Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 17:38:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for February 7, 2003

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of Feb. 10, 2003, eds. Meg Urry, Patricia Knezek, & Michael

This week's issues:

1. The Women in Astronomy Database
2. The Postdoc Network: Changing the Culture of Science
3. 50% Girls in Intel Chip Camp - Best Practice
4. Does the timing of high school science courses contribute to the leaky
5. Assisant Professor of Physics (Tenure Track), Univ of Tennessee,

1. The Women in Astronomy Database
From: Patricia Knezek

A reminder that the CSWA has a *NEW* version of the database that lists the 
names, professional affiliations, scientific interests, talk titles and 
contact information for women in astronomy and astrophysics.  Even if you
were listed in the old database, you need to re-signup in order to be listed
in the new version.  To date, less than 35% of the women in the old database
have signed up in the new version.  See
for instructions.

Recall, also, that the Women in Astronomy list can be used to:

++ find speakers for colloquia, scientific meetings, or school visits 
++ solicit job applicants 
++ sort by education, expertise, research interests, etc. for statistical or 
   search purposes 

The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) has a similar 
database, called "The Roster of Women and Minorities in Physics", that we
encourage you to check out as well.  It can be found at: .

2. The Postdoc Network: Changing the Culture of Science

> From WIPHYS Feb. 04, 2003

The Postdoc Network is holding its third annual national meeting to
discuss postdoctoral policies. The Network invites all those
interested in improving the postdoc experience to attend the
meeting in Berkeley, CA on March 15 - 17, 2003. National efforts
at postdoc policy reform will be the focus of the first day of the
meeting. On the second day, the University of California system will
serve as a case study, through which ongoing efforts to change
institutional policies affecting postdocs will be examined. In
addition to policy discussions, there will be a two-part workshop on
leadership and team building skills. A meeting agenda and
registration information can be found at .
Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, meeting
registration is free, but limited to 150 participants, so register now!
The newly formed National Postdoc Association will be holding
their inaugural meeting, entitled "What is a Postdoc?" just before
the PDN meeting. An agenda and registration information for that
meeting will be available shortly. For more information, contact
Postdoc Network Editor, Laurel Haak at . 

3. 50% Girls in Intel Chip Camp - Best Practice
From: Meg Urry

[Eds. note: This article appeared in the WomenTech Educators Newsletter of
Feb. 5, 2003.  For more information on the organization, see .]

Tom Heywood -- past Coordinator of an Electronics Academy -- wrote me that 
the Intel sponsored Micro-electronics and Semi-conductor Chip Camp that he 
put together had 50% female participation. 13 girls and 13 boys from South 
High School in Denver. Tom attended a WomenTech workshop last year to learn 
techniques for recruiting females to electronics. 

"These are very male-dominated industries", Tom said. To illustrate this, 
he told me a recent Colorado Association meeting for chip engineers had 80 
participants and only 6 were women. 

When I asked how he had recruited the females, he told me there were 3 key 
strategies that he used: 1) He made an announcement over the intercom about 
the Chip Camp and specifically mentioned that girls were encouraged to 
participate; 2) He issued personal invitations to girls he thought would be 
good candidates for the Chip Camp and told them they could bring a friend, 
even girls who weren't interested in electronics.  Many girls did come in 
pairs; 3) He designated 13 slots for girls and 13 for boys. The boy's slots 
filled up first and some were wait-listed. The slots for the girls took 
longer to fill, because the girls needed a little more time to make sure 
that their girlfriends were also going to attend and that the Camp was going 
to be a girl-friendly environment. It got easier to recruit once I got the 
first six girls signed up, reported Tom, because then I could let the other 
female students know that they'd have some company. 

The three-day camp was a big success for all and resulted in four girls 
enrolling in classes in South's High School's Electronics Academy. Tom has 
now moved over to Pikes Peak Community College as Education Outreach 
Coordinator where he is continuing to focus on strategies for recruiting 
females to technology. 

4. Does the timing of high school science courses contribute to the leaky
From: Sangeeta Malhotra

Not having gone to high school in this country, I only recently
learned that physics (as a distinct subject) is introduced only in the
senior year of school in many schools. The usual order in our local
schools is biology in freshman year, chemistry in sophomore and
physics in the senior year.

Then, I have to wonder whether this contributes to a greater loss of
women physicists. In a simple leaky pipeline model where x women get
discouraged from doing science every year starting freshman year, the
number who will not get any biology in high school then is x and the
number who will be deprived of physics is 3x. This is besides the
fact that the skills required to be good at biology might be fairly
different from those required for physics. And the educational system
is sending the message that physics is the hardest science course by
reserving it for the end.

In my school where we had simultaneous courses in physics, biology,
chemistry and math, some of us (including myself) scraped by in
biology and did well in physics. I wonder how many such students
decide in their freshman year, that science is not for them. Since
many studies have shown that women students are more likely to blame
themselves for less than stellar performance and get discouraged, this
could be a significant factor in skewing the gender balance in
Physics, more than in other sciences.

A few questions then: Is this order of introducing subjects pretty
much universal in this country? Have some studies been done on the
effects of this order in attrition of women in specific subjects? And if
this is a significant factor in skewing the gender balance in
Physics, what can we do about it?

Sangeeta Malhotra

5. Assisant Professor of Physics (Tenure Track), Univ of Tennessee,

> From WIPHYS Feb. 04, 2003

The Department of Geology, Geography, and Physics seeks to fill a
tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Physics to begin
August 2003. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Physics or
Astronomy. ABDs will also be considered. Evidence of an ability to
teach effectively in English is required. The successful applicant will
teach physics courses and a two-semester introductory Astronomy
sequence with their associated laboratories. Expected teaching load
is six hours of lecture and eight hours of laboratory (14 contact
hours) per week. The emphasis is on excellence in undergraduate
instruction. Additional responsibilities include: advising pre-
professional students, committee service, public service, and
scholarly activity. The Department is a multi-discipline unit with ten
faculty members and offers an undergraduate degree in Geoscience
with concentrations in Geography, Geology, and Travel/Tourism
and a minor in Physics. Applications should include a letter of
interest, curriculum vita, teaching philosophy, copies of transcripts,
and a list of three references. Send application to 
Dr. Cahit Erkal,
Chair of Search Committee
Department of Geology, Geography, and Physics
University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238.
Telephone: (731) 587-7430, Fax: (731) 587-7434, 
Screening of applications will begin February 14, 2003. 
 Applications will be accepted until position is filled. For more
information about the department, see our web site at 

UT Martin is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section
504/ADA/ADEA employer. The University seeks to diversify its
work force. Therefore, all qualified applicants, regardless of race,
color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability or Vietnam
veteran status, are strongly encouraged to apply.