Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 20:09:00 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for October 11, 2002

AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
AASWOMEN Weekly issue of Oct. 11, 2002, 
eds. Meg Urry, Patricia Knezek, & Michael Rupen

This week's issues:

 1. Sigma Xi Forum: Changing the Face of Science and Engineering
 2. Increasing Diversity in the Science, Engineering and Technology Workforce
 3. Dorrit Hoffleit Web page: please contribute by the end of the month!
 4. Comment on Nussbaum article
 5. APS Booklet: Physics Careers for Women
 6. Annie J. Cannon Award: Call for Nominees
 7. Postdoctoral Research Assoc., Gravity/Cosmology Group, Syracuse Univ.
 8. SKA Research & Development Research Fellowships, Swinburne Univ., Australia
 9. Vassar College Sabbatical Physics Position
10. Junior Faculty Position at Barnard College

 1. Sigma Xi Forum: Changing the Face of Science and Engineering
From WIPHYS posting of 10/10/02:

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society is hosting its annual
forum November 14-15, 2002 in Galveston, Texas.  This forum,
titled "Changing The Face of Science and Engineering," will focus
on critical issues surrounding human resource inputs to the
scientific enterprise, particularly the need for an inclusive science
and technology workforce. Concurrent sessions are being organized
in partnership with organizations such as the Council on
Undergraduate Research, Project Kaleidoscope, the National
Academy of Engineering, the Association for Women in Science,
and International Women in Science and Engineering.  Topics
include: Health of the Research Enterprise; Issues in the Science
and Engineering Workforce; Science, Engineering and Technology
Across Borders; Globalizing Research Experiences for Science
Students; and International Women Scientists' Contributions to
Science, Education, and Development.  Registration is open to the
public, students are free.    For details, please see:

[Editors' note: If you attend this conference, we'd be very interested
  in hearing about it!]
 2. Increasing Diversity in the Science, Engineering and Technology Workforce
Taken from FYI, AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News 10/11/02.
(Please visit the AIP Science Policy site at for
previous issues of FYI and other science policy information. To subscribe 
yourself to this useful listserv, see 

"Is the United States developing the human capital to remain the world's
most productive economy while at the same time meeting a formidable new
national security threat?"  This question is posed in a new report, "The
Quiet Crisis: Falling Short in Producing American Scientific and Technical
Talent."  The report indicates that the U.S. is not doing what is needed to
develop the necessary S&T workforce for the future, and calls for greater
efforts to increase the representation of women and minorities in the fields
of science, engineering and technology.

The report was issued by BEST, an organization seeking to foster "a
stronger, more diverse U.S. workforce in science, engineering and technology
by increasing the participation of under-represented groups."  BEST, which
stands for Building Engineering and Science Talent, is a three-year
partnership of government, industry, and academic leaders (for more
information see  As a follow-on to
recommendations of the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women
and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development
its purpose is to determine what has been proven effective in encouraging
"women, African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and persons with
disabilities to choose and stay with science and math educational paths."
The findings of this interim progress report, issued one year into BEST's
lifespan, were made public at a congressional briefing on September 26.

This building crisis, the report warns, "stems from the gap between the
nation's growing need for scientists, engineers, and other technically
skilled workers, and its production of them."  The report cites data from
the Labor Department and the National Science Board regarding the expected
creation of new S&T jobs, the decline in undergraduate and graduate degree
production in engineering and the physical sciences since the early 1990s,
the low percentage of women and minorities in science, engineering and
technology compared to their representation in the entire U.S. population,
the reliance on foreign workers, and the anticipated retirement of many in
the S&T workforce.

