Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2003 15:40:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: AASWOMEN for June 27 & July 4, 2003

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Weekly issues of June 27 & July 4 2003
eds. Patricia Knezek & Michael Rupen

This week's issues:
1. Conference on Women In Astronomy II
2. Women in Astronomy Narratives Website 
3. New book on the first 13 American women astronauts
4. AASWOMEN contribution
5. Masters at Fisk/PhD at Vanderbilt Program in Physics and Astronomy
6. Three Young Women are Intel Winners
7. Getting Women into Physics
8. "Fun with Physics", New Yorker Magazine
9. Survey Participants Sought by Student
10. National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Conference
11. L'Oreal Fellowships for Women in Science
12. Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
13. Deputy Director position, NOAO Gemini Science Center (NGSC) in 
   La Serena, Chile
14. Job openings in Copenhagen, Denmark
15. NOAO job opportunities
16. Two positions in Planetary Sciences Institute at the Australian 
   National University
17. Assistant Professor in Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University
18. Full-time Temporary Position, Assistant Professor of Physics,
   Western Illinois University 
19. Postdoctoral Fellowship at STScI
20. PhD Student Position at the University of Kiel

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

The Conference on Women In Astronomy II was held at Caltech in Pasadena, CA
on June 27 & 28, 2003.  A couple of links to press releases about the
conference are included below.  The AASWOMEN newsletter will publish a
summary article by Meg Urry in the next issue, and a more in depth look at
the outcome of the conference will be published in STATUS early next year.
Overall, the meeting was a tremendous success, thanks to all who participated!

Some media coverage from Reuters wire service and an article for "Sky and
Telescope" magazine:

2. Women in Astronomy Narratives Website 

[Eds. note: A young astronomer has started this web site in the hopes that 
describing the experiences of women astronomers will help everyone to 
understand the need for change, and to effect that change.]

The Women in Astronomy Narratives website is now open and accepting 
This site provides female astronomers with an anonymous forum to share their 
experiences of being a woman in astronomy. Narratives may be anything from
anecdotes about particular experiences, to ideas, general thoughts and 
impressions. Pieces can be submitted using the anonymous form provided on 
the website.

The first narratives were posted on June 30, 2003.  The webpage will be 
updated on a regular basis after this date. All narratives received will be 
posted, provided that they do not contain the names of specific individuals 
or institutions.
Please forward this email on to astronomers who would be interested in this 
Thank you,
Joan McKay

3. New book on the first 13 American women astronauts
From: Melissa McGrath

There is a great new book out that might be of interest to the CSWA 
membership: "The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American
Women and the Dream of Space Flight" by Martha Ackmann.


4. AASWOMEN contribution
From: Joan Schmelz

Last April, I accepted an invitation from NASA to sit on the Sun-Earth
Connection Senior Review Panel. This was the most "important" panel
I had ever been asked to serve on - it recommends which NASA missions
should continue to receive funds for operations and data analysis beyond
their primary mission phase.

When the list of participants was first circulated to the other panel members,
mine was the only name that was not prefaced by either a "Dr." or a "Prof."
I fretted about this, but was empowered by all of you who contributed to the
recent entries in AASWOMEN on topics similar to this one. I decided to write
the following note to the NASA convener:

"There seems to be an oversight on your list of panelists -- I am the only
member without a title. I am a Ph.D. and I was recently promoted to full
professor. Neither the degree nor the position was easy to obtain, and I
value them greatly. I would very much appreciate it if the list could be

I was afraid he might be offended, single me out as a troublemaker, or
make a big deal about the change. Fortunately, none of these things came
to pass. He asked me to please excuse his gaffe, which he attributable to
his lousy editing and proof reading skills. He sent out the corrected list
with no embarrassing fanfare.

Now that the panel has met and its members are known to the community,
I wanted to write to say thank-you. Without the discussion I read recently
in this electronic newsletter, I would not have had to courage to speak up
for myself.


Dr. Joan Schmelz
University of Memphis

5. Masters at Fisk/PhD at Vanderbilt Program in Physics and Astronomy

>From WIPHYS of June 24, 2003

This is to call your attention to a program which allows a student to
receive a Masters degree at Fisk University and a PhD at Vanderbilt
University. Under an MOU signed by the Provosts of the two universities 
and the reciprocal agreement between the two universities that recognizes 
for credit all courses taken at the other university, the Department of 
Physics at Fisk University and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at 
Vanderbilt University have created a program that allows students to move
seamlessly from the Masters program at Fisk into the PhD program at 
Vanderbilt. The two universities have a long history of cooperation and 
collaboration and are located only 1.5 miles apart.
More information can be found at:
David J. Ernst
Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Director, Communication of Science and Technology Program
Box 1807 - B
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37027

