IUPAP Conference
10. Job Posting for Director, National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center,
    Cornell University
11. More AAUW Fellowships and Grants for Dissertation or Postdoc Research
12. Postdoctoral positions at Princeton University, astrophysics
13. Tenure Track, Asst. Professor, Physics Dept., Simon Fraser University
14. Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Colgate
    University
15. US Navy, San Diego, Vacancies Website
   
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1. New AASWOMEN newsletter editor

Meg Urry and Patricia Knezek are delighted to announce that Michael 
Rupen, a member of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy, 
has agreed to become an editor of the AASWOMEN newsletter. After a 
transition period of a couple of months, Meg will become executive
editor, with Patricia and Michael sharing the weekly co-editor
duties. Welcome, Michael!

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2. Seeking room mate for DPS 2002
From: Beatrice Mueller mullernoao.edu

I am looking for a room mate to share a double room at the conference hotel 
in Birmingham from Saturday October 5 to (and including) Friday October 11 
for the DPS 2002.

Please contact me at mullernoao.edu

Beatrice Mueller

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3. Success and kids: Is the impact of adoption equivalent to giving birth?
From: K.D. Leka lekacolorado-research.com

[Eds. note: This refers to the 08/02/02 AASWOMEN issue that published
Kris Sellgren's "data point" on the status of women.]

Just a small comment on Kris Sellgren's "data-point" for Marie-Helene
Ulrich: I agree that adoption is an option which should be explicitly
acknowledged and included in this (and similar) studies, since it does
allow for some flexibility biologically-speaking. I do take a *small*
issue with what "it takes as much time and committment as giving birth
to kids" implies, namely that adoption impacts one's career just as much.
Pregnancy makes you stupid. Ok, not everyone has this reaction, but many
that I know do - the hormones cause 'fuzz-brain' which is complicated by
the exhaustion of the pregnancy itself, not to mention once the baby 
arrives. Nursing hormones are similar, they can turn you into a blithering 
idiot. Some women I know had no problems during pregnancy or nursing; the 
majority could not, for the life of them, put a sentence together in a 
coherent manner. Fuzz-brain is an intellectual haze, like having partial 
paralysis -- often knowing what you want to say, knowing you should be 
able to add 2+2 and simply not being able to find the words or the answer; 
for me, it was like having my mouth full of cotton, I simply could not 
enunciate anything. Giving talks was frustrating and I did not perform up 
to my usual par; papers suffered, code got re-written more times that I 
want to think because of crazy mistakes.  Women I know in physics/astronomy 
who have born children consider the two years of pregnancy and newborn-care
a period of professional "treading water".  Yes, things get done, but one's 
efficiency is _severely_ impacted. When those two (or more, depending on 
number of children) occur during graduate school, postdoctdom, or tenure-track 
review, as they essentially must, it is *very* tough.  After those two 
years, however, I agree that biological and adoptive parenting are on equal 
footing.

I am (I believe) a successful astronomer, but I am supporting myself and a 
postdoc on soft-money; my position allows for extreme flexibility in my 
schedule and I have elected both to not work full-time and to not accept 
offers for positions (tenure-track/permanent) which would deny me the same 
degree of flexibility. I have a 2.5-yr old and a 6-mo old; I am slowly 
regaining mastery of the English language again, both written and (finally!) 
verbal.

>..no method of birth control is 100% effective
(ovo-hysterectomy is....kinda extreme, though.)

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4. Study: Women's Attitudes Can Influence Drop-Out Rates 

From WIPHYS posting of 08/12/02:

"Female engineering students who believe competence in engineering and math 
is something a person is born with tend to drop out of classes when faced 
with difficulty. Female students feel as if they are held to higher scrutiny 
and have to prove they belong in engineering, while male students believe 
females receive more breaks." Jacobs School of Engineering, News Release,
07/30/02 
http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news_events/news_2002/20020730.shtml 

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5. Book: Rosalind Franklin
From: Margaret Burbidge mburbidgeucsd.edu

I have been reading the book "Rosalind Franklin" by Brenda Maddox, recently
published by Harper Collins, London, 20 pounds sterling. It is a fascinating 
biography of Franklin, describing the way Watson and Crick obtained and used
her data without acknowledgement in their work on DNA, for which they later
received the Nobel Prize. I can thoroughly recommend this book!

