Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2003 12:53:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for April 4, 2003

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of Apr. 4, 2003
eds. Meg Urry, Patricia Knezek, & Michael Rupen

This week's issues:

1. Re: Introductions at meetings
2. Resources for an introduction to spectroscopy
3. Mildred Dresselhaus to chair AIP
4. Univ. of Toronto Research Associate position in Planetary Atmospheres
5. Univ. of British Columbia Faculty Position
6. NGSC Deputy Director, NOAO, La Serena, Chile

    Women in Astronomy II: Ten Years After
   Pasadena, California June 27 - 28, 2003

1. Re: Introductions at meetings
From: Andrea Schweitzer

[This came in response to Lucy McFadden's e-mail last week about
meeting a woman at a conference who introduced herself as accompanying
someone else, rather than with her own professional credentials. -- Eds.]

I can recall a similar experience. I was introduced to a visiting
(male) speaker. When I met his (female) companion, I asked
about her background. She said, "Oh, I'm just tagging along
on this trip!" So I presumed she was his wife.

After I spoke further with her, I found out that she was indeed an
astronomer, working on the same project, but was not quite as senior
(and was married to someone else).

I have also introduced myself vaguely, usually at times when
I was feeling unsure of myself.

I agree with Lucy McFadden that it is important to present
yourself in a friendly but professional way during introductions.

Andrea Schweitzer
Little Thompson Observatory
and chair of the AAS Employment Committee

2. Resources for an introduction to spectroscopy
>From WIPHYS Apr. 1, 2003

We've decided to focus the Introduction to Physics on spectroscopy
as applied to a few specific topics in order to show the students a
range of problems that can be studied using this physics technique.
They know a bit about atomic spectroscopy from high school science, so
we will try to build on this. We will give them hands on
experiences obtaining and analyzing stellar and solar spectra as well
as using atomic absorption spectrometers. We might even do some
molecular spectroscopy using an FTIR or UV-VIS spectrometer.
What I need help finding is text-like material. Does anyone know
of any resources that provide an introduction to spectroscopy for
students who have seen it in high school chemistry and maybe
physical science courses? We can use web resources or just
chapters from a variety of textbooks.
Catherine Mader, Assoc. Professor
Hope College

3. Mildred Dresselhaus to chair AIP
>From WIPHYS 3apr03

Professor Dresselhaus has been chosen as the first woman to chair the
governing board of the American Institute of Physics, a a group of 10
scientific societies that apply a wide range of physical sciences to the
public welfare. Nuclear physics, acoustics, optics, astronomy, climatology
and meteorology are just samples of the sciences AIP societies handle. Full
story at

4. Univ. of Toronto Research Associate position in Planetary Atmospheres
> From: WIPHYS Apr. 3, 2003

The holder of this position will work on prospective mission opportunities
for the exploration of planetary atmospheres. The appointment is for a
of five years, subject to funding.

Position Requirements: Ph.D. in a relevant research area; Knowledge of
sounding (esp. solar occultation techniques), aerosol scattering and Mars
exploration; Familiarity with the programs of NASA, ESA, CSA; Good
organizational skills; Independent work habits; Ability to interact with
industry and government; Public presentation skills; Demonstrated ability to

prepare proposals and budgets.

Applications (hard copy only) including a full CV, "statement of interests"
and names of two referees should be sent to: Prof. James R. Drummond,
Department of Physics, University of Toronto, 60 St. George Street, Toronto,

Ontario, CANADA, M5S 1A7. The deadline for applications is May 15th.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its
community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group
members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of
sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to further
diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply;
however, Canadian and permanent residents will be given priority.

5. Univ. of British Columbia Faculty Position
From: Ingrid Stairs

The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a
tenure-track faculty position, funded for the first five years jointly
by UBC and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
(NSERC) under the NSERC University Faculty Awards Program, directed to
women and Aboriginal peoples. The position will commence July 1st,
2004. The competition will be open to any sub-field of physics or
astronomy that fits with the department's interests (see and
The preferred candidate will be nominated for an NSERC University
Faculty Award and must meet NSERC's eligibility criteria for this award,
which may be found at The goal of the University
Faculty Awards program is to increase the representation of women and
Aboriginal peoples in faculty positions in the natural sciences and
engineering by encouraging Canadian universities to appoint very
promising researchers in those groups to tenure-track positions in
science and engineering.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree, an outstanding research record,
an aptitude for undergraduate and graduate teaching, and be a Canadian
citizen or permanent resident. The appointment is intended to be at
the Assistant Professor level. However, an appointment at a higher
level may be considered provided the applicant has not previously held
a tenure-track position at a Canadian university. UBC hires on the
basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of research
interests and future plans, and arrange for three letters of reference
to be sent by August 22nd, 2003 to:
    Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of British Columbia
    6224 Agricultural Road
    Vancouver, B.C.
    V6T 1Z1, Canada

Inquiries only by e-mail to:, Lore Hoffmann, Assistant to the Head
Applications WILL NOT be accepted via e-mail, hardcopy only please.

6. NGSC Deputy Director, NOAO, La Serena, Chile
From: Sally Adams

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) invites applications
for the Deputy Director of the NOAO Gemini Science Center (NGSC). The
position will be located at NOAO-South in La Serena, Chile. The NOAO
Gemini Science Center is responsible for the support of the two Gemini
8-m telescopes within the US community. NGSC activities include support
of US Gemini users and proposers, US proposal evaluation, user education,
Gemini instrument development, and selected operations support. NGSC staff
members are based at NOAO Headquarters in Tucson, Arizona and at NOAO-South
in La Serena, Chile. A more detailed description of NGSC activities is
available in the NOAO Long Range Plan (see,
Section 3.1, pp. 9-13).

We invite applications from observational astronomers with management
and leadership experience, and with scientific interests that are aligned
with the Gemini telescopes and instruments. The incumbent is expected to
lead the NGSC activities at NOAO-South and undertake a research program
utilizing the Gemini telescopes. The Deputy Director will have leadership
responsibilities in selected areas of US Gemini user support and operations
support. Experience in user support, 8-m-class telescopes, queue or
service observing, and astronomical community outreach is relevant to
this position. The Deputy Director of NGSC reports to the NGSC Director.

The successful candidate will work primarily in La Serena, Chile. The
working language is English. Staff members have excellent benefits and
living conditions, an overseas allowance, an educational stipend for
children, international health care benefits, and annual travel to the
point of hire. Bilingual education for children is available at the
International School of La Serena, which was co-founded and is supported
by AURA. The city of La Serena is a major seaside tourist destination
in South America, with a climate very similar to San Diego, California.

Applicants should submit to the HR Manager a vita, a publication list,
a statement of recent research experience, a statement of relevant
management and service experience, and a description of future research
plans. In addition, please arrange for your references to send three
letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials
before April 30, 2003; however, we will continue to accept applications
until the position is filled. For questions about this position, please
contact Dr. Taft Armandroff, Director of NGSC. Please reference position
#595 with submitted materials. Application material may be emailed to:
or mail to:
  Human Resources Manager
  National Optical Astronomy Observatory
  P.O. Box 26732
  Tucson, Arizona 85726-6732
  FAX: 520-318-8494

NOAO is an affirmative action and equal employment opportunity employer.
Preference granted to qualified Native Americans living on or near
the Tohono O'odham reservation.