Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 20:26:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for May 16 & 23, 2003

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of May 16 & May 23, 2003
eds. Meg Urry, Patricia Knezek, & Michael Rupen

This week's issues:
1. Re-entering the career track: AASWOMEN responses continued
2. Conference on Women In Astronomy II:
   a. Student/postdoc funding: application deadline extended!
   b. Hotel reservations due by June 12
3. Women in Engineering and Science Program: National Conference
4. L'Oreal USA Launches New Science Fellowship Program
5. Planning Grants for International Science Collaboration
6. Temp. Visiting Asst. Prof., Western Kentucky University

    Women in Astronomy II: Ten Years After
   Pasadena, California June 27 - 28, 2003
    >>Registration deadline: June 16<<

1. Re-entering the career track: AASWOMEN responses continued
From: K Mead

I cannot let this part of Doug Duncan's submission go by without

>with them. HOWEVER, the most typical outcome (according to the
>presenter) was that men judged there was something "wrong" with
>how women communicate and act. "Why can't women argue like hell
>in a meeting, and then go out for a beer, like men do?"
>(answer: men practice all their life).

No, the real answers are as follows.

1. Women can't argue "like hell" at meetings because they will be
perceived as "uncollegial" or "bitchy" and then be forced out of the
profession or fired (whichever option is most available.) Guys don't
like being challenged by women, so they ignore or shun women
who challenge them. (Yes, I'm generalizing. But if most women
reading this haven't experienced what I'm talking about, then
those that haven't are still blaming themselves for their inability to
get their points across at meetings, or even not having their
questions understood in class.)

2. Women can't always go out for a beer afterwards because
(historically, if not contemporarily) they have to go pick up the
kids, while the men have wives to do that for them. Or perhaps
the reason they don't go out for a beer is that they always feel
like "the girl" rather than "one of the guys" no matter how hard
they try to fit in.

3. Often what the guys are really saying is, "why can't they
just be like us (e.g. be men), so that we don't have to work so hard to
communicate with them."

4. Why do the women have to be like men in the first place.
Can't a guy hear and consider a differing perspective without
it being "argued like hell?"

As a wise woman once asked, "we didn't create this problem, why
do we always get looked to to solve it?"

For one thing, because _still_ many men do not care about it. But her
point is well taken: the majority are men, and there is only so much
we can do to get along (argue like hell then go out for a beer) - the men
have to want to get along.

Because they dominate the culture, it is important to inlcude
men at WIA II. The culture in US
astronomy will not change - or will change more slowly - if it's only women
that are driving the evolution.

I cannot overemphasize what a life-changing experience it was for me
to go to an Astronomy meeting at which about 90% of the participants
were women. (I don't know the exact percentage, but I do remember there
was a line at the women's bathroom!)

I have since left astronomy. But the improved self confidence I found
at that meeting (among other things) is something I would not
trade for anything, except, perhaps to still be in astronomy and be
the person I am now. To be sure, I would be very happy had
astronomy changed, because then I would have too, and I would have
both things that were and are important to me.

In the end, we have control only over ourselves. If a new generation
of women have a chance to see that there is nothing _wrong_ with
_us_, then we have effected the change that we have the most
control over. It was my experience in astronomy that a lack of self
confidence was universal among the women in whom I was able to
assess it. (I didn't know any big shot women, maybe they are and always
were really confident.) I think having a huge disproportion of women is an
important part of what the meeting offers.

Respectfully submitted,
Kathryn N. Mead

2. Conference on Women In Astronomy II:
   a. Student/postdoc funding: application deadline extended!
   b. Hotel reservations due by June 12

2a. Student/postdoc funding: application deadline extended!
From: Pat Knezek

The deadline for requests for support for students and postdocs who would
like to attend the WIAII conference has been extended!  Late applications 
will continue to be considered as funds allow.  Please send your
request via text e-mail to . Those requests should

  1. Your expected costs and how much you are requesting.
  2. How much money your institution can provide (ideally, we would like your
     institution to provide matching support).
  3. A short proposal (not longer than 1 page) describing why you want to
     attend, and how you will disseminate the results of the conference in
     your home community.

See you there in June!

2b. Hotel reservations due by June 12
From: Pat Knezek

Two of the conference hotels are released their block of rooms on May 26, 
and the others will do so on either June 5 or June 12, so please make your 
reservations soon.  See the website for additional information.

