Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2003 17:21:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for May 30, 2003

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of May 30, 2003
eds. Meg Urry, Patricia Knezek, & Michael Rupen

This week's issues:
1. Final Announcement:  Conference on Women In Astronomy II 
2. University of Michigan study: Why Fewer Women Choose Math-Based Science
3. Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award deadline is July 1, 2003
4. A report on the NSF sponsored "Forward to Professorship" workshop
5. Scientific Programmer - NOAO

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

1. Final Announcement:  Conference on Women In Astronomy II 
From: Patricia Knezek


                         Final 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 confirm
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. (A copy of the charter is available

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.

Speakers include such nationally known experts on gender and science as Elaine
Seymour, Sheila Tobias, Virginia Valian, Denice Denton, and Debra Rolison. The
after-dinner speaker is USC law professor Susan Estrich, author of "Sex &
Power" and former campaign manager for presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.

Additional details of the program can be found at the meeting web site, . Leaders in the field of astronomy and
other interested parties are encouraged to attend. Registration and
information on accommodations are also available at the web site. Note that
the registration deadline is JUNE 16, 2003, but deadlines for the hotel
accommodations vary, and can be as soon as June 5. Please see the web site for
information on upcoming deadlines.

    Is someone representing your institution at the meeting?
    Travel funds available for students and post-docs
    Do you have experience/ideas to share via a poster?

* Caltech
* American Astronomical Society
* Associated Universities, Inc.
* Carnegie Observatories
* Jet Propulsion Laboratory
* Research Corporation

Individuals: * Dr. Alice Huang, Caltech

2. University of Michigan study: Why Fewer Women Choose Math-Based Science

>From WIPHYS May 27, 2003

"U-M Study Helps Define Why Fewer Women Choose Math-Based Careers," 
EurekAlert, 05/22/03. "The study found that both boys and girls who were 
people-oriented tended to choose college majors in the biological 
sciences---medicine, environmental sciences or social sciences---rather 
than the mathematically based sciences such as engineering, physics, or 

3. Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award deadline is July 1, 2003

>From WIPHYS May 28, 2003

July 1, 2003 is the deadline to nominate a woman physicist for the Maria 
Goeppert-Mayer Award. This award recognizes and enhances outstanding 
achievement by a woman physicist in the early years of her career. The award 
offers a travel grant to give lectures in their field of physics at four 
institutions and at a meeting of the APS, plus a cash award. Details on how 
to nominate can be found at .

4. A report on the NSF sponsored "Forward to Professorship" workshop

>From WIPHYS May 29, 2003

Last week I attended the "Forward to Professorship" workshop organized by 
members of Gallaudet and George Washington Universities. It was Great!

It was a wonderful experience to be in a relatively large (45) group of 
women scientists and engineers. The speakers were encouraging and often 
inspirational while still reminding us of the realities of being a woman 
scientist. I received practical information and a boost of self-confidence 
(sorely needed by so many women). I would encourage anyone eligible to apply 
next spring. The NSF funding will continue for at least two more years. Here 
is a summary of the eligibility requirements and the workshop topics which I 
got from a web page.

If your discipline is in science, engineering and math and you are ...
- Completing your doctorate
- Getting your first academic position
- Moving up the academic ladder

Attend the FORWARD workshop and learn strategies for:
    * Navigating the tenure-track process
    * Applying and negotiating for a position
    * Securing research funding
    * Getting the most out of teaching
    * Arriving at a career, home and personal balance

-Elizabeth Freeland
(Note from the WIPHYS Moderator: you can read about this recent workshop at . They have a very interesting 
list of resources on negotiating, avoiding over-commitment, planning and 
funding research, etc.)

5. Scientific Prgrammer - NOAO
From: Dottie Poczulp

The Data Products Program (DPP) within the National Optical Astronomy
Observatory (NOAO) has an immediate opening for a knowledgeable and
experienced Scientific Programmer. The Data Products Program is responsible
for developing and supporting data calibration, analysis, and archiving
software for optical and infrared (O/IR) data from a variety of existing and
next generation imaging and spectroscopic instruments. Areas of expertise
needed for this program include the management of very large datasets and high
data rates, pipeline processing, astronomical catalog creation, data archiving
and mining, and state-of-the-art data reduction and analysis algorithms in
precision photometry, astrometry, spectroscopy, and time-domain astronomy. The
successful candidate will use their extensive knowledge of astronomy and of
astronomical instrumentation to create solutions to complex data analysis
problems. The Scientific Programmer will work with other members of DPP and
with the NOAO scientific and engineering staff in all aspects of software
development: defining requirements, developing algorithms, writing
applications, preparing documentation, and supporting software and users.

This position requires experience in the definition, development, test,
and support of data calibration and analysis software, plus a good working
knowledge of modern astronomical detectors, instrumentation, and data
standards. Familiarity with large standard reduction systems and analysis
software, such as IRAF, is essential. A bachelor's degree in Astronomy,
Physics, or a related scientific or engineering field is required; advanced
degree preferred. Significant education or experience in software engineering
is also required. The candidate must have the ability to communicate
effectively and must possess excellent problem solving skills. Fluent
knowledge of at least one high level language such as FORTRAN, C, C++, or
Java, and familiarity with scripting languages (e.g., Perl, Python, Tcl/Tk,
Unix scripts) in the Unix environment is essential.

Depending upon qualifications, up to 20% of the successful applicant's
time may be available to pursue scientific research if the applicant holds a
Ph.D. in Astronomy or a closely related field. This position may be filled
either at NOAO headquarters in Tucson, AZ, or at NOAO/South in La Serena,
Chile. Please refer to job #609 when submitting application materials.

            Send resume to:
            Human Resources Manager
            National Optical Astronomy Observatory
            P.O. Box 26732
            Tucson, Arizona 85726-6732
            FAX: 520-318-8560

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.