Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2002 13:59:05 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for December 20 & 27, 2002

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of Dec. 20 & 27, 2002, eds. Meg Urry, Patricia Knezek, 
& Michael Rupen

This week's issues:

1. Responses to Proposed Letter to Education Secretary Rodney Paige
2. "Do Babies Matter?" article
3. Women's International Science Collaboration Program
4. CSWP Plans Events at APS March Meeting, Including Networking Breakfast
5. The 2003 National Young Astronomer Award 
6. AAUW seeks selection panel members
7. APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women
8. Laboratory Instructor, Dept. of Physics, Smith College
9. NSF position as Program Director of Education and Special Programs in 
   the Astronomy Division
10. Tenure-track positions at The United States Naval Academy
11. Director, Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University 
    of Maryland

1. Responses to Proposed Letter to Education Secretary Rodney Paige

[Eds. note:  This response refer to a proposed letter to Education 
Secretary Rodney Paige about Title IX.  We received the proposed letter
through the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, and reprinted
it in the 13 December 2002 AASWOMEN newsletter.]

From: Robert Williams

   Thanks for the latest issue of AASWomen. I have a comment about the Title IX
letter to Edn. Sec'y Rodney Paige. First of all, I absolutely agree with the
sentiments of the letter. However, as I was reading it I came to the end w/o
having noted specific actions that are suggested. I think the letter would be
much more effective if some specific recommendations could be spelled out.

   I was putting myself in Paige's position, thinking what I might do to
encourage women's participation in math/science, and it wasn't clear to me how 
I would best go about it. I suspect that Paige, who is much more versed on
details of Title IX than am I, may know what the best course of action is. But,
in case he isn't, it would be good to be even more forceful with the Edn Sec'y
by spelling out some specifics. The current version of the letter is certainly
fine, but I think it would be much better if some specific recommendations 
could be formulated.

   I realize that this may be beyond your province because it is part of a
larger initiative that includes several societies, but if you have any 
influence on this particular letter, I thought that I would at least let you 
know that (a) I have read and support it [and have already contacted Rachana 
Bhowmik and asked that I be listed as a signatory], and (b) I think it could 
be made more effective.


From: Len Kuhi


     Why would any letter like this one use the term "hard sciences"?  That 
is a bit of jargon that may mean something to you but certainly means nothing 
to a politician other than that the science is difficult.  Is that the message 
you're trying to convey?  Why not use the term that says exactly what you're 
talking about, namely the "physical sciences"? Aside from this flaw, it's a 
great letter.



2. "Do Babies Matter?" article
From: Meg Urry

Here's a very interesting article about the effect of babies on women's and 
men's careers in academe. It describes the ongoing inequality in experience 
and opportunity for men and women who have families, and reinforces the point 
that it's not enough to increase the numbers of women graduate students and 
Ph.D.s -- there must also be some organized reforms that make it possible for 
the investment in these women and of these women to be fully realized, and 
for all women Ph.D.s to take their place as productive, contributing
researchers and educators.

The article can be downloaded from: 

3. Women's International Science Collaboration Program
From: Patricia Knezek

The Women's International Science Collaboration (WISC) Program is
conducted under the auspices of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation. The purpose
of this program is to increase the participation of women in
international scientific research. The WISC Program awards small travel
grants to U.S. scientists in order to plan and design new collaborations
with colleagues in Central/Eastern and Western Europe, the Newly
Independent States of the former Soviet Union, Near East, Middle East,
Africa, the Americas, Pacific, and Asia. It is anticipated that these
activities will lead to full research proposals that are submitted to
the National Science Foundation or other funding agencies.

WISC Grants of up to $4,000 or $5,000 (depending on the region) provide
travel and living support for a U.S. scientist to visit a partner
country. For more information, please go to the WISC website at

Please note there are two deadlines--January 15, 2003 (for notification by 
April 15, 2003) and July 15. 2003 (for notification by October 15, 2003).

4. CSWP Plans Events at APS March Meeting, Including Networking Breakfast

>From WIPHYS 17 & 20 Dec. 02

Please watch the CSWP website at for 
details on special events at the APS Meeting in Austin, Texas. These will 
include a networking breakfast (Monday, March 3), an invited session (Tuesday, 
March 4), and a special panel discussion on Title IX (Wednesday, March 5). 
Details as to location, costs (if any), etc.  will be posted as they become 

Register now for the CSWP/FIAP networking breakfast on Monday, March 3, 2003 
at the APS meeting, Austin, Texas. An informal talk by Dr. Padmasree Warrior, 
Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer for Motorola will be followed by a 
chance for discussion and networking. The breakfast will be held from 7:00-
9:00 am in the at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Cost: $20 ($10 for students). 
Details and registration at All 
are welcome!  This event is usually well attended - pre-registration is 
strongly encouraged.