3. Women in Engineering and Science Program: National Conference
>From WIPHYS May 15,2003

The 2003 WEPAN Conference, "50/50 by 2020: Working Together
for Equity" will be held on June 8 - 11, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois.
To achieve the goal of 50 percent women in our institutions and in
the workforce by the year 2020, it will take the active partnerships
of schools, industry, government, and higher education working
together. The 2003 WEPAN Conference has been designed to
facilitate progress towards our goal of equality. The theme is
"Working Together for Equity": Details on program and
registration can be found at

4. L'Oreal USA Launches New Science Fellowship Program
>From WIPHYS May 16,2003

L'Oreal USA has announced the creation of a new for Women in
Science U.S. Fellowship Program. Designed to continue the legacy
of support and encouragement that has become a trademark of the
company's international initiative, the L'OREAL-UNESCO for
Women in Science Awards, the new U.S. Fellowship program will
provide education and research grants to young women pursuing
scientific careers.

L'Oreal USA will award 5 annual fellowships to young women who
are graduate students or post doctoral researchers in the natural
sciences, engineering, computer science and mathematics.
Fellowship grants of $20,000 will be awarded to each recipient. A
jury comprised primarily of for Women in Science North American
Laureate winners will select the yearly recipients -- the first of
which are scheduled to be announced in March of 2004.

The application for fellowship candidacy has been posted on the
company's website, housed under a special L'OREAL-UNESCO for
Women in Science U.S. news and information page that was
recently launched. Applicants may go to Information about the
application process will also be posted on partner sites including
that of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

L'Oreal's commitment to science, women and education has been
further demonstrated through the success of the for Women in
Science Awards program, which to date has honored 25 leading
international women involved in the Life and Materials sciences. In
addition, the program has awarded 55 fellowships to young women
scientists, coming from all regions of the world including Malaysia,
Trinidad and Tobago, the Ivory Coast and Palestine.

5. Planning Grants for International Science Collaboration
>From WIPHYS May 16,2003
The American Association for the Advancement of Science
(AAAS) announces the Women's International Science
Collaboration (WISC) Program. Supported by the U.S. National
Science Foundation (NSF), this program aims to increase the
participation of women in international scientific research by
helping establish new research partnerships with colleagues in
Europe, Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union,
Near East, Middle East, Pacific, Africa, the Americas, and Asia.

Small grants ($4,000-5,000) will provide travel and living support
for a U.S. scientist and, when appropriate, a co-PI to visit a partner
country to develop a research program. Funds can also be used to
support a second visit to the partner country or for a foreign
partner to travel to the U.S.

Men and women scientists who have their Ph.D. or equivalent
research experience are eligible to apply. Applicants who have
received their doctoral degrees within the past six years will receive
special consideration, as will scientists applying to work with
colleagues in less frequently represented countries and regions.
Graduate students (Ph.D. candidates) are also eligible to apply.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Only fields funded by the National Science Foundation and
interdisciplinary research cutting across these fields are eligible. For
further information, please visit the NSF website
(, or contact one of the AAAS administrators
listed below.

The next application deadline is July 15, 2003. For further
application information and region-specific guidelines, please visit:

Marina Sansostri Ratchford
Senior Program Associate
Latin American and Latino Initiatives
Directorate for Education and Human Resources
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
1200 New York Ave., NW
Washington DC 20005
Fax: 202-371-9849

6. Temp. Visiting Asst. Prof., Western Kentucky University
>From WIPHYS May 14,2003

The Physics and Astronomy Department invites applications for a
temporary visiting assistant professorship to begin August 15,
2003. We seek a person with a strong commitment to teaching
undergraduate physics courses and laboratories. A Ph.D. degree in
physics or a related field is required and teaching experience is
preferred. Review of all applications will begin June 2 with
applications being accepted until the position is filled. The
availability of the position is contingent on funding.

To apply send a letter of application, resume, and the names,
addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to
       Doug Harper, Search Committee Chairman
       Department of Physics and Astronomy
       Western Kentucky University
       Bowling Green, KY 42101-3576
       FAX: (270) 745-2014.
Additional information may be found at
Western Kentucky University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-
action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply
including women, minorities, persons with disabilities and disabled