Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 12:34:48 -0400 (EDT)
To: aaswliststsci.edu
Subject: AASWOMEN for June 20, 2003

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issue of June 20, 2003
eds. Patricia Knezek & Michael Rupen

This week's issues:
1. Conference on Women In Astronomy II: next week!
2. Meg Urry steps down from the CSWA
3. CSWA Survey Results, 1992-2003
4. Call for nominations: Jame Craig Watson Medal in Astronomy, due 12sep03

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    Women in Astronomy II: Ten Years After
   Pasadena, California June 27 - 28, 2003
    http://www.aas.org/~cswa/WIA2003.html
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1. Conference on Women In Astronomy II: next week!

We look forward to seeing you at the WiA II conference next week in Pasadena!

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2. Meg Urry steps down from the CSWA
From: the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy

The June AAS meeting was in some ways a sad one for the CSWA, as Meg Urry
stepped down as committee chair. During her tenure, Meg was at the heart
of the CSWA, providing unfailing inspiration, enthusiasm, and leadership
in an area whose importance is matched only by the difficulty of making solid
advances. She has been a major influence on us, and on innumerable other
women and men in the field. Many thanks, Meg! and our very best wishes.

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3. CSWA Survey Results, 1992-2003
From: Jennifer Hoffman jhoffmanrice.edu & Meg Urry meg.urryyale.edu

The results of the CSWA of the gender distribution of astronomers at
major U.S. research institutions are now available, at
  http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~jhoffman/stats/
These results will be reviewed by Kevin Marvel (AAS) at the Women in
Astronomy II meeting next week, and more summary statistics and analysis
will be posted on the Web shortly. For now, a few key points:

  * There has been a fairly significant increase in the fraction of
    women graduate students: women now account for almost a third of all
    graduate students in astronomy. The fraction of women postdocs
    has also gone up slightly, to 22%.
  * At the same time, the fraction of women assistant professors has gone
    down slightly, from ~17% in 1992 and 1999, to 15% in 2003. If
    significant the gap between the growing fraction of women in graduate
    schools and the declining fraction of women assistant professors
    is worrisome. One hopes that astronomy is not following the (bad)
    example of chemistry, where about a third of the PhDs go to women, but
    less than 10% of the faculty jobs do.
  * Most women are in faculty rather than research positions, an interesting
    result since it presumably means that women are not languishing in
    research positions (soft money): they are either becoming faculty or
    moving out to other areas.

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4. Call for nominations: Jame Craig Watson Medal in Astronomy, due 12sep03
From: Neta Bahcall netaastro.princeton.edu

Dear Colleagues,

The National Academy of Sciences is currently accepting
nominations for the 2004 James Craig Watson Medal in Astronomy.
The Watson Medal is awarded every three years for the promotion
of Astronomical Science. The bequest suggests "...To be given...
from time to time to the person in any country who shall make
astronomical discovery or produce any astronomical work worthy
of special reward as contributing to our science." The award
includes a $25K prize plus $25K to support the recipient's research,
and a gold-plated medal.

Information about the award as well as a nomination form and
a list of previous recipients can be found on the NAS website at
  http://www.nas.edu/nas/awards
follow to Nominations for Awards in 2004; from there click on either the
'James Craig Watson Medal' for information or on 'Nominations' for the
nomination form.

All nominations should be sent directly to the National Academy
of Sciences as specified on the form. Each nomination requires
a nomination form (available on the web) plus CV, bibliography
list (up to 12 publications), and a brief summary of achievements.
Additional letters of recommendations can number from 0 to 6.
    
The nomination deadline is September 12, 2003.

Please discuss and share this request with colleagues.

We look forward to receiving your nominations of outstanding
candidates.

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