Closing this projected gap, the report says, "will require a national
commitment to develop more of the talent of all our citizens, especially the
under-represented majority - the women, minorities, and persons with
disabilities who comprise a disproportionately small part" of the S&T
workforce.  Initial recommendations include tools to help communities
develop workforce diversity, a coherent national strategy and increased
federal, state and local resources for expanding "educational opportunities
in mathematics and science for under-represented groups."  Research
universities are urged to become more involved in elementary and secondary
science and math education, make greater efforts to slow the attrition rate
of women and minorities at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and
provide more and better faculty role models.  Companies are also encouraged
to strengthen their presence in pre-K through 12th grade education, use
diversity as a criterion in partnering with universities, and "create a
culture of inclusiveness in the workplace."  The report calls on
professional societies, foundations, and other non-profit groups to work
together, "project a more positive public image of science, engineering, and
technology," and "mobilize at the grass roots" level to encourage

Audrey T. Leath
Media and Government Relations Division
The American Institute of Physics
(301) 209-3094

 3. Dorrit Hoffleit Web page: please contribute by the end of the month!
From: Karen Kwitter

Last call for those of you who were at the Maria Mitchell Observatory summer
research program under Dorrit Hoffleit's mentorship (1956-1978) to be
featured on a web page in her honor! Please e-mail me (
with your name, current affiliation, and any comments you'd like to share
about your MMO experience. The website is in honor of the publication of
Dorrit's new book, "Misfortunes as Blessings in Disguise: The Story of My
Life." For a peek at the website as it now stands, see:

 4. Comment on Nussbaum article
From: Diane Azcarate

I agree completely with Stuart Mill's comment, quoted by Martha Nussbaum.
I suppose I am still an "XY ally", since even although I am a Transgendered
Person ( male to female or something like that ) and more and more people
are calling me Madam, genetically I am a man, in spite of my breasts and my
general look.
I hope this support will not be considered as a sample of the "fanatism of
the converted people" ( term used in religious matters ), but it is
interesting to note that in talks with genetic women I am generally more
radical than them in order to attack male chauvinism.
My past life as a man has allowed me to share meetings, social talks and a
lot of moments with who were supposed to be my camarades of gender (and in
a certain way they were, even in my sexual preference, because I prefer
women, not exclusively) and I know very well the formation, the education,
the tabooes and all the ingredients of the damned "machismo". Furthermore,
I live in an Hispanic country, where this plague is more extended. 

Dr. Diana Azcarate

 5. APS Booklet: Physics Careers for Women
From AAS Newsletter 112, October 2002:

The American Physical Society's Committee on the Status of Women in Physics 
has announced the release of the updated edition of the 16 page, four-color
booklet, "Physics in Your Future."  It features profiles of young women
scientists engaged in various jobs in industry, government labs, and academia.
The booklet is aimed at middle and high school girls who are about to make
decisions about how much mathematics and science to take in high school.  It
shows the exciting possibilities for physics-related careers and advises girls
that strong preparation in mathematics and science is needed to enter such
careers.  It is free to students, educators, guidance counselors, and groups
who work with young women.  To order copies, go to

 6. Annie J. Cannon Award: Call for Nominees
From AAS Newsletter 112, October 2002:

The Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy honors a woman in the early stages of
a career in astronomy.  Preference is given to nominees who hold a doctorate
in astronomy or a related field for at least a year.  There are no
restrictions on the nominee's nationality or on the location of her research.
The award is $5,000.  All nominating materials must be received by the AAUW
Educational Foundation by Monday, 10 February 2003.  Questions about the award
and nominations should be directed to the American Association of University 
Women Educational Foundation at 202/728-7602; by FAX at 202/463-7169; by
mail, 1111 Sixteenth St., NW, Washington, DC 20036; or by e-mail at  The award recipient will be selected by the AAUW
Educational Foundation Board of Directors in cooperation with the AAS Annie
Jump Cannon Award Advisory Committee.

 7. Postdoctoral Research Assoc., Gravity/Cosmology Group, Syracuse Univ.
From WIPHYS posting of 10/10/02:

The Gravity/Cosmology group of the Physics Department expects
to have an opening for a postdoctoral research associate beginning
in September 2003, contingent upon funding.  The Gravity/
Cosmology group consists of Profs. Donald Marolf and Mark Trodden,
with strong links to the high-energy theory group.  Candidates with
experience and interests in any aspects of gravitational physics or 
cosmology will be considered.  Applicants with relevant experience should 
have three letters of recommendation sent to:  
    Ms. Penny Davis
    201 Physics Building
    Syracuse University
    13244-1130 USA
    FAX: 315-443-9103.

They should also submit a CV and a short description of
their research and interests.  All materials must be received by
January 1, 2003.  Electronic application materials are welcome.
Syracuse University is an affirmative action /equal opportunity
employer. Members of minority groups and women are especially
encouraged to apply.

 8. SKA Research & Development Research Fellowships, Swinburne Univ., Australia
From: Sarah Maddison

The Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing is seeking two
postdoctoral research fellows to work on aspects of its Square Kilometre
Array research program. The Centre has been funded to investigate the
realistic performance of the SKA, given various design parameters, and
will therefore concentrate on simulating what the SKA will see, and the
problems it will face, due to various instrumental and astrophysical
factors. The centrepiece of the Swinburne work will be a large-scale
software correlator on the Centre's Teraflop supercomputer, to be used as
part of the SKA simulations as well as a processor for radio astronomy
data collected using the Centre's Gb/s baseband recorders. Given the power
of the facilities at hand, it is expected that the Swinburne work will
have a high international profile over the next five years within the SKA
arena. Successful candidates will be expected to identify key issues for
the SKA that require simulation and develop detailed studies of these
issues using the computational resources of the Centre. Successful
candidates will also be expected to contribute to the development of the
software correlator and/or the baseband recorders, for both simulations
and real astronomy applications. Successful candidates for these positions
will have a PhD in astronomy or astrophysics with experience in
observational radio astronomy, in particular the theoretical and practical
aspects of interferometry and synthesis imaging.

There are two 3-5 year appointments available immediately. Applications
close 31 October 2002.  Applicants should send a CV with complete
publication record, a one-page summary of their research interests, and an
additional two-page application addressing the selection criteria plus
relevant contact information for three referees to Matthew Bailes
( by 31 October 2002.

For further details and the job description, please visit:

 9. Vassar College Sabbatical Physics Position
From: Debra Elmegreen

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vassar College invites
applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement position in physics at
the assistant professor level beginning in September 2003.  Applicants
should have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field; teaching
experience is strongly preferred. All areas of expertise will be considered.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach 5 undergraduate physics
courses during the year. The department consists of two astronomers and five
physicists, as detailed on the department homepage
Vassar College is a liberal arts school with an enrollment of 2300 students.  
The 1000-acre campus is located in Poughkeepsie, 75 miles north of Manhattan 
along the Hudson River.  Candidates should send (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a
statement of interest and experience in teaching, and (3) arrange for three 
letters of recommendation (including comments on teaching) to be sent to the
department. Applications received by Jan. 15 will be given full consideration;
applications received after that date will be considered until the position
is filled. Salaries are competitive.
  Department of Physics and Astronomy
  124 Raymond Avenue
  Box 745
  Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0745
  Attention: Prof. Debra Elmegreen, Chair
  Tel: (845) 437-7340
Vassar College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and 
minorities are encouraged to apply.

10. Junior Faculty Position at Barnard College
From WIPHYS posting of 10/10/02:

The Physics Department at Barnard College
invites applications for a tenure track assistant professorship in numerical, 
computational, or theoretical physics (or astrophysics) starting Sept. 2003.
Applicants should provide evidence of excellence in teaching and
research; the primary job responsibilities are to teach undergraduate
lecture and laboratory courses and to maintain an externally funded
strong research program that involves undergraduates. A PhD and
postdoctoral experience are required, prior teaching experience is
highly preferred.  Send statements of teaching interests and research
plans, a CV, and three letters of reference to:
    Dept of Physics
    Barnard College
    3009 Broadway
    NY, NY 10027-6598
Applications received by Dec 1 will receive full consideration.

Barnard College, a highly selective liberal arts college for women
affiliated with Columbia University, is an equal opportunity
employer and encourages applications from women and individuals
from underrepresented groups.