Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 12:16:55 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for Nov. 1&8, 2002

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issues of Nov. 1 & 8, 2002, eds. Meg Urry, Patricia Knezek, 
& Michael Rupen

This week's issues:

 1. Re: expensive introductory textbooks
 2. Book reviewer sought
 3. Postdoctoral position in Galactic Dynamics at Wesleyan University
 4. Five College Women's Studies Research Center
 5. Two faculty positions in astronomy/astrophysics at Iowa State Univ.
 6. Faculty positions, Physics Dept., Purdue University
 7. Asst. Prof. of Astronomy, San Francisco State University
 8. Asst. Prof., Theoretical Astro-particle Physics, SUNY Buffalo
 9. Asst. Prof. in Theoretical Cosmology, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy,
    UNC-Chapel Hill

1. Re: expensive introductory textbooks
From: Michele Kaufman

There are probably sufficient copies of introductory textbooks on the 
used book market so that you don't have to switch to a new edition
immediately. Publishers bring out new editions with apparently only 
minor changes because the used book market is so highly organized that
new editions sell well for only about one year. A textbook that a student
sells back in Columbus, OH may be resold in Sacramento, CA. A publisher's rep.
told me that by law they need to change 15% of the material to call it 
a new edition; this often means that they change mainly the Figures.
Typically, it is the publisher, not the author, who wants to publish
a new edition every two years.

I teach an introductory physics course in which 1900 students start the
course per year. We continue using the old edition of a textbook 
for a year after the new edition is printed. This gives us time
to decide whether to adopt a new edition of the same book or to switch
to another textbook. Our bookstores have had no problems in finding 
1900 copies of a textbook that is one year out-of-date.

Also, I don't believe projected publication dates. There are only 1 or
2 large printing companies in the U.S. that print textbooks. If the
author runs slightly behind schedule, the textbook loses its place in
the queue.

              - Michele Kaufman
2. Book reviewer sought

>From WIPHYS posting of 11/04/02

Like to review a book for the Gazette, the newsletter of the
Committee on the Status of Women in Physics? "Landing Your
First Job: A Guide for Physics Students" by John Rigden was
published recently by the American Institute of Physics' Career
Services Division and is aimed at undergraduate and graduate
students of physics. The reviewer should be someone who has
recently been through a job search and who could judge the
usefulness of the book's suggestions, possibly a post doc or an
assistant professor. The review should be about 500 words in
length and must be received by January 10, 2003 in order to meet
our deadline for the Spring issue. You can find a brief description
of the book at If you
are interested in reviewing it, please contact Sue Otwell,

3. Postdoctoral position in Galactic Dynamics at Wesleyan University
From: Kathryn V Johnston

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in galactic dynamics
working with Kathryn Johnston in the Astronomy Department at Wesleyan
University. The postdoc is expected to work on topics related to galaxy
formation, structure and evolution, with an emphasis on substructure within
halos on either galactic or cluster scales. Associated projects include
theoretical modeling for the Space Interferometry Mission's Galactic
Dynamics Key Project Team and collaborations with observational colleagues
working on the stellar halos of the Milky Way, M31 and other galaxies. The
postdoc would have unlimited access to the Wesleyan Beowulf-cluster computer. 

Wesleyan is a small university, with undergraduate and masters programs in
Astronomy and an emphasis on undergraduate education in general. The postdoc
would have the opportunity to take advantage of this setting to develop
educational skills through mentoring students in research and occasionally

Applicants with theoretical modeling skills on either galactic or cosmological
scales (or both) are encouraged to apply. The expected starting date is
1 September 2003. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. by the start of the position.
The appointment is for two years, renewable for a third year based on
satisfactory performance and expected funding resources. Applicants should
send a curriculum vitae, bibliography and statement of research interests,
and arrange to have three letters of recommendation arrive by 15 December 2002
to the above address. Wesleyan University encourages applications from women
and minority candidates. 

  Van Vleck Observatory
  Wesleyan University
  Middletown, CT 06459-0123
  Tel: 860-685-2130
  FAX: 860-685-2131
  Email Inquiries:
  Attention: Linda Shettleworth, Administrative Assistant

4. Five College Women's Studies Research Center

>From WIPHYS posting of 11/04/02

The Center invites applications for its Research Associateships for
2003-2004 from scholars and teachers at all levels of the
educational system, as well as from artists, community organizers
and political activists, both local and international. Associates are
provided with offices in our spacious facility, computer access,
library privileges, and the collegiality of a diverse community of
feminists. Research Associate applications are accepted for either a
semester or the academic year. The Center supports projects in all
disciplines so long as they focus centrally on women or gender.
Research Associateships are non-stipendiary. However,
international applicants may apply for one of the two special one-
semester Ford Associateships for Fall 2003 or Spring 2004, which
offer a stipend of $12,000, plus a $3,000 housing/travel allowance
in return for teaching (in English) one undergraduate women's
studies course at Smith College. Deadline is February 10, 2003. 
Details are available at
For further information contact the Center at
  TEL 413.538.2275
  FAX 413.538.3121