5. The 2003 National Young Astronomer Award 
From: Bob Gent

Here's some exciting news.  Once again, we are nearing the deadline for the 
National Young Astronomer Award.   It's a wonderful opportunity to recognize 
the astronomical achievements of high school students.   There certainly 
must be many students who are able to compete in this award, and we need to 
hear from them by January 31.   Please help us spread the word about this 
award, and forward it to all high school students, science teachers, and 

The 2003 National Young Astronomer Award (NYAA) recognizes our nation's high 
school age students for outstanding achievements in the science of astronomy.  
The first place winner will receive a Meade 10-inch LX-200 telescope valued 
at more than $3000.00.  This prize has been made possible by the generosity 
of the Meade Instruments Corporation. The winner also receives an all-expense 
paid trip to the League's national convention to receive the award.  

In addition to other prizes, the second place winner will receive a Meade 125 
ETX with tripod and computer controller.  There are many other awards and 
recognition presented each year.   The NYA awards will be presented at the 
League's 2003 National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Again, the application deadline for this award is January 31, 2003.  For more 
information or to receive an application, please contact Carroll Iorg, 
Astronomical League Awards Coordinator, 7241 Jarboe, Kansas City MO  64114,   
(816) 444-4878,

Wishing you clear skies and bright stars,

Bob Gent
President, Astronomical League
A nonprofit federation of 250 astronomical societies 

6. AAUW seeks selection panel members

>From WIPHYS 27 Dec. 02

Dear Women of WIPHYS:
Some of you might remember me as the women's committee staff liaison at 
APS from 93-99. This past November, I landed a job at the American 
Association of University Women Educational Foundation. We give over 
$4 million to women in higher education each year. As you can imagine, 
I really like my new job!

We give hundreds of fellowships each year. In order to select the top 
fellows, we must recruit women leaders to serve on selection panels. I 
am writing to encourage you to apply to serve on a panel.  The term is 
for two years. Panelists review applications from January-March and then 
travel to Washington DC for the panel meetings either the first or third 
weekends in March to finalize their choices. For the vast majority of our 
fellowships you do NOT need to be an AAUW member.

Please take a look at for more 
information, and for an online application form. The deadline to apply is 
January 15, 2003.

Take care, and all the best for a Happy New Year!
Tara McLoughlin, M.A.
Director of Programs
American Association of University Women 
Educational Foundation
1111 16th Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Tel: (202) 728-7613
Fax: (202) 463-7169 

7. APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

>From WIPHYS 17 Dec. 02

This year, APS and IBM are again co-sponsoring a research internship program 
for undergraduate women. This is a salaried summer internship at one of IBM's 
U.S. research centers located in San Jose, CA; Yorktown Heights, NY; or 
Austin, TX. Information on the 2003 program may be found at Please share this information 
with anyone who might be interested!

8. Laboratory Instructor, Dept. of Physics, Smith College

>From WIPHYS 17 Dec. 02

The Smith College Physics Department invites applications for a two-year 
renewable laboratory instructor position, starting August 1, 2003.The 
candidate should have a minimum of M.Sc. degree in physics or closely related 
field and a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. The laboratory 
instructor is expected to teach introductory physics laboratories. This is a 
full-time, 10-month per year, academic support position. Located in Western
Massachusetts, Smith College is a leader in the education of women scientists 
and has an outstanding record in the number of professional women scientists 
who are alumnae. A curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests and 
the names and addresses of three references should be sent to: Professor 
Nalini Easwar, Department of Physics, Clark Science Center, Smith College,
Northampton, MA 01063. Preference will be given to applications received by 
March 3, 2003. Smith College is an equal opportunity institution encouraging 
excellence through diversity.

9. NSF position as Program Director of Education and Special Programs in 
   the Astronomy Division
From: Eileen D. Friel

NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences is seeking qualified applicants for
the position of Program Director, Education and Special Programs (ESP).
The ESP Program Director has primary responsibility for programs in the
Astronomy Division that contain strong educational components or focus.
These include programs specific to Astronomy, like the Astronomy &
Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, as well as NSF-wide programs
such as the CAREER, REU, or RUI programs. Program Directors are responsible
for coordination of the merit review of proposals, formulation of
recommendations for funding, management of program budgets, and award
administration for the grants program. Program directors are expected to
bring their scientific expertise to the activities of the Division, and to
serve as a liaison between the astronomical community and NSF, disseminating
information about NSF and Division activities and opportunities.

The position will be filled on a 1- or 2-year visiting scientist, temporary,
or Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) basis beginning fall of 2003. The
salary range, which includes locality pay adjustment, is from $78,265 to
$121,967 per annum. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience
in Astronomy or a related field of science plus 6 or more years of
successful research experience beyond the Ph.D. 

Applicants must submit a resume or other application form of choice along
with up to three letters of recommendation. Applications must specify the
job title for which you are applying, and they should include the following
information: country of citizenship; information about education, including
major and type and year of degree(s); complete information about experiences
related to this job, including job titles, duties and accomplishments,
employer's name and phone number, starting and ending dates; and salary to:
National Science Foundation,
Executive Visiting Personnel Branch
 4201 Wilson Blvd. Suite 315,
 Arlington, VA 22230,
 Attn:Jacqueline S. Jackson.

For more information see the full description at . When applying, applicants should refer to
vacancy announcement number E20030019. The position closes 1 April 2003.
For more information, contact Dr. Eileen Friel, Executive Officer,

10. Tenure-track positions at The United States Naval Academy

Astronomer with small telescope / CCD experience

The Physics Department invites applications for one or more tenure-track 
positions at the assistant professor level, beginning in either January or 
August 2003. The positions are available contingent on approval of funding.
Exceptionally qualified candidates may be considered at the level of 
associate professor. A successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in physics or 
physics education research (with a solid academic background in physics), a 
strong interest in teaching undergraduates and involving them in research, 
and the ability to teach both lecture and laboratory courses. Fields of 
particular interest include a) astrophysics with a CCD camera on a 20-inch 
telescope, b) physics education research, and c) acoustics. Major 
departmental facilities include a 1.7-MV tandem electrostatic accelerator,
20-inch reflecting and 8-inch refracting telescopes, ultra fast dye- and 
solid-state lasers, a helium dilution refrigerator, pulsed/cw NMR system, 
and a well-equipped acoustics laboratory. Upper-division elective courses 
include Astrophysics, Acoustics, Condensed Matter Physics, Nuclear Physics, 
and Optics. The department has 25 civilian faculty, teaches about 1000 
students per year in its core course (which emphasizes computer-based 
instructional laboratories), and graduates about 20 physics majors per 
year. To apply, send a letter of application, a resume, unofficial 
undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of your teaching 
philosophy, and a description of your research plans to Search Committee, 
Physics Department, U.S. Naval Academy, 572M Holloway Road, Annapolis, MD
21402-5026. Inquiries may be sent via e-mail to The 
United States Naval Academy is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment 
Opportunity Employer. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to 
applicants with disabilities.

11. Director, Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University 
   of Maryland

>From WIPHYS 18 Dec. 02

The University of Maryland, College Park, invites applications and
nominations for the position of Director of the Institute for Physical
Science and Technology (IPST). The Institute currently has 35 faculty 
members, most of whom hold joint appointments in an academic unit such as 
Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, and Chemistry. The IPST faculty are 
internationally known and lead major research programs in Applied 
Mathematics, Chemical and Biological Physics, Computational Science, Optical 
Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Space and Upper Atmosphere Physics, and
Statistical Physics. The Director will be an outstanding scientist who will 
play a leadership role in developing and implementing a vision for the 
Institute as a premier interdisciplinary research center on campus with high 
national visibility. Candidates for this position must have an established 
international reputation in interdisciplinary research with strong 
management skills. The appointment will be made at the Full Professor level 
and carries academic tenure.  Applicants and nominees should submit a letter 
of interest, curriculum vitae and a list of potential references who could 
be contacted by the search committee. Nominations are encouraged and will be 
received at any time at the address below. All materials should be sent to:

Dr. John Osborn, Chair 
IPST Director Search Committee
c/o Chris Fuller
3400 A. V. Williams Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
For best consideration, applications should be received by March 15, 2003. 
For more information, please contact Dr. John Osborn at (301) 405-5129 or 

The University of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity 
employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applications will be 
accepted until the position is filled.