6. Three Young Women are Intel Winners

>From WIPHYS of June 26, 2003

On May 16th, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held in 
Cleveland, Ohio, awarded more than $3 million in scholarships and prizes to 
high school students from around the world. For the first time in the 
history of the largest pre-college science competition in the world, three 
young women were awarded the top prizes of a $50,000 scholarship and a high
performance computer. Lisa Glukhovsky, 17, from Connecticut, used amateur 
telescope images to calculate distances to nearby asteroids. Elena Glassman, 
16, from Doylestown, Pa., designed a method that allows computers to read 
brain wave data, giving the potential for people with severe muscular 
dystrophy to use computers. Anila Madiraju, 17, from Montreal, Quebec, found 
a way to kill cancer cells using ribonucleic acid. Other winners are listed 
on the Intel website . (from the AWIS Washington 
Wire of June 13, 2003)

7. Getting Women into Physics

>From WIPHYS of July 2, 2003

The "Women in Physics 2000" report has a list of departments that had a high 
percentage of women graduates. Don't know if they were "trying hard," though. 
See to download the report.
Rachel Ivie
American Institute of Physics 

8. "Fun with Physics", New Yorker Magazine

>From WIPHYS of June 24, 2003

K.C. Cole's article "Fun with Physics" in The New Yorker Magazine of June 2, 
2003 features former MGM Award Winner Janet Conrad and her search for 
neutrinos. Sorry, no URL - it's worth finding a copy of the magazine if you 
don't already subscribe! Many thanks to all who mentioned it. 

9. Survey Participants Sought by Student

>From WIPHYS of July 1, 2003

A student at the University of Cambridge is doing research for her Ph.D. 
thesis on individuals and groups who are working towards increased 
participation of girls and women in science, engineering, and technology. She 
is seeking people who are involved in women in science issues to fill out an 
online survey as a part of her research. For more information on her research 
project, visit . To fill out the survey, visit . The survey is confidential and 

10. National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Conference

>From WIPHYS of July 1, 2003

The National Academies are seeking nominations for participants in the first 
annual National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Conference, scheduled for 
November 14-16th, 2003, in Irvine, California. The theme for the conference 
is "Signals, Decisions, and Meaning in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and 
Engineering." The Academies hope to bring together researchers from academic,
industrial, and government laboratories from several diverse disciplines such 
as neuroscience, engineering, physical science, and cell biology. For more 
information on nomination procedures, visit the National Academies Keck 
Futures Initiative website 
( The 
deadline for nominations is July 11th, 2003. 

11. L'Oreal Fellowships for Women in Science

>From WIPHYS of June 25, 2003

L'Oreal USA will award five $20,000 fellowships each year to young women who 
are third and fourth year graduate students and to postdoctoral researchers 
whose interests are in the natural sciences (biological and physical), 
engineering, computer science and Mathematics. The newly created fellowship 
program was announced this past March, and applications were made available
online to all young women meeting the listed criteria as of May. If you are 
interested in learning more and feel you might qualify, please visit: Applications will be accepted through 
November 1, 2003 with appropriate documentation. The first fellowship 
recipients will be announced in March of 2004.

12. Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

>From WIPHYS of June 27, 2003

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University awards 
approximately 30 fully funded fellowships each year.  Radcliffe Institute 
fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists and writers 
of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment, who wish to pursue 
work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. Applicants
must have received their doctorate or appropriate terminal degree by December 
2002 in the area of the proposed project. Radcliffe welcomes proposals from 
small groups of scholars who have research interests or projects in common. 
Please check the Web site for more information.

The stipend amount is $50,000. Fellows receive office space and access to 
libraries and other resources of Harvard University.  During the fellowship 
year, which extends from September 13, 2004 through June 30, 2005, residence 
in the Boston area is required as is participation in the Institute community. 
Fellows are expected to present their work-in-progress and to attend other
fellows' events.

For more information, visit our Web site at
Write, call, or e-mail for an application:

Radcliffe Application Office
34 Concord Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
ph: 617-496-1324
fax: 617-495-8136

Applications must be postmarked by October 1, 2003.

13. Deputy Director position, NOAO Gemini Science Center (NGSC) in 
   La Serena, Chile
From: Cindy Burnett

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 dependent
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 July 15,
2003, however we will continue to accept applications until the position is

Please reference position #595 with submitted materials. For questions about
this position, please contact Dr. Taft Armandroff, Director of NGSC.
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.

14. Job openings in Copenhagen, Denmark
From: Anja C. Andersen

        Astrophysics positions at the University of Copenhagen

As part of its program for faculty renewal, the Niels Bohr Institute for
Astronomy, Physics and Geophysics (NBIfAFG) announces the availability
of an Associate Professorship in Observational Astrophysics and a Full
Professorship in Theoretical Astrophysics. The positions will be open
from January 1, 2004. The NBIfAFG constitutes the physics department of
the University of Copenhagen with a faculty of 65. Details of the research
activities of the institute may be found on the home page
Additional positions may be announced later this year. A number of PhD
stipends for foreign students are also available.

