Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 11:57:20 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AASWOMEN for March 21 & 28, 2003

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of Mar. 21/28, 2003
eds. Meg Urry, Patricia Knezek, & Michael Rupen

This week's issues:

1. Introductions at meetings
2. Space memorabilia: auction prices vs. real value
3. Women in Astronomy II: Pasadena, CA, 27-28 June 2003
4. CSWP-sponsored events at APS meeting
5. EAS JENAM Job Market for young astronomers in Budapest
6. Lecturer at Connecticut College

1. Introductions at meetings
From: Lucy McFadden

  I was at a reception given by an aerospace company at a professional meeting
recently. The reception was by invitation only to keep their competitors away, 
they were presenting to scientists from the community. It was a sales pitch, 
they were clear on that.

  A male colleague walked into the reception with a female colleague.
He introduced himself, and the host, checked him off his list. The female
colleague said to the host, "I'm with him."

  As I heard this, I wondered, what would our host assume with that amount
of information?

  Was this his wife? Was she an employee of a competing company? He
might not think that she too was member of the scientific community.

  I am getting in the habit of introducing myself to people I
don't know at meetings. I also put my hand out for a shake and smile. 
Recently, I've started adding my institutional affiliation too.

  -- Lucy McFadden
     University of Maryland :)

2. Space memorabilia: auction prices vs. real value
From: Kevin Marvel

  I recently discovered the interesting, if convoluted, world of auction
houses, based mainly in New York city. An auction house that is considered
a little bit modern in its outlook is the Swann Galleries. 
Mainly due to their mix of auction subjects and auctioning items that people
who work 9 to 5 could actually afford, if something struck their fancy.

They are having their first ever auction of Space Exploration memorabilia
(April 12), including items that have actually been to the moon and
collectible material from the US and Soviet space programs. 

I initially found out about the auction through a newsgroup item that
said that Valentina Tereshkova's personnel file (first woman in space),
as well as a letter from Jerrie Cobb (NASA's first woman astronaut trainee)
to Tereshkova thanking her for showing her around New York would both be on

These discoveries were quite exciting because of their historical nature
and nearly attainable auction estimate, but were quickly contrasted with
another item in the auction, a Playboy magazine centerfold taken to the 
Moon by Apollo 17 (though not intentionally, it was placed on board as a
practical joke by the backup crew) with a low estimate that would make a
very nice one-year post-doc salary.

At first, these items and their greatly contrasting price estimates
didn't bother me too much (beyond the obvious problems with Playboy
material, of course), but the more I thought about it, the more I
realized that the valuations and implied true "value" of these historic
bits of paper shed some light on the continuing and deeper problems
faced by women in general and in male-dominated endeavors in particular.

No other conclusion(s) at this time, but I thought I would fling this
discovery out to AASWomen to perhaps spark some discussion.

  -- Kevin B. Marvel

3. Women in Astronomy II: Pasadena, CA, 27-28 June 2003
From: Pat Knezek


                          Second Announcement
                Women in Astronomy II: Ten Years After

                    Caltech, Pasadena, California 
                          June 27 - 28, 2003 


The Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy is pleased to announce
that a conference on the status of women in astronomy, "Women in
Astronomy II: Ten Years After", will be held at the California Institute of
Technology in Pasadena, CA, on June 27 & 28, 2003. The conference
convenes approximately 10 years after the historic first conference on women
in astronomy, held in Baltimore in 1992. 

The purpose of the second conference is to examine how far we, the profession, 
have progressed, and to identify the next steps. The motivation is not only 
equity and fairness for women astronomers but also the practical issue of 
providing the best workforce possible to achieve national goals. Dr. Fran 
Bagenal from the University of Colorado chairs the Program Committee. Drs. 
Judy Cohen, Wal Sargent (Caltech), and Barry Madore (Caltech/Carnegie) head 
the Local Organizing Committee. 

Registration and information on accommodations are now available on-line
at . Note that the registration deadline
is JUNE 16, 2003, but deadlines for the hotel accommodations vary, and can be
as soon as May 26. Please see the web site for information on upcoming
deadlines, as well as on the program, sponsors, and so forth. 

A meeting poster is also available from the web site. We encourage you to 
print it out and post it! 

The AASWOMEN newsletter will post information on the meeting in every issue
between now and the date of the meeting. We hope to see many of you there!

4. CSWP-sponsored events at APS meeting

>From WIPHYS Mar. 25, 2003

Mark your calendars for these events at the APS Meeting in Philadelphia! 
1) Saturday, April 5 - DPP/CSWP Invited Session, High Energy Density
   10:45 am, Session B4, Loews Hotel, Commonwealth B 
2) Sunday, April 6 - FIP/CSWP/COM Reception
   7:00-9:00 pm, Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Salon II (just a block from Loews 
   A reception with the Committee on Minorities in Physics (COM) and the Forum 
   on International Physics (FIP). Learn about the work of the Committees
   and Forum, network with colleagues, and unwind after a long day of 
   sessions. All with an interest in the activities of these groups are most
   welcome to join us! 
3) Tuesday, April 8 - CSWP Networking Breakfast for Women in Physics
   7:00-9:00 am, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Lescaze Room (33rd flr)
   Enjoy an informal talk by a woman physicist (Sherry Yennello of
   Texas A&M University), a full breakfast, and a chance for discussion
   and networking. Cost: $20 ($10 for students). Save time at the door
   and register ahead at 
   (you don't need to register for the APS meeting to attend this event)

5. EAS JENAM Job Market for young astronomers in Budapest
From: Duilia de Mello

This year, for the first time, a Job Market for young astronomers will
be held at the Joint European and National Astronomical Meeting (JENAM) 
at Budapest on 25-30 August 2003.

A wide range of job opportunities will be on display, and informal
interviews between job seekers and potential employers will be possible 
during the meeting. In addition, an open session will be held in which 
employers will be able to present their employment programmes to the
astronomical community.

Young astronomers - students and post-docs - are therefore especially
encouraged to attend this JENAM, in order to take advantage of this 
special opportunity to explore the wide range of career possibilities 
open to them.

More information about this Job Market will be posted on the JENAM web site
and on the web site of the European Astronomical Society .

Please forward this announcement to any others who may be interested.

We look forward to seeing you at the JENAM!

6. Lecturer at Connecticut College
From: Leslie Brown

Applications are invited for a full-time, academic year lecturer in the
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy and Geophysics beginning in the fall of 2003.
Responsibilities include teaching laboratory and lecture sections in
introductory physics and introductory astronomy, and managing the
department's teaching labs. Candidates must have a Bachelor's and a
Master's degree in Physics and/or Astronomy and be able to demonstrate
evidence of excellence in teaching. Review of applications will begin
immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a description of teaching
experience in physics and astronomy at the undergraduate level and should
arrange for two letters of reference, undergraduate and graduate
transcripts to be sent. All material should be sent to Leslie F. Brown,
Physics Search Committee, Box 5361, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan
Avenue, New London, CT 06320-4196. E-mail inquiries can be sent to

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective college with a strong
commitment to the liberal arts tradition and an emphasis on broad
interdisciplinary teaching and research. The College is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is engaged in further diversifying
its faculty and staff.