5. Two faculty positions in astronomy/astrophysics at Iowa State Univ.
From: Lee Anne Willson

Iowa State University currently is advertising two faculty positions, 
one for a high energy astrophysicist to augment and broaden an 
established program in gamma ray astronomy, and one for an 
observational astronomer. (Web links below) Both are relatively 
broadly defined openings. The department of Physics and Astronomy is 
also looking to hire in other areas (condensed matter and biophysics) 
-- see recent issues of Physics Today or the APS job register for 
details. Other departments at ISU also have openings, including a 
number in Mathematics. We welcome applications from individuals; 
the multiplicity of openings also might be able to provide an 
opportunity for pairs of scientists seeking to locate in the same 

6. Faculty positions, Physics Dept., Purdue University

>From WIPHYS posting of 10/29/02

The Department of Physics at Purdue University invites
applications for faculty positions expected to be available in the
2003-2004 academic year. We are seeking outstanding individuals
with strong leadership qualities to join our internationally
recognized forefront research areas of astrophysics, condensed
matter and biological physics, and high energy elementary particle
physics. Faculty members are expected to initiate and maintain
vigorous research programs and to teach at the undergraduate and
graduate levels. Applications by both theorists and experimentalists
at all levels are welcome and should include a vita and research
plans. Electronic submission is strongly preferred. Candidates
should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Paper applications can be sent
to Faculty Search, c/o Ms. Lynn Gerrard, Department of Physics,
525 Northwestern Avenue, W. Lafayette, IN 47907-2036. Purdue
University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

7. Asst. Prof. of Astronomy, San Francisco State University
From: Adrienne Cool

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at San Francisco State
University solicits applications for a tenure-track assistant
professor position in observational astronomy or instrumentation to
begin Fall 2003. Minimum requirements are a Ph.D. and a record of
research accomplishments normally achieved through postdoctoral

The department is committed to excellence in both teaching and
research. We offer Bachelor's and Master's degrees and seek
candidates enthusiastic about mentoring both undergraduate and masters
students. Faculty members with funded research programs typically
teach two courses per semester, with a one-year reduced load of one
course per term possible for new faculty. On-campus facilities
include a planetarium, an observatory, computing resources, and
mechanical and electronic shops. Significant start-up funding can be
made available for equipment, travel, and research assistants.

Current members of the department have research programs using the
observatories at Las Campanas, CFHT, CTIO and KPNO, as well as HST and
Chandra. SFSU is also a partner in running the KPNO 0.9m
telescope. We seek candidates with ongoing research programs,
preferably in observational astronomy and/or astronomical
instrumentation, which can involve students and contribute to the
overall strength of the department.

SFSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We
encourage applications from women and minorities.
Applications should be received by 3 December 2002. Please send
curriculum vitae, publication list, statement of research and teaching
interests, and names of three references (with postal and email
addresses) to:

  Prof. Susan Lea, Search Committee Chair
  Physics and Astronomy Department
  San Francisco State University
  1600 Holloway Avenue
  San Francisco, CA 94132-2178

  Tel: (415) 338-1655
  FAX: (415) 338-2178
  Email inquiries:

8. Asst. Prof., Theoretical Astro-particle Physics, SUNY Buffalo

>From WIPHYS posting of 11/03/02

The Department of Physics anticipates an opening at the tenure-
track assistant professor level in theoretical astro-particle physics
starting in September 2003. We are particularly interested in
candidates in areas at the interface between astrophysics/cosmology
and particle physics, who will strongly complement current research
efforts in the Department in high energy theory. We seek applicants
with postdoctoral experience and a strong record of creative
research who show promise of initiating and sustaining a vigorous
research program and of obtaining external funding, and who are
committed to excellence in teaching. Prospective applicants should
submit a resume, which includes a list of publications, and
statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, and
arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent to
Chair, Astro-Particle Search Committee, Department of Physics,
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo,
NY 14260-1500 by the initial deadline of December 1, 2002.
Applications received by the initial deadline date will receive full
consideration, and applications will continue to be reviewed until
the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to submit
applications electronically by e-mail to astro-particle- (pdf format preferred). We especially
welcome applications from qualified members of protected groups.
The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity Employer/

9. Asst. Prof. in Theoretical Cosmology, Dept. of Physics &
   Astronomy, UNC-Chapel Hill

>From WIPHYS posting of 10/29/02

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill plans to fill four positions in
theoretical physics at the interface of subatomic physics,
astrophysics, and cosmology in the next few years. These will
complement existing strength in theoretical particle physics and
string theory, gravitational physics, nuclear physics, and
observational astrophysics. Presently we invite applications for a
tenure-track position, at the assistant professor level, in the broad
field of theoretical cosmology, including (but not restricted to) dark
matter, dark energy, string cosmology, large scale structure, and
astro-particle physics. Our new colleague will be expected to play
a major role in future faculty recruitments when positions become
available. Applicants should submit a resume and description of
research plans, and arrange to have at least four letters of reference
sent to Prof. Jack Ng, Search Committee, Department of Physics &
Astronomy, University of North Carolina, CB #3255,
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3255. Review of applications will begin
January 15, 2003 and continue until the position is filled. The
University of North Carolina is an equal-opportunity employer. 
Information about the department can be found at