        Associate Professorship in Observational Astrophysics

Applicants should have a strong background and expertise in observational
astrophysics, solidly founded in one or more contemporary fields, and a
research profile driven by the desire to understand astrophysical
phenomena and origins. Skills for interpretation, e.g. in collaboration
with theorists, are vital. Applicants should also demonstrate scientific
breadth and openness to research in new directions. The successful
candidate is expected to develop a broad and internationally competitive
research program based on ESO, ESA, and/or NASA facilities. Strong interest
in teaching, in supervision, and in contributing to the Institute's public
visibility is important.

        Professorship in Theoretical Astrophysics

Applicants must be highly recognized international authorities in one
or more fields of theoretical astrophysics. Research areas of particular
interest are magneto-hydrodynamics (as related to the interstellar
medium, stellar and planetary formation, stars including the sun, and
accretion disks and jets) as well as galaxy formation and cosmology.
The successful candidate's research profile should be characterized by
the desire to understand astrophysical phenomena and their origins in
the context of the best modern observational research. Applicants should
further demonstrate scientific breadth and an openness for defining and
leading new research directions. Scientific leadership is vital, including
research management and encouragement of scientific development, and
supervision of postdoctoral fellows and PhD and master's degree students
in the field.

Applicants will be considered for appointment without regard to race, sex,
national origin, or religion.

The deadline for applications is September 15, 2003, at noon. Application
via e-mail will not be accepted. Notice that this announcement alone cannot
form the basis for an application. The full legal announcements must be
followed and can be found on the institute homepage, see above link, or
obtained from the Personnel Office (Phone: +45 3532 2645).

15. NOAO job opportunities
From: Dottie Poczulp

NOAO announces the following job opportunities at NOAO and NSO:

-  Electronic Engineering Manager, NOAO in Tucson, AZ 
-  Scientific Programmer, NOAO in Tucson, AZ or La Serena, Chile 
-  Structural/Mechanical Engineer, NOAO in Tucson, AZ 
-  Instrumentation Engineer, NSO in Sunspot, NM 
-  Senior Software Engineer, NSO in Tucson, AZ 

For details, please visit:

16. Two positions in Planetary Sciences Institute at the Australian 
   National University
From: Theresa Gallagher

The Planetary Sciences Institute ( of the Australian
National University seeks to understand the formation, evolution, diversity
and fate of planetary systems in the Universe and their relationship to our
own Solar System.  This is a newly-funded undertaking between the Research
Schools of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Earth Sciences to develop new
directions for planetary research that will shape our future understanding of
the origin and evolution of planetary systems including: remote and direct
analysis of extraterrestrial materials, extrasolar planet search and
characterization programs, and theoretical modelling of planetary system
processes.  Of immediate interest is Australian participation in exo-planet
discovery and extraterrestrial sample return missions planned for the coming

Position 1:  Senior Fellow / Professor – Exo-planetary Scientist.  The
appointee will develop and lead a research program within a wide scope of
planet discovery and analysis.  Experience in solar system science will be an
advantage. Together with the Directors of RSAA and RSES, the appointee will
form the executive leadership of PSI responsible for continued growth and
development of the institute.  $AUD91,351 - $AUD124,014 pa (inclusive of
superannuation.  Reference:  RSAA1775

Position 2:  Research Fellow / Fellow – (1) Cosmochemist - This appointment
will emphasize opportunities resulting from future sample return missions that
i) require development of new protocols for sample handling and analysis, or
ii) inspire experimental investigations of planetary formation processes.
Experience in meteorite research, experimental petrology or microscale
geoscience research is appropriate but not required; and/or (2) Planetary
Dynamicist - Anticipating the rapid accumulation of new observations of our
and other planetary systems, we seek an appointee to develop models of
dynamical evolution of proto-planetary material, planet formation, and/or
early internal evolution of planets.  $AUD62,759 – $AUD87,592 pa (inclusive of
superannuation). Reference:  RSAA1776

Closing date:  30 September 2003
Enquiries about the positions:  Professor Penny Sackett -; or Professor Mark Harrison –
Selection documentation must be obtained prior to application and is available
from:  Executive Officer, Academic & Student Services, RSAA -

17. Assistant Professor in Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University
From: Gillian Knapp


Princeton University is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in
the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, to begin in September 2004. The
primary selection criteria will be research achievement, promise, and breadth
in astronomy and astrophysics. The expected ability to teach and to supervise
student research are also important criteria. Both theorists and observers are
encouraged to apply. Information on departmental resources and research
programs can be found at, or by directly
contacting department faculty.