Margaret Burbidge

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6. MentorNET Seeks E-Mentors

From WIPHYS posting of 08/16/02:

MentorNet, the E-Mentoring Network for Women in Engineering and Science, 
pairs women engineering and science students with online mentors working in 
corporations or government. E-mentoring is a terrific way for busy people 
to volunteer--last year's mentors reported spending an average of just 20
minutes per week on the program. Mentor applications are now open. To apply, 
go to www.MentorNet.net and join/sign in to the MentorNet Community.  Then 
follow the One-on-One Mentoring Program links to the Mentor section and click 
on the sign up button to access the application. For more information, please
visit our web site at www.MentorNet.net, or call (408) 924-4139. If your 
organization is interested in becoming a strategic partner with MentorNet, 
please contact Tory Bers at tbersmentornet.net. 

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7. Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference, November 14-15

From WIPHYS posting of 08/27/02:

The Reinvention Center at Stony Brook, a national center focused on 
undergraduate education at research universities, is sponsoring a conference 
on "Undergraduate Research and Scholarship and the Mission of the Research 
University." It will take place on November 14-15, 2002 in College Park, 
Maryland.

The conference will include a breakout session specifically directed at 
faculty in the physical sciences. Led by Jeanne Pemberton, John and Helen 
Schaefer Professor of Chemistry at the University of Arizona and Glenn 
Starkman, Associate Professor of Physics at Case Western Reserve University, 
it will address opportunities and challenges surrounding the implementation 
of undergraduate research experiences and the integration of research into 
the physical sciences curriculum. In addition, if there is sufficient
interest, a session will be scheduled to consider the formation of a
disciplinary network made up of faculty in Physics and, hopefully, colleagues 
from related professional societies, who would work within the context of the
discipline on issues related to undergraduate education.

More information and registration material is online at:
http://www.sunysb.edu/Reinventioncenter/conference/urconfabout.htm 
Or contact the Reinvention Center via email at reinventionsunysb.edu. 

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8. 40th Anniversary of the publication of "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty
   Friedan
From: Liliya L.R. Williams llrwastro.umn.edu

I realize that this is rather far from Women in Astronomy topics, or even 
Women in Science, (and the title of the book makes me cringe a little) but 
Betty Friedan is an important figure in women's movement (she is the founder 
of NOW and NARAL) and the anniversary of the Feminine Mystique is
approaching.

Cheers,
Liliya

>Betty Friedan is the foremost spokesperson for women's rights in the world. 
>In 1963, the publication of her book, The Feminine Mystique, set off shock 
>waves around the country and is now regarded as the catalytic work of the 
>women's movement.  For more information on Ms. Friedan and her work, please
>see http://speakers.com/bfriedan.html.

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9. UK Delegation Publishes Report on IUPAP Conference

From WIPHYS posting of 09/05/02:

The UK delegation to the Paris 2002 IUPAP Conference on Women in Physics has 
published a 58-page report which details resolutions and recommendations from
the conference. The report can be found at 
http://www.awise.org/whatsnew.htm#wps .

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10. Job Posting for Director, National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center,
    Cornell University
From: Lesley Yorke lab14cornell.edu

Director
Cornell University/National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center
314 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Email Submission Address: naicsearchcornell.edu
Email Inquiries: naicsearchcornell.edu
URL: www.cuinfo.cornell.edu/admin/jobops/http

Attention: Professor Joseph Burns, Search Committee Chair 

Cornell University seeks a Director of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere 
Center (NAIC), which is operated under an NSF cooperative agreement. The 
main instrument is the 305-meter radio telescope near Arecibo, Puerto Rico. 
NAIC supports research programs in radio astronomy, planetary radar astronomy, 
and atmospheric science. The observing facilities at the Arecibo Observatory 
are available for use by the astronomical and atmospheric sciences community
on a proposal and peer review basis. NAIC also undertakes the development and
operation of enhanced or new equipment and instrumentation that extend the 
capabilities of this telescope. 

The Director is the chief scientific and administrative officer of NAIC, and 
should have a record of scientific accomplishment in one of the areas of 
interest at the Observatory. Demonstrated administrative, management, and 
leadership skills are essential. It is expected that the Director will devote 
essentially full time to NAIC-related activities but, as appropriate, an 
appointment to a tenured faculty position at Cornell would also be made.

The search committee will begin considering applications August 20, 2002, and 
will accept applications until the position is filled. 

Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent to Professor Joseph 
Burns, Search Committee Chair Office of the Vice Provost for Research at the
above address. 

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, publication list, and three 
letters of reference. AAE/EOE. 

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11. More Fellowships and Grants for Dissertation or Postdoc Research

From WIPHYS posting of 08/12/02:

The American Association of University Women is accepting fellowship 
and grant applications for women to perform dissertation or postdoctoral 
research. Applications will be available August 1-November 1, 2002.

Who is eligible: American citizens or permanent residents who are 
completing dissertations or will soon conduct postdoctoral research. 
Deadline for applications is November 15. Total amount to be awarded and 
number of awards: not specified. Amount of individual awards: $20,000 for
dissertation research, $30,000 for postdoctoral research. View the full 
text of the announcement on the Association's website at
http://www.aauw.org/3000/fdnfelgra/american.html 

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12. Postdoctoral positions at Princeton University, astrophysics
From: Jill Knapp gkastro.princeton.edu

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, has several 
openings at the postdoctoral level, beginning around September 2003. The 
advertisements are summarized below. Applicants will be considered for all 
positions; the cover letter should state which particular position(s) the 
candidate is interested in.

Further information about the department is given at

http://www.astro.princeton.edu

or please contact gkastro.princeton.edu with any questions.

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Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship in Astronomy
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY AND PONTIFICA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE
Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences
Peyton Hall; Ivy Lane
Princeton, NJ 08544
Tel: 609-258-3800
FAX: 609-258-1020
Email Inquiries: gkastro.princeton.edu
URL: http://www.astro.princeton.edu

Attention: Scott Tremaine, Professor and Chair

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of Pontificia Universidad
Catolica and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton
University invite applications for a prize fellowship in observational
or theoretical astronomy, sponsored by Fundacion Andes, to begin in
September 2003.

The appointment is for one year, renewable annually based on
satisfactory performance, for up to three years. The appointment for the
first two years will be with Universidad Catolica in Santiago and the
third year will be in Princeton. Chile has the greatest concentration of
large telescopes in the southern hemisphere. While resident at
Universidad Catolica, the fellow will qualify as a member of the Chilean
community and be eligible to propose for observing time on all
telescopes in Chile, including ESO's 3.5m NTT and 4x8m VLT, the Gemini
8m, Carnegie's 2.5m and Magellan 6.5m, and the 15m SEST. Further
information can be obtained from L. Infante (linfanteastro.puc.cl).

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and research
plan, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to BOTH
Princeton and Catolica by 1 December 2002. The research plan should
address how the applicant intends to use the facilities available to
both Princeton and Catolica. Applications should be sent to Prof. S.
Tremaine, Chair, at the above address, and L. Infante, Department of
Astronomy and Astrophysics,P.Universidad Catolica, Casilla 306, Santiago
22, Chile (e-mail address:postdocastro.puc.cl). Position subject to
availability of funds. EEO/AAE

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Cosmology
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Department of Physics
Jadwin Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544
Tel: 609-258-4413
FAX: 609-258-1124
Email Inquiries: useljakprinceton.edu

Attention: Uros Seljak, Professor

The Physics Department at Princeton University hopes to offer a
postdoctoral position to an outstanding young scientist to work on
questions in theoretical cosmology with Professor Uros Seljak, beginning 
in September 2003. The fellow will work with Dr. Seljak and other 
postdoctoral fellows and faculty on cosmological studies, with particular 
attention to the comparison between theoretical predictions and 
observations such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and various CMB and 
lensing experiments. Applicants with experience in numerical cosmology
are particularly encouraged to apply. Appointments are for one year, 
renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for a total of up 
to three years. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, bibliography
and statement of research interests, and arrange to have three letters
of recommendation sent to the above address by 1 December 2002. Applicants 
can apply through the Physics Department at
http://www.physics.princeton.edu/positions_scripts/applications/postdoc2003form.
All applicants for postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of
Astrophysical Sciences (http://www.astro.princeton.edu/pujobs.html) will
automatically be considered for these positions as well. EEO/AAE

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Henry Norris Russell and Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowships in
Astrophysics
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences
Peyton Hall, Ivy Lane
Princeton, NJ 08544
Tel: 609-258-3800
FAX: 609-258-1020
Email Inquiries: gkastro.princeton.edu
URL: http://www.astro.princeton.edu

Attention: Scott D. Tremaine, Professor and Chair

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University invites
applications for the Henry Norris Russell and Lyman Spitzer, Jr.
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Astrophysics. These Fellows are expected to
carry out original research in astrophysics, independently or in
collaboration with Princeton faculty, postdoctoral fellows or students.
The Spitzer Fellowship is intended primarily to support researchers in
theoretical astrophysics, and the Russell Fellowship is open to
researchers in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics. There is a
research fund of $10,000 per year per fellowship; in addition, the
Department will nominate the Fellow for membership in the Princeton
Society of Fellows.

Princeton faculty members with research interests in theoretical
astrophysics include Neta Bahcall (large-scale structure, clusters of
galaxies), Renyue Cen (cosmological simulations), Bruce Draine
(interstellar dust, interstellar medium), Jeremy Goodman (dynamics,
gamma-ray bursts, scintillation), J. Richard Gott (cosmology, general
relativity), James Gunn (cosmology), Russell Kulsrud (primordial
magnetic fields, plasma physics), Jeremiah P. Ostriker (formation and
evolution of large-scale structure), Bohdan Paczynski (gravitational
microlensing, gamma ray bursts), David Spergel (CMB, particle
astrophysics, cosmology, galaxy dynamics), Michael Strauss (large-scale
structure, quasars), Scott Tremaine (planetary and galaxy dynamics),
Edwin Turner (gravitational lenses), and 9 postdoctoral fellows.

The expected starting date is 1 September 2003. Appointments are for one
year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for a total
of up to three years. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae,
bibliography and statement of research interests, and arrange to have
three letters of recommendation sent to the above address by 1 December
2002. EEO/AAE

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SOFTWARE SCIENTIST
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences
Peyton Hall, Ivy Lane
Princeton, NJ 08544
Tel: 609-258-3824
FAX: 609-258-1020
Email Inquiries: gkastro.princeton.edu

Attention: Jill Knapp, Professor

The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, has a
position in software development and maintenance for the reduction and
analysis of CCD photometric data obtained by the ongoing Sloan Digital
Sky Survey (SDSS). The development work is in areas such as: efficient
algorithms for object measurement; quality analysis; merging CCD frames;
co-addition and co-subtraction of images from multiple passes across the
sky; and automated searches for variable objects. This work will occupy
50% of the position, with the remainder available to carry out
scientific research, preferably with the SDSS data themselves.

The tasks include algorithm development; writing robust, efficient code
(primarily on Unix platforms in C); and maintaining pipeline code.
Experience in TCL, C and software engineering practices is desirable.
There is likely to be some travel to the telescope site in New Mexico.
The appointment(s) will be made to the research or technical staff at a
level and salary commensurate with experience, for an initial period of
one year which can be renewed for two or more years, depending on
satisfactory performance and availability of funding. BA/BS required,
higher degree preferred.

Please send Vita, list of publications, detailed description of relevant
software experience, and scientific interests, and arrange for three
letters of recommendation sent to Jill Knapp, at the above address.

The application deadline is 30 September 2002. Further information is
available via http://www.astro.princeton.edu, or by email from
gkastro.princeton.edu. EEO/AAE

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13. Tenure Track, Asst. Professor, Physics Dept., Simon Fraser University

From WIPHYS posting of 08/27/02:

The Physics Department at Simon Fraser University invites applications for 
a tenure track Assistant Professorship, to take effect in September 2003, 
subject to final budgetary approval. We are searching for an individual of
outstanding background and exceptional promise who will establish a vigorous 
independent research program and who will have a strong commitment to
undergraduate and graduate teaching. The Physics Department has a very broad 
research program in condensed matter physics and materials science, as well 
as research programs in biological physics, dynamical systems and high 
energy theory and experiment.  In this current search, we are particularly 
interested in theoretical astrophysicists, cosmologists and particle 
physicists, experimentalists and theorists in atomic and molecular physics 
and experimentalists in soft condensed matter physics. However, excellent 
candidates in any area that complements the department's existing research 
programs will be given serious consideration. The Physics Department's home
page can be accessed via http://www.sfu.ca/physics.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and 
permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is 
committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified 
women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons 
with disabilities. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, publication 
list and a short statement of research and teaching interests. Candidates 
should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be supplied in 
confidence. All correspondence should be directed to Professor Michael 
Plischke, Chair, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University, 8888 
University Drive, Burnaby BC, Canada V5A 1S6 by December 15, 2002.

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14. Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Colgate 
    University

Colgate University's Department of Physics and Astronomy invites
applications for a tenure-track position to begin Fall 2003. We seek a person 
with a strong commitment to undergraduate education who can establish a 
program of on-campus experimental research that actively involves 
undergraduates. Teaching responsibilities include courses in physics, 
Colgate's Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, and mentoring students in 
undergraduate research. Colgate University is a highly-selective liberal arts 
college of 2700 students, situated in a picturesque village in central New
York. The department has nine faculty members, a supporting technician, and 
has access to fully-staffed machine and electronic shops. We have 
well-equipped research laboratories in the areas of atomic and optical 
physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, low temperature physics, and 
observational astronomy. Generous startup funds for research are available.

Candidates should send a letter of application describing their teaching and 
research objectives, and, in particular, addressing the suitability of the 
proposed research for undergraduates. The curriculum vitae should include a 
list of publications and the names, addresses (postal and e-mail), and phone
numbers of three individuals who have sent letters of recommendation. At 
least one recommendation should address the candidates' teaching
qualifications and at least one should address the candidate's experience and 
potential for developing an independent research program. A PhD in physics or
a related discipline is required. 

Applicants should apply to: Victor Mansfield, Department of Physics and 
Astronomy, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346. Inquiries 
may be made by e-mail ( mail.colgate.edu>
vmansfieldmail.colgate.edu) but formal application must be made by mail. 

Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2002. Colgate is an Equal 
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Developing and sustaining a diverse
faculty and staff furthers the University's educational mission.

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15. US Navy, San Diego, Vacancies Website

From WIPHYS posting of 08/06/02:

The US Navy's largest Human Resources Service Center, Southwest in San Diego, 
serves dozens of Navy activities who employ more than 35,000 Federal civil 
service employees and fills hundreds of jobs each year. Here is a hyperlink
to their website (it takes a little while to open completely because there
are so many jobs).
http://www.resume.hroc.navy.mil/Vacancy/vac_list.cfm?REGION=SOUTHWEST

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