Candidates should send curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a three-page
description of past research and future plans to Professor
S. Tremaine, Chair, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton
University, Peyton Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544-1001 USA. They should also
arrange for at least three referees to send letters of recommendation to the
same address. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but
no later than January 1, 2004.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
For information about applying to Princeton and how to self-identify, please
link to

18. Full-time Temporary Position, Assistant Professor of Physics,
   Western Illinois University 

>From WIPHYS of June 25, 2003

APPOINTMENT: A one-year full-time temporary faculty position beginning 
August 2003.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or M.S. degree in physics is required.  Experience in 
teaching undergraduate physics classes including laboratory sections. 
Evidence of high-level teaching performance.  Applicants should have 
excellent written and oral communication skills and a commitment to teaching 

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teaching responsibilities will include introductory 
astronomy, an algebra-based introductory physics course and an upper-level 
class in applied optics.

RANK & SALARY: Assistant professor rank. Salary is competitive.

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Physics offers the B.S.  and M.S. degrees 
in physics. The Department also offers a teacher certification option and a 
pre-professional program in engineering.  The faculty consists of six 
full-time and one part-time members. For further information, visit the 
website at

THE UNIVERSITY: Located in Macomb (population 19,000) with a regional center 
in the Quad Cities, Western Illinois University offers a caring and 
supportive learning environment to more than 13,600 students in the heart of 
west central Illinois. Western students have all the advantages of a large 
public university - strong faculty, state of the art technology and 
facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities.

APPLICATION: Each candidate should send a letter of application, a curriculum 
vita, a statement regarding teaching experience and philosophy, copies of 
student and peer teaching evaluations and the names, addresses, and phone 
numbers of three references. Letters of reference are not required but might 
be useful in the decision-making process. Submission of materials by e-mail 
is strongly encouraged. Reply to: Dr. Harold B. Hart, Chair, Department of
Physics, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 
61455-1390. Phone: (309) 298-1596. E-mail:

Screening of applications will begin on July 1, 2003, and continue until the 
position is filled. Application materials will not be returned.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity 
employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. In that 
spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad 
spectrum of people, including minorities, women, and persons with 
disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, 
color, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, 
disability, or veteran status.

19. Postdoctoral Fellowship at STScI
From: Shardha Jogee

3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
Attention: Human Resources
Email Enquiries: Dr Shardha Jogee (
Tel: 410-338-4349

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position at the
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI; to
work in collaboration with Dr.Shardha Jogee on studies of the structure,
dynamics, central activity, and stellar populations of galaxies. These
studies will be based on data of nearby galaxies and panchromatic HST
data from the two largest HST surveys to date: the Great Observatories
Origins Deep Survey (GOODS; and
Galaxy Evolution from Morphology and SEDS (GEMS;
/barden/gems/gems.htm) surveys.

The successful applicant will have expertise to work on one or more of
the following: (1) Reduction and analysis of space-based and some related
ground-based imaging and spectroscopic optical/IR/mm data; (2) Studies of
galactic dynamics and stellar populations; (3) Comparison of observations
with numerical modeling, in collaboration with Dr. Isaac Shlosman (U. of

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree and should send to the above address:
a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a concise (3 pages
max.) description of research and technical experience, and three letters
of reference. Applications received by September 1, 2003 will receive full
consideration and later applications considered until the position is
filled. The position is immediately available, but starting dates are
flexible. The initial appointment is for one year and renewable up to three
years contingent upon performance and funding.

STScI, located on Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, Maryland,
offers an excellent benefit package, competitive salaries, and a stimulating
environment. The minimum salary is $41,900. Women and minorities are
encouraged to apply.

20. PhD Student Position at the University of Kiel
From: Sabine Moehler

he Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics of the
University of Kiel invites applications for a PhD student position (BAT
IIa/2) for the project

UV-Radiation of the Galactic Bulge

This is an observational project aimed at identifying the causes for
the UV excess observed in elliptical galaxies and bulge regions of
spiral galaxies by studying hot stars in the Galactic bulge. The
student's task will be to obtain and analyse spectra of these hot
stars and compare the results of these analyses to the predictions of
stellar evolutionary theory. In addition, he/she will use these
results to construct the UV spectrum of the Galactic bulge, which will
then be compared to spectra of extragalactic systems.

The position is available immediately. Handicapped applicants will be
given preference in case of equal qualifications. The University of Kiel
as the employer aims at increasing the number of female
scientists in fields where underrepresented. Therefore, women are
particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a description of their research
experience, copies of any publications (thesis, conference proceedings,
refereed papers) and the names of two potential references to

PD Dr. Sabine Moehler
Institut fuer theoretische Physik und Astrophysik
Universitaet Kiel
Olshausenstrasse 40
24118 Kiel

by July 15, 2003 (This deadline can be expanded - just send an e-mail to

Applications (and further infos) may also be sent via